articles of chapter 4

What kind of God would I choose for myself?

 

 

 How could you choose God?

Are you wondering about the title of my post? How could I choose a God for myself? But this is what every believer does. When choosing which church to believe, chooses or does not even choose, he follows his parents’ choice when they baptized their baby. Somehow you have ended up being a church member and serving the God that your church has chosen and the God your church has defined.

Have you had religious reflections with yourself? Most often, people ponder at least specific questions. If you choose faith for yourself, the God of that faith will accompany it. And have you ever wondered what kind of God you would like for yourself? I am now talking about Christianity and the God of Christianity.

Would God be the God of the Bible who appears on the Old Testament and says he is the God of Israel? Such a God is fierce and quickly angry and punishes by killing his servant who does not honor his holiness. After all, God was angry when one man only touched the Ark of the Covenant, when it was being moved, but the bulls stumbled, and the man was afraid that the Ark would fall to the ground. Or, the kind of God who ordered a man to be stoned because he had gathered twigs for firewood on the Sabbath. Or God who killed a temple servant who was not adequately prepared for service. Would he have even taken a whiff of wine before the service?

Today, the image of God is different. The role of Jesus as he ascended to heaven is emphasized, and the idea of his coming further increases the significance of the Son both in the doctrines of the churches and in the thoughts of men. In the Bible, the words “the love of God” are explicitly found in the New Testament, although it does not mean the love of Christ. Grace is often associated with Christ, for he is the supreme judge of the Last Judgment. However, according to the Bible, God is love. (1 John 4:8). The image of God in the Old Testament does not, however, emphasize this attribute of God.

Imagine living in a community where no God is worshiped. You’ve never believed in any God. Then God will appear to you saying, “I am God, your creator. I have created you in my own image. You are to worship and serve me. You think you are full of wisdom. Now find out for yourself what is the God and religion you want to serve me. Choose the best and most truthful of the world’s many religions.”

How would you proceed to carry out the commandment of God that you have received? Would the following means help?

 

Gathering information as a basis for selection

Great idea. How could I choose the best if I don’t know what it’s like? First you would find out what is this God who appeared to you. God gave just one tip: “Choose Christianity. Yes, there are countries in the world where there are claimed to be as many as millions of gods. Choose Christianity and seek its one and only God. ”You take action. You will find indefinite knowledge of God. There is printed writing and there is information in a modern format, on the Internet. You are trying to group material:

– What has God possibly said about Himself?

– What have different churches said about God in their Synods?

– What have theologians written?

You feel downright overwhelmed by the amount of “information.” They have one thing in common; everyone claims to know the truth, unlike others heresies. Where can you find credible information? The kind of information you can trust?

I have relied on all doctrinal matters in the Bible. Do you believe the word of the Bible? Some who have read and studied the Bible a lot have concluded that the Bible is a storybook of Israel’s people. Apart from fairy tales, it has beliefs from different countries.

Were you surprised by the question? Do you understand that you choose what kind of doctrinal community you join, and with that, choose that perception of God accepted by that community?

 

Would you become a supporter of the Catholic faith?

The first Christians were explicitly Catholics. The word ‘Catholic’ means general. The ‘general’ church began to form after the apostles’ time, but before that, there was a short time in history when there was no formal church. There were only common gatherings of believers that had to be held in secret and changing places because of the persecution. The meetings were loving gatherings without formal leaders and formal ceremonies. The breaking of bread and prayer reflected these gatherings. Everyone had the right to speak, according to what kind of gift of grace they had received from God.

Already in the apostles’ lifetime, this image began to break; some strived for “front-line benches.” There was also a division into groups led by different individuals. 1 Corinthians describes the formation of cliques in the congregation: 1:12 “Now I mean this, that each one of you says, I follow Paul, I follow Apollos, I follow Cephas, and, I follow Christ.”

Chapters 1-3 of Revelation describe the various churches; Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardinia, Philadelphia, and Laodicean. It has been seen that this description also reflects the modern age in that the present Christian community is part of the Laodicean church.

Of this in the vision of Revelation, Christ states: 3:14 “To the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: “The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Head of God’s creation, says these things:

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.

16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth.

17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;’ and don’t know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked;

18 counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

– The ‘eye salve’ would thus have been needed in the first century, even though the earthly life of Christ and most of the disciples had only just come to an end. The Catholic Church and its power were already beginning to take shape.

