Friday, October 11, 2013

The Problem With Christ

We use the term "Jesus Christ" all the time. We know who Jesus of Nazareth was and is. However, do we know what "Christ" means?

Does it mean anointed? Does it mean Messiah? Is it simply Jesus' last name? Or, does it mean something else altogether? The author of this book, Christopher Gorton, has a very high view of Jesus. It is our understanding of the word Christ that he has a problem with. Gorton's main point in this book is that most English speaking Christians do not know what Christ truly means. According to Gorton, this is due to poor bible translation and transliteration. The author states that Christ should actually be translated as "King."

Gorton puts a solid amount of information into a relatively short book (about 100 pages). This text is a quick and enjoyable read. While you may not agree with the author's conclusions, his arguments will make you think. I'm still not sure what I believe on this issue. The fact that I'm still thinking about it tells me that this is a book worth reading.

I highly recommend this book to all Christians. You can purchase it here for less than ten bucks.


Jeremy Myers said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I was just doing some thinking on this very subject today, and lo and behold, you recommend a book about it.

Eric said...


I'd like to hear what you think after you read the book. The author makes some excellent points. The more I think about it, the more I think I agree with him.

Aussie John said...


I have long thought that when referring to our Lord we ought always to refer to Him as "Lord, Jesus Christ".

Problem here, I suppose, is that the word "Lord" holds little meaning for most.

Unwieldy, I know, but most appropriate would we "God Incarnate,Lord, Jesus Christ".

Must admit I have expediently let my resolve,in this matter,slip in recent times.