THAT the almighty God and Jesus Christ are NOT one and the same God is quite clear in the Holy Bible. Whereas the Almighty Father has no beginning and is self-existent, Jesus the Son WAS CREATED. The person of God the Father is in all respect distinguished from the Son. And at all times-be it in his pre-human days, or during the incarnation, or after his glorification and exaltation-the Son Jesus has always been and will ever be subject to the Father.
Some people take offence when their church denominations, because of their wrong or false teachings, are mentioned for criticism. But how can one who is sincere and God-fearing be offended when what he has said or written is credited to him? He can reasonably be irritated only when what he did not say or do is attributed to him.
It will be ridiculous for any member of GKS to take offence when anyone says that the Organisation or her President teaches that the soul dies or that baptism doe not wash away sin. We really teach people so through sermons and booklets and other publications because so it is in the Bible -the ignorant or unscriptural criticisms of some notwithstanding.
It is unchristian to take offence when one is told the truth or corrected for teaching wrong doctrines. St. Paul said God gave the Scriptures for reproof, correction and instructions in righteousness so that the children of God may become perfect. - 2nd Timothy 3: 16, 17.
Most of the troubles in matters of doctrines among the Christians in the world today, arose from grossly misleading decisions reached at certain ancient religious assemblies-notably, the Council of Trent, 1545-1563 A.D. For the reason that the clergymen who took part in those meetings were influenced more by political, cultural and traditional considerations to please men rather than by scriptural truth and revelations, they led Christendom astray.
Although the 16th century movement for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, which resulted in the setting up of the Reformed and Protestant Churches, caused a considerable stir, the shackles of pharisaical traditionalism and dogmatism still remained. In spite of the fact that some men made the supreme sacrifice by reason of their conviction during the Reformation, it is a matter for regret that their successors are still found submerged in the tide of errors concerning the Christian faith.
Since the Council of Nicaea adopted the Athanasian Creed and declared the doctrine of "The Trinity" as an article of faith, dist has been thrown in the eyes of many who profess Christianity. They have been plunged into a state under which they are unable to distinguish between the Father of Jesus Christ-Jehovah the Almighty God-and Jesus Christ himself who is the Son and Mediator between Him (God) and men.
The Athanasian Creed states in part: "That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; neither confounding the Persons: nor dividing the Substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son: and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. The Father uncreate, the son uncreate and the Holy Ghost uncreate, so like wise the father is Almighty, the son Almighty: and the Holy ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties: but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the son is God: and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods: but one God, and in this Trinity none is afore, or after other: none is greater or less than another; but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together: and co-equal."
On the basis of the Athanasian Creed it is written in The Explanatory Catechism of Christian Doctrine, that "the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost are all one and the same God". (Emphasis ours)
The Sunday Times Pastor, under the heading of "Real significance of Christmas" some time ago wrote: "The first Christmas day was a mysterious day: it was the day on which God the Almighty left His throne in Heaven and come in the form of man to live among men."-Sunday Times, December 24, 1967. (Emphasis ours).
In effect the Sunday Times Pastor, is saying that for the period of Mary's conception and throughout the time Jesus Christ was on earth there was no God in heaven, and when he (Jesus) was killed and buried there was not god in existence. If it is God the Almighty Who left His throne in heaven and came in the form of man to live among men, whose voice then came from heaven during Christ's baptism saying, "This is my beloved Son. In whom I am well pleased."?-Matthew 3: 16, 17.
God the almighty is not subject to death-He is immortal. And so He could not be the one who came to the earth in the form of man and was betrayed and killed by wicked men. Of Him (God) it is written: "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to Whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen." - 1st Timothy 6: 16.
It was the Word the Son of God who was incarnated as the angel Gabriel told Mary: "The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called Son of God".
As a result of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ in his earthly mission God the Father has highly exalted him far above all the angels (Philippians 2: 9-11; Hebrews 1: 1-8) and rewarded him with immortality by which he has power over death and hell or grave. And he (Jesus) declared: "I an he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" - Revelation 1: 18.
The doctrine of "Trinity" is very unscriptural, unreasonable and blasphemous. It is responsible for the ignorance and confusion of many people about God and Jesus Christ.
