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The branch of Christian theology relating to the person, nature, and role of Christ. For questions about the life of Jesus, use [life-of-jesus].

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Do all instances of the phrase “call on the name” prove that Jesus is God?

Claim: The phrase “call on/upon the name” seems to be a pointer to the true God, and if that phrase bears such significance throughout all of the Bible, then Jesus has to be God. From searching "...
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To those believing Jesus NOT to be “the only true God”: Why does God let His angels worship His firstborn, when God allows worship only of Himself?

Hebrews 1:6 (NIV) says: when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” My question is for those who don’t believe Jesus to be “the only true God”: Why the ...
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According to Biblical Unitarians, how does the presence of God dwell in Jesus?

John 2:18-22 says: 18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then ...
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Is there a name for the heresy that Christ in heaven no longer has a human body or nature?

I have encountered a guy online who insists that Christ no longer has human flesh or a human body. Sometimes he seems to say that Christ no longer has a human nature but I haven't been able to pin ...
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How do Trinitarians reconcile Jesus' words in John 5:31 with the view that GOD the Father / the Son / the Holy Spirit are the same being?

In John 5:31, Jesus said the following: If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies in my favour, and I know that his testimony about me is true. ‘You have ...
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According to Trinitarians, how can God suffer if He is outside of time? [closed]

Mainstream Christians believe that God truly suffered during Jesus’s life on earth. But if God perceives reality in one eternal moment, doesn’t that mean that His whole existence is suffering? Doesn’...
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Does the New Testament state that Jesus Christ is the 'image' and the 'likeness' of God?

I am seeking answers from Protestant Trinitarians in regard to the statement in Genesis 1:27 that humanity was made in the image and the likeness of God ; and whether this actually refers to the ...
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To those who believe Isaiah 49 is Messianic and in the deity of Christ, how do you understand Isaiah 49:5?

There are many people who see Isaiah 49 as Messianc, mainly because it mentions the servant as being a light for the gentiles, Isaiah 49:6(ESV) he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my ...
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Does Genesis 1:3 describe God creating Jesus Christ? [closed]

Genesis 1:3 is quite mysterious for Trinitarians, Binitarians, and Unitarians alike. I'm trying to understand what the first work of God was, however, I am finding little to no information on the ...
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Orthodoxy & Kenosis in Philippians 2:6-11

What is the Orthodox exegesis of Philippians 2:6-11, in particular, the phrase "He emptied Himself?"
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How is it possible to trace the beginning of Jesus' divinity chronologically?

Saint Ignatius was bishop of Antioch in Syria between 68 and 100 or 107, a disciple of the apostle John. He also knew Saint Paul and was the successor of Saint Peter in the church in Antioch. ...
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Was Jesus ever an atheist?

GK Chesterton (famous Catholic apologist) writes in his popular book Orthodoxy: Nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. They will find ...
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If God is supposed to be immortal, how is Jesus God if He was mortal [duplicate]

I’ve been asked a question by a Muslim that’s kind of stumped me. They asked me something along the lines of “if Jesus is God, how could he have been God if He died on the cross while God is supposed ...
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If these passages from 1 Corinthians don't teach the eternal submission of Jesus to the Father, then how should I understand them?

I have done an extensive amount of research and study on texts such as 1 Corinthians 15:28 and 1 Corinthians 11:3, which seem to communicate a submission of the son to the Father after His incarnation....
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Why is Jesus's priesthood shown as spreader and keeper of the Sacred Fire?

I was reading a short essay in the Word on Fire Gospel Reflections on Luke 12:49-53 where in Luke 12:49 Jesus says that He came to set fire to the world. In the essay Bishop Barron says that Jesus' ...
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In the hypostatic union, is Jesus just the name of the man or of the God or of both?

First things first: I am not a Trinitarian. However, I know many good people that are Trinitarians and some of them are very close to me so we'll say that I'm sympathetic to the cause. I'm sincerely ...
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Does Jesus have a second name?

Somewhat related to Does Jesus have a last name?. In Forrest Gump (1994)'s scene where private Gump is assembling his weapon (during a drill exercise in the army) unusually fast, his drill sergeant ...
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Was Nestorius a Nestorian?

In classes earlier on in my life I was taught that Nestorius was a false teacher since he taught what some have called the "two board" theory. In this theory, There's two Jesuses (what's the ...
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What is the basis for the Threefold Office of Christ?

The Threefold Office of Christ is an ancient way of understanding the work of Christ: that he fulfilled the three Old Testament roles of Prophet, Priest, and King. While it's very easy to see in the ...
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This question is for the Jehovah's Witnesses? They teach Jesus Christ is "a god," so how is it that all the fullness of deity dwells in Him?

The NWT explicitly states in John 1:1 that Jesus Christ is "a god," yet Colossians 2:9 states, "For (or because) in Him all the fulness of Deity/Godhead dwells in bodily form." ...
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When did the incarnate Jesus begin to exist? [duplicate]

I assume before Gabriel spoke to Mary, the incarnate Jesus did not exist. Therefore, at some point in time the incarnation began to exist. When did this happen? Sometime before Mary assented? As ...
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How did Jesus figure out he is God?

Did Jesus always have explicit knowledge that he is God? Or, did he figure out he is God by reading the old testament, and realizing the prophecies were about him? Or some other means? And, how did ...
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How did Jesus manage to remain sinless? [closed]

In his 33 years of life, He never sinned. I know I didn’t make it that far before sinning; nobody but Him could or can. So how did He do it? he was probably tempted to sin, but He didn’t.
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Is the theory of Eternal Generation now redundant?

