The righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ – is Jesus God?

Well, this must be one of the clearest passage that refers to Jesus as God. Perhaps we need to take a closer look.

Let’s read it together with the second verse as it has similar structure (and thankfully the NRSV drops the punctuation that doesn’t exist in the Greek):

2 Peter 1 (NRSV)
1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Now take a glance of the Greek (more…)

In defense of Adoptionism – answering charges

So someone answered and said that Unitarianism adapts scriptures to suit their purposes, and that they fashion God “after their own whim and fancy”.

Let me answer these charges.

1. The God who secretly impregnates someone’s wife behind the husband’s back doesn’t seem to be the same God as the God of Abraham, who said,

Gen 18:
17… “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? (more…)

Developing Theology – two majour approaches

When you talk to Christians you often hear a lot of “Christian talk”. They think they are talking about Christian living, that is, the application of biblical teaching and not theology. However, they don’t realise that their talk is in reality theology. The ideas about God’s grace, Christ standing in the gap, the Spirit leading, etc, were all worked out by theologians in the past, but these were preached so many times over and over again that people don’t think about theology any more, but they call them application.

In my view we need to be concerned about two things:

1. what does the text say (theology)
2. what does it mean to me in my everyday life (application)

No 2 depends on No 1, no question about it.

Sure, you can read the bible for yourself without having any biblical education and get something out of it. What you get out will depend on you, your ideas, cultural settings, whether you want to justify what you do, etc. But Paul says the scriptures are not for private interpretation. What does he mean? Maybe we need to make an effort to find out what it says and submit ourselves to it.

But things are not so simple. (more…)

The Just Shall Live by Faith – or by His Faithfulness?

I often get told that theology is not really important and I should rather focus on application. Sure, I can’t expect everyone to be a theologian, but I’ like you all to recognise that the way you interpret the bible DOES have an effect on your walk as a Christian.

I often heard from Christians that “the bible says this and that”. But in reality they simply read their ideas into the scriptures. Noone should make such a claim. Various churches teach it various ways. But if you get it wrong, will it not affect your conduct, your walk with God? You might do something that is actually forbidden.

You see, faulty theology leads to a false sense of security. Digging into the text HAS applications to everyday living. If, for example, it turned out that “faith” was a doing word rather than head knowledge, many Christians would find themselves in trouble. Sure, Martin Luther read in Romans that “the just shall live by faith”, but he didn’t check where the idea originates from in the Hebrew bible (OT) and whether it was correctly translated. (more…)

Did Abraham speak with Jesus?

In Genesis 18 three men visits Abraham and promise that he would have a son through Sarah. Hearing this, standing at the tent door, Sarah laughs.

Gen 18:
13 And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’
14 “Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

Abraham appears to speak to only one of the men. Christianity believes that this was the pre-incarnate Christ. (more…)