On the Christ as the Word of God

I was recently in an argument on the nature of the Word of God. I asserted that Christian theology defines the Christ as the Word of God (Logos Theoi); an evangelical Christian, countering that the Bible is the Word of God, accused me of presenting Gnostic theology instead.
Toward a resolution of that discussion, I am posting a few internet pages which explain the Christian exposition of Christ-as-Word.

The first is the homepage of Les Oxnam, a Christian convert in New Zealand. Although it begins with a very friendly and evangelical tone, it goes on to present a well-reasoned and reasonably researched argument (caveat: the author does reference a personal dialogue with God in his study of the Bible):

Next, we have the thorough scholarly research of the Catholic Encyclopedia:

The third is a more parsimonious exegesis, hosted by Learn the Bible (of the Antioch Baptist Church of Knoxville, TN):

Finally, we have a presentation by Hebraic-Foundations, a Bible study forum hosted by Christian Challenge International, which describes itself thus: “Hebraic-Foundations is an online email conference which provides studies as well as offers open discussion on the Biblical Christian. Its special emphasis is towards the pre-325 A.D. Church.” Not as exhaustive as the Catholic Encyclopedia, it is nonetheless a well-presented study:

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. Fascinating site! On “Christ” as the Word of God, are you familiar at all with Christian Science? Mary Baker Eddy explains the Christ as a state of consciousness in tune, or “at one” with God. Jesus was always in this state of consciousness, earning him the title of “Christ”, just as popular election in this country earns one the title of “President”.I’m not trying to convert anyone to Christian Science. But I think Mary Baker Eddy’s work “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” is a sentinel work on metaphysics, despite the fact that the semantics are now over 100 years old. I think that serious students of metaphysical healing would do well to be familiar with it.Christian Scientists study and pray each morning, training their consciousness in order to defend themselves against the world beliefs of sickness, animosity, and the other ills of this world that they may encounter in their day. I have often likened this to the martial artist training his body to be ready to fend off physical attacks.And yes… I’ve done a little kick-boxing myself.

  2. Wow… Sorry I missed this. For six years! O.o

    I’m not very familiar with Christian Science, although I briefly flirted with the related Unity Church. I do appreciate the idea of training the consciousness in this fashion, but Ms Eddy’s etymology is off a bit. She is correct insofar as “Christ” is a title, however it is the Greek translation (Xrystos) of the Hebrew “Messiah” (saviour).

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