Biblical Truth Part 4

Most individuals are very protective of their religious beliefs. Virtually everyone believes that what they believe is the truth or they simply would not believe it. By the vary definition of belief; one would have to think they are correct in their beliefs; but I want us to understand that even if someone else believes a different way than do we; they think they are correct just as we think we are correct. In the church today many are quick to condemn those who disagree with their teachings and beliefs. Many are quick to use words like deceived and blasphemous. Condemnation is thrown around like it means nothing; and yet I have never found a way to teach someone the truth while first telling them they are going to hell. I have not found how to draw someone in while at the same time pushing them away. Most who profess to be Christians think that what they believe and hold true is based 100% on the scripture even when that is not the case. We have already looked at the fact the scripture is not for private interpretation and we need to examine the scripture to look for the truth; not to back up something we already believe. Over the next few days we will discuss briefly the various ways that people who profess to be Christians look at God. We will examine who He is and how He is thought of by ones who claim to serve Him. There are three or four main thoughts on God and all share some similarities, but they cannot all be true. One teaching that is biblically correct and is in every teaching I can find on God is the fact that there is only one true God. No matter what else one may say with their doctrine; almost all will agree there is only one God; even if they attribute God status to more than one entity. Another almost universally accepted theological idea is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The vast majority of people who profess to be Christians believe in the doctrine of the holy trinity and will also say that Jesus is the second member of the Trinity and is God the Son. If this lesson is about staying as close to scripture as possible and letting the scripture be what is our guide and our teacher; we need to understand that not one time in the Bible is Jesus called God the Son. A brief summary of the teaching of the Trinity is God in three persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three distinct entities that are all totally equal and always in total agreement 100% of the time and who share one will, one way, and together make up one God. The thought; while not always expressed in this way; is that God is so big it takes three persons to encompass all He needs to do. One could expound on this doctrine a lot more and we will over the next few days; but let’s begin by saying the word trinity is never found in the scripture. There is one verse which says the three are one and we will examine that in a few days. Of the terms God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, only one of these terms is found in the Bible and that is God the Father. Many have been amazed to find that the words God the Son is not in the scripture. The Son of God is found numerous times but that is much different than God the Son.

I am getting long today but want to briefly mention others who believe there is only one God and they say His name is Jesus. These ones who profess to be Christians believe will all that is in them that Jesus is the Father, and also is the Son, and is also the Holy Ghost. They teach that Jesus was the Father in creation, the Son in redemption and is the Holy Ghost in regeneration. They baptize in the name of Jesus only and would not accept a baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost as taught by Jesus. There are others who believe that God is the Father and that Jesus is His Son. All believe they are correct and all others are wrong. Some will pray for others who do not hold their beliefs, while others pronounce heretic status on ones who have the audacity to disagree. We will continue with this.

Continue to read your Bible and pray and seek Him.


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5 Responses to “Biblical Truth Part 4”

  1. Dale Says:

    Hi, Landsway,

    I find it interesting in John 1:3 it says, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

    Paul, writing about Christ, says in Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, … all things were creatd by him, and for him.”

    I often ask my friends, “Who is the Father?” after I mention these scriptures.

    I find this interesting; all the different beliefs about the subject.

    • landsway Says:

      A short answer would say that all things were made by the Word of God as he spoke them into existence and according to John; Jesus is the Word of God who is made flesh. Thanks for stopping by.

      • methodus Says:

        Please don’t feel like I’m attacking you by commenting (I simply enjoy such discussions). Scripture has a criteria for finding out who God is and that is that the being who created the heavens and the earth is God (Jer. 10:10-11). If you admit that Jesus even took part in the creation process then according to scripture he is God (seeing as YHWH clearly calls out the false deities by asking them if they created the heavens and the earth and says that he is God because he has done so). Furthermore he claims to have done this himself and derisively asks who helped him in this matter:

        “This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer and Creator: ‘I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth?’” — Isaiah 44:24 NLT

        Your claim is that Christ at least took part in this process so the above quote from Isaiah cannot be true if Christ is indeed a distinct being from the God of Israel. In fact, Unitarianism leads to polytheism and doesn’t safekeep the oneness of God for the bible clearly says that whoever created the heavens and the earth is God and we both readily admit that Christ took part in this process yet you would claim that he is a separate from Yahweh hence according to the ramifications of your theology, there are at least two separate gods who created everything that exist.

        The term omniscient is not in the bible either but we do not suppose that this is not true of God. The fact of the matter is that as with the trinity, it is taught implicitly in scripture. One should not that the term “God the Son” is derived from verses such as:

        “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” — John 1:18 NIV

      • landsway Says:

        Things at work are beginning to settle down a bit and I will attempt over the next few days to write a response that will tell you what I really believe. I understand where you are coming from as I grew us as a strong Trinitarian. I don’t believe any man could have ever changed what I believed and I don’t think any man did. I would not classify myself as a trinitarians, or a Jesus name only Pentecostal, and not really an orthodox Unitarian thought I do believe in only One God as do Trinitarians and Jesus Name Pentecostals. I enjoy discussions; but dislike arguments which stem from spiritual arrogance. I have learned much from discussions. Some from what I have heard, but probably more from the research and study I did in proving or disproving what I have heard. Give me a few days and I will get back to you. I did not really think you were attacking but when one sees someone call blasphemous something that is closely related to ones own belief; it does hit a little close to home. I don’t really think you are being mean spirited and I know you think you are right; but let me go into some detail showing what I believe and we will see where the discussion goes.

  2. betty mcray Says:

    well tom you had some good thoughts, be prepared you might kick up a sand storm, but you made some good points, I don’t always agree with you but you make good points worth searching out and to study out. Have a good day.

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