The Humanity of Jesus Christ

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For many people in Jesus’ day, it was a challenge to accept His divinity. In fact, it was His claims to divine nature that caused the Pharisees to oppose Him so vehemently, even to the point of seeking His life. After Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, some who believed in Christ went to the opposite extreme—affirming that Jesus did not come in the flesh. The apostle John wrote:

…every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, who you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. (1 John 4:3)

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David in Jerusalem – ATA

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Did David go to Jerusalem before (1 Samuel 17:54-55) or after (2 Samuel 5:4-7) he took Zion by force? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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The Deity of Jesus Christ

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While in conversation with Jesus, the Jews asked Him, “Who are You?” (John 8:25), and again, “Whom do You make Yourself out to be?” (John 8:53). In the context, He identified Himself as “the Son of Man” (John 8:28; cf. Daniel 7:13), the “Son” of God (John 8:36, 54) and the “I AM” (John 8:24, 28, 58). He was as clear as could be about His identity; He claimed to be deity—God. And, His questioners understood Him, for “…they took up stones to throw at Him…” (John 8:59). On a subsequent occasion, He asked them why they sought to stone Him (John 10:31-32). Their response, “…because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” (John 10:33). Continue reading

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Ark in Abinadab’s House – ATA

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Was the ark of the covenant at Abinadab’s house 20 years (1 Samuel 7:1-2) or more than 47 years (Acts 13:21; 2 Samuel 5:4-7; 6:2-3)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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Jesus Was A Legalist

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The #1 result for the words  “Jesus” & “legalist” on the internet is an article titled, “Why Jesus Hates Legalism.” The author calls legalism a sin and tells us that “Jesus had more conflicts with the legalists of His day than any other group.”1 In fact, the writer tells us that Jesus deliberately provoked the legalists by not following their hand-washing customs and by healing people on the Sabbath. Obviously, the writer of the article in question, like many others, identifies the Pharisees as legalists. Continue reading

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Obededom, Gittite or Levite – ATA

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Was Obededom a Gittite (2 Samuel 6:10) or a Levite (1 Chronicles 15:17-18)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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The voice you hear … it’s not Jesus

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From time to time, I’ve had conversations with folks who insist that the Lord speaks directly to them. Some borrow language from an encounter Elijah had with God in 1 Kings 19:12 (“a still small voice”). One described the Lord’s voice as being loud and authoritative. Another said that she hears multiple voices, and must discern which of them is God speaking to her. Continue reading

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Ark of Covenant transit – ATA

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Did David bring the ark of the covenant to Obed-Edom’s house before (1 Chr 13:6-7, 13; 14:16) or after (2 Sam 5:25; 6:3, 10) defeating the Philistines? Is there a contradiction?  Continue reading

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Jesus is not just about love

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In 1980, The Commodores released their 11th album, “Heroes.” The final tract was a song written by Lionel Richie entitled, “Jesus Is Love.” Some warned Richie that the song would ruin his career. Anyone familiar with 80s pop music know how his career turned out.

The sentiment “Jesus is love” is certainly not limited to nor does is originate with a 1980s pop song. The love of Christ permeates Christian theology. Jesus Christ is the central figure to our faith; and His love for you and I is indisputable. Though no Bible verse says, “Jesus is love,” there are verses which specifically say, “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), and the Bible identifies Jesus as God (John 1:1, 14; 20:20). His sacrifice at Calvary was motivated by the love of God (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Continue reading

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David’s Mighty Men – ATA

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Who were the three mighty men of David, and did one of them kill 300 (1 Chronicles 11:6, 11-12) or 800 (2 Samuel 23:8-9) at once? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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