Saturday, March 1, 2014

How Long Halt Ye Between Two Opinions

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.
This is a followup to the post, "If God is a Trinity..." The Bible says in 1st Kings 18:19-21, "Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." This is no doubt one of the best known stories in the Bible. I wonder if one were to ask that question in today's world what answer would one get? Let me try it out. If the Lord Jesus be God, follow Him. If the Trinity be God, follow, er, them? My understanding of the Doctrine of the Trinity is that the Father is God while not being either the Son or the Holy Spirit. The Son is God while not being either the Father or the Holy Spirit. And finally the Holy Spirit is God while not being either the Father or the Son. Yet all these three are one God. Makes perfect sense, right. Well so it doesn't make perfect sense. In fact it doesn't make any sense at all. 

I do not mean to belittle anyone who believes that God is a trinity. I have read over the years many verses given by trinitarians that they offer as proof texts to establish the Doctrine of the Trinity. Many Bible verses speak of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God or of the Father, and the Spirit or Holy Ghost. Most notably Matthew 28:19 in which the Lord Jesus gave what is referred to as the Great Commission, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..." (You should also read the commission given by the Lord in the other gospels, e,g, Mark 16:14-18, Luke 24:45-49 and John 20:21-23) There are many other examples of verses in the Bible that particularly mention God the Father and Jesus the Son of God, but none of them mention a trinity of persons in the Godhead. 

I certainly do not have any intentions of rewriting the (KJV) English translation of the Bible. However, according to Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary, the word translated "and" can also be translated "even," e.g., "καί kai [pronounced] kahee Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words: - and, also, both, but, even, for, if, indeed, likewise, moreover, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yea, yet." Obviously "καί kai" can be translated in many various ways. No doubt the translators of the 1611 (or KJV) Bible were trinitarians in their thinking (as well as by the law of King James' England) so they would have translated the word kai as and.

I personally have no problem with the translation in general as I do not claim to be a Hebrew or Greek scholar. Furthermore I am fully persuaded that the Lord Jesus in His humanity was the Son of God the Father. I am equally persuaded that He was the Mighty God, manifested in the flesh. (See Isaiah 9:6, John 10:30; 14:8-11, 1st Timothy 3:16, etc.) The Apostle John said in 1st John 2:22-23, "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also."  I do acknowledge that the Lord Jesus is the Son of God and so according to this scripture, I have the Father also. This is no doubt what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote the Colossians and declared in Colossians 2:8-10, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power..."  Complete in Jesus? You mean that if I have Jesus the Son of God I don't need the Father? No, if I have Jesus the Son of God in my life I have the Father also!

Let me cut to the chase! The main problem I have with the Doctrine of the Trinity is this. it was a compromise statement of faith developed after the apostles had all left the scene and was established formally at the Council of Nicea in 325AD at the direct behest of the Emperor Constantine (who as I understand at the time was not a Christian).  It changed the mode of baptism from the name of Jesus Christ to the name of the purported three persons of the Godhead. When the Apostle Peter, standing with the eleven other apostles was asked by the Jews in Acts 2:37-38, they "said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." I don't think Peter, along with James and John were confused when they told the Jewish Council in Acts 4:9-12, "If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." The name of Jesus is the only " under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." The incomprehensible God can only be comprehended in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

If you have never repented of your sins, do so today, it is God's command (See Acts 17:30). If you have never been baptized in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, find someone to so baptize you today, it was Peter's command (See Acts 10:39-48) God has promised that if you will do so, He will give you the Gift of His Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in another language, it is God's promise (See Isaiah 28:11 and Acts 1:4-8). 

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