“But Jesus never said, ‘I am God.’ ”

Whenever the deity of Jesus comes up in conversations with people from different faiths,  it is common to hear  the standard objection, “But Jesus never said, ‘I am God.’” How might we approach this objection?

In his book The Case For The Real Jesus, Lee Strobel says that if you search for Jesus at Amazon.com, you will find 175, 986 books on the most controversial figure in human history. The New Testament does not reveal Jesus as any ordinary prophet or religious teacher. Rather, it reveals Him as God incarnate (John 1:1; 8:58-59;10:29-31;14:8-9;20-28; Phil. 2:5-7; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1).

There are some good reasons as to why Jesus would never say “I am God.” The Jewish Scriptures  forbids worshiping anyone other than the God of Israel (Ex. 20:1–5; Deut. 5:6–9). And for Jesus to ever say something so explicit would insinuate that he was calling upon his audience to believe in two “Gods”- the God of Israel and Jesus. Also, for Gentiles, such a claim would allow for Jesus to fit nicely into their polytheism (the belief in many gods).

In Judaism, there is a term called “avodah zarah” which is defined as the formal recognition or worship as God of an entity that is in fact not God. In other words, any acceptance of a non-divine entity as your deity is a form of avodah zarah. (2)

One way to answer this objection is to discuss what is called Implicit and Explicit Christology:

Second,  remember the following. As Marvin Wilson says:

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/but-jesus-never-said-i-am-god-4/

Always Ready

A Broadcast with Stephen Nichols

Just as all of us are theologians, all of us are apologists. Today, Stephen Nichols provides a definition of apologetics and encourages us always to be ready to defend our hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/12/10/always-ready

Is Bart Ehrman Right When He Says Ephesians And Colossians Were Forged?

https://isjesusalive.com/were-ephesians-and-colossians-forged/

Examining Gary Habermas’ 12 Minimal Facts with John Loftus’ Outsider Test for Faith

https://lutherwasnotbornagaincom.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/examining-gary-habermas-12-minimal-facts-with-john-loftus-outsider-test-for-faith/

The Diety of Christ – podcast

https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/09/28/the-deity-of-christ

Biblical Warnings About False Prophets

The number of false prophets has exploded in the last few years, so to prepare you for their deception, here are some powerful Bible verses about false prophets.

Warnings

In Matthew 7:15 Jesus warned us to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves,” and Jesus prophesied that prior to His second coming, that “many false prophets will arise and lead many astray” (Matt 24:11), and we know that these wolves love “Sheep in a Can” because they can shear the sheep and fleece the flock without their even knowing it. Their goals include these three things (at least):

#1 Money

#2 Absolute Power/Authority

#3 Unquestioned Teachings

Jesus knew their hearts and warned us to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt 7:15-20).

Read the rest: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2018/04/27/biblical-warnings-about-false-prophets/

Understanding Why Many Non-Christians Hate the Bible

By Michael Brown

Many Christians read the Quran (or, at least select quotes from the Quran) with abhorrence. “The God of the Quran is bloodthirsty and cruel!” they exclaim. But many non-Christians read the Bible with the same abhorrence. They come to the same conclusions about the God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament. Is there any justification to their conclusions? And how is it that Christians can read the same Book and see it so differently?

What Do Critics Say?

Critics would point to things like these in the Old Testament:

  • God destroyed the entire world, save just 8 people, with a flood.
  • God tested Abraham by telling him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
  • God gave the Israelites a law that they could purchase slaves from other nations.
  • God gave the Israelites a law that a man who raped a woman was required to marry her and never divorce her.
  • Moses told the Israelites that they should kill every man, woman, and child among the Canaanites.
  • Moses gave the Israelite men permission on one occasion to spare all the virgin women for themselves but to kill everyone else.
  • The psalmist said that those who smash Babylon’s babies on the rocks would be truly happy.
  • In the New Testament, critics would object to the frequent talk about the judgment of hell fire along with the concept that Jesus was the only way to God, among other issues.

How, then, can Christians so highly prize a Book like this? How can they find it to be the epitome of love, compassion, kindness, justice, liberation, and truth?

There is more at: https://stream.org/understanding-why-many-non-christians-hate-the-bible/