This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

980 words - 4 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Did Jesus Claim to Be God?

"William the Usurper"--William the Conqueror used immoral and manipulative tactics to lay claim to a throne that did not rightfully belong to him

1113 words - 4 pages AD when William the Conqueror used immoral and manipulative tactics to lay claim to a throne that did not rightfully belong to him.The chain of events that lead to William's claim is a long one. It starts around the year 1051 when the influence of foreign nobles in the courts was high because King Edward himself had been raised in Normandy and had many foreign friends that were constantly visiting him at court (Teirney 196). One such friend, Count

How Did The Great Depression Come To Be?

770 words - 4 pages Great Depression had many causes as to how it came to be. The main three reasons The Great Depression came the way it did was because us Americans kept buying until we broke the business cycle, leading to a pause in debt and trade production declining.

Israeli Etgar Keret’s The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, and Iranian Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis

5293 words - 21 pages consciousness is difficult to imagine; most Americans believe that laws and rules exist for a reason: because they make sense. How would the average American react, then, if forced to obey laws and rules that did not “make sense” to his or her consciousness? Colonization most assuredly produced altered states of consciousness, in which the fundamental sense of “rightness” was understood to be subjective and culturally constructed, rather than

God Must Be Allowed to Fully Reenter the Public School System

1930 words - 8 pages believing in God. Some people do not believe in God or may not want religion forced on them and this is understood. Just because God and prayer are reentered in the public school system does not mean everyone has to be involved. If the government forced all the children to pray to God of one type of religion or domination that they did not believe in, the Government would be establishing a State Religion. Prayer in schools was always voluntary

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Silence is Something to Be Valued

1312 words - 5 pages Their Eyes Were Watching God: Silence is Something to Be Valued Silence: the absence of any sound or noise. The act of being silent or quiet is something that happens everyday, and as a result, often possesses no significance. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston addresses that silence can have a purpose through the main character Janie. Janie, a woman struggling to find and express herself, is often silenced along her

God wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (NAB)

1653 words - 7 pages be saved. Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life so that we might have a right to the tree of life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (John3:16 NAB). God loved the world not, so why would St prosper think only the elect will be saved or why would St Aquinas and St Augustine think predestination and salvation are for some and the others are

Why did it take so long for the Vietnamese Veterans to be recognized in Australia?

661 words - 3 pages government.But why did the public harass the returning soldiers so much? In previous wars soldiers had major parades and were considered heroes by all. What made Vietnam so different? There are some notable differences between the two. In both the First World War and the Second, there was a definite and major enemy and threat, like Hitler. You could see the threat and evidence that his regime had to be stopped, but with Vietnam there was only a slight

“Why did the ‘Reconstruction’ of the South prove to be such an all-around failure?”

817 words - 4 pages . Slavery was abolished but it was nearly impossible to attain a job with a respectable and honest wage. Certain rights were protected but that did not mean they were rights that had to be equal and up to par with white rights, just enough to go unnoticed as being unjust. Blacks were finally able to vote and voice their opinions through legislature but before they could do that they had to reach certain requirements. They paid a substantially higher

Is It Possible For God To Be All-good And All-powerful While There Is Evil In The World?

1235 words - 5 pages well as good beings. Only the existence of both good and evil allows freedom of choice. Freedom of choice, in turn, was provided in order for people to love God. Without it they could not truly love him. With this freedom of choice there are people who chose not to believe in God, not to love him and not to be good. Thus God did not create evil but by creating the freedom of choice he permitted the evil. Leibniz continued this thought and argued

Odyssey Essay: Did Odysseus prove to be a good leader or no? - Rutgers University/ English HonP 105 - Essay

1438 words - 6 pages some day too. Then do as I say, let us all be won over."(Homer 208) At this point, Odysseus tries to let his men know that they persevered through the worse. That is what a leader should do, motivate them through the course of their own actions and show them that they did everything correctly. Another incident that proves Odysseus did care for the lives of his troop was their encounter with the Lotus Eaters. They drugged the men with the fruit

Assess Marx's claim that Communism would be superior to Capitalism

2258 words - 9 pages the Great Depression.'One does not have to be a Marxist to think that modern consumer capitalism has resulted in the commodification of everything. (Lovell 1996:565). While capitalism is an ideology of consumerism and commodities, emphasising profit over subsistence (Edgar, Earle & Fopp 1993:116), communism emphasises values of community and cooperation in which workers unite and share common property. There is no need for want, as

Similar Essays

Abba Essay: Why Did Jesus Call God "Abba"? What Signififigance Does This Have?

368 words - 2 pages none of us could do without Christ's help. Because of this, we don't have to lower ourselves as much with God, because since Jesus showed us we can get on a personal level with Him, it raises us up to be able to personally speak with God as a friend, not just a king. It is also important because it shows the personal level of Jesus when he isn't worried about the sanctity of humanity, and that He is also a normal person who just wants to talk to

How Far Did The Achievements Of Alexander Ii, Between 1855 1881, Justify His Claim To Be The "Tsar Liberator"?

545 words - 2 pages when they went wrong. Compared to his predecessors, he was amongst the most liberate ones. It must be remembered that Nikolai II made reforms only as his last option to avoid revolution, and Alexander did this voluntarily.Emancipating the serfs is such a huge step forward from the state Russia had been for centuries. It is also important to remember that serfdom had existed for centuries, and trying to abolish serfdom on own initial without anyone

Christos Valenti Trial.. And How Each Person Should Be Punished For Their Actions. He Was Not Right In What He Did, Even Though "God Told Him To"

547 words - 2 pages Actions by people whether prompted by God or not, should be tried in the governmental justice system which is much less prone to corruption than ambiguous divine law. After reading about the Christos Valenti case, it is clear that the justice system, not one derived from God and religious views, is what we should use to try our criminals and exceptions as far as the divine law is concerned, should not exist. Having a law system inspired by

Jesus: The Only Way And Guide To Eternal Life With God

1933 words - 8 pages speaking to Nicodemus about the rebirthing of one’s spirit. Jesus announces that “... no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and spirit” (John 3:5). He then goes on explaining that humans aren’t able to be born of the spirit which is why God had to send his son to help the human spirits to be born and not perish. John then as a narrator says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who