Re: Calling Jesus God

From: Mark O'Brien (Mark_O'
Date: Fri Sep 22 1995 - 10:30:31 EDT

Paul Moser <> wrote:
>It's misleading at best to work with the assumption that
>Paul and various other NT writers held either that "Jesus is
>God" or that the orthodox doctrine of the trinity is true.

I think I agree with your assertion about the NT writers' understanding of the
Trinity. However, it does seem clear that the opponents of Christ fully
understood the implications of his claims and his teachings, condemning him for
the very fact that he was claiming to be God (eg. Mk 2:6-7). I think that there
is sufficient evidence to suggest that the apostles understood and believed his
claims regarding deity, but I would agree that they may not have known how to
synthesize this with their Jewish understanding of the unity of God.

What thinkest thou all?

Mark O'Brien

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