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Is Jesus Christ God Almighty, or Part of a Trinity? — Gospel of John

Is Jesus Christ God Almighty, or Part of a Trinity? — Gospel of John

The Gospel of John is often used by Trinitarians to “prove” their dogma, such as:

John 1:1 – “The Word was God”

John 2:19,21–“Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. But the temple he had spoken of was his body” (NIV). This one is used by Trinitarians to “prove” that Jesus resurrected himself.

John 5:18 – “Making himself equal to God”

John 8:58—“Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am'” (NIV) read more

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Is Jesus Christ God Almighty, or Part of a Trinity? – 1 John

Is Jesus Christ God Almighty, or Part of a Trinity? – 1 John

The letter of 1 John was one of the last books of the New Testament to be written. Trinitarians claim that the New Testament teaches the Trinity, so if that assertion is true, we should surely find some evidence of that at this late date. Let’s see exactly what we do find:
1 John 1:2 – “This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us” (NLT). It is very obvious that this verse is describing Jesus Christ, and that he was with the Father. Being “with” someone, makes it clear that two individuals are being discussed. Nothing is either stated, nor implied about any Trinity, nor that Jesus is Almighty God. read more

CORONAVIRUS PROVES THAT “FAITH HEALERS” ARE FAKES

CORONAVIRUS PROVES THAT “FAITH HEALERS” ARE FAKES

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, accurately predicted that many would claim that they had done many “miracles”, including divine healings, when he said:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!'”—-Matthew 7:21-23 NIV read more

DURING CORONAVIRUS, HOW ABOUT CELEBRATING EASTER, OR CHRIST’S MEMORIAL?

DURING CORONAVIRUS, HOW ABOUT CELEBRATING EASTER, OR CHRIST’S MEMORIAL?

For the year 2020, most of Christendom has set Easter for April 12th, and Jehovah’s Witnesses have set The Memorial of Christ’s Death for April 7th. These dates are rigidly set and observed, and carry a very huge importance for these groups. Please see and very carefully read the article: “What Is Memorial Day for Christians?” on this blog site to get further details regarding the proper Biblical Celebration of The Lord’s Supper.

Easter, which is neither mentioned nor commanded in the Bible, is supposed to be the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, but is partially based on pagan springtime fertility rites. Christians “must no longer live as the Gentiles do” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV), and not incorporate their practices into their celebrations. read more

SINCE ALMIGHTY GOD AND JESUS CHRIST ARE BOTH CALLED “SAVIOR”, DOES THAT MEAN JESUS IS ALMIGHTY GOD?

SINCE ALMIGHTY GOD AND JESUS CHRIST ARE BOTH CALLED “SAVIOR”, DOES THAT MEAN JESUS IS ALMIGHTY GOD?

Trinitarians often use the following scripture to “prove” that Jesus is Almighty God:

“I, I am Yahweh, and there is no other Saviour but me” (Isaiah 43:11 NJB)

Trinitarians will then point out that Jesus Christ is referred to as “the Savior”  many times in the New Testament. However, this assertion is easily debunked by the Scriptures themselves. One very good example of this scriptural proof is:

“Through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior” (Titus 1:3,4 NIV) read more

To Understand Prophecy, We Must Always Consider the Context

To Understand Prophecy, We Must Always Consider the Context

Jehovah’s Witnesses recently published an article entitled “An Attack Coming From the North” (The Watchtower–Study Edition, April 2020), in which they admit that their prior explanation of the prophecy of Joel 2:7-9 was out of context, and therefore inaccurate. Their new explanation of this prophecy is very similar to what they call “Christendom” has explained for a long time, that is, the Babylonians would invade Judah and Jerusalem from the north and take over. Unfortunately for the JW’s, however, they still hold to their 607 BCE date for the destruction of Jerusalem, since it fits in with their ill-fated 1914 date. read more

DOES REVELATION TEACH THE TRINITY?

DOES REVELATION TEACH THE TRINITY?

The very first verse of the Book of Revelation gives us a clue as to the answer:

“The revelation from Jesus Christ, WHICH GOD GAVE HIM to show his servants what must soon take place” (Revelation 1:1 NIV).

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first born from the dead . . . and has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5 NIV).

If Jesus was God, he would not have to be given the revelation by God.

