The Deity of Christ in the Gospel of Mark
by Tim Barnett
There are some who think the deity of Christ was a later invention that developed by the end of the first century. As evidence for this position, they assert that the Gospel written first—the Gospel of Mark—has a low view of Jesus, while the Gospel written last—the Gospel of John—has a high view of Jesus. Therefore, Jesus started out as a man in Mark’s Gospel but became God by the time John’s Gospel was written.
This challenge rests on the assumption that the Gospel of Mark has a low view of Jesus. But is this true? Does Mark’s Gospel present Jesus as a mere man, or is the deity of Christ presented even in the earliest Gospel?
In one of his many debates with Muslim apologist Shabir Ally, James White lays out sixteen places in the Gospel of Mark that point persuasively to Jesus’ deity when taken together…
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