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WHY DID JESUS SAY: “ANYONE WHO DOES NOT REMAIN IN ME IS THROWN AWAY?”

WHY DID JESUS SAY: “ANYONE WHO DOES NOT REMAIN IN ME IS THROWN AWAY?”

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who who does not remain is thrown away like a branch—and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt”—John 15:5,6 NJB

Using figurative speech, Jesus made very clear that Christians must remain in Jesus, and not leave him. Just to be clear, a Christian could leave and return, like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). But what if a Christian leaves Jesus at some point and does not return to him? Then what? Does that mean that he “was never saved in the first place”, as “eternal security” believers claim? Is “Once Saved, Always Saved” (OSAS) a Biblical teaching? read more

IS JESUS CHRIST THE “I AM” OF EXODUS 3:14?

IS JESUS CHRIST THE “I AM” OF EXODUS 3:14?

God said to Moses, ‘I am he who is.’ And he said, ‘This is what you are to say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.”‘ God further said to Moses, ‘You are to tell the Israelites, “Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time, and thus how I am to be invoked for all generations to come”—Exodus 3:14,15 NJB

Based on Jesus’ saying “I am” at John 8:58, Trinitarians claim that Jesus Christ is the “I am” of Exodus 3:14, and therefore is God Almighty. However, if that were true, the healed blind man would also be God Almighty, because he said “I am” (John 9:9 NAB). read more

WAS JESUS GOD, OR GOD’S SON, IN COURT?

WAS JESUS GOD, OR GOD’S SON, IN COURT?

Like Jesus’ enemies, Trinitarians often assert that Jesus was “claiming to be God” (John 10:33 REB). However, Jesus flatly refuted that false charge by saying, “I am God’s Son” (John 10:36). Like Jesus’ enemies, once again, Trinitarians also falsely assert that Jesus “was claiming equality with God” (John 5:18 REB). Jesus flatly refuted that false charge also, by saying: “In all truth I tell you, by himself the Son can do nothing; he can do only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19 NJB). 

When finally, Jesus was brought before the Jewish Supreme Court, the Sanhedrin, what was the real issue that they were concerned about?

“The high priest said to him, ‘I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God” (Matthew 26:63 NAB). 

This was the real issue. They obviously knew he never ‘claimed to be God’. Notice Jesus’ response:

“The words are yours. But I tell you this: ‘from now on you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of heaven'” (Mt 26:64 REB). read more

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR TRINITARIANS

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR TRINITARIANS

“For us there is only one God, the Father” (1 Corinthians 8:6 NJB)

If the Trinity doctrine is truly Biblical, as Trinitarians claim, then they should not have any problems with answering simple questions about their doctrine, without any resorting to evasion, or denial. Here is the question:
Are both of the following statements true?—YES, or NO

A. For Christians, there is one God, the Triune God.
B. For Christians, there is one God, the Father.

1. If YES, then please explain how the the “one God” of Christians is both a three person being and a one person being.
2. If NO, then please identify which of the two above statements is true.

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