Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moving To Bible-Geeks

I have decided to move the blog totally to http://www.bible-geeks.com, so new content will not be placed on here any longer. Wordpress is simply better suited for blogging than Blogger. I hope you all will continue to read!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Beatitudes in Aramaic with English Translation- Matthew 5:3-11

The Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew 5:3-12:

        Tuvayhun l’mescineh b’rukh d’dilhun hi Malkutha d’Shamaya.

       "Blessed are they who are poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

        Tuvayhun l’avileh d’henun nethbayun.

       "Blessed are they who are mourning because they will be comforted."

        Tuvayhun l’macikheh d’henun nerthun l’ara’a.

       "Blessed are they who are meek because they will inherit the earth."

         Tuvayhun l’aylin d’khaphnin w’tzahen l’khenutha d’henun nesbun.

         "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be satisfied."

        Tuvayhun l’mrakhmaneh  d’alayhun nehwun rakhmeh.

       "Blessed are they who are merciful because upon them will be mercies."

        Tuvayhun l’aylen d’dakhen b’lebhun d’henun nekhwun l’Alaha.

       "Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts because they will see God."

        Tuvayhun l’avday shlama d’vnawh d’Alaha nethqrun.

      "Blessed are they who make peace because they will be called the sons of God."

           Tuvayhun l’aylen d’ethradephu metul cenutha d’dilhun hi Malkutha d’Shamaya.

          "Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness because theirs is the                       kingdom of heaven."

           Tuvayhun emath d’makhasdin l’khun w’radpin l’khun w’amrin alaykun kul mela bisha 
           metulath b’daglutha.

        "Blessed are you whenever they curse you, and they persecute you, and they say about you           every evil word because of me falsely."

         Hayden khdaw w’rawazu d’ajrakhun sagi b’Shamaya hakhana ger radaphu l’neviyeh d’men              qadmaykun.

        "Then rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven. For likewise they                        persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Aramaic transliteration is based on the Aramaic text in Andrew Gabriel Roth's Aramaic English New Testament.

English translation is from Paul Younan's Peshitta Aramaic/English Interlinear New Testament.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Objections To the Deity of Christ Part 1: The Temptations of Jesus

One of the primary objections people have to the belief that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh is the fact that Jesus is tempted (Matthew 4:1-11), while God is stated to not be able to be tempted. The Scripture referenced here is James 1:13, which says, 'Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.'

Now this is seems like a very compelling argument on the surface, but in the end it falls short because it ignores the doctrine of the hypostatic union, which teaches that Jesus is one Person, with the divine and human natures totally united within him (Colossians 2:9). The temptations of Jesus are not related to His deity, but to His humanity. The temptations of Jesus also do not show that He isn't God, but they do show that He is human.

Jesus's resisting of Satan's temptation mirrors that of Adam and Eve in Genesis  2, but instead of succumbing to the temptation and failing, Jesus conquers by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit. The fact that Jesus lived in total submission to God and (as a result) lived a sinless life shows us that if we submit to the Holy Spirit working within us, we can live righteously also. Because of the fact that Jesus was tempted by sin but overcame without sinning, He is able to be a sympathetic, yet pefect High Priest for those who place their faith in Him. Hebrews 4:15-16 says, "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

In the incarnation, God did not merely dwell in a man or look like a man; He truly became a man! This entails that the man that God became had to rely on the God who He was beyond the incarnation in order to overcome the temptations brought against us in this life. Jesus lived, walked, and breathed as a human being while being the divine Person incarnate. He even says in John 5:19, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." Jesus did not rely on His own human strength or His deity to overcome temptation, He relied on the power of the Holy Spirit. Again, this does not disprove His divinity, but it establishes His genuine humanity.

All Scriptures taken from the New American Standard Bible.