A TEXT-BASED discussion of the Trinity
There are only three things certain in life: death, taxes, and strong disagreements in CD threads as to whether Jesus was God. We can't do much about the first two, but we can do something about the third. Let's have a text-based, NOT a person/personality-based, discussion of the issue.
As the soil of such a discussion, I intend to post each or every few days a new collection of the texts I collect for use by the Sunday group discussion of Christology I'm currently leading. [For the Sunday group, I created a list of close to 150 Gospels passages that I find relevant to the subject, and will eventually create comparable lists of texts from the remainder of the New Testament as well as the Old Testament.] To each reading I will attach my brief assessment of the text's relevance and consequence, and then invite you to share your assessment.
This can be a text-based, NOT a person/personality-based, discussion if we all confine our responses to the texts. So no name-calling, no accusations that those who disagree with us aren't Christians, no comments about each other's character or maturity or intelligence. Simply stick to the texts.
If you disagree with me or another poster, great! Have your say! But tell us why your view of the given text is more accurate than the other person's view. Don't tell us the other person is a fool, an idiot, a hack, or a heretic. Tell us about your view of the text.
I know some of you will strongly disagree with me. Great again! If you tell me about your view of the texts, I will learn from you and have reason to engage you in civil discourse. If you tell me I'm not a Christian because I disagree with you, I won't respond to your judgmental content and my hopes for a text-based, NOT a person/personality-based, discussion will take a hit.
We've had FAR more than enough name-calling in these forums. Let's dig into the Word, beginning with the first group of readings, which follows in the next post.