Response to Catholic Answers: The Divinity of Christ

Recently, a Roman Catholic friend of mine challenged me to read a tract on the divinity of Christ from Catholic Answers.1 We'd been debating this subject on Facebook, and he is convinced that the creeds distill the truth of Scripture, and this tract he asked me to read should show me where I err. I decided I ought to read it and respond as thoroughly as possible to make sure I'm understanding the texts presented and hopefully present what I understand to be true as articulately as possible. And I hope that other Catholics or Protestant Christians who have only heard one side of the Trinity question would find this and be challenged to reconsider their understanding of the person of Jesus Christ.

Catholic Answers (CA): Christ's divinity is shown over and over again in the New Testament. For example, in John 5:18 we are told that Jesus' opponents sought to kill him because he “called God his Father, making himself equal with God.”
Very, very often, orthodox Christians tak…

How I Came to Be

My blogging activity has taken a nosedive this summer. I have been simultaneously busy with family activities in another state (including a death and a wedding), drudging my way through a dozen books I started this year (I'm not much of a reader), and trying to enjoy my leisure time. Recently, though, my friend Bill Schlegel (Land and Bible) put out a call for Biblical Unitarians to share their testimonies to be included in the Testimonies section of the One God Report. I thought it would be helpful to include my story, as there is a pretty sharp divide among Biblical Unitarians when it comes to the applicability of the Torah, and that was for me my launching point for changing my perspective on the person of Jesus Christ.

I was raised in an evangelical home of the Church of Christ persuasion. I was baptized by my father when I was 9, and I had a profound love for God and a desire to understand the Scriptures. In early high school, we moved to a new town, and the church my parents…

Exodus: Memoir of the Gods

This is a creative writing idea I had that is inspired by the upcoming holy days of Passover and Matzot and the celebration of the Exodus. I decided to envision the story in Exodus 3-14 from the perspective of the gods of Egypt. It ought not need stating that this is highly imaginative. But whether or not things played out at all like I've depicted, the ancient Hebrews operated under the worldview that the gods of the nations may be real, they were just worthless compared to the Most High God and shouldn't be worshiped. All that being said, I hope this gets you thinking about the Passover in a new way as it approaches in a couple of weeks.

Another important point is that I'm appealing to the revised Egyptian chronology put forth by David Down in his book Unwrapping the Pharaohs. And my knowledge of the religions of Egypt is limited to what I can find on Google, so my portrayal of their gods is of my own imagination. For instance, it appears that Imhotep wasn't considere…

The Lord Is the Spirit: Dealing with 2 Corinthians 3

One of the most confusing passages in the New Testament epistles has got to be 2 Corinthians 3. This is one of the chapters that seems to say that Yeshua changed the Torah, and it has recently gotten attention in Biblical Unitarian circles with the statement that “The Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Some BU scholars have argued from 1 Corinthians 15:45 that Yeshua is the Holy Spirit. The argument is that the old covenant, “carved in letters on stone”, is superseded by the ministry of the Spirit (that is, Yeshua)—to the effect that the Torah is no longer relevant to the lives of believers because we have a better covenant which is through the Messiah rather than obedience to the Law of God. I intend to express an alternate understanding of this perspective. As usual, my base translation is the ESV.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on ou…