Standing Up for the Gospel of the Christ
as it is Proclaimed in the Greek Text !
Empowering the Independent Communities of Yahowah and Yahoshua
Living By Both Covenants
|Educational Papers On "One God", Introduction Page 1 of 2:
|Yahowah IS 1: "One God" Means the Creator YHWH is a Singular Being, One Person having One Intellect, The only Elohim of Israel, The Father, who resurrected 'the Yahoshua', the promised Messiah.|
If you have started to examine the "Deity of Jesus" issue, you may be wondering what does all this "confusion" mean?
Please, this is "normal". It might take a lot of study to finally be convinced that you have honestly examined all of the "proof scriptures", and find them to be mistranslated by the Catholic/Protestant trained scholars. The fact is that an honest person will examine the Greek Grammar and Lexicons, and discover that these scriptures should be translated very differently.
But can a person's salvation, and their rewards, depend upon them understanding Greek Grammar and all of the Bible debates about the Godhead? Here is how you can understand what is going on, just take a high level view of worship, look at all this from the "mile high view":
Has God (the YHWH, Yahowah in Aramaic) written anywhere in His Text that you must "know all of these things" to get saved?
The answer is "NO".
Focus on only those clear scriptures which actually state "point blank" what you MUST believe in order to be saved. They tell us to believe that "The Father" resurrected His Son "The Jesus" (in English, in Aramaic 'Yahoshua', in Greek 'Ieesous - Ιησους') from death back to life, and that we are to believe that "The Jesus" is "The Father's" resurrected and exalted "Only Begotten Son", and is the "Promised Messiah".
We are further told to continue to worship the "One True God" the "God of our Fathers", and to conduct ourselves in a holy lifestyle, and to not sin.
From this "mile high view" consider this: when does it ever matter if you fully understand all of these "confusing things" about Jesus and the Godhead? When does it matter that you have the wrong concept/idea/understanding/belief about the preexistence and deity of Jesus?
The answer is: "Only when you let your understanding about Jesus override, or do away with, the teachings of the God of the Hebrew Text, YHWH."
Think about this from the "mile high view":
If you continue to worship the Creator YHWH, the only God of Israel, and do not change your lifestyle away from the Teachings (Torah) which He has given in the Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek Text, then it actually does not make any significant difference.
Your understanding of the Godhead can be completely "fuzzy", but you are still worshipping the only God of Israel. A person can live their entire life with a "fuzzy" understanding of the Godhead, and will be just fine at the Judgment Seat, as he continued to obey YHWH as best as he knew how. After all, we are all in the process of trying to obey "God" as best as we know how.
But said in the reverse: It only makes a difference what you believe about His resurrected Son Jesus (in English, in Aramaic 'Yahoshua', in Greek 'Ieesous'), when you let your lifestyle significantly change away from the Teachings of Yahowah (the Torah of YHWH), and start to worship YHWH in a different manner. Then your "fuzzy" misunderstanding about the Godhead actually does make a difference.
For example: the most widely used phrase we hear is: "Jesus came to do away with the Law".
If you believe this, then your misunderstanding about the "Deity of Jesus" issue actually does make a difference, as you have effectively changed who you worship.
Consider Carefully: The dismissal of "The Laws of YHWH" can only be asserted when you believe that Jesus is also "a God", and is somehow overruling most of what was said by the Creator YHWH in the Hebrew Text, and also has the authority and the personality to dismiss YHWH's instructions (Torah).
Some believe that Jesus is the same "God" as the Creator YHWH. But when asked to explain how Jesus could pray to Himself to "let this cup pass from Me, yet not as I will but as You will" (Mt. 26:39-42), or, how Jesus could be dead but still be alive to resurrect Himself, or, how after the resurrection Jesus could say: "I ascend to the Father of Me and to the Father of you, and to the God of Me, and to the God of you" (Jn. 20:17), or, how there can be "an end" when Christ delivers the Kingdom to "God even The Father" and "then The Son Himself will be subject to [Him]" (1-Cor. 15:20-28), they are forced to insert another Personality-entity into the Godhead scenario.
Some believe that "The Father" is "another God" personality/entity not even known until Jesus' ministry. Many others believe that Jesus is a personality/entity within a Trinity called "God", and that "The Holy Ghost" is "another God" personality/entity too.
