Thanks debz for the mind stimulating view of people claiming to be the Christ,"I am the Christ". Although I hold to the traditional view but your view does make some sense. if someone were to come to me/us and say he is Jesus Christ or come in the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and even did miracles, you and I will unlikely to believe him, but however if someone were to approach me/us and say, "Jesus is the Christ" or "Jesus Christ is the Lord", we tend to believe him. Preachers will usually approach non-believers in this way. That I believe goes with the people living in the first century. Since there are many people (some of which may be false prophets and false christs) preaching "Jesus is the Christ" or "Jesus Christ is the Lord", we should be beware of them. This I believe is what debz is telling us. That is why in the subsequent message in Matthew 24, Jesus did mentioned that we should be aware of false christs and false prophets who will even deceived the elect. Be on guard! Currently both views to me are possible interpretations of the verse.
Originally Posted by RAM
BTW, this alternative views have stirred the hornet's nest...the traditionalist's view and the preterist's view. The traditionalist view that the verse,"I am Christ" is talking about people claiming to be Jesus Christ. The preterists also hold to that view but also believe that what Jesus said in Matthew 24 referred to those living in the first century, this alternative view force them to view Christ as referring the centuries beyond AD 70 till now where false prophets and false christs abound. It does give me the scary thought that we and other staunch Christians may actually be false christs and false prophets without actually knowing ourselves. Beware of Satan's trap! But I believe as long as we believe in and love God with all our heart, soul and strength and love others as ourselves and always doing God's will, we should be alright.
Thanks debz, it is a good post. I love good mind stimulating alternative views; it gives the "ummmph!" in this forum.
May God blessed us His Wisdom.
Last edited by CWH; 11-27-2011 at 08:08 PM.
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