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  1. Christianity Simplified

    Well, we could start with this: "... Christ ... is God over all, blessed forever. Amen" (Romans 9:5). You could sum up the doctrine of Trinity in four points that the Bible teaches. The first two are easy: 1) There is only one God, and 2) The Father is God. I think we can agree that the Bible clearly teaches both of those two points. The 3rd would be that the Holy Spirit is God, but since I have no idea where you stand on this, and since it is besides the point we will skip it for now. Point #4 is crucial to the Gospel itself: Jesus is God. Paul said it clearly enough in the verse above. And it is no riddle in John 1: "verse 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... verse 14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ..." Who is the Word? Here it is God, and it is also Jesus Himself who "became flesh and dwelt among us." So you have both John and Paul telling you clearly that Jesus is God. I will round it out with a quote from Jesus as well: "...before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). Didn't God tell Moses the same thing when Moses asked what God's name was? "God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM.' ... 'Say this to the people of israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" So the Scriptures say that Jesus is God. Do you believe it?
  2. Jesus Can't Be The Last Messenger...

    That is not a good premise to start from. I could use it against you. Many people differ about Mohammed (peace be on him), the most obvious example being that some (you) believe he was a true prophet, and others (I myself) do not. From there I could also conclude that Mohammed (peace be on him) was not the last prophet. Indeed, I would always be waiting for the last prophet because there would always be differing views on whoever God sends.
  3. Christianity Simplified

    To say that Jesus is the Son of God is to say that he is God by nature. God the Father sent God the Son. Shall we look at John 1? The word was with God and was God, and has become flesh. If I told you that the pink panther has saved me by grace through faith because he died for me, do you think that would save me from hell? No, it would be idolatry. So it is not just the content of the message, but the object of faith that matters. Likewise, there are two claim to be Jesus: one who claims to be God and the other who claims to be anything but that. Only one can be real. Only one can be the source of true salvation.
  4. Christianity Simplified

    If God has the power to make man, why would he not have the power to take on manhood? Not quite… Jesus is not a “part†of God, let alone a “lesser part,†but He is God, the image of the Invisible. So God, my judge who can rightly condemn me by the law he wrote, did not merely give up a part of Himself, but his whole self in my place. I don’t pretend to follow the logic there, but one thing seems clear: you see an individual sin as a finite thing. It has a certain weight to it, no more, no less. But what you fail to realize is that any and every sin has infinite weight because ultimately it is treason against the Infinite God. If you break the law at one point you have become a lawbreaker, breaking the whole law.
  5. Howdy!

    What kind of drinks do you serve here? Not alcoholic I assume... well, we'd be in good company as I am attending a seminary where I am under contract to not drink! I can't say I miss it though. Instead we just guzzle coffee... I always enjoy learning about other faiths through "theological jousting." I saw your section on "Refuting non-muslims," it looked interesting. Don't know what else to say about myself... should anyone say much on the internet? Why do you call it "reverting" instead of "converting?" I have a guess, but I'd be curious to know why. Does this make three lines? three full lines? ..........