Archive for the ‘deity of Jesus’ Category

He knew the unknowable: the human heart and all thing

August 9, 2014

He knew the unknowable: the human heart and all things;
He loved the unlovable: the human sinner;
He did the impossible: He died and rose again;
He was the impossible: a sinless character.

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Schleiermacher’s Jesus

September 2, 2009

The Redeemer, then, is like all men in virtue of the identity of the human nature, but distinguished from them all by the constant potency of his God-consciousness, which was a veritable existence of God in him.

Schleiermacher, The Christian Faith

A denial of Christ’s divinity but yet a desire to retain a unique place for Jesus. Yet once you create a Jesus divorced from Scripture subjectivism inevitably enters. Who is to determine what ‘God-consciousness’ is in its highest form? Why is this the determining, even if subjectively defined, criterion?

The Liberal Jesus

September 2, 2009

 

I see the Nazarene as intensely and overwhelmingly conscious of the reality of God. His spirit was open to God and his life a continuous response to divine love, both gracious and utterly demanding…Thus in Jesus’ presence, we should have felt that we are in the presence of God. – not in the sense that the man Jesus literally is God, but in the sense that he was so totally conscious of God that we could catch something of that consciousness by spiritual contagion.

John Hick, Myth of God Incarnate, 1977, p.172

A view that refuses to take Jesus’ own words seriously (or at least presupposes that he ‘couldn’t’ have made claims to deity for himself)

 

Who Do you say that I am?

September 2, 2009

‘Ultimately the historians’ answer to the question about the miracles of Jesus will depend upon his answer to the prior question, what he thinks of Christ.’ (Alan Richardson)

If Jesus were a mere man, it is incredible that he should have stilled a storm or fed a multitude with a boy’s snack lunch. But if he were the incarnation of the Supreme Being…

Raymond Abba, The Nature and Authority of the Bible, p.159

Jesus – figure of controversy

September 1, 2009

Jesus of Nazareth is a controversial as well as an attractive figure. But the controversy that surrounds him is not like the controversy that surrounds other famous men and women. In the latter case, the controversy rages over the content and relevence of their teaching. So today, the debate over darwin in modern biology concerns whether or not the neo-Darwinian paradigm…is sufficient to explain the origin and behaviour of all living organisms. Gandhi is still a figure of controversy in India today: Brahmins and Dalits argue over whether Gandhi himself sanctioned the caste system, and political activists disagree as to how far his principles of non-violent resistance are applicable under regimes more brutal and repressive than the British Raj…

Not so with Jesus. The controversy that he attracts has relatively little to do with his moral teaching…

The controversy over Jesus concerns who he is. For the historic Christian claim regarding Jesus of Nazareth is that no human category…can do adequate justice to the evidence of his words and actions. No category short of deity itself is sufficient.

Vinoth Ramachandra, Revovery of Mission, p.181

Jesus’ claims to deity

September 1, 2009

…if He is not God, He is a deceiver or is self-deceived, and in either case, Christ, if not God, is not good.

A. H. Strong

(if we deny His Deity then) we must conclude that, with all His moral beauty and excellence, Jesus was a pitiable failure as a teacher if He did not succeed in guarding His message against corruptions which have led to His own exaltation as God, and to the existence through eighteen centuries of a system of idolatry of which He is the center.

E. Y. Mullins