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* Questions in Christianity Today
 
The Christian population is growing every day. With the economy today people are starting to turn to God for answers and pray for help with their problems. Since so many people are starting to look to God for answers I decided to talk about the following three topics: “Did Jesus Claim to be God?”, “Did Jesus need to be born of a virgin?”, and “What can your local church do to better communicate Gods love to your community?” There are many questions and concerns about these topics. Although there are a lot of debatable questions it is clear to see that Jesus did claim to be God.  

Did Jesus Claim to be God
 
Jesus never said in the Bible “I am God”. He did however say in John 10:30 “I and the Father are one”. Because of the ways the Jews reacted to his statement they said he was claiming to be God and then tried to stone him for this reason. We must see that the creation of the universe was done by God, but we must also remember that God is made of the Trinity which is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three things make God. Since the Son of the Trinity would be Jesus it would be possible for Jesus and God to be the creator of the universe because they are one.  

Before Christ was born, God spoke to Moses and told him that his name was Yahweh. Yahwen is also known as I AM. I AM was the scared name of God and Jesus used it for himself. In the passage John 8:56-58 Jesus makes it clear that he is not merely a mortal man. “Your father Abraham rejoices at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.  

In an article I read, it says that there is a great deal of secondary evidence that Jesus is the Son of God. His teachings, miracles and...
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