Jesus cannot be Almighty God because he died, and Almighty God “never dies” (Habakkuk 1:12 NJB). read more

Is It True That Jesus Did Not Really Die On the Cross, As Critics Claim?

Is It True That Jesus Did Not Really Die On the Cross, As Critics Claim?

“But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water” (John 19:33,34 NIV).

Some skeptics claim that Jesus somehow survived his crucifixion, and was unknowingly placed alive in the tomb, where he revived, and early on Sunday morning escaped from the tomb alive. This is quite a far-fetched story, but nevertheless, many people believe it. However, when we carefully consider all the known and pertinent facts, such a theory flies in the face of all the evidence. read more

Do the Minor Prophets Support Trinitarian Claims that Jesus Christ is Almighty God?

Do the Minor Prophets Support Trinitarian Claims that Jesus Christ is Almighty God?

The 12 relatively short Bible Books called “the minor prophets”, from Hosea to Malachi make many references to “Yahweh”, but no references to Jesus Christ by name. There is one notable reference to Jesus, in a verse which predicts his birthplace, and mentions something very significant in doing so:

“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2 NRSV).

Matthew 2:1-6 confirms that Micah 5:2 accurately predicts the birthplace of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. But Micah 5:2 also does something else very significant. It says that Jesus had an “origin”, a beginning”, in the distant past. This scriptural fact overturns the key Trinitarian claim that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, is eternal. Jesus’ having an “origin” is powerful proof that he is not eternal. This Biblical fact that is Jesus is not eternal is further contrasted with this:

“Are you not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, You will not die” (Habakkuk 1:12 HCSB). 

Not only does this verse explicitly say that “Yahweh”, who is Almighty God, is “eternal”, it goes on further to say that He “will not die”. This stands in stark contrast to Jesus, his Son, who “died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

Another major Trinitarian claim is that Jesus Christ became a “God-man” while on earth, an assertion without any Biblical evidence. It’s just made up.  On earth, Jesus “became flesh” (John 1:14), “fully human in every way” (Hebrews 2:17 NIV), but not a “God-man”. Such a designation is impossible  on the face of it because of what the scriptures say, for example:

“I am God and not a man” (Hosea 11:9 NIV).

How can we be absolutely sure that God cannot be a man?

Jesus said: “God is a spirit” (John 4:23 GWT).

Thus, we have proven that the Minor Prophets have debunked such major Trinitarian claims as:

  1. Jesus is eternal, by two separate proofs
  2. Jesus was a “God-man” on earth
  3. Therefore, Jesus Christ cannot be Almighty God

Is the Trinity Taught in 1 Peter, or Is It Contradicted?

Is the Trinity Taught in 1 Peter, or Is It Contradicted?

Even though 1 Peter opens up with a statement that has been construed as supporting the Trinity doctrine, when carefully examined, the entire book of 1 Peter is actually quite devastating to the Trinity dogma. Yes, some point to the naming of the three who are supposed to be in the Trinity as proof of its existence. for example:
“Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood” (1:2 NIV). The mention of three does not assert their supposed equality, nor the “personhood” of the Spirit, nor their “oneness” of substance. Rather, “God the Father” is shown to be in control with his “foreknowledge”. In fact, only “the Father” is said to have such “foreknowledge”, meaning that he knows things that “Jesus Christ” doesn’t know, which is a very clear indication of their separateness and distinction. The Holy Spirit is always described by “the”, indicating that it is not a person, and therefore cannot know anything. Being “sprinkled with” “Jesus” Christ’s “blood” indicates that he died, which also means that he cannot be Almighty God, since God cannot die ((Habakkuk 1:12).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . he has given us new birth . . . through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1:3 NIV). “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” indicates that “God the Father” is the God of, or over, Jesus Christ, thus denoting his superiority. “The resurrection of Jesus Christ” implies his Father’s superiority because he brought his Son back from death. “Of the dead” implies that Jesus was dead, which means he cannot be God, since God cannot die (Habakkuk 1:12).

“You call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially” (1:17 NIV). The facts that Christians should pray to the Father (Matthew 6:9), and not the Son, and that  the Father is the ultimate judge, not the Son (Hebrews 12:23), are made plain here.

