Theology Matters: “God With a Bellybutton” (Ch. 5)

Sorry for the late post this week. It seems I’m caught up in more and more obligations as the weeks race on. I thought Professor Andy Snider’s message last week was especially timely in drawing AACF to a higher worship of God. Praise God for such great speakers! Here are my thoughts on chapter five of Dug Down Deep:

Chapter 5: I loved this chapter for the simple fact that it calls Christians to a higher view of Jesus Christ as both human and God. Harris presents all of the human perceptions of Christ. Especially to believers he pointedly writes, “Why spend time figuring out a way to hold on to church attendance and Christian tradition and even Christian morality while not believing much of anything about Jesus except that he was a really great guy?” It’s in this chapter that Harris clearly illustrates Jesus’ unimaginable divinity and his unmistakable humanness. It’s something that is ridiculous to try to fully conceive; I think this is one of those topics that calls for trust and faith, but it’s an area that should bring us into greater awe. I think Harris puts a nice touch at the end of the chapter too when he articulates God’s patience with us. Indeed, Jesus was “God with a bellybutton.”

Study Questions:

1. How do we know from the Scriptures that Jesus was both fully God and fully man? Why can’t he just be one or the other?
2. We read that “if you want to feel deeply, you have to think deeply.” Would you say that your worship of Jesus right now is based more on feelings? Or do you deeply review and think about who he is and what he accomplished?

Next Week: Chapter 6 – “A Way To Be Good Again”

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