EQUIPPED Vol. 1 No. 2: The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

Cover EQUIPPED 1.2EQUIPPED – A CAA Quarterly

Vol. 1 No. 2: EQUIPPED 1.2

If you’re looking for a good conversation starter, try asking, “Who is the most important person in history?” and follow it up with, “Why do you say that?” After reading this issue, you will be EQUIPPED to discuss these questions and answer the most important question: “Who do you say I am?”

The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

—Glen Richmond, Editor EQUIPPED

Debating Christianity and Islam on Spice FM: A Conversation on the Deity of Christ

I was recently invited to do a debate on a local radio station that airs in Tyneside, England, called Spice FM. Every Thursday, a Muslim program, called “Eye on the East”, run by Muslim activist Daniel Johnson of the Islamic Diversity Center airs. In the video above, I take on Daniel Johnson and Muslim apologist Majid Younus on the identity of Christ and the validity of the Triune concept of God. Enjoy! You can listen to two other recent radio interviews I have done on the subject of Islam here and here.

Answering Jewish Objections: “Jewish People Don’t Believe in a Suffering/Atoning Messiah”: Part Three

thumbnailca3tlj011This is the third part in our series. To see Part One, click here. To see Part Two, click here.

Remember the following:

  1. Targums are the Aramaic Translations of the Jewish Scriptures (The Tanakh), that were read in the synagogues on the Sabbath and on feast or fast days.
  2. Scholars usually assume the Targums were needed because the loss of Hebrew fluency by Jewish people growing up during the exile
  3. Targums are supposed to represent rabbinic Judaism after C.E. 70. Targums originated in Palestinian Judaism but later editions were done in Babylon.
  4. All of the extant Targums seem to date from 2nd century C.E. and later, yet a number of the translations would preserve readings that were current in the first century. (4)

Part of the passage reads this way (with italics indicating departures from the Hebrew): ( The translation is based on Bruce D. Chilton, The Isaiah Targum (ArBib 11;Wilmington: Glazier, 1987), 103–5. For Aramaic text and English translation, which at points differs somewhat, see John F. Stenning, The Targum of Isaiah (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1949), 178–81).

Behold, my servant, the Messiah, shall prosper, he shall be exalted and increase, and shall be very strong. Just as the house of Israel hoped for him many days—their appearances were so dark among the peoples, and their aspect beyond that of the sons of men—So he shall scatter many peoples . . . Who has believed this our good news? . . . And the righteous shall be exalted before him . . . his appearance is not a common appearance and his fearfulness is not an ordinary fearfulness, and his brilliance will be holy brilliance, that everyone who looks at him will consider him. Then the glory of all the kingdoms will be for contempt and cease; they will be faint and mournful, behold, as a man of sorrows and appointed for sicknesses . . . Then he will beseech concerning our sins and our iniquities for his sake will be forgiven; yet we were esteemed wounded, smitten before the Lord and afflicted. 5And he will build the sanctuary . . . (if) we attach ourselves to his words our sins will be forgiven to us. He beseeches, and he is answered, and before he opens his mouth he is accepted . . . 8From bonds and retribution he will bring our exiles near . . . for he will take away the rule of the Gentiles from the land of Israel; the sins which my people sinned he will cast on to them. 9And he will hand over the wicked to Gehenna and those rich in possessions which they robbed to the death of the corruption . . .53: 10 Yet before the Lord it was a pleasure to refine and to cleanse the remnant of his people, in order to purify their soul from sins; they shall see the kingdom of their Messiah . . . .

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The Divinity of Jesus. Part Three: Did the Council of Nicaea Vote to Make Jesus God?

10705253_10205011570707862_1084112105_nA lot of confusion has arisen over exactly what took place at the Council of Nicaea, with some making the assertion that Christians voted to make Jesus God in 325 AD. This was a very tumultuous time period in early church history, and the scope of this article cannot address all the various facets of events which contributed to it. However, this article will focus on the early Christian understanding of Jesus in relationship to his divinity.

In part two of this series, I addressed some seemingly contradictory statements by Jesus as to his divinity. In the first two examples below, Jesus is making a clear distinction between himself and his Father.

“I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.”  (John 20: 17).

“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”  (John 14:28).

And yet in these next two passages, Jesus accepts worship and the attribution of divinity, and claims equality with God.

“Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:28-29)

“I and the Father are one.”  The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” (John 10:30-33). [Read more…]

Call for submissions to winter edition of EQUIPPED

CAA Newsletter Cover 500x250We are excited to announce the second issue of the Christian Apologetics Alliance publication, EQUIPPED, is in production, with an anticipated release the week of December 15. This second issue, titled “‘The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Amongst Us’ – John 1:14,” will focus on Jesus’ incarnation. [Review the first issue of EQUIPPED, released two weeks ago.]

EQUIPPED invites all members of the apologetics community to submit articles for consideration by December 1. If you plan to write an article, please email caanewsletter@christianapologeticsalliance.com and let us know on which topic:

  • Historical evidence for Jesus
  • The Incarnation (virgin birth, Holy Spirit)
  • The deity of Jesus (logos)
  • The two natures of Christ (divine, human, hypostatic union)
  • Messianic prophecy
  • The teachings of Jesus
  • The Trinity
  • John 1

Please bear in mind the Resurrection will be the subject of the third issue of EQUIPPED. Discussing the Resurrection at length should be reserved for the coming spring edition of EQUIPPED.

In Him who set us free,

Glen Richmond