Even Herbert W. Armstrong or the Ambassador College, Passadena, California, who is often critical of some other churches, has admitted that "there is great confusion today among religious leaders concerning the through nature and office of Jesus Christ -the saviour of the world". In leaflet entitled "is Jesus God?" his difficulties and lack of understanding about the subject matter were manifest. He argued that the word "God translated from the Hebrew "Elohim" is a uniplural name such as "church" or "family". He added: "Christ and the Father are ONE God, not two Gods-One 'ELOHIM'. That is why 'Elohim' said, "Let us make man in OUR image" (Genesis 1: 26). Jesus is the LORD, the Eternal of the Old Testament.
Armstrong's point of view is a deviation from the truth of the Scriptures. Granted that the word "God" is a collective noun what passage of the Bible expressly states that it is made up of the Father, and the Son? If that was why God said, "Let US make man in OUR image" why did He talk to Adam in a personal singular sense, "I will make him an help meet for him" (Genesis 2: 18) and not "We will make him"? Why did He tell Abraham "I am the Almighty God" and NOT "We are the Almighty God"? Such instances abound in the Holy Bible.
Some religious leaders, out of sheer ignorance or deliberate desire to mislead their flock, do not want to admit that gods are many. But St. Paul stated: "For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,0 but to us there is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him" (1st Corinthians 8: 5, 6). The apostle did not say that the ONE God is made up of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Rather he said "there is but ONE GOD, the FATHER".
The word god bears the meaning of one who is mighty or powerful. And so Jesus Christ is a god; the devil too is a god and St. Paul referred to him as "the god of this world". (2nd Corinthians 4: 3, 4) Rulers and judges, especially those who rule and administer justice in the fear of God and by reason of the powers vested in them, are gods. And because of the respect they deserve the divine law say, "Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people."-Exodus 22: 28.
All other gods, including Jesus Christ, who are the creatures of the Most High, are subject to Him (the Father). In Psalm 82: 1, 6 it is written: "GOD standeth in the congregation of the mighty; He judgeth among the gods. I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High."
For the fact that the Creator is supreme He is known as the "God of gods, and Lord of lords." (Deuteronomy 10: 17) And the Psalmist declared: "For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods." (Psalm 95: 3) If there is only one God or if gods are not many as the clergy teach, why the foregoing divine statements by the prophets of God?
There is nothing wrong therefore to say that Jesus Christ is god as there are also other gods. But the point is that Jesus Christ is a different or separate entity from the person of God the Father.
Those who say that Jesus Christ and the Father exist co-eternally are very wrong indeed. The Bible shows vividly that Jesus Christ derived life from or was created by the Father. It is only the Almighty God, the Father, Who is self-existent as signified by His name JEHOVAH. Concerning Him the Psalmist declared, "Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God." - Psalm 90: 2.
Jesus Christ was created before all other things and thus has the unique honour of being the BEGINNING of the creation of the Almighty God. (Revelation 3: 14) In fact it was through him other perfect things, both visible and invisible, were created. But it is a pity that this vital truth revealed in the Scriptures still remains a mystery to many who claim to be Christians.
When God said, "Let us make man in our own image" He was talking to the Word (Jesus Christ) through whose instrumentality man and other things were created. And Jesus Christ spike through King Solomon in spirit thus: "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there, Then I was by him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him. " - Proverbs 8: 22-30.
In John 1: 1, it is written: "In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," God Almighty has no beginning, and so the "beginning" in this text means when the Word or Logos (Greek) who is God the Son was created or brought into existence. If God Almighty and Jesus Christ the Word are one and the same God or Person, it will not make sense to say that "The Word was with God".
It was the Word and NOT God Almighty who came to the world in the flesh and was called Jesus Christ. As it is written: "and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."-John 1: 14.
After the creation of Jesus Christ, God the Almighty Father made him His creative agent and so made other perfect things through him. Thus it is stated: "All things were made by him; and without him (Jesus Christ) was not any thing made that was made." - John 1: 3.
That God created other things through Jesus Christ was confirmed by St. Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians in which he spoke of the wonderful grace of God given him to preach among the Gentiles. He added: "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." - Ephesians 3: 9.
And in his epistle to the Colossians St. Paul wrote concerning Jesus Christ as one "who is the image of the invisible God, the FIRSTBORN of every creature". He stated further: "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist." - Colossians 1: 15-17.