Would you choose the Catholic faith if you had a genuine opportunity to do so, without all the obstacles that stand in the way of man if he wants to change his religion? It is not difficult. After all, some have done so and converted to Catholicism.

 Would the Catholic faith be the right choice?

If you choose the Catholic Church, find out for yourself whether its doctrine is following the will of God and whether its doctrine and activities are in accordance with the teachings of Christ. In this way, you will also find out for yourself whether the Catholic Church’s perception of God is correct.

Does the Catholic faith fully carry out God’s will? People are imperfect, that’s clear, but the question is essential. The faith you choose should be perfect, that is, in the doctrinal sense and perfect and accepted by God. I’ll take a couple of examples: 

It was counterfeiting the Ten Commandments. 

Does God accept that the Ten Commandments given by God have been changed? Exo 20:4, “You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Jewish wording according to Exo 20:4. 2. You shall have no other gods besides Me. You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth.

Protestant wording of the 2nd commandment: 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. (KJV)

Catholic wording of the 2nd commandment: 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.

– Because Catholics have removed from the second commandment all references to making images of gods, they have kept the number of commandments at ten by dividing the ‘commandment of coveting’ into two: 9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. 10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor. This means that the neighbors’ wife’s virtue has received an emphasized protection in the Bible when this is forbidden in the 9th commandment. The last 10th commandment, on the other hand, forbids the neighbor from coveting anything but the wife. Where did go the ban on making images of God?

Keeping the second commandment of the Bible among the Ten Commandments is essential. God had probably noticed the Gentiles making gods for themselves out of stone or wood. God probably saw a future where images of gods were made not only by carving into the shape of a statue but also by painting. If you’ve visited the Catholic Church, you’ve probably noticed how each has images and statues of saints. This is because Catholics also worship and pray to saints.

Do you think God accepts that Catholics have exalted the Bishop of Rome as Pope, who is the substitute of the Son of God (Vicarius Filii Dei) on earth? What about the Virgin Mary, whom Catholics believe to be in heaven and act as a mediator between people and God? Mary has been given the title of ‘Mother of God.’

 

Or, do you choose the faith in a Protestant church?

As the old saying goes, “the tree is known for its fruit.” The fruits of the Catholic Church are appalling. The achievements of the 16th century Reformation are not far behind. These parties fought against each other, e.g., the Thirty Years’ War in early 17th-century Central Europe.  Our own false believers were also persecuted and, if necessary, even sentenced to death by stake. Such were e.g. 16th-century Anabaptists who were not content with baptism as a baby but wanted a new, believers’ baptism. Of course, the death penalty is no longer used, but doctrinally the arrangements have not changed much. Many see ecumenical development as desirable. Is it right to give up in true faith? Whose faith might be the right one?

Catholic churches and Protestant churches together make up the majority of Christians. The total membership of Christians is about 2,400 million. There are just over half of Roman Catholics.

Would you accept some free direction as your own?

All denominations that recognize Jehovah as God the Father and Jesus Christ as the Son of God can be counted as Christian denominations. Large churches and many small ones, for example, squint Jehovah’s Witnesses and do not want to include them in Christian denominations because they do not recognize Jesus as God. The decision on the matter should be left to Jesus Christ.

For me, a view of people’s faith has formed: when a person begins to believe in God, opinions, and beliefs are based on the religious community’s notion to which they belong. I have taken note of these several years ago. Changing the doctrinal perception of a church or other community is impossible without community authorities’ involvement in the change. Church leadership, on the other hand, defends its ancient teachings with perseverance. Getting through the change is impossible, no matter how good the criteria.

The Bible comprises choices between different ‘manuscripts.’ There are differences between which you have to choose what is right. For example, they have added the margin that the next copier includes in the text itself. None of the original manuscripts have been preserved, but a generally accepted text has been formed by examining and comparing the numerous manuscripts.

After that, one still has to interpret the Old Testament’s Hebrew manuscript and the Greek script of Koine Greek of the New Testament correctly. Then church politics enters the picture; the church’s leadership, the priests, the bishops, and later the popes strived to gain acceptance for an interpretation useful to their church. This was manifested, e.g., in the conception of God’s eternal punishment — in the fire of hell. The place of punishment, the “fiery lake,” where sinners suffer forever, is still the interpretation of many denominations to this day.

If you are unsure of the correct translation or interpretation, you should research the matter from explanatory works or find the right meaning among the often many alternatives. One must dare to question perhaps the old and deep-rooted doctrines of the Church.

