Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Is Jesus God?

For a recent class I wrote a paper on the way the non-gospel writers of the New Testament referred to Jesus of Nazareth. Over the next several days I hope to post parts of that paper. Hopefully, this will be a useful tool for people as they engage in sharing the gospel with non-believers who have serious questions about Jesus of Nazareth. Below you will find the introduction:
Introduction
In today’s culture most people are fairly open to talking about Jesus. In fact if you asked a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Materialist, Jehovah’s Witness or any person on the street about Jesus they would probably have an opinion about who He was and what He taught. Most of them would say that he was an inspired teacher, a prophet from God, or a pious Jew. While most of the things that would be shared about the person of Jesus would probably have an element of truth in them, it is highly unlikely that the most significant thing about Him would be mentioned, namely His deity. What has happened is that Jesus Christ has been domesticated to fit into our “enlightened” understanding of reality. However, the New Testament itself will not allow for this domestication to take place. Throughout the New Testament it is clear that not only is Jesus Christ fully man, but he is also fully God. This is one of the most astonishing claims that the New Testament makes; that Jesus of Nazareth is in fact God. He is not merely a holy and devout Jew, a prophet who speaks for God, or a miracle worker. Jesus of Nazareth is God. The goal of this paper is to provide a biblical foundation for understanding Christ as God. In order to arrive at this goal several key (and sometimes controversial) texts from the New Testament will be examined. The texts that will be examined come from the writings of Paul, Peter, James, the author Hebrews, and John.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Posted by: Lamar Santiago

I really look forward to reading this paper. There are several texts in the New Testament that I have wondered about whether they could be used as "proof texts" to point to Jesus' deity. Thanks for doing this.

Anonymous said...

Mike Jenkins said:

I had been reading through Romans lately and I noticed in chapter 9 that my Bible had a foot note about the way that 9:5 (?) could read. Do you have an opinion on that?

The Tinker said...

Mike thanks for your comments. I did actually deal with that text in Romans 9. I hope to post that section of the paper later this week.

Anonymous said...

Mike Johnson

People are so ready to describe Jesus as a good teacher or a good moral man. I think that C.S. Lewis hit the nail on the head regarding the way our culture views Jesus Christ. The whole Lord, liar, or lunatic thing is still applicable today....I look forward to reading the rest of this paper. The introduction is very provocative.