Regardless, each of these concepts asserts that there are other Personalities, "other Gods", than the '1' God YHWH, who is identified over 6800 times in the Hebrew Text using the singular pronouns (He, His, I, My, etcetera).
Further, these scenarios assert that one of these "other Gods" effectively has greater authority than YHWH, as the new Jesus-Personality God-entity is proclaimed to have the authority and personality to dismiss the Laws (Torah instructions) given by the only 'Elohim/God' that Israel is to obey. As you know, there is no scripture anywhere which unambiguously informs us that any of these "YHWH-diminishing" Godhead scenarios are a fact. Where did such "YHWH-diminishing" concepts of Jesus come from? Greek/Eastern philosophy, or Hebrew/Jewish philosophy? Certainly not from the Hebrew Text!
Such Godhead assertions often result in making a huge difference in a person's worship practices. Many are then told by the new "Jesus-Personality God-entity"; that it is okay to eat ham, while worshipping Jesus as "God" on Sunday, and to participate in the pagan Christmas and Easter festivities. As you know, these are not the worship practices allowed in the Hebrew Text given by YHWH. By obeying a different "God" you have changed who you worship, and have changed your lifestyle away from YHWH's instructions. Your experience at the Judgment Seat will now be different.
Please re-read these scriptures from an Interlinear Bible, and read them keeping the exact same perspective of the Hebrew Text; that there is only '1' YHWH, the only 'Elohim/God' Israel is to obey:
Please investigate these next assertions (of ours) for yourself:
There is no Text anywhere that states unambiguously that "God Became Flesh".
There is no Text anywhere that states unambiguously that "You Must Believe That Jesus Is God".
Investigate these things for yourself. It is men who have told you how to interpret the Text in a way which is not what the Text actually says.
History records that "The Divinity of Jesus Christ" concepts are man-made-up doctrines about the Godhead, and were not forced into "Christianity" as a demanded tenet of faith until the Nicene Creed Confession of AD 325 (300 years after the apostles). The insertion of this forced confession is just a fact, and is well documented history, The Nicene Creed. Please do an Internet search for "the day Jesus became God". You will be overwhelmed by the amount of documentation.
"The Creed thus became the doctrinal standard for Christendom, and the boundary separating orthodoxy from heresy regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ. The Council formally adjourned on August 25, 325, with a large feast hosted by Constantine to thank the Council for its work",
(The Council of Nicea, Page 26).
The doctrine of The Divinity of Jesus Christ is not a Biblical Confession (such as in 1-John 4:2).
who decreed it into existence 15 generations after Yahoshua (Jesus) was resurrected.
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, wrote "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans":
"But I know that even after his resurrection He was in the flesh; and I believe that he still is so. And when he came to those who were with Peter, he said to them, 'Take, handle me, and see that I am not an incorporeal spirit'. And straightway they felt and believed, being convinced both by his flesh and spirit.
. . . It is almost impossible for us to appreciate the absolute certitude of those first disciples who saw, touched, talked and ate with Christ after the resurrection. It is worth meditating on, for it explains so much. . ." read it for yourself (sections 9-11)
History records an eye-witness account of Peter's discourses with the magician Simon of Antioch, in the "Clementine Homilies", (read it for yourself: Chapter XV. Christ Not God, But the Son of God):
"And Peter answered: 'Our Lord neither asserted that there were gods except the Creator of all, nor did He proclaim Himself to be God, but He with reason pronounced blessed him who called Him the Son of that God who has arranged the universe. ...it is the peculiarity of the Father not to have been begotten, but of the Son to have been begotten...' "
There is only '1' YHWH, who raised Yahoshua (in Aramaic, in English 'Jesus', in Greek 'Ieesous - Ιησους' equivalent to the Hebrew יהושע 'Joshua' ) from the dead (Acts 3:13-16) , and it is this very same Yahoshua who is at this very moment sitting at YHWH's right hand, as YHWH's Only Begotten Son (resurrected), and as our Melchizedek High Priest Mediator (Hebrews 7:11-17)
We approach and pray to YHWH (the only Elohim/God of Israel)
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