Did Jesus really rise from the dead?



Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

In John 20:15-17, we read that Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene after his death. Jesus calls Mary by name and she recognises his voice. Mary not only heard Jesus, she clearly saw and touched him as these verses indicate. Later on in the same chapter, Jesus appears to his disciples. Most significantly, Thomas who initially doubts, confirms that Jesus really was risen by feeling the physical wounds on his body. The Gospels all contain accounts of Jesus’ appearances after his death.

Evidence for Jesus resurrection is also found in Acts 9, where the risen Christ appears to Paul on the Damascus road.

Was Jesus called Emmanuel? – Saint John Chrysostom



Was Jesus called Emmanuel?

Yes, Jesus was called Emmanuel, John Chrysostom explains:

‘What then says this oracle? Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel.

How was it then, one may say, that His name was not called Emmanuel, but Jesus Christ? Because he said not,you shall call, but they shall call, that is, the multitude, and the issue of events. For here he puts the event as a name: and this is customary in Scripture, to substitute the events that take place for names.

Therefore, to say, they shall call Him Emmanuel, means nothing else than that they shall see God among men. For He has indeed always been among men, but never so manifestly.

But if Jews are obstinate, we will ask the, when was the child called, Make speed to the spoil, hasten the prey? Why, they could not say. How is it then that the prophet said, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz? Because, when he was born, there was a taking and dividing of spoils, therefore the event that took place in his time is put as his name. And the city, too, it is said, shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city Sion. Isaiah 1:26-27 And yet we nowhere find that the city was called righteousness, but it continued to be called Jerusalem. However, inasmuch as this came to pass in fact, when the city underwent a change for the better, on that account he says it is so called. For when any event happens which marks out him who brings it to pass, or who is benefited by it, more clearly than his name, the Scripture speaks of the truth of the event as being a name to him.’

Source: John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew, Homily 5, 3.

Why did Jesus have to die ?



Why did Jesus have to die ?

The Bible tells us in Genesis 3 that sin entered the world through Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden. As human beings, all of us inherit a sinful nature – we are by nature, sinners (Romans 3:23). By the very fact that God is holy, he cannot overlook human sinfulness. Romans 6:23 and 1 Corinthians 15:22 tell us that our sin leads to death and not just separation from God.

To restore mankind to God, some satisfaction had to be made for the sins of humanity. However, no human being could ever make that satisfaction. Instead God sent his son – Jesus Christ, to pay the price for us. As God, his death as the lamb of God would be sufficient.

The most famous explanation is that found in John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Aren’t all religions just the same?



Aren’t all religions just the same?

By this it is often meant that many religions have things in common, such as belief in the divine, a desire to do good and avoid evil, and respect for other human beings.

Christianity does not deny that there is truth and value in other religions. As an example, Zen Buddhism believes in five precepts as a way of governing one’s conduct. One precept states “I will respect the property of others, I will not steal.” That said, other belief systems may also have practices that are contrary to the Bible. As the Bible is God’s living word and without error, it follows that other religions cannot be the same as Christianity. Christianity uniquely claims that God came in human form to redeem fallen mankind and reconcile the human race to himself.

Were Jesus’ miracles really true?



Were Jesus’ miracles really true?

The fact that Jesus was sent from God clearly indicates that he was able to perform miracles. This was recognised not just by the disciples, but by others too. For example in John 3:2, Nicodemus, a Pharisee, says of Jesus:

“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.”

Another example is the feeding of the 5,000, which is found in all four gospels.

How can Jesus be both God and Man?



How can Jesus be both God and Man ?

In John 1:14 we read that “…the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…”

This is what Christians call the Incarnation: Christ was truly God and yet truly man. His two natures were not merged or confused in any way, but were totally separate. Christ could identify with every human emotion (he wept for example – See John 11:35), yet as God he had the authority to forgive sins (see Luke 5:20).

Paul expressed his belief in Jesus position as truly God and truly man as follows:

“For in him dwells the whole fullness of the deity bodily” (Colossians 2:9).

Cơ Đốc giáo là gì? Niềm tin của người Cơ Đốc là gì? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Vietnamese



Cơ Đốc giáo là gì? Niềm tin của người Cơ Đốc là gì?

Niềm tin căn bản của Cơ Đốc giáo được tóm tắt trong I Cô-rinh-tô 15:1-4. Chúa Giê-xu chết vì tội lỗi của chúng ta, chịu chôn, đã sống lại, và qua đó ban sự cứu rỗi cho những ai tin nhận Ngài trong đức tin. Đặc biệt so với các niềm tin khác, Cơ Đốc giáo tập trung về mối liên hệ nhiều hơn là thực hành nghi lễ. Thay vì nỗ lực làm theo một bản danh sách “Làm và không làm”, mục tiêu của người Cơ Đốc là chuyên tâm đồng đi với Đức Chúa Trời. Mối liên hệ đó có trở thành sự thật nhờ vào công trình của Chúa Giê-xu và công tác của Đức Thánh Linh.

Ngoài những niềm tin căn bản kể trên, thì có nhiều điều khác sẽ mô tả hoặc ít nhất là gợi ý về Cơ Đốc giáo là gì và Cơ Đốc giáo tin gì. Người Cơ Đốc tin rằng Kinh Thánh được soi dẫn, Lời được “hà hơi” của Chúa và những giáo huấn trong đó là thẩm quyển cuối cùng của đức tin và thực (2 Ti-mô-thê 3:16, 2 Phi-e-rơ 1:20-21). Người Cơ Đốc tin vào một Đức Chúa Trời tồn tại trong ba thân vị Continue reading “Cơ Đốc giáo là gì? Niềm tin của người Cơ Đốc là gì? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Vietnamese”