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To claim that you are God is one thing—but to convince people
that you are indeed what you say you are is quite another. So
how did Jesus’ closest followers come to be so convinced that
they would lay down their lives for that belief? Many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah were fulfilled in precise detail by Jesus of Nazareth. Neither the Jews nor the disciples of Jesus understood at the time that Jesus was fulfilling the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament—even though at times He told them this was the case (Luke 18:31; Matthew 26:56). They were looking for a far different Messiah than the One so many prophecies actually described. One of Jesus’ defenses to the Jews was to appeal to the Old Testament Scriptures themselves, which identified Him as the One to come. “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me,” He told them (John 5:39). After Jesus was resurrected, He began to help His disciples understand the Scriptures, and the disciples were inspired to declare that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. The proof they offered was the very Scriptures
Living a sinless life, as unique as that would be, wouldn’t necessarily prove someone is God. However, since Jesus claimed that He was God, and lived a sinless and virtuous life and backed up His claim with miracles, that is a different matter. The Bible states that “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, King James Version). Paul tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Later Paul says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God will not compromise with His holy and righteous law. Jesus said that “one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). The penalty for breaking that law will be paid. Since we have all sinned, we have all earned death, as Paul says. That is the fate of all human beings—unless someone came along and satisfied the law’s demands. Jesus did this. And, as we will see in a later chapter, it took God to do this. No life of an ordinary human being could be sufficient to satisfy the law’s demand for all of humanity.
This program will give solid evidence and proof that the Book of Mormon was written by Joseph Smith Jr. and his associates rather than it being the word of God translated from Gold Plates. Note: This is a Live Call-in Show on KUTR 820 AM and 95.3 FM Utah radio called “Mainstream Mormonism” by Bishop Lee Baker. To participate LIVE, call KUTR at 866-348-7884 or 866-34-TRUTH on Sat. Aug. 22nd at 4PM or Listen Live at LeeBaker.4Mormon.org
One of the greatest proofs that Jesus is exactly who He said He was—the Son of God and the only One through whom eternal life is offered—is His resurrection from the dead. His followers were convinced that He was the Messiah and the Son of God. His miracles, His sinless life and His teachings all proved to them who He was. But His resurrection confirms every claim Jesus made to all people for all time. What is astounding is that Jesus put everything on the line with His own statements that He would die and be raised to life again. He foretold His own resurrection on several occasions. “And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). When the scribes and Pharisees wanted a sign from Him, He said only one sign would be given: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). It is quite risky to foretell your own resurrection. Yet Jesus not only foretold His resurrection, but announced precisely when He would be resurrected. So it comes down to this one event. How do we know that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead happened?
Today it isn’t politically correct to state dogmatically that Jesus was more than an extraordinarily gifted person, a moral person,a wise philosopher, a Jewish sage or a political reformist. Nor is it acceptable to say that His teachings are the only route to a life beyond the grave and to lasting peace for the world. After all, we live in a world that dislikes such absolutes. And some dislike even more the authority that One who claimed to be God might claim over their lives. Thus throughout history all kinds of ideas have sprung up about Jesus of Nazareth. Why is there so much controversy over one man? He regularly makes the cover of weekly newsmagazines. More books have been written and more scholarly work done about this Jewish teacher from Galilee than any other man who ever lived. The simple answer is that He claimed to be God—and from the record was able to support that claim, as we have seen. He assures us He will prove it to the entire world when He comes to earth a second time in glory, majesty and divine supernatural power that will astound people all around the globe. God comes to earth The question remains: How was Jesus God? If Jesus was God, then who was the Father He spoke of so often?
This program will give examples of how best to teach the Mormon People from the Book of Mormon with the goal of demonstrating that the Book of Mormon does not support or teach the pillars of faith found in the Mormon Church. Note: This is a Live Call-in Show on KUTR 820 AM and 95.3 FM Utah radio called “Mainstream Mormonism” by Bishop Lee Baker. To participate LIVE, call KUTR at 866-348-7884 or 866-34-TRUTH on Sat. Aug. 29th at 4PM or Listen Live at LeeBaker.4Mormon.org
How could someone who is spirit, having lived for all eternity in the past, become human? Was Jesus a human being just like us? And when He was a human being, was He still God? Jesus was prophesied to be “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). Jesus was a human being and He was also God. There was never a time when He ceased to be who He always was. His identity did not change. When He was in the womb of Mary, He was God. When He was a baby boy lying in the manger, He was God. When He was a youngster growing up in Nazareth, He was God. And when He was dying, He was God. As a spirit being, prior to His human birth, He was infinite in knowledge, power and presence. As God He would know everything and have unlimited power to act on any object, anywhere. But if He was human, He could not do everything. He would be limited to the normal abilities any normal human being would have. He could not have been both infinite and finite simultaneously.
A physical body with physical limitations When Jesus became flesh He was still God in terms of His identity, but He was nevertheless a human being in every sense of the word. Jesus had a physical body. His closest disciple attests that He was a physical person: “That which was from
Jesus performed miracles and signs. He healed the sick, raised the
dead, quelled storms of nature, fed the multitudes and exercised
absolute authority over the spirit world—yet He wasn’t accepted as Israel’s Messiah. One might think that with those credentials, He would be automatically proclaimed Messiah. We are told, however, that “He came to His own [people], and His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). After a 3 1⁄2-year ministry, only 120 followers were there for the miraculous beginning of His Church (Acts 1:15).
One of the prophecies about the Messiah foretold that He would be “despised and rejected by men” (Isaiah 53:3). The great works Jesus did that brought about His popularity in the country were not enough to overcome the disfavor He incurred from the religious authorities—or enough to secure loyalty from the fickle hearts of the common man. His mission and His teachings were at cross purposes to those who held high positions in the nation, and His purpose was also misunderstood by most of those who saw and heard Him. What were the Jews looking for? The Jews were acquainted with many of the prophecies about the Messiah, the chosen or “anointed one”
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Today's Debate William Albrecht takes the positive position and Dr. Robert Stovold the negative.
Dr Robert Stovold has three degrees in the biological sciences, with research interests ranging from the earthly (how do earthworms make choices about where to burrow?) to the spiritual (Why do animals die? Why haven't they evolved the capacity to live forever?). Lengthy debates with some Jehovah's Witnesses sparked an interest in religion and philosophy; Dr Stovold has almost completed authoring a book that presents the case for atheism clearly, in plain language.
William Albrecht has a B.A. in theology and is a member of the Catholic apostolate, the Catholic Legate. You can find out more about him at his You Tube page and on facebook at: http://catholic-legate.com/ http://www.youtube.com/gnrhead http://www.godtube.com/catholic/
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