One of the things often overlooked in many people’s understanding of Scripture is the difference between Christ and Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, as if His name could’ve just as easily been Jesus Smith, or Jesus Johnson. (If we're actually looking for His last name, it was likely ben Yosef.) The word Christ … Continue reading How is Jesus, God with us?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36) is among the most well-known stories ever told, even for those unfamiliar with the Bible. For the contemporary reader, the parable is also one of the easiest to misunderstand. Today, the term Samaritan is synonymous with offering assistance to strangers. In the Jewish world in which Jesus taught, … Continue reading The Good Samaritan: A Syrian Perspective
The Historical Jesus - Part 2 of 3 Who did Jesus claim to be? All of us are guilty of fashioning our own Jesus to a certain degree. I am convinced this is completely unavoidable. At the same time, one of our goals as we mature in Christ ought to be that we know Him truly, … Continue reading The Historical Jesus, Part 2 – Dangerous Claims
The Historical Jesus - Part 1 of 3 What do we really know about Jesus? Well, for those of us who live according to the "for the Bible tells me so" mentality, there is quite a lot. But not everyone gives the Bible the credibility it deserves. Those who consider the Bible to be pseudo-history, or partial … Continue reading The Historical Jesus, Part 1 – The Fake Jesus
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" These have to be some of the most difficult words of Jesus to understand and interpret. Jesus seems to feel abandoned during His most critical hour of need. If Jesus felt this way, how are we ever … Continue reading Did Jesus sing, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?”
There is an ancient Hindu teaching which says something like: "There are many paths up the mountain to god. You may choose any path you like. The only foolish person is the one who runs around the bottom of the mountain telling everyone else they are on the wrong path." This teaching may sound wise … Continue reading Stairway to Heaven: Is there a path to God?
For many believers, the verses of Scripture we call the "Beatitudes," which are found in Matthew 5:3-12, are among the most beautiful and inspiring words ever spoken by Jesus. They can also be some of His most perplexing words. Jesus was not the first teacher to use "beatitudes." On the contrary, the beatitude was a … Continue reading A unique look at the “Beatitudes” of Jesus