Category Archives: People

jesus’ knowledge in the gospel of john – part 1

I was recently challenged on the concept of Jesus in the gospel of John. The challenger stated that Jesus is depicted as omniscient or semi-omniscient. Jesus, throughout the gospel of John, seems to have access to God’s knowledge (and power) … Continue reading

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the greek origin of omniscience

The concept of omniscience in rooted in the idea of God’s “perfection”. In platonism, the perfect cannot change. Thus, if god changed (such as learning new information) then god would not be perfect. Omniscience, then, is an extension of platonistic … Continue reading

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Jesus was not a pacifist

Whenever the teachings of Jesus are examined it is important not to divorce Jesus from his historical setting. As Bart Ehrman points out in his lectures, Jesus does not spend much time teaching monotheism. Jesus is preaching to a Jewish … Continue reading

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Jesus did not overturn the law

It is widely believed that Jesus overturned aspects of the Law. In Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lists a series of antitheses. These are statements that follow a particular formula: “You have heard it said… but I say … Continue reading

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movie review – Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus is a TV-movie adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s work of the same name. The purpose of this movie seems to be to build a more historical portrait of Jesus, rather than the influx of spiritually focused TV films. The … Continue reading

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Jesus preaches the kingdom of God

Mat 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Mat 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Jesus prays this to God. This was Jesus’ main … Continue reading

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gerson on dualism in plotinus

Plotinus and other Platonists identified matter with evil. Plotinus scholar, Lloyd P Gerson, explains their dualism in his pivotal work Plotinus: We have already encountered briefly Plotinus’ identification of matter with evil. Such an identification, along with the identification of … Continue reading

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ehrman on the present and future kingdom of God

From Bart Ehrman’s Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium: At the same time, there are other indications, even in these earlier sources, that in some sense Jesus and his followers thought they were already enjoying aspects of the future Kingdom … Continue reading

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ehrman on a physical kingdom of God

From Bart Ehrman’s Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium: Moreover, when Jesus refers to this coming Kingdom, in which God will reign, he does not appear to be thinking in purely symbolic terms about God becoming the ruler of your … Continue reading

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ehrman on the absence of judas in paul

From Bart Ehrman’s Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: For I received from the Lord that which I also handed over to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and after giving thanks, … Continue reading

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