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Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Tuesday Truth-day | 0 comments

Taking Grace for Granted?

Taking Grace for Granted?

*Tuesday = Truth-day* — The Bible says that the Father is loving.  The New Testament says the same about Jesus.  But can they really be loving while at the same time sending people to hell?  After all, Jesus teaches more about hell than anyone in the entire Bible.  Does that contradict His supposed gentle and compassionate character?   First of all, GOD doesn’t just cast people into hell because they don’t accept certain beliefs.  In the beginning of creation GOD was with man and woman, who were made in His image.  They loved doing what He asked and were in right relationship with Him and each other.  Then enters sin and rebellion.  The image bearers begin to think they are the center of the universe – no longer in right relationship with GOD.   Things we call “social pathologies” – war, rape, envy, jealousy, pride, etc. – are effects of the first instance with the fact that we’re not rightly related to GOD.  So what should GOD do about...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Tuesday Truth-day | 0 comments

Is Jesus a Lesser God?

Is Jesus a Lesser God?

*Tuesday = Truth-day* — If Jesus was a God, what kind of God was He?  Was He equal to the Father, or some sort of junior god?  In John 14: 28, Jesus says, “The Father is greater than I.”  Some will look at this and conclude that Jesus must have been a lesser god.  Are they right?   In John 14 the disciples are moaning because Jesus said He’s going away, returning to the glory that is properly His.  So if they really know who He is and really love Him properly, they’ll be glad that He’s going back to the realm where He really is greater.  Jesus also says in John 17: 5 “Glorify me with the glory that I had with the Father before the world began.”   Using “greater” doesn’t have to mean ontologically greater.  If I say that the president is greater, we’re not saying he’s a superior being.  He’s greater in military capability, political ability, and public approval, but he’s not more human than...

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Tuesday Truth-day | 0 comments

No One is Good – Except GOD

No One is Good – Except GOD

*Tuesday = Truth-day* — In Mark 10/Luke 18, when someone calls Jesus “good teacher”, Jesus replies, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good – except GOD alone.”  Was He denying his divinity by saying this?   More likely, Jesus was trying to get the person to stop and think about what he was saying.  This same story in Matthew explains a bit more, and you won’t find Jesus denying or lessening His deity at all.  A better way to paraphrase what’s happening might be, “Wait a minute; why are you calling me good?  Are you just being polite?  What do you really mean by good?”   Basically, there’s only One who is good, and that’s GOD.  But Jesus is not saying, “Don’t call me that.”  He’s saying, “Do you really understand what you’re saying?” “Are you really crediting to me what should only be credited to GOD?”  Because Jesus could have responded, “I really am what you say; you’re speaking better than you realize.”   With...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Tuesday Truth-day | 0 comments

Created or Creator?

Created or Creator?

*Tuesday = Truth-day* — CREATOR or CREATED?  For Jesus to match GOD, he must be an uncreated being who existed in eternity past.  Isaiah 57: 15 describes GOD as “He who loves forever”.  But there are some verses that seem to suggest Jesus was created.   John 3: 16 is usually translates Jesus as “His only begotten (created) Son.”  But that’s not what the word in Greek means.  It really means “unique one”.  It’s really saying that Jesus is the unique and beloved Son – or as the NIV translates it, “the one and only Son”.   Colossians 1: 15 uses the term “firstborn”.  In the Old Testament the laws of succession, a double portion or majority of the estate went to the “firstborn” or succeed as king in the case of royalty.  Ultimately, the firstborn was the one with all the rights of the father.  In some places the word didn’t mean order of birth but the idea of authority of being the rightful heir.  This is how...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Tuesday Truth-day | 0 comments

Equality With GOD

Equality With GOD

*Tuesday = Truth-day* — Some of the biggest obstacles for Jesus’ deity are usually, how could Jesus be the omnipresent GOD if He couldn’t be two places at once?  Or omniscient when He didn’t know the hour of His return?  Or even omnipotent when He was unable to do any miracles in His hometown?  The Bible itself seems to argue against Jesus being GOD.   When Jesus does something that’s a reflection of Him being GOD, that’s His deity.  When something reflects His limitations, that’s His humanity.  Paul tells us that Jesus, “being in the form of GOD, did not think equality with GOD was something to be exploited” (which is the better way to translate Philippians 2).  He became a nobody.   Through the centuries people have asked, did He empty Himself of His deity?  Well, then He would no longer be GOD.  He emptied Himself of the independent use of His attributes.  This means that He functioned like GOD when His heavenly Father gave Him specific permission...

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Tuesday Truth-day | 0 comments

To Forgive is Divine

To Forgive is Divine

*Tuesday = Truth-day* — Why would any of us think that Jesus is GOD?  What did He say or do that convinces us that He’s divine?  Many might point to His miracles, but others had done miracles before and during His time.  His resurrection was probably the ultimate proof of His claims.  But one of the things He did that was shocking to people was “forgive sins”.   If you do something wrong to me, I have the right to forgive you.  But if someone else comes along and says, “I forgive you”, that just wouldn’t make any sense.  The only person that can say something like that is GOD Himself, because sin, even if it’s against other people, is first a defiance of GOD and His Laws.   When King David sinned by committing adultery and arranged the death of that woman’s husband, he says to GOD in Psalm 51 “Against You only have I sinned”.  He realized that although he had wronged people, in the end he...

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