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I’ve been thinking about Christian belief a lot lately and how it is generally perceived and viewed amongst non-Christians and Christians. Christian belief really is simple and foundational to all other beliefs. Jesus is Christian belief. If anyone adds or subtracts to Jesus Christ then they are not really Christians. This is the fundamental reason why Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons are not Christians even though they still believe Jesus existed. They deny fundamental truths regarding the Trinity and the incarnation. I think some Christians also think that you have to accept certain views along with Jesus in order to be saved. Some of these views could involve the correct view of creation or soteriology. Some also believe you have to go to the proper church in order to be saved. But this is adding to belief in the simple truth of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jesus Christ is foundational and from Him all other doctrines and beliefs flow. Doctrine apart from Christ is meaningless. Christ must be accepted first. What a glorious truth this is!

Another thing I was thinking about the other day is popular Christianity. I have come to realize that the phrase “popular Christianity” is a contradiction in terms. Christianity should never become mainstream or a fad in any type of society. In fact, true Christianity can never become mainstream. Jesus said in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” Christianity cannot become popular. If it does then it is either not the Gospel or something is wrong with how it is being accepted. Jesus also said “”For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” The world will not love someone they already put to death on a cross. It seems like “Christianity” in America consists of wearing crosses, putting Christian fishes on your car, and wearing WWJD? bracelets.

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  3. Maximillian says:

    “This is the fundamental reason why Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons are not Christians even though they still believe Jesus existed. They deny fundamental truths regarding the Trinity and the incarnation.”

    I am neither a Jehovah’s Witness nor a Mormon, but I do know that nowhere in either Testament, the term Trinity is ever used. So, how can you say it is a fundamental truth when the it’s very acceptance was in 325AD at the First Council of Nicaea?

    Also, please explain Matthew 24:36. If Jesus is indeed God, he would also be privy to information that the Father would know.

    • Jesse Roach says:

      Good question is good.

      I think before we look for textual evidence to support the trinity we need to rule out some specific things first, namely polytheism.

      The Bible completely rules out any type of Polytheism as seen in these verses:
      Mark 12:29 – Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘ HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
      James 2:19 – You believe that God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
      Exodus 20:3 – “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
      Psalm 96:5 – For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.

      From this we can deduce that there is only one God at not many gods.

      Now, to address the Trinity specifically. Because a specific word isn’t in Scripture doesn’t mean it isn’t taught.
      And it wasn’t first accepted in 325AD. All the disciples affirmed the Trinity.
      Anyway, if there are not multiple gods and only One God then either Jesus isn’t God or He is. The JW’s think He isn’t God but let’s see what Scripture says.

      John 8:57-59
      So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”
      Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”
      Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

      Now this was utter blasphemy in the Jews’ eyes. Jesus was calling Himself God. This comes from Exodus 3:14 where God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
      Another verse that affirms this is John 10:22-39

      Let’s look at the verses that specifically address the Trinity.
      Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
      John 20:28 – Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
      1 Timothy 1:2 – To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
      John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (The Word is Jesus Christ)
      1 Corinthians 6:11 – Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

      And probably one of the strongest verses.
      Hebrews 1:8 – But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.
      The Father called The Son God.

      Anyway, the Trinity is 3 persons in one God.

      Jesus is ignorant of various facts because He is limited in respect to His human nature. During the incarnation, Jesus took on a second nature, a human nature.

  4. alfred says:

    Jesse,
    I agree with what you are saying in general, but I do have a question about where you drew your line on what you have to believe in order to be saved. For instance, you took a strong stance on the trinity (which I agree with you about) but then you seem to mark out soteriology as a point of needing to agree on in order to be saved. Specifically I was thinking of Jesus saying he is the only way to salvation, which is part of soteriology. I imagine you aren’t saying that there are other ways to salvation, but maybe you could give an example of what you meant by soteriology. It is kind of fuzzy.

    Alfred

    • Jesse Roach says:

      Alfred, what I meant was that there are differing viewpoints within soteriology. For example, the Reformed view is very different than the Wesleyan view of soteriology.

      Getting these doctrines absolutely ironed out in order for one to be saved seems unreasonable especially for the layman.

      I am not saying that learning about differing positions on soteriology isn’t important, I’m just saying that one could be a Christian and have not learned about any of these positions.

      Also, I am not saying that we shouldn’t take a position on these views.

      I hope that clears some things up.

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