Is there a God?
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2 March, 2014 at 4:10 pm
“Jesus talked and acted as if he was divine – he acted as God’s representative and king”
I understand from the above that you consider Jesus as a representative (prophet/messenger) of the One-True-God and don’t believe that Jesus was a god or son of god in literal terms.
Do you agree with me?
2 March, 2014 at 8:45 pm
Hi paarsurrey, no I’m sorry but I don’t agree with you. I believe Jesus was divine, the son of God, as most christians do. I realise that is not your belief as a Muslim. Best wishes.
Kipsang Alfred says
26 September, 2014 at 4:28 am
GOD is a life and able to answer our prayers
James Germiquet says
18 November, 2016 at 1:02 am
I have gone to a deeper level. Far from the physical perception of the Universe. DesCartes said I think therefore I AM.. Moses asked God who shall I say sent me? God replied. Tell them I AM has sent you. I AM is the basic unit of awareness of ones existence. But without our physical perception where are the lights that sparkle our eyes? Where is the music that moves our spirits? Where are the hugs that comfort and reassure us? Where is the food and drink the refresh us? Where are the accomplishments that give ur existence meaning? The purpose of life is not mysterious. The mystery is in why so many people fail to follow the simple rules that make life so enjoyable.
BTW. I do not believe anything exists except as the dreams we choose to create in this nothingness of our awareness of existence.
29 August, 2018 at 5:28 pm
I love where you come from but what is more important is where are you NOW. Because now is what matters above all because now is all that exists. What are we doing now to make our lives our world our universe a better place to be now and in our next now. Do you want better nows? Then build them now using the tool you learned about in your past nows. Love, belonging, purpose, meaning, esteem? How do we meet those needs now and for all our continued nows?
29 August, 2018 at 5:37 pm
No Jesus was not divine, Jesus IS divine. God is the God of the living not the dead. God is NOW. Only Now exists. Who is Jesus? What is the way the truth and the life? Life only exists in the now. The past is gone the future is not yet. Only now ever exists. The truth is always divine. Life is divine they way to life is divine. Jesus said before Abraham I AM. The truth is not limited to a time and a place. The truth is always the truth no matter who says it. Jesus is just a man limited in a story about a time and place. The spirit of Truth is not limited to a time or place.
29 August, 2018 at 5:45 pm
Answer our prayers? What if our prayers are not compatible? Does he answer yours or mine? God is NOT a respecter of persons but causes the rain to fall and the sun to shine on the good and bad alike.. god gives power to pharaohs magicians according to their faith but also to Moses according to his faith. If Moses has less faith than the pharaohs magicians Moses would have lost. It is our faith that will win or lose. God will not change the laws of physics for us….. but if we are listening god will tell us how to use those laws to our advantage.
John Donner says
8 September, 2018 at 4:23 pm
Hello there, I just stumbled onto this blog after doing a search on “Sam Harris Tim o’Neill” (I was trying to figure out if Sam had responded to Tim’s critique of him)… I skimmed through your summary of that whole kerfuffle, saw that you identify as a Christian, and wanted to know more about what you specifically believe (especially if you are familiar with the works of Tim o’Neill).
For context, I was raised in a baptist denomination for my first twelve years or so, drifted into atheism and then agnosticism (even having “Apatheism” printed on my dog tags as my religious preference at one point while serving in the United States Marine Corps), had a profound epiphany/mystical experience that completely altered my life, got back into Christianity for the better part of 5 years (even serving on the board of directors for a small, non-denominational congregation) and then became an active Mormon for over a year before deciding organized religion probably just wasn’t for me. I maintain a belief in a Creator, though my understanding of what that means is changing as I study and learn new things.
So I was curious as to what your specific Christian beliefs were, as I think any honest Christian can recognize that there’s a huge spectrum of them. What I was specifically curious about – especially given that you’re at least vaguely familiar with the work of Tim o’Neill – was where you stand on Christ’s divinity. It’s one thing to say, for example, “God reveals truth to all people, but is known most completely through Jesus, so we are all more complete and closer to the truth if we believe in what he said and did” and another to say “Jesus was fully God and fully man.” It’s one thing to acknowledge “There is good historical evidence, accepted by most secular historians, that Jesus lived, and that he did and said many of things recorded about him,” but quite another to then conclude that everything written about Jesus in the Gospels is 100% pure, bonafide historical fact (like raising people from the dead, having the dead raise when he was crucified, turning water into wine, and other “miraculous” or supernatural things).
Because my qualm is that there really isn’t any historical evidence for any of the supernatural or divine claims about Jesus. I’m not trying to attack your faith at all – I think a faith in Jesus can produce many beautiful fruit and acting in accordance with his example and teaching can definitely lead to a life full of love and purpose. However, for whatever peculiar reason, I’ve always been interested in and motivated by Truth and deciphering what is absolutely True. This value led me to earnestly pursue a Christian life (especially due to scripture like John 18:37-38) but after a long time reconciling facts with fiction, interpretation, myth and so on, the idea that Jesus was God’s one and only divine son (or God himself) was not one I could believe in any longer. The scriptures quite plainly state a lot of things about spiritual gifts that should be evident in a believer’s life that really just are not, unless you twist the interpretation so far as to justify the world view that you hold.
Moreover, it’s not historically clear whether Jesus actually claimed divinity himself or whether that was a later addition by Church fathers in order to create a religion around him (for more on this I would suggest taking a look at the site Yeshua before 30ce). Again, I’m not trying to attack your faith or convert you to a different faith or anything of the sort – that’s not my intention and trying to convert people out of deeply held convictions simply through an internet post is folly to begin with. My issue is more that you seem to be over-using the evidence of a historical Jesus to back up narratives of divinity and supernatural occurrences that the same historical evidence would not suggest actually occurred. The historical Jesus and the “Bible Jesus” (let’s call him) are quite different entities.
Yet, just as a veneration for Jesus – particularly his example and teachings – can bear many good fruit, likewise a dogmatic adherence to the Biblical narrative can bear much bad fruit (especially in cases where people place the Bible over the supposed Savior). This is generally where my problems with organized religion come in, because my experience (as well as some research on the topic) has shown that many people who identify as being of a particular religious faith don’t actually seriously grapple with many of the important elements of that faith – like, for example, actually reading scripture regularly. Most just take other people’s opinions on scripture as good enough (like a pastor’s or bible study leader’s) and that’s quite a dangerous thing to do, especially when those in power start defending or preaching about the “great good” of many hurtful practices. (The Catholic church sex scandal comes to mind; divisiveness over homosexuality comes to mind; sex scandals in the Mormon church come to mind.) Moreover it’s always been ironic to me that a large number of religions were started around a guy who was essentially anti-religious in his time and preached about the dangers of allowing other men to interpret what God meant to you and claimed the authority to speak on God’s behalf for you.
In either case, I wish you all the best, and look forward to a friendly conversation if you so desire.
9 September, 2018 at 8:10 am
Thanks for reading my blog and for your thoughtful comments and questions. I especially appreciate that you have tried to avoid any possibility of offending me. I welcome questions and discussions like this, and I believe if I write my beliefs on a blog, they should be robust enough to stand up to scrutiny.
Your main question concerns the historical evidence for Jesus’ divinity and the supernatural. I thought these questions were so important, and deserved a more comprehensive answer than I could give in a comment here that I put my thoughts in a new blog post, Going from the historical Jesus to the Jesus of faith. I hope that is OK.
So please feel free to continue the discussion here or there.
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