To say that Jesus Christ is not God does not degrade the importance and significance of Jesus Christ in any way. In fact, it elevates his importance due to the fact that the final Passover lamb had to be a sheep from the flock of humanity (Exodus 12:5; John 1:29; I Corinthians 5:7; I Peter 1:18-19). The true God would hardly qualify for this role of being one of our own brothers. His son certainly would, though.
I have written and published this information that I have come to understand over many years of research and study on this subject matter not to be argumentative. I will not be apologetic about it either. If this research of mine is a wrong-dividing of God’s Word, which I seriously doubt, then I will be prepared to stand before God as an unapproved workman of His Word (II Timothy 2:15).
The doctrine of the Trinity, in order to identify and clarify this issue, states that the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God and together, not exclusively, they form one God. The Trinity is co-eternal, without beginning or end, and co-equal. [William Wilson Stevens, Doctrine of the Christian Religion (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1967), pp. 113-122.] This doctrine was nurtured by non-Christian religions and given accreditation by churchmen under political expediency.
The modern day doctrine of the Trinity is not found in any type of document or relic belonging to the Christian church of the first three centuries. The Trinitarian doctrine was not entirely recognized within the early Christian church until the second ecumenical council meeting at Constantinople in 381 A.D. where The Creed of Nicaea was officially approved. [B.K. Kuiper, The Church in History (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1951), p. 128.]
Most people that believe Jesus Christ is God try to explain it by stating that this topic is a “mystery” and that we should just “accept it by faith”. The believers in the 1st century church didn’t just accept and totally believe what they were taught without first researching the scriptures themselves. God’s Word refers to these believers in Berea as being ‘noble’.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Below, I have listed some of the OBVIOUS PROOF from God’s Word that anyone will be able to logically see and understand about this issue (that is unless they have been spiritually blinded to the point that they ignore the truthful logic of God’s Word). Anyone who chooses to not believe the greater volume of logical evidence within the written Word will be responsible before God for the consequences of their own unbelief.
At a later time (in another article) I will reference and explain the forgeries that have crept into the Word over the centuries since Jesus Christ’s ascension as well as the misunderstandings of what is written regarding this subject matter. The much smaller volume of scriptures that a person who believes in the Trinity references when they attempt to prove from the scriptures that Jesus Christ is God, will be handled at that point.
In that article, you can be assured that I will explain almost every scripture that is given to try to prove this false doctrine. I will also handle those scriptures that they have added to the original and earlier manuscripts in order to try to verify their false teaching.
The Major Points That Refute the Doctrine of the Trinity
- How could Jesus raise HIMSELF from the dead (Romans 10:9-10 and hundreds of other scripture references)? Anyone that believes that he did raise himself from the dead, have been greatly deceived. This is probably the biggest lie that Christians have been led to accept ever since the 4th century. In fact, those who deny the Father and the son as separate entities are associated with the antichrist (I John 2:22-24; 4:1-3). If a person really believes that he raised himself from the dead, then they cannot be saved according to every logical truth of God’s Word as well as simple grammatical understanding. Not only that, but those people have been deceived into worshipping an idol (anything that you put ahead of, before, equal to or above God – Exodus 20:3) which is something that God does not like at all.
- Jesus had a God (Father) of his own that he even prayed to. Do you pray to yourself? (Micah 5:2-4; Matthew 11:25-27; 26:39-44; 27:46; Mark 1:35; 6:46; 14:32-39; 15:34; Luke 2:49; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28-29; 10:21-22; 11:1-4; 22:41-45; 23:34, 46; John 11:41-42; 17:1-26; 20:17; II Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; Colossians 1:3; I Peter 1:3; I John 2:22-24; Revelation 3:5, 12, 21).
- How could he have spoken to himself from heaven saying, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22; II Peter 1:17-18)? God also spoke from heaven another separate time when He said, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35) One other time that God spoke to him from heaven was when He said to him, “I have both glorified it (thy name) and will glorify it again” (John 12:28).
- Jesus declared that his Father (God) was in heaven while he (Jesus himself) was standing on earth (Matthew 5:16,48; 6:9; 7:21; 10:32-33; 12:50; 16:17; 18:10, 14, 19; 23:9; Mark 11:25-26).
- God GAVE Jesus the power that he operated to heal people (Matthew 9:8, Acts 10:38). God doesn’t need to give HIMSELF power (how ridiculous)!
- How can Jesus “send” himself? Can you send yourself? This would defy any principle of correct and logical grammar (Matthew 10:40; Mark 9:37; Luke 10:16; John 3:16-18; 4:34; 5:23-24, 36-38; 6:39-40; 7:28-29, 33; 8:42; 12:44; 13:20; 17:3-4, 8, 18, 23-25; 20:21; Acts 3:26; Romans 8:3; Galatians 4:4).
- Jesus said that you could speak a word against him (the son of man or Jesus) and be forgiven, but you could NOT speak against the Holy Spirit (God) and be forgiven (Matthew 12:32; Luke 12:10).
- Jesus didn’t want to be called “good” because he said that there was only one that was “good” and that was God (Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19).
- Jesus declared that to sit on his right hand and on his left was not his to give but would rather be given to them for whom it is prepared of his Father (Matthew 20:23).
- Jesus has a throne that Christians will sit with him on AND his Father (God) has a SEPARATE throne that he sat down with God upon. (Revelation 3:21).
