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Paul or Cephas or Apollos or Christ?

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I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
—1 Corinthians 1:10-13
This passage has always struck me as somewhat odd. Why were there some in the assembly at Corinth who identified themselves as followers of Paul or Apollos or Peter in exclusion of the Messiah? As a Trinitarian, this made no sense, because of those four, only Jesus is God, so everyone following Paul instead of Peter would be a heretic. And why didn't Paul simply ask, “Is Paul God? Is Apollos the Creator? Is Cephas the I AM?” But he did not, which seemed like…

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…