“You were redeemed . . . with the precious blood of Christ” (1:18,19 NIV). Christ’s sacrificial death again is emphasized, reinforcing the fact that he can’t be God, since God cannot die (Habakkuk 1:12). The Bible never says that God died for our sins.

“He was chosen before the creation of the world” (1:20 NIV). Did Christ choose himself? No, not at all! “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him” (2:4 NIV). God the Father did the choosing of Jesus, which proves the Father complete control, and Jesus is very precious to his Father. These thoughts from the scriptures are in direct conflict with the Trinity dogma.

“Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (1:21 NIV). We go through Christ (John 14:6) to believe in God. God brought Jesus back to life and exalted him, and out ultimate faith and hope are in God the Father. All this clearly proves God Almighty’s superiority over his Son, thus devastating the Trinity dogma!

“Offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (2:5 NIV). Our sacrifices are to God through Jesus, which harmonizes with the entire Bible. God is shown as supreme once again, and Jesus mediatorial role is emphasized (1 Timothy 2:5).

“He entrusted himself to the one who judges justly” (2:23 NIV). This definitely shows Jesus’ submission to his Father (Luke 23:46).

“Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit” (3:18 NIV). Christ suffered on earth, but God didn’t because he’s a spirit (John 4:24 GWT), and has never been a man (Numbers 23:19; Hosea 11:9). “Christ died” (1 Corinthians 15:3), which is something that God cannot do (Habakkuk 1:12). ‘God resurrected Jesus’ (Acts 2:32 HCSB), since Jesus could not bring himself back to life.

“After being made alive” (3:19 NIV). This again emphasizes that Christ was “made alive” by being resurrected by Almighty God the Father (Acts 2:32).

“It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand” (1 Peter 3:21,22 NIV). God resurrected the dead Jesus, so God the Father is obviously superior, which is also emphasized by the fact that Jesus “is at God’s right hand”. This is also highlights their separateness.

“So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” (4:11 NIV). Jesus role as mediator is again emphasized here. Christians must go through Jesus to get to God (John 14:6). There is no other way to get to God, but clearly the Almighty is the one who is supreme over all, including Christ.

“Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good” (4:19 NIV). Only God the Father is called by the title “Creator” in the Bible. Jesus never is.

“God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus” (5:10 NLT). This shows that Almighty God is in control, and uses Christ to bring people to him.

We have seen that in each of 1 Peter’s five chapters, God Almighty the Father is shown to be in control, and Jesus is shown to be submissive to him, and under the Father’s control. Jesus has not been eternal, because he died for our sins. The Holy Spirit is clearly shown not to be a person. These facts devastate the Trinity doctrine!

Are Jesus Christ and Almighty God Part of a Trinity?—-1 Timothy

Are Jesus Christ and Almighty God Part of a Trinity?—-1 Timothy

It is frequently asserted by Bible teachers that Jesus Christ Is Almighty God. If this is so, then we should find plenty of scriptural evidence to support it. Do we? Since 1 Timothy was written by Bible scholar and teacher Paul to counter false teachers and false teachings, let’s see what it says.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope” (1:1 NIV). God and Christ are clearly portrayed as two separate and distinct individuals. As if this is not enough, it is further emphasized in verse 2:
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (1:2 NIV). “Grace, mercy and peace” are said to come from God and Christ, with no mention of the Holy Spirit. This would be surprising if the Trinity were true, but since the Holy Spirit is not a person, this statement makes perfect sense.

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever” (1:17 NIV). This sets Almighty God totally apart as being “eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God”, since Christ was created, died, and was visible while on earth.

“There is one God and one mediator between God and Christ, the man Christ Jesus” (2:5 NIV). By definition, the mediator cannot be either of the two parties that he mediates “between”. Therefore, it is obvious that Christ cannot be either”God” or “mankind”. No, Christ is “the man”, the “one mediator”. This one scripture is enough to obliterate Trinitarian notions.

“Who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (2:6 NIV). “Sacrificed himself” (REB). Jesus died as a ransom sacrifice. Almighty God “Yahweh . . . never dies” (Habakkuk 1:12 NJB), therefore Jesus cannot be Almighty God. This one fact also obliterates the Trinity.

