More Than a Carpenter

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In the book, “More than a Carpenter,” Josh McDowell shows how Jesus Christ was more than just a teacher of good principles or a significant person in history. He was God in the flesh who entered the world and exclusively proved His deity. This book shows how Jesus is different from religious historical figures, guides the reader through proofs of Christianity, and logically shows that Jesus Christ was Lord. He shows that Jesus would not have died for a lie and that if Jesus did not rise from the grave, then he would not be the Messiah. Christ has changed many lives because he lived a perfect life, died on the cross for everyone’s sins, and rose from the grave.

Jesus was different from other religious figures because he professed to be God. Jesus is the human form of God who is the “infinite and perfect spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end,” according to A.H. Strong. The New Testament intelligibly demonstrates that Jesus Christ is God. He is given names of God such as “Savior” and is described as self-existent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and possessing eternal life. 1 John 5:20 says, “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

If Jesus’ claims to be God in the flesh were false, then He would have to either be a liar or lunatic, not Lord. If Jesus were a liar, then he would have to have been intentionally deceiving his disciples and followers. He would be a hypocrite because he told his followers to be honest and he would be a demon because he told others to confide in him for their everlasting fate. He would also be a fool because he died on the cross for a lie. Someone who lived a life like Jesus, taught as He taught, and died as He died, could not be a liar. If Jesus were a lunatic, then he would have to tell people to believe in him to have everlasting life...
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