I note that many modern theologians no longer translate monogenēs as “only begotten” but as “unique” or as "one of a kind." Most modern English versions have adopted this new understanding ...
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Logical problem in Christology (from a Mormon)

I (a Christian) have been in several groups and see this argument poised here and there. I believe they get it from the Mormon apologist Blake Olster, but I could be mistaken. However, the problem ...
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Following the Great Schism, what replaced the ecumenical councils' canons on art?

There are much simpler ways to frame this question, but for dramatic effect, consider the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb which was finished in 1432 and the Qunisext Council. In the roughly 700 years ...
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If God is immutable, how does the hypostatic union work?

According to Trinitarian theology as held by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, God is 3 persons/hypostasis in 1 essence/nature/substance and one attribute of God is his immutability (c.f. Summa ...
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Was Jesus mortal?

Jesus did not have a sin nature and he never sinned during His life. For the wages of sin is death. Since He never sinned he should not have to die...on the cross He laid down His life...He did die ...
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In what way(s) is God the Father a father to God the Son? And in what way(s) is God the Son a son?

Every concept and Truth is from the creative mind of God. This includes what defines a father and a son. By observation, we can know how God defines a father within His design. Some examples of ...
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Is Jesus God or a Human? [closed]

The Bible describes God as: God is the All-Powerful Creator of the universe. If the God is All-Powerful how would a human (who is the less powerful) be able to crucify the All-Powerful God (Jesus) ...
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Why do so many Christian religions claim The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are not Christian? [duplicate]

What does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lack in Christ oriented teachings or doctrine to be considered a Christian church for those who claim otherwise? Maybe it's not what they lack ...
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Rev 3:14. Jesus seems to be claiming to be a creature?

I am reading Rev 3:14 in the Byzantine text, Alexandrian text, and Vulgate. All three seem to be in agreement showing Jesus claiming to be something roughly equating to "the beginning of the ...
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Is there evidence that Arius "reformulated" his Christology post-exile?

I realize that it may not be completely possible to answer this question given that so much of what Arius wrote has been lost and/or misrepresented by his opponents. However, I have read his few ...
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Why is it declared that Jesus was fully God while on earth when he did not have all attributes of God?

The common belief is that Jesus was fully God and fully man; that is, 100% God and 100% man. In John 17:5, Jesus asks the Father to return his glory as he had before he became flesh. So, his glory was ...
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For Trinitarians, why is it important to posit Jesus's human nature continued existence post ascension?

Christians belief that God exists in three persons, although being just one entity. One of them is the Father who created the visible and the invisible world. I understand, that the Father was just ...
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"Christ is risen. He is risen indeed" - What is the actual meaning?

There is a common saying, "Christ is risen. He is risen indeed." What is the bible meaning? And what does this mean from the perspective of a person who is alive on this earth today? How ...
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Can Muslims be considered Muslims and Christians at the same time in the sight of God? [closed]

There are a number of Christians (groups that believe in Christ and name themselves "Christian") who don't believe in the Trinity. Many of these are broadly considered Christians. Muslims ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians understand the connection between Mark 1:1-4 and Malachi 3:1-5?

I'm aware someone asked this question already, but they no longer have an account, the post has no answers, and I'm hopefully going to reformulate the question in a way that hopefully explicates the ...
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According to Chalcedonian Trinitarians, did Thomas - a devout Jew - believe God had died at John 20?

At John 20, Thomas initially refuses to believe other disciples' accounts of Jesus having been raised from the dead. When Jesus appears to Thomas, Thomas famously exclaims "My Lord and my God!&...
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According to Chalcedonian Trinitarians, why did Jesus not mention himself at John 4:23?

John 4:23 has Jesus saying "But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.&...
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Are Christians children or brethren of Jesus?

I noticed the hymn Redeemed states the following in its chorus (emphasis added): Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed, redeemed, His child, and forever, I am. This chorus ...
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Technical term for a Christology of divine and flesh nature

In the first few centuries, there appears to have been many Christian currents in the Mediterranean and Near East. While Christology was often not a sound basis to delineate between these groups (as ...
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To be one for whom Christ died, do you have to be elect?

First, to explain where I am coming from with this question. I believe that Jesus prayed "not for the world" "but for them which you have given me" John 17:9,20. Then Romans 8:28-...
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According to Trinitarian theologians, why is Christ distinguished from God at 1 Corinthians 11:3 as a man is distinguished from Christ?

1 Corinthians 11:3 is But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. It seems we have 3 distinct beings in the ...
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Did the early church believe that Jesus was uncreated?

Among the early church there was a dispute on the nature of Christ, with some Christians claiming that Jesus was not only God but was uncreated and some like Arius believing that Jesus Christ was ...
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Which nature of Christ said “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28)?

Jesus said, “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). It would be a ridiculous thing for a mere human being to say this. This statement, therefore, seems to argue against a ‘mere man’ interpretation ...
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What is the earliest commentary on John 20:28?

Thomas' statement at John 20:28 "Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!”" Ἀπεκρίθη Θωμᾶς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ “Ὁ Κύριός μου καὶ ὁ Θεός μου.” has been the subject of significantly different ...
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What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of Hypostatic Union?

I have heard, during my entire Christian life, that "Jesus was both fully God and fully man". What is the biblical basis for this claim, in particular the "fully man" part of this ...
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What is the difference between the way Catholics view The Blessed Virgin Mary and Unitarians view Jesus?

Reading chats and posts and such here with our BU friends I've noticed a thread that seems similar to the way Catholics view The Blessed Virgin Mary and Unitarians view Jesus. It seems like in both ...
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How do those who hold Jesus = God in the Trinitarian sense account for Paul's reticence to state this clearly and consistently?

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul says (Ephesians 6:19-20) Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the ...
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