I anticipate that this page will grow much more in the future. In the meantime, I would like to introduce this subject with a few verses, and let the scriptures speak for themselves.
(1) And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
(6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
(28) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
(29) And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
(30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
(57) Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
(58) Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
(27) Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
(28) And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
(29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
(16) And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
(19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
(6) And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
(7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Without any reliance upon creeds, confessions, bulls, edicts, institutes, mythology, philosophy, or the commandments of men, I can say that the clear testimony of the whole scripture tells us that there is One God, and Jesus is that God. This is what the scripture says, and I believe the scripture.
(14) But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
No doubt this section will expand as more challenges roll in. I would love to talk with anyone who wants to discuss this subject, who is ready to give an answer with meekness and fear.
Who is the Rock?
A pastor friend of mine produces a weekly bulletin for his church. He often allows others to help put it together. The youth leader would create a special insert, and another person would select the cover art.
I found one of these bulletins after a recent visit, and was somewhat surprised to find that the Bible Question Insert reported that Peter was the Rock upon which Christ would build the church. How did that get in there?
This is not a trivial question. Who is the Rock?
Did Jesus Think He Was God?
In the Fall of 2009, I had come across a Unitarian tract that asked the question, "Did Jesus Think He Was God?" Living Hope International Ministries distributed this tract at the time, but it was unsigned, and no one particular author claimed responsibility. One example of the types of questions that it asked was:
"[If he was God] why was he asleep on the cushion (Mark 4:38) when God never sleeps or slumbers?"
So many of the claims seemed absolutely silly. On the spur of the moment, I wrote an answer to this particular question and posted it publicly in case it might one day reach the anonymous author and provoke a response and perhaps a sensible discussion. This short essay may be viewed below:
Later, Sean Finnegan claimed authorship of the original tract on his blog page, but he never did agree to talk or to answer questions directly. If anyone at all would like to answer for him, or wants answers for the other questions from his tract, please feel free to contact me directly.
"Oh Christ-Worshippers! We Want an Answer from Your Wise"
However, since the Islamic question has been publicly posted, I have likewise taken my answer and make it publicly available as well.
[the following is an excerpt from the conclusion of my answer]
"Jesus was truly God manifested in the flesh, and this was prophesied by the holy prophets and recorded in the scriptures. The preaching of the cross is the love of God for all men that they should also know the love of God towards their fellow man, and likewise take up their cross and follow Him and His example."
I cannot say whether a Muslim would be entirely satisfied with that answer, because it was answered from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. But at least they should not be able to say that their challenge cannot be answered or is somehow inconsistent with the Bible.