The Central Issue of Theology

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The central issue of theology, as far as I’m concerned, is the alleged divinity of Christ. Is Jesus really God who came in the flesh; the visible image of the invisible God? Or were the Christian Scriptures corrupted in order to portray him in this way? I am certainly a monotheist, and the alleged divinity of Christ is the key area of disagreement among the three major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).

Understanding that the Christian Scriptures have been corrupted, as Muslims and some historians believe, would enable me to have a more pluralistic understanding of religion, with God creating every person of every faith with a meaningful purpose. But it would also put orthodox Christianity, and therefore millions of Christians, in the wrong. What if Jesus Christ really is God the Son, the only way to the Father, and the only way to salvation, as contemporary Bibles seem to teach?

I am currently immersed in research with the aim of settling this predicament, but I’m prepared that I might have to come to the conclusion that it is ultimately a matter of faith whether to believe in Christ’s divinity, because persuasive arguments can be made on either side of the debate.

I know that if I make a decision either way, it will be because God gives me a certain conviction and/or understanding. So I have prayed to God to help me to understand and to let me believe only the Truth. What more can I do? God is in control of every aspect of my life; I know that to be true. This includes my thoughts and beliefs. Therefore, all I can do is hope in God’s mercy, and say with humble longing, “Thy will be done”.

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