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WHO IS THE ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND GOD?

WHO IS THE ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND GOD?

Christian denominations have differing views on the mediator between them and God. For example, Catholics teach that Christians must go through their priesthood to have a relationship with God. Others teach that one can only have a relationship with God through their particular denomination, or church. Some have even thought, or taught that a relationship with God was only possible through one particular pastor.

This idea was developed with the group today known as Jehovah’s Witnesses starting in the 1890’s around their Founder, Pastor C. T. Russell. He became known among them as “the faithful and wise servant” (Mt 24:45 KJV), “the one that God was using to give true spiritual food to mankind.” read more

Jesus the Mediatior – Trinitarian Views

Jesus the Mediatior – Trinitarian Views

The Bible clearly says that Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and humans. But Trinitarians claim that Jesus is God. How do they explain this contradiction?

Jesus the Mediator
Jesus is the Mediator between God and man. Yet Trinitarians claim Jesus is God.

Trinitarians say: “Jesus MUST be God in order to be our mediator.”

This is the crux of their argument. Trinitarians change the meaning of mediator, since Jesus being the mediator between humans and God (1 Tim 2:5) destroys their Trinity idol. (2 Cor 10:3-4)

By definition, a mediator is neither of the two parties for whom he mediates. The foundation of their argument against the plain truth of 1 Tim 2:5 therefore rests on a bogus premise. Thus, their entire argument fails. read more

Why Jesus – Not God – Died For Our Sins

Why Jesus – Not God – Died For Our Sins

The Bible says God cannot die. Yet Trinitarians assert that Jesus must be God himself in order to die for the sins of mankind stands in stark contradiction to all scriptural evidence. It was Jesus, not God, that died.

Jesus, not God
It was Jesus – not God – who died for the sins of mankind

“Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.” (Hab 1:12)

From this scripture, we can see that it is impossible that Jesus could be the God who would die for the sins of mankind, since the prophecy of Habakkuk was written over 600 years prior to Jesus and clearly states that God will never die. read more

Catholic Claims About Purgatory vs. the Bible

Catholic Claims About Purgatory vs. the Bible

Purgatory is a Catholic doctrine which teaches there is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven, holding that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come. But what does the Bible teach? Let’s compare some Catholic claims about the doctrine of Purgatory to the Scriptures.

Purgatory
Is the doctrine of Purgatory a true teaching?

Catholics claim:

Those that build their foundations on wood, grass or straw will be burned when we are purified to go to purgatory. Yet they will saved though only as men are saved by passing through fire. All people who go to purgatory will be saved though suffering (fire). read more

Must Christians Completely Obey? What Does the Bible Say?

Must Christians Completely Obey? What Does the Bible Say?

The Old Testament was full of commandments to which the Israelites were obligated to be obedient. But what about the New Testament? Must Christians completely obey? Let’s find out what the Scriptures have to say.

Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” (Jn 14:23)

“Give yourselves completely to God… use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.” (Rom 6:13 NLT)

“We will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” (2 Cor 10:6 NIV)
“After you have become fully obedient.” (NLT)
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Titus – God and Jesus – Part of a Trinity?

Titus – God and Jesus – Part of a Trinity?

Are God and Jesus Part of a Trinity? Is Jesus God? Let’s take a quick look at the Bible book of Titus to find some clues to these answers.

Titus
What does the Book of Titus say about Jesus and God?

“Paul , a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ.” (Tit 1:1 NIV) If Jesus is God, why are God and Jesus are referred to separately?

“Grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Savior.” (Tit 1:4 NIV) God is named as Father – Jesus is separate and distinct from God.

“As we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ.” (Tit 2:13 NAB) God and Jesus are spoken of a separate and distinct yet again. read more

Who is the Ultimate Authority – God or Jesus?

Who is the Ultimate Authority – God or Jesus?

Not all Christians are in agreement about the roles of God and Jesus. Some say God is the ultimate authority. Some say they are equal. And some say Jesus is God. But what does the Bible say? Let’s examine some scriptures to find the answer.

Ultimate authority?
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” – by whom?

“I am not here on my own authority but he who sent me is true.” (Jn 7:28) Jesus plainly states he didn’t come on his own authority, but God sent him.

“I do not speak on my own authority.” (Jn 14:10) Jesus does not even speak on his own authority. read more

God and Jesus in 2 Thessalonians – Part of a Trinity?

God and Jesus in 2 Thessalonians – Part of a Trinity?

In the Bible book of 2 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul speaks of both God and Jesus Christ. If Paul believed Jesus is God, we should be able to find evidence of this from his writings. But is this the case in 2 Thessalonians? Let’s examine some verses to find out.

2 Thessalonians
Paul speaks of both God and Jesus in 2 Thessalonians. But does he believe Jesus is God?

“To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:1)

In the very first verse, God is distinguished here as Father – something Jesus is never called in the New Testament.

“Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:2) read more

What sincere beliefs must a person hold in order to be a Christian?

What sincere beliefs must a person hold in order to be a Christian?

Many people in the world today call themselves “Christian,” but there are so many conflicting beliefs and doctrines taught among these people. So what beliefs must a person hold in order to be a true Christian? In order to answer this question, we need to look to God’s Word. Let’s see what the Bible has to say.

Christian belief
Christians view the Bible as God’s revelation to humanity

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) So the first point is that one must believe that God exists, and becomes the rewarder of those sincerely seeking him. read more

The Bible Completely Equips Us and Does Not Need to Be Supplemented

The Bible Completely Equips Us and Does Not Need to Be Supplemented

Many people professing to be Christians today believe the Bible is useful but incomplete and needs to be supplemented by their own teachings and writings. But is this the case?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17) The Bible completely equips Christians because it is the only divinely inspired writing.

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (Prov 30:5-6) The Bible is perfect because it is God’s Word and does not need to be supplemented. read more