This paper is written to discuss the many different ideas that have been discussed over the first half of Theology 104. This class went over many topics which gave me a much better understanding of Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible. I will be addressing two topics of which I feel are very important to Christianity. First, I will be focusing on the question did Jesus claim to be God? This is one of the biggest challenges of the Bibles that come up quite often. Secondly, I will focus on character development.
II. Did Jesus ever claim to be God?
a) Theological Definition The greatest support of the deity of Jesus is in what he did, not what he said. It is very easy to make claims about being divine, but the proof is in the actions. It is important because it suggests about our nature and God’s ability and willingness to relate to us, as sinful human beings.
b) Biblical Foundation Many question if Jesus ever claimed to be God. First, Jesus claimed to be the unique Son of God, resulting in the Jewish leaders stoning Him ‘because you,’ the leaders said, ‘a mere man, claim to be God’ (John 10:33). On another occasion, a High Priest asked him: ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ to which Jesus replied ‘I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven’ (Mark 14:61-62). Jesus also claimed to possess the same attributes of God. In the Bible, Jesus has never been recorded saying the exact words, “I am God.” However, Jesus’ original spectators seemed to think He said “I am the Father.” They were even ready to kill Him right there. The controversy is: Jesus didn’t have to say the specific words “I am God,” to claim this. Jesus did, however, claim to be divine when He said He was the “Son of Man.” He used this term 80 times in the New Testament.
c) Practical Application The fact that Jesus Christ claimed to be God is indisputable. He gave Himself this title and in doing so, declared that He was God. Not one recognized religious leader has ever claimed to be God, except for Jesus Christ. “And if Jesus were not God, Christianity would not have become the powerful force in the world it is.” (Towns, Page 12) Jesus went through everything specifically so we could know God now, by believing in him. Jesus offers us a very meaningful life, by being in a relationship with him. He said “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) We can use this by having a wonderful, outstanding relationship with Him today. Jesus took the sin on himself, at the cross. He chose this punishment so that our sin would no longer be held between us. Jesus wants you to come in! He said “Behold, I stand...