IS JESUS REALLY GOD- Introduction
The Church rests upon the person and work of a man called Jesus who is worshiped by untold millions throughout the world. Yet, controversy follows this man even today. What is the dispute surrounding Jesus Christ all about? How critical an issue is it?
IS JESUS REALLY GOD- Who was Jesus?
Never in history was there a time when the actual existence of Jesus Christ fell into serious doubt. The most common disagreement found in contemporary circles concerns not whether a person named Jesus actually lived, but rather who this Jesus really was.
IS JESUS REALLY GOD- Human, Definitely. Divine?
Jesus was the kind of a person who took people out of their comfort zones and constantly challenged their thinking — especially when He spoke about Himself and His mission. And while most people readily affirm the humanity of Jesus Christ, many are reluctant to admit His deity.
IS JESUS REALLY GOD- Differing Opinions
Consider what some groups have to say about Him. Members of such assemblies as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, The Unification Church, and The Way International explicitly deny that Jesus is truly God. Various New Age and occult groups regard Jesus merely as an enlightened mystic. Still others revere Him as a prophet of God, but only one who stands in a long line of peers. And, of course, there are those who see Jesus as simply a great moral teacher.
IS JESUS REALLY GOD- The Orthodox Position
Over against all of these views is the orthodox Christian position that Jesus Christ was God in human form. And if you as a Christian can demonstrate that Jesus Christ is God, the followers of these other views would be forced to choose either their group’s teachings or the very Word of Jesus Christ Himself—one or the other, but certainly not both. During the upcoming CRI Perspectives, I intend to prove that Jesus did, in fact, claim to be God. In doing so, we hope to steer people from counterfeit Christs so that they may direct their devotion to the real Jesus (2 Cor. 11:3-4). That’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.