“He appeared in the flesh” (3:16 NIV). KJV and NKJV have “God was manifest in the flesh”, however, footnoted editions admit that the Greek did not originally read this way. John 1:14 says “The Word [Christ] became flesh” (NASB). Numbers 23:19 says that “God is not human” (NIV), and John 1:18 says that “No one has seen God at any time” (NASB). Since God has never been on earth, nor “in the flesh”, nor “human”, but it says Christ did experience all that, obviously Christ cannot be Almighty God.

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, I warn you” (1 Timothy 5:21 NRSV). God and Jesus are just as separate and distinct as they are from the angels.

“Until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:14-16 NIV). Here we plainly see that Almighty God is set apart from Jesus Christ, and God is the only one who has eternally been immortal (compare Revelation 1:18), and whom no one has ever seen (John 1:18).

Of the eight times that God and Jesus are mentioned in 1 Timothy, their being distinct and separate is made very clear. Also, the Holy Spirit is never mentioned, which would be confusing if the Holy Spirit was in reality the third “person” of the so-called Trinity. Rather, these eight simple Biblical statements devastate the Trinity dogma.

How We Know That Paul Wrote Hebrews

How We Know That Paul Wrote Hebrews

Most scholars and experts today, and since the 1800’s, do not think that Paul wrote Hebrews. This view stands in contrast to the early Christians, and up to the 1800’s, it was unanimous that Paul wrote it, even though the writer isn’t named in the book itself.
Paul was foretold to be God’s “chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel” (Acts 9:15 NIV). So the Letter to the Hebrews falls well within this purview. Also, the complex theology and in-depth knowledge of the various details of the Old Covenant sacrificial arrangement fit Paul very well. His close friendship with Timothy, who prison release is mentioned, and the fact that the letter was written in Italy, also fit well with what we know about Paul and Timothy (13:23,24).

Why isn’t the author named in the book? None of the other theories raised for other writers, such as Apollos, or Barnabas, or Luke, or Acquilla or Priscilla, etc. have been able to explain the reason for the lack of the writer’s identification at the outset of the letter. But Paul’s is obvious!—He was hated and despised with fanatical zeal in the Jerusalem and Judea area because of his miraculous gifts of the spirit, but most importantly his gift of being able to prove that Jesus was the Messiah (Acts 9:20-30; 21:27-36; 23:12-21; 24:5-8). If Hebrews had had Paul’s name attached to it, it may not have even made it into Jerusalem. So, for good reason, it was anonymous.

However, the 2nd strongest proof of Paul’s authorship is the fact that the Chester Beatty Papyrus P46, which was written about 200 CE, includes Hebrews in its collection of Paul’s letters. In fact, Hebrews being placed after Romans as the 2nd letter, of the 9 letters that remain in the scroll, is extremely strong proof of Paul’s authorship.

But the number one proof of Paul’s authorship is something that is in conclusion of all 14 of his letters. Every writer has certain habits, and even though the style of Hebrews is somewhat different than the other 13 letters, due to the different subject matter and the situational background of the letter, this one habit of Paul marks the 14 letters as his. Let’s look at the nearly identical line that is in the conclusion of each of his 14 letters:

“The grace of of our Lord Jesus be with you”—-Romans 16:20 NIV

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you”—-1 Corinthians 16:24 NIV

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”—-2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen”—-Galatians 6:18 ESV

“Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible”—-Ephesians 4:24 ESV

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit”—-Philippians 4:23 ESV

“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you”—-Colossians 4:18 ESV

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you”—-1 Thessalonians 5:28 ESV

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all”—-2 Thessalonians 3:18 ESV

“Grace be with you”—-1 Timothy 6:21 ESV

“The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you”—-2 Timothy 4:22 ESV

“Grace be with you all”—-Titus 3:15 ESV

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit”—-Philemon 25 ESV

“Grace be with all of you”—-Hebrews 13:25 ESV

Every one of Paul’s 14 canonical letters has the basic phrase in the conclusion: “Grace be with you”. While Peter’s 2 letters mention grace in their conclusions, he does not use “grace” in a phrase that even comes close to the way that Paul uses “grace” in his conclusions. The fact is that none of other 7 Biblical letters’ conclusions use anything like Paul’s phrase “Grace be with you”. Along with all other Biblical evidence this fact makes it 100% certain that the Apostle Paul wrote Hebrews.

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