- There is more than one Lord because of this verse that Jesus quoted about himself in relation to his God (from Psalm 110:1) The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand , till I make thine enemies thy footstool. (Matthew 22:44; Luke 20:42, Acts 2:32-36). The Lord (God) does not speak to Himself and He doesn’t sit on His own right hand in these verses either!
- God is Spirit and cannot be physically seen because He is invisible whereas Jesus was a man and could be physically seen (Deuteronomy 4:15; John 1:18; 4:24; 5:37; 6:46; Colossians 1:15; I Timothy 1:17; I John 4:12-13, 20).
- Every one of Jesus’ followers, even angels and devil spirits and those who wrote books in the Bible, called him “the son of God” (not God) in hundreds of places in the written Word. Even he called himself the son of God.
- God cannot be tempted, yet Jesus Christ was in all points tempted (Luke 4:1-2, 13; 20:23; John 8:6; Hebrews 4:15; James 1:13).
- God is omniscient (all knowing) whereas Jesus Christ was limited in his knowledge (Mark 13:32).
- God’s will is separate and distinct from Jesus Christ’s will (Matthew 20:23; 26:39-42; Mark 14:35-36; Luke 22:42; John 5:30; 6:38).
- Jesus Christ stated that the doctrine which he taught did not come from himself but was rather from God (John 7:16; 12:49-50).
- If Jesus Christ was God, then how can he sit or stand at his own right hand (Matthew 22:42; Mark 12:36; 14:62; 16:19; Luke 22:69; Acts 7:5; Hebrews 1:3, 13; 10:12; 12:2; I Peter 3:22)?
- Jesus Christ and Christian believers are “one” in purpose with God but are NOT the same entity as God (John 17:11, 20-23).
- God is superior to or greater than Jesus Christ (John 14:28; I Corinthians 11:3; I Corinthians 15:27-28).
- Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man. By definition, a mediator cannot mediate between himself and another entity (I Timothy 2:5).
- The Father, the son and the holy spirit are three separate entities (Mark 1:9-11).
- How can Jesus give anything to himself? That defies the principle of giving and receiving between two separate entities (Luke 1:32; John 17:4; Philippians 2:9; Revelation 1:1).
- God made everything including the physical body of Jesus Christ (John 1:3, 14; Hebrews 3:2 the word ‘appointed’ is the Greek word ‘poieo’ which means ‘made’ in this verse from the book of Hebrews). In order for one thing to be made by another, a difference between the two things is implied.
- God doesn’t have a mother (Luke 1:43).
- As a baby, Jesus was presented to the Lord (God) at Jerusalem (Luke 1:22). Why would he be presented to himself?
- Jesus as a young child was subject unto (under) his parents (Joseph and Mary) (Luke 2:51). God is never subject unto anyone.
- How can God increase in wisdom and stature and in favor with Himself (God) and man (Luke 2:52).
- Why would God anoint himself to carry out the ministry that Jesus was called to perform (Luke 4:18)?
- How can God be His own sacrificial “lamb of God” (John 1:36; Ephesians 5:2; Hebrews 10:12)?
- John the Baptist knew that God and His son were separate and distinctly different entities (John 1:32-34).
- Nicodemus, a Pharisee as well as a ruler of the Jews, knew that God and His son were separate and distinctly different entities (John 3:1-2).
- How can God (who is Spirit) give Himself spirit, love Himself and give all things into His own hand (John 3:34-35)?
- God never tires or gets weary but Jesus definitely did get weary at times (Isaiah 40:28; John 4:6).
- If God judges no man and has committed all judgment unto His son, they cannot logically be the same entity (John 5:22).
- Jesus said that the doctrine that he spoke was God’s doctrine and not his own (John 7:16-18; 14:10,24).
- In order for there to be a true witness of anything according to the Mosaic Law, there had to be two separate witnesses. Jesus declared that his own witness of himself was true because God was the other (separate) witness (John 8:13-18).
- Jesus said that those who believe on him will not only be able to do the works that he did, but would also be able to do GREATER works than him (John 14:12) [No one can EVER do greater works than God (that would be completely blasphemous!)].
- Jesus told his followers that they would not pray to him, but rather to God in his own (Jesus’) name after he ascended to be at God’s right hand (John 16:23).
- Jesus told his followers that he was never alone by himself because his heavenly Father was with him (John 16:32) – (This statement is only logical if there are two separate entities).
- Jesus said that he and God were “one” and that those who believed in him would also be “one” with God and himself (John 17:21-23). That doesn’t make him to be God any more than it would make any Christian believer to be Jesus or God either.
- God can’t be an “heir” of his own. Since Christian believers are “joint-heirs with Christ”, that would make them to be God also [which would be totally blasphemous (Romans 8:17; Hebrews 1:2)]!
- Since we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s (I Corinthians 3:23), that doesn’t make Christ to be God any more than it makes us to be Christ.
- In a marriage relationship, since the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God (I Corinthians 11:3), that doesn’t make Christ to be God any more than it makes the woman to be the man or the man to be Christ.
- Jesus Christ is “subject unto (or subordinate to)” God (I Corinthians 15:28).
- Jesus Christ made a conscious commitment to obey God (I Peter 2:23). He did not commit himself to obeying himself (how silly).
- Jesus Christ was with God in His foreknowledge before he was born to Mary (I Peter 1:20) just as any Christian believer was also with God in His foreknowledge (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4).
- Jesus Christ was a servant to God (Isaiah 52:13-15). In order to be a servant to anyone, the two entities have to be separate – you can’t serve yourself.
I wish you the best of “believing” in all of your future endeavors,
ROB – (admin)
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