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27 Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, “O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented.
28 O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.”
Taken from here: https://bloggingtheology.net/2016/12/30/27807/
I am reading by two of America’s leading biblical scholars entitled: King and Messiah as Son of God, Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature by Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins – both professors of biblical criticism and interpretation at Yale University.
I have nearly finished the book and I thought readers might like to peruse another extract. The professors describe the historical process whereby Jesus was initially understood to be an agent of God, then after the ascension of Jesus leading to further speculation about his pre-existent status. But a crucial factor appears to be the influence of pagan cults where men who were once human beings were honoured and worshiped as gods. The authors highlight the practices of the Imperial cults as a crucial element in the proclamation of Jesus as God. Here is a snapshot taken on my humble iPhone of page 174 (see note 105 too).
[John 8:56] “My Day” does it refer to the Plains of Mamre or in the Future? (Differences in Biblical Commentaries)
Many Christians try to show the divinity of Christ, by equating him with the figure in Genesis 18 , ANGEL OF THE LORD. They refer to John 8:56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”, and in particular the wording “MY DAY“. Let us examine the different interpretations of Biblical commentors on this issue:
BLUE = Future
RED=Plains of Mamre
To conclude here, you will see that the MAJORITY of commentaries are referring to a FUTURE observance of Christ, as opposed to Jesus coming down in human form, in Genesis 18.
But as usual in John 8:57 , the Jews twisted the words of Jesus and the Trinitarian Christians are gullible enough to accept their reasoning. In the next post we will see how commentators have understood the Jews were in-fact twisting or misinterpreting what Jesus was saying.
Taken from here: https://bloggingtheology.net/2017/11/22/41936/
Michael Ramsey (1904 – 1988) was the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury. He was appointed on 31 May 1961 and held the office until 1974, having previously been the Bishop of Durham and the Archbishop of York. He was known as a theologian, educator, and advocate of Christian unity. The former Archbishop of Canterbury informs us that Jesus did not claim deity for himself. Most NT scholars would agree in my experience. The book is Jesus and the Living Past (published by Oxford University Press, 1980).
Another absurd claim made by Christians. Let us examine instances where others than Jesus not only were resurrected by some also had the power to resurrect others:
The Bible lists TEN separate occasions when God brought people back to life. The first one listed in Scripture is where Elijah the prophet raised a widow’s son from the dead. Elijah was staying in the person’s home when her son perish. After he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the Eternal each time, something wonderful happened!
22. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child came into him again, and he lived (1Kings 17:22, HBFV throughout)
A common argument brought up by Christians; easily refutable by two verses from the Bible:
Genesis 5:24 (ESV)
24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
11 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
If Jesus is God because he went up to heaven, then using that same line of reasoning one would also have to conclude that Enoch and Elijah are God as well.
The following post will compare the apparent ORDER of Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 28:19 and the subsequent DISOBEDIENCE of his disciples in regards to the “Baptismal Formula” within the Book of Acts.
At the end of this post, the reader will have no choice but to agree that either the disciples disobeyed Jesus OR that the verse of Matthew 28:19 is a fabrication/addition to the text of the Bible.
Now let us compare:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.—1 Corinthians 15:3-9 (ESV)
“‘If someone brings a lamb as their sin offering, they are to bring a female without defect.
Exodus 8:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said.
Luke 11:20 New International Version (NIV)
20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.