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Brett responds to this week’s challenge. How did you do?
I had a question about your “two different Mark’s” analogy and how you apply it to your “two different Jesus’s” conclusion. It’s seems to me that it’s possible for you and I to both believe in the same person, but to have different beliefs ABOUT that person. Maybe you believe Amy is six feet tall, and I believe she’s 5’7″. But that doesn’t mean we’re talking about two different Amy’s, does it? Maybe one person just isn’t aware that Mark is married, and the other is. Having a mistaken belief about somebody doesn’t necessarily mean you’re talking about a completely different person altogether, does it?
Calvinists and Arminians never seem to claim that they are worshipping two different Gods even though they have differences in beliefs about God. Calvinists believe in God’s absolute sovereignty over all events; Arminians typically do not. Calvinists believe God predestines people to salvation; Arminians think he does not predestine people to salvation. But they aren’t talking about two different Gods, are they?
So my question is this: Where do you draw the line? How different does Jesus have to be before you have to say that you’re talking about two different Jesus’ rather than merely having two different beliefs about the same Jesus?