Is God A Christ?

997 WordsSep 27, 20144 Pages
The question of whether or not Christ is God has been hotly debated for thousands of years across the globe as individuals and nations have grappled with the claims of the various Christian religious traditions. Within Christianity itself the answer to this question is generally affirmative, although Christ’s divinity is not uniformly emphasized in the language used to translate the Bible as can be seen in the various ways Romans 9:4-5 has been treated over the centuries. The different degrees of emphasis placed on Christ’s divinity can be seen when comparing the word order and punctuation used in the New Revised Standard Version, the Geneva Bible, and the New Living Translation. The New Revised Standard Version (1989) places Christ at the pinnacle of creation as it translates Paul’s discussion of the importance of the Jewish people and their relationship with God: “They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 9:4-5). In describing Christ, the New Revised Standard Version uses commas to make the distinct assertions that he is over everything in creation and that he is blessed forever by God. We are presented with a Messiah who is holy and to whom we can look for leadership, but the power in the relationship lays in the hands of a God who is
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