Most Popular Blogs of 2017

Hello world!

As the year comes to a close I thought it would be fun to look at the blogs that you all liked the most from this last year. Here is the top 10 blogs by popularity from 2017 along with a list of my personal top 5 favorites that didn’t make the to 10. Hope you all enjoy them and happy new year!

Top Ten Most Popular Blogs:

  1. Why the Christian Creation Model makes more sense of suffering than any other religion.
  2. The Single Most Damaging Statement to the Christian Faith
  3. If God is Loving Why is the Path to Heaven so Narrow?
  4. Why doesn’t God intervene to stop those who are doing evil?
  5. The Frightful Alternatives if Jesus Isn’t God.
  6. If you only learn one thing for defending Christianity, learn this.
  7. Three Blunders Atheists make arguing against God
  8. Does God send people to hell?
  9. Why does God seem different in the New Testament and the Old Testament?
  10. C.S. Lewis and how God exists with Pain and Suffering in the world
    Noah’s Favorite Five:

    1. Jesus Wouldn’t Argue. . .
    2. Why Even if you are pro-choice you should be angry with Planned Parenthood
    3. Is Christianity as violent as Islam?
    4. Pseudo Tolerance
    5. Thank you Atheist YouTuber JaclynGlenn

The Frightful Alternatives if Jesus Isn’t God.

When you make a list of the most important people in history, there are a few people that would automatically come up near the top of the list. Political and military leaders like Napoleon, Winston Churchill, or Alexander the Great. Religious or activist leaders like Muhammad, Buddha, Jesus, or Martin Luther king. What has always been fascinating to me is two questions that put Jesus in a category all on his own.

The first question is this: who are the moral leaders of their time? This narrows our list of important people quite a bit. Hitler obviously would be dropped from our list because although he was impactful on history he wasn’t someone we see as a moral hero. On a lesser extreme people like Alexander the Great or even Winston Churchill wouldn’t fit our description of a moral leaders. A moral leader isn’t just a good guy, or even someone who is a a good moral example, but someone who advances or improves the morality of the culture of his or her time. That leaves us suddenly with a very slim list. Gandhi, Buddha, Jesus, arguably Muhammad, if you’re a Muslim, Martin Luther King Jr. and some other scattered here and there.

It’s interesting here to note, that almost, if not all of these moral leaders are religious leaders and often founders of those religions.

The second question is what then puts Jesus in a class of his own. Who within history has ever claimed to be God.
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Now we have a new grouping of people. Once again, some rulers like Julius Caesar would fit nicely. They believed that their powers of rulership were rooted in their divinity, and therefore claimed to be God. We would also have some crazies. I once helped a man who after being in a horrible motorcycle accident who claimed to be God. I had my doubts God would have been hurt traveling at 40mph on a Harley. Crazies are the guys or girls who while they claim to be God, should instead be in a room with a lot of padding.

But there is one person in that group of people, that claim to be God, that is unique

Jesus.

Out of all the Moral leaders in the world, only Jesus claimed to be God. We have lots of rulers who claimed to be God, but none of them were religious leaders, in fact none of them would we even view as good moral examples. We also have moral leaders, but none of them claimed to be God. Except one.

He was smart, he was a sage, a religious leader, a moral teacher and leader, but unlike anyone else who fit those descriptions he alone claimed to be God.

Does this prove that Jesus was God? No. But it does give us reason to think about what we think about Jesus, because unfortunately, Jesus claim to be God puts us in a tough spot.

If Jesus isn’t God, the alternatives become hard to swallow. If Jesus thought he was God, but wasn’t, this suddenly puts Jesus into the category of both the insane not a moral leader. Both of which most people wouldn’t ascribe to God. But why is this our alternatives?

It’s pretty simple to see that if Jesus believed he was God, he was insane at some level. But people don’t simply believe they are God, and live a functional, and exemplary life like Jesus did. At least, I haven’t met one.

If Jesus just lied about being God he wouldn’t be a moral leader either. Keep this in mind. Jesus was killed because he said he was God, and John the Baptist, while Jesus was alive was killed for believing Jesus was God. If Jesus was the least bit wise he would ahve knownt that his followers would be killed for believing he was God. If Jesus knew he wasn’t God and never told them is he really a moral example anymore? No.

 

Why Thomas’s Exclamation Proves Jesus was God

I’ve recently been researching  Jehovah Witnesses. I’ve attended the local Kingdom Hall, read a number of the Watch Tower Publications, and debated a Jehovah Witness online. It’s been fun. If you know me at all, you know that I really enjoy these sort of tensions and conversations.

The most important thing I have come to realize about Jehovah’s Witness is that they don’t believe that Jesus is God. In fact they don’t believe in the trinity at all. This is of course a huge break away from Orthodox Christianity. So I thought I would take some time to show one reason why such a view is unbiblical.

Most of you are well aware that Jehovah’s Witneses are not the only people that believe Jesus is not God. In fact, it’s a pretty common belief that Jesus is not God these days. Whether an atheist, a Jehovah Witness, aMormons, or even a Muslim, many people believe Jesus is not God. So what does scripture teach? One passage in particular seems to make it abundantly clear.

In John 20 we see Jesus appear to Thomas after the resurrection. Thomas had declared that he would not believe unless he felt Jesus wounds and saw Jesus himself. When Jesus appears and tells Thomas to feel his wounds Thomas says to Jesus, “my Lord and my God”.

Thomas is very clearly calling Jesus God! It’s possible that Thomas is somehow wrong in his exclamation here, but Jesus’ reply makes it clear that he has no problem with what Thomas has said. Instead of condemning or correcting Thomas for calling him God,  Jesus says ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’

Rather then correcting, Jesus confirms Thomas’ statement by saying those who believe what Thomas has proclaimed without seeing, as Thomas has seen, will be blessed.

Some would like to argue that Jesus makes no actual claim to deity here. To some extent this is true, Jesus does say ‘I am God’. But an understanding of the strict monotheism of Judaism would show that Jesus should have condemned such a statement and He didn’t. In fact he encourages Thomas for calling him God. Clearly Jesus did not disagree with what was being said.

Others claim that Thomas was not speaking to Jesus but actually to God, but the context makes it clear, ‘Thomas said to him (Jesus), my Lord and my God’. John is being explicitly clear that Thomas is addressing Jesus.

There is only way to interpret the passage within the context, Thomas is calling Jesus God and Jesus is confirming that Thomas is speaking the truth. So is Jesus God? This scripture certainly is saying so.