We are continuing a series of episodes comparing Jesus to superheroes. This series will tackle wrong ideas about Jesus from church history in chronological order. A superhero will represent each of these ideas.
Is Jesus Like the Incredible Hulk?
Who is the Incredible Hulk?
- The first issue was in 1962.
- The Incredible Hulk comics underwent quite a few changes and series.
- Dr, Banner was exposed to gamma radiation that released the Hulk whenever he gets angry.
How is Jesus like the Incredible Hulk?
- Both Dr. Banner and Jesus are intelligent humans.
- Both represent two natures: divine and human.
How is Jesus not like the Incredible Hulk?
- Dr. Banner and the Incredible Hulk are different persons.
- Two persons share the one body.
- This makes Dr. Banner essentially schizophrenic.
- Jesus is not two persons. He is one person with two natures.
What is Nestorianism?
- Nestorius was bishop of Constantinople from 428-431.
- His rival, Cyril of Alexandria, believed Nestorius taught that Jesus was two persons: the human and the Logos.
- The Council of Ephesus in 431 condemned Nestorius for teaching heresy.
- Many of Nestorius’ followers had to split and became the Assyrian Church of the East.
- Nestorius may not have taught the heresy for which he was accused.
- Nestorianism still remains a problem, teaching that Jesus is like the Incredible Hulk.
What is the main problem with Nestorianism?
- It denies substitutionary atonement by separating the divine Son of God from the atonement.
- The communicatio idiomata is clear in Scripture (1Co 2:7-8; Act 20:28; Heb 1:3)
1 Corinthians 2:7-8