May 3, 2012
by Natasha S Morris
This course has taught me what it really means to be a Christian. I must admit I was not born into a Christian home, as I got older I started to learn about God and Jesus Christ. My mother did teach me right from wrong but going to church and learning of God was not a priority in my home. Taking this course has taught me that being a Christian is more than just being a kind person. In this reflection paper I will discuss Did Jesus claim to be God?, If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life?, What can your local church do to better communicate God’s love to your community? I will provide a logical link between the descriptions of the concepts from the course, and demonstrate learning initiative.
Did Jesus Claim to be God?
Did Jesus really claim to be God, or was it a misinterpretation of his words? Jesus didn’t declare to be God, he proclaimed to be the unique Son of God. As a consequence of claiming to be the Son of God, the Jewish leaders tried to kill him because in calling God his own Father, Jesus was making himself equal with God (John5:18). In John 8:58, Jesus went so far as to use the very words by which God broadcasted about himself to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). To the Jews this was the epitome of taking the Lord’s name in vain, for they knew that in doing so Jesus was clearly claiming to be God. Jesus clearly told the Jews on other occasions that “I and the Father are one”, again the Jews tried to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any of these, replied the Jews, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God” (John10:30-33). Reading all of these scriptures, I do not feel that Jesus was claiming to be God, I think Jesus was merely letting the Jews and everyone else know that he is one with God and that he knows him. He prays to God, like every other Christian person, so how is it that he claims to be God if he turns to him for guidance as well. If its said that Jesus claimed to be God, then can we make that assumption about Moses as well. In Exodus 3:13-14 , Scripture says, Moses said to God , “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you, ‘ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Is it safe to say that Moses believed that he was God or one with God because he was sent by him. God says he is I AM, and as Christians we are to become one with God and behave as he wants us to behave. Jesus claiming to be one with the Father is like saying he lives for God, he is doing all of Gods will. I can not agree that he called himself God. I believe that I am one with God simply means that he is living as God, his father would want him to live, and doing Gods work as he would do.
If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life? It does matter how a Christian lives their life if they are proclaiming to be Christ like Christians. You can be born into a family thats of Christian faith, but that does not mean you are an actual Christian unless you ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and save you, ask to be forgiven. If you are a Christian and have asked to be saved and to be forgiven, but your still living the way you were before you became saved, then you have not fully dedicated your life to God/Jesus Christ. A Christian can not serve to Gods, because God is a very jealous God. You can not party, drink and continue to swear when you know that you will be judged for your sins. Of course God is a forgiving God, but if you...