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Monday, February 1, 2010

John 10:30 - Jesus and His Father are One

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Jesus is one with his God and Father. -- John 10:30.

Many wish to imagine that when Jesus said that he was one his God and Father, that he meant that he and his Father are one God, or one being. In reality, there is nothing in what Jesus said that indicates that he was saying that he was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. One has to use the spirit of human imagination to make the scripture mean such. There is certainly nothing in the scripture that gives any indication that Jesus was saying that he was a person of a triune God.

Jesus prays for his followers to be one, just as he is with his God and Father. -- John 17:11.

Jesus prays that his followers may all be one, just as he is one with his God and Father. -- John 17:21.

Jesus prays that his followers may be one in himself and his Father, just as he is with his God and Father. -- John 17:21.

Jesus prays that his followers may one, just as he is one with his God and Father. -- John 17:22.

Nothing in any of this means that Jesus is Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who sent Jesus.

The Greek word for the adjective "one" is hen [which is neuter], not mia [feminine], as in the trinitarian formula: treis hypostaseis en mia ousia (three persons in one being). Notice that ousia is feminine, and thus the Greek calls for the feminine form of the word for one, that is, mia. Nor is it speaking of "one God", for then Jesus would have used the word heis (masculine) in order to match the Greek word for God (which is masculine), as Paul does in 1 Corinthians 8:6. Likewise, if Jesus meant that he and his Father were one Father, then he would have used the masculine heis, since the Greek word 'AB is masculine. His choice of the Greek neuter indicates that he is using the adjective "one" to describe a relationship that is defined by a Greek neuter word. More than likely, in view of the way Jesus uses same word in connection with his and his father's relationship to the followers of Jesus, Jesus is referring a union that reflects his being in agreement with his God and Father, as perhaps "one mind", as in Revelation 17:13, or one spirit (as disposition), as Philippians 1:27.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Genesis 1:1,26 - God Speaks to His Son

Genesis 1:1- In the beginning GOD created...
Genesis 1:26- Let US make man in OUR image...

There is nothing in this verse (or any other verse in the entire Bible) that identifies Jesus as "God."

The Word "God" (ELOHIM) is speaking of only one person in Genesis 1:1, not three persons. Trinitarians claim that God's spirit is the third person of their triune God, but ELOHIM in verse 2, even from the trinitarian standpoint, has to refer to one person since the spirit is spoken of in that verse as belonging to ELOHIM.

In Genesis 1:26, the unipersonal God (elohim) speaks to another person who is not himself, saying "Let us..." or "Let's". If I say to a friend, "Let's go to a movie as we had planned," I am not saying that the person I am speaking to is another person of myself.

The truth is that the idea that God is here speaking to Himself (allegedly as two different persons of Himself) has to be imagined, assumed, added to, and read into what the scripture actually says, and such has to be assumed only to conform to preconceived doctrine, which also has to be imagined, assumed, added to, and read into, each and every scripture that is used to allegedly support the extra-Biblical doctrine.

For more on this see the following:
"Let us" and Elohim
Who is God Speaking To?