Our Reasons to Believe Scripture verse for today is 2 Corinthians 10:5. It reads, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from G.K. Chesterton. He said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”
Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled “The Divinity of Christ” Part 2 from “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli.
Huston Smith notes, “In the World’s Religions”, that only two people ever astounded their contemporaries so much that the question they evoked was not “Who is he?” but “What is he?” They were Jesus and Buddha. The answers these two gave were exactly opposite. Buddha said unequivocally that he was a mere man, not a god — almost as if he foresaw later attempts to worship him. Jesus, on the other hand, claimed in many ways to be divine.
The problem of Jesus’ identity emerges from the data. The data are the four Gospels, which inform us about the claims he made about himself and the claims others made about him. In all four Gospels the claim is shockingly strong.
Jesus called himself the “Son of God” — that is, of the same nature as God. A son is of the same nature, the same species, the same essence, as his father. Jesus called God his Father: “I and the Father are one” he said in John 10:30 and “Whosoever has seen me has seen the Father” He said in John 14:9.