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Is Jesus God? the Idea That God is Multiple

Is Jesus God? the Idea That God is Multiple

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Is Jesus God?The idea that God is multiple persons seriously threatens the monotheism of the bible.This is really nothing more than lightly veiled polytheism. This self-inflicted woundhas unnecessarily harmed evangelism to Jews and Muslims who both see this asirreconcilable with monotheism. The idea of God becoming a man has its origins inGreek mythology and has no place in the bible. The idea that Jesus was both God andman at the same time is hopelessly contradictory.God and man have utterly incompatible attributes. The idea that one person can besimultaneously mortal and immortal, omniscient and ignorant, helpless andomnipotent, tempt-able and untempt-able, is absurd. This view totally compromisesthe fact the bible plainly calls Jesus a man. A godman is not both God and man butneither God nor man. An eternal, omniscient, omnipotent being adding a humannature to itself couldn't possibly be referred to as a "man" in any genuine sense.This also totally compromises Jesus being the Messiah and Son of God. How canJesus be "the Son of the living God" in any genuine sense if he is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and Holy Spirit? This makes a mockery of the biblical Father and Son relationship that Jesus and God have. Secondly, a transcendent, immutableGod can't add a human nature to himself in the first place. God cannot cease beingGod. Trinitarians often recite their explanations handed down to them by traditionwithout ever thinking about what they are saying. Saying Jesus was both God andman sounds nice, but when it comes to explaining that in any coherent manner theyare unable to do so. All of these interpretations of the scripture are totallyunnecessary.Jesus is the Christ (Anointed One) because he is not God, because he is a human. TheChrist is a human anointed by God, Christ by definition is not God. Trinitarians willobliterate everything in their quest to make Jesus into God, including the biblical factsthat Jesus is Christ, Son of God and a human being. Here is a quote from a trinitarianscholar. The historic formulation of the Trinity (derived from the Latin word trinitas, meaning“threeness”) seeks to circumscribe and safeguard this mystery (not explain it; that is beyond us), and it confronts us with perhaps the most difficult thought that the humanmind has ever been asked to handle. It is not easy; but it is true.The basic assertion of this doctrine is that the unity of the one God is complex. Thethree personal “subsistences” (as they are called) are coequal and coeternal centers of 
 
self-awareness, each being “I” in relation to two who are “you” and each partaking of the full divine essence (the “stuff” of deity, if we may dare to call it that) along withthe other two.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Packer, J. I. (1995, c1993). Concise theology: A guide to historic Christian beliefs.Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House.Does that sound like the bible's teaching about God to you? Does the bible reallydescribe three co-equal persons all sharing the "stuff" of deity? It seems to me the bible describes a single person God, who alone is almighty and eternal (Isa 44:24),who begets a Son (Heb 1:5, Luke 1:30-35, Matt 3:17), anoints him with his Spirit(Acts 10:38, Matt 3:16, Luke 4:18), teaches him what to say (Luke 2:40,52, John7:16, 12:49), raises him from the dead (Acts 3:15,5:30), exalts him to his right hand(Acts 2:33, Php 2:9-11), and makes him the judge and lord (Acts 2:36, 10:42, 17:31).The trinity as Mr. Packer says is "perhaps the most difficult thought that the humanmind has ever been asked to handle". No kidding Mr. Packer, probably because it isunreasonable, unbiblical and unnecessary! Trinitarians often need to retreat to therealm of "mystery", and say this whole trinity thing is unexplainable and beyond us.Has it ever occurred to them that maybe we should simply rethink the wholetrinitarian interpretation? The amount of effort that needs to be put into defending andexplaining the trinity is all a lost cause. All one needs to say is "that council of men inthe 4th century doesn't determine biblical truth".OutlineThis study will begin first with a look at the Old Testament view of God. Thencontinue with an examination of Messianic prophecies. It will move into the gospelsand see what Jesus had to say about himself. Then a look at the testimony of othersabout Jesus in the gospels. From there an examination of how the Apostles preachedabout Jesus in the book of Acts. Then an examination of some creedal statements inthe Epistles and a look at the book of Revelation.
 
Trinitarian ArgumentsClaim 1. Jesus is God because he claimed to beWell Jesus nowhere made any explicit claim to be God. However Trinitariansdesperately search through scriptures with the sole intent of trying to find a claimsomewhere (begging the question). They often assert that in John 8 Jesus claimed to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by saying in verse 58 "before Abraham was Iam." They assume this is a reference to exodus 3 where God speaks to Moses from the burning bush. Unfortunately nothing in the context is about Moses and the burning bush story, rather it is talking about Abraham who lived hundreds of years earlier.Secondly, John doesn’t even use the same Greek words used in exodus 3 in theSeptuagint. Trinitarians should know better than that, Jesus is plainly distinguishedfrom the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Act 3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.Peter explicitly says Jesus is the SERVANT of the God of the fathers. The idea that inJohn 8 Jesus tries to underhandedly claim to be that God is absurd in light of the restof scripture. Peter made this distinction repeatedly.Act 5:30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on atree.The idea that Jesus claimed to be the very God of the Fathers in light of these explicitverses saying he is in fact distinct from the God of the Fathers, shows the depths of desperation of Trinitarians. Now get this folks, Jesus actually did refer to the story of the burning bush account explicitly in Mark 12:26,27Mar 12:26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses,in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?Mar 12:27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong."Jesus here refers back to this event and makes no mention of having been present, or making any claim to be the very God that spoke to Moses. Jesus mentions how Godspoke to Moses, and then Jesus says of God, "HE is not God of the dead but of theliving." So Jesus refers to God as a singular personal being, someone other thanhimself by using the term "HE". Notice he didn't say, "we are not" he said, "he is not"exposing the false idea that God is multiple persons. Notice also Jesus did not say"have you not read in the book of Moses in the passage about the bush how I spoke tohim saying". Jesus didn't say "I spoke to him" or "we spoke to him" but HE spoke tohim, showing that he was not present or speaking to Moses then.Stephen referred to the burning bush story and he, like Jesus, made no mention of Jesus being present and certainly no mention of Jesus being the God that spoke to

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