It is finally here! Back in October of this year I was invited to speak at the 35th annual Witnesses Now For Jesus Convention in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania. I have spoken many times on the deity of Christ before, but this time I wanted to do so from a completely different angle. As I would read through scripture, certain verses would jump out at me. These verses were not the normal ones Christians use to prove the deity of Christ because they are not direct claims, but these verses contain some pretty bold declarations. Claims that would seem arrogant, egotistical or crazy if made by anyone else in history.
One of my favorite techniques to use when witnessing is to assume the validity of the opposite of my position. In other words, for the sake of argument, I am assuming that I am wrong and the person I am witnessing to is right. If the other person’s view is correct, then what is the logical conclusion of their argument? If their conclusion leads us to absurdity, then their argument is invalid and the opposite position is true. The technique is called the Reductio ad absurdum.
In this presentation I role play as a first century Jew and assume that Jesus is just another man. With this assumption in mind I point out some verses which need to be explained by Christians. How can Jesus make these wild, bold claims which are nothing short of blasphemy?… blasphemy unless these claims are true.
I have had this particular topic in mind for years and for part of my preparation I read Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski’s, Putting Jesus In His Place. When Rob heard about the angle that I was going to take in my presentation, he recommended that I read his book. I am SO glad he made that suggestion. In my opinion, this is the best book I have read on the deity of Christ. I highly recommend it. Click on the link on the bottom of the page to order it through the Amazon store on our web site.
Lastly, I would like to thank Sylvan Creach for recording and uploading this video. Sylvan records all of the presentations at the convention. His hard work blesses literally thousands of people. Thanks Sylvan for your service.