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)