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Debating Bible Basics Duncan Heaster  

 


QUESTION:

Jesus is not God

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I find myself on the horns of a terrible dilemma in listening to you speaking about the doctrine of the Trinity. It seems that I have an unthinkable alternative. Either I must believe that God who you say is co-equal with Jesus and co-eternal, that God died on the cross, or that Jesus of Nazareth did not die. Neither of those propositions can I accept and I believe that the doctrine of the Trinity does absolute violence to the plain teaching of Scripture. Jesus is not God, therefore.

MR. EVERITT:

I must confess that your question puzzles me because I should have thought it was perfectly obvious that it was a man that died on the cross.

REPLY:

You said he was God. Jesus is not God.

MR. EVERITT:

Exactly. But you see it was as man that he died.

REPLY:

God cannot die. Jesus is not God.

MR. EVERITT:

I said it was as man that he died.

REPLY:

You said he was going to reign as man as well.

CHAIRMAN:

Can we try and keep this as an open debate.

MR. EVERITT:

Sorry. If this gentleman wishes to say something to me afterwards, can I deal with that separately?

He is both man and God. That is the simple teaching as I understand it. As man he died, but he didnít cease to be God because he was man. Jesus was God.


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