Jesus Christ himself stated that he derived life from the Father. (John 5: 26) And throughout the period of his ministry on earth he never indicated that he was God Almighty Himself Who came in the form of man, rather he stated categorically that he was sent as a subordinate by the Father. He said; "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."-John 5: 30; see also John 6: 38; 12: 49.
When Jesus Christ was to raise Lazarus to life he prayed to his Father for help. (John 11: 38-44) After he had accomplished his ministry on earth he said prayerfully to God the Father: "I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was."-John 17: 4, 5.
If Jesus were God Almighty Himself his sayings would have reflected his self-sufficiency and not as one who was carrying out the instructions of a superior or who expected reward from another. And when he (Jesus) was faced with violent death, he prayed: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt." (Matthew 26: 39)
It will be unreasonable to suggest that he was praying to himself. The truth is that Jesus directed his prayer to the Father, God Almighty, Who is in heaven.
Jesus Christ did say, "I and my Father are one." (John 10: 30) He did not by this mean that They were one and the same God. Rather he meant that They were united or were one in purpose-acting together in harmony. The oneness he meant is clearly shown in his prayer to the father on behalf of his disciples. He said: "Neither pray I for these (apostles) alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent me. And the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them; that THEY MAY BE ONE EVEN AS WE ARE ONE--"- John 17: 20-23.
No reasonable person will infer that Christ's prayer implies that all his disciples should be one and the same person. The fact is that he prayed so that his followers may be of one accord or be united; in other words, they should be one in purpose. [see 1st Corinthians 1 vs 10]
Despite the fact that Jesus Christ like God the Almighty is a spirit (as the angels also are spirits) and holds very high office, he has never snatched at equality with the Father.
He stated quite positively that his Father the Almighty God is greater than himself. He told his apostles: "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father; for my Father is greater than I." (John 14: 28) If he was the Father Himself who came in the form of a man why did he say, "I go unto the Father"
What is more, St. Paul stated: "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God."(1st Corinthians 11: 3). But contrary to this glaring truth of the Scriptures, the Athanasian Creed says, "And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other: none is greater."
The Holy bible further shows that Jesus Christ, at the height of his glory during and after his millennial reign when all things shall have been made subject to him will still be subordinate to the Father. As it is written; "For he (Christ) is destined to reign until God has put all enemies under his feet; and the last enemy to be abolished is death." The Scripture says, He has put all things in subjection under his feet. But in saying "all things", it clearly means to exclude God Who subordinates them; and when all things are thus subject to him, then the Son himself will also be made subordinate to God Who made all things subject to him, and thus God will be all in all.- 1st Corinthians 15: 25-28, [N.E.D.]
Please let us consider the import of the Trinitarian doctrine dispassionately: it means that when Jesus Christ was in the womb, God Almighty was there too; when Christ died and was buried, God died and was buried. Can one imagine a world where God is not in existence and the havoc satan will create? From these one can see that the doctrine of "Trinity" is, to say the least, very unscriptural, unreasonable and blasphemous. It is responsible for the ignorance and confusion of many people about God and Jesus Christ.
The fact is that JEHOVAH Whom we serve does not slumber nor sleep much less being subject to death. (Psalm 121:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:16) It is most unfortunate that the sonship of Jesus Christ, which the clergy of today say is a mystery, was clear to a mad man in time of old, as it is written: "And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? - Matthew 8:28, 29; Mark 5:1-13.
God Almighty cannot be made equal with any as He asked through the Prophet Isaiah: "To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." "To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?" - Isaiah 40: 18, 25; 42:8; 46:5.
The Almighty God is not pleased with the priests who despise His name by making Him equal with His son as recorded in Malachi Chapter 1 Verse 6: "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?"
That God Almighty and Jesus Christ are not one and the same God, has been made abundantly clear in the light of the Scriptures. Whosoever does not know or have the accurate knowledge of God and Jesus Christ so as to worship Them in truth cannot be saved. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1st Timothy 2: 3-5). And Jesus said "This is eternal life: to know thee Who alone art truly god, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent." - John 17: 3. [N.E.B.]
May God Almighty give His sheep among the readers wisdom and understanding through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
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