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What Christians mean when they say Jesus is the Son of God

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AO1: "Explain what Christians mean when they say Jesus is the Son of God" The phrase "Son of God" is frequently used throughout the Bible in both the New Testament and the Old. In the New Testament the term describes the relationship between two persons: God the Father and the prophesised Messiah, Jesus. When Christians say that Jesus is the "Son of God" they do not all mean the same thing. Many different interpretations of the title have been the result of different beliefs and views of the Bible as a whole. Scholars have examined thoroughly the Bible's content yet still large variations of views appear. A popular view, which lies amongst conservative Christians who see the Bible as the inspired word of God, is that calling Jesus the Son of God is expressing his divinity. ...read more.


If we take the verse, that refers to the end of the world (it is Jesus speaking), "when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear it will come to life" (John 5:25) two interpretations will emerge. Liberals would believe that this is just a story with a profound meaning and that Jesus isn't actually the "Son of God". Fundamentalists will accept the teaching differently in that they believe that Jesus genuinely is the Son of God and that the end of the world will involve Jesus speaking down to earth awakening the living and the dead. This is the more common belief within worldly Christianity. Even though there are different groups the main denominations of Christianity (Catholic, Anglican, Church of England etc...,) hold a clear view on what the phrase, "the Son of God" means. ...read more.


Confusion rises in that it is then believed that there is three Gods when there is one in three parts. St. Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. When most Christians refer to Jesus the Messiah as, "the Son of God" they are talking of a man who is divine in that he was the Son of God yet also human as he was the son of Mary. They are not saying that Jesus is inferior to God, but one of three in the Trinity. They genuinely believe that he was brought down by God to save us from our sins and only liberals believe otherwise. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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