All Christian churches have access to the same Bible and the manuscripts on which it is based. The doctrinal differences between the churches arise from interpretation. When an interpretation is once, perhaps long ago, accepted, it is difficult to correct later. After all, the Church would then have to admit that their opinion was wrong. And the churches are mistaken, many of them and often. The following are examples of divergent interpretations that come to mind between myself and mainstream churches. These, I have studied and are also written in the ‘Bible Concealed’ -blog. If you disagree, I hope it is based on a thorough investigation and not just that your Church’s pastor explained it differently.

Some doctrinal disagreements between mainstream churches and myself:

  • The question of the trinity of God
  • Is Jesus both human and God?
  • Which one is right: Word is God, or God is the Word? (John 1: 1-2)
  • Is the Holy Spirit God or the power of God?
  • Was Jesus in heaven before he came to earth?
  • Do believers get to heaven after death?
  • Did Jesus command you to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? (Matthew 28:19)

There is much research, but it is rewarding!

There are now perceptions that the Bible contains a large number of historically and scientifically dubious writings. Some call them ‘fairy tales.’ The Bible writers are also questioned; have the apostles written their text themselves, or any of their disciples? I’ve seen it this way: if the Bible (mainly in the Old Testament) stated in the beginning that “the word of God came to me,” or something similar, I think it is undoubtedly the word of God himself. Whether they are written by, for example,  Paul himself or by his disciples, the other writings are not decisive. Nevertheless, the texts may be “inspired by God,” to use the phrase used by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Today, I ponder many Biblical questions, and I don’t know when I will get clarity. I have set some of God’s truths into question and even now ask God why you have done this? Someone colleague may even have lost his faith, but I’ve figured out my poor understanding and remember the word of God: Isa 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Distortions of faith

Christianity has adopted features from pagan religions, first to the Catholic Church and through it to the Protestant denominations. Such are, e.g., the doctrine of the Triune God and the doctrine of the Two natures of Jesus.

The decisions of the Catholic Church’s ecclesiastical synods, after all, there were no other ones, became entangled with unfortunate doctrinal distortions. The Triune God doctrine is explained as follows: God is made up of three persons, all of whom are full God (persons), but together they form one God according to the doctrine of the Trinity, “the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Christianity has adopted features from pagan religions, first to the Catholic Church and through it to the Protestant denominations. Such are e.g., the doctrine of the Triune God and the doctrine of the Two natures of Jesus.

The decisions of the ecclesiastical synods of the Catholic Church, after all, there really were no other ones, became entangled with unfortunate doctrinal distortions. The doctrine of the Triune God is simply explained as follows: God is made up of three persons, all of whom are full God(persons), but together they form one God according to the doctrine of the Trinity, “the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”.

I oppose that doctrine, not least because it is a human-made doctrine that the Bible warns of. Just in common sense, I ask, shouldn’t God’s essence be explained in the Bible? Why did it take hundreds of years before the disputing ecclesiastical assemblies were settled? The matter was first dealt with at the meeting of Nicaea in 325, where it was agreed that God and Christ are of the same essence. It was later noticed in 381 in the Council of Constantinople that the Holy Spirit should also be elevated to equal God persons’ ranks.

God the Father has the highest’ essence .’ He gives orders of action to His Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son cannot give orders to the Father, but he can give the Holy Ghost. Does this difference in values prove that everyone is equal? Initially, the idea of a three-person deity comes from the pagan religions, Babylon and Egypt.

According to the Bible, the Father alone is supreme, God. Jesus himself speaks of himself only as a Son of God. The Bible testifies that God made Jesus Lord and Christ, not God. Jesus also received eternal life from the Father. As for the Holy Spirit, the testimony of divinity is the least convincing. The Catholic Church, which formulated the doctrine and first launched it at the Council of Nicaea, using the three gods’ model, familiar to the Gentiles. Hundreds of all but two participants in the synod accepted the doctrine for fear of revenge by the emperor. Ordinary lay members of the Catholic Church were forced to recognize the doctrine by learning about them (because they could not read) and the deterrent contained in the doctrine: “This is a common Christian doctrine. He who does not believe in it firmly and strongly cannot be saved.” – The fear of going to hell ‘helped’ people learn the doctrine.

In the Christian world, this doctrine is, in any case, a doctrine developed by men, not a revelation of God, not even the teaching of the apostles. How could you trust that? How could you consider this doctrine as the foundation of your faith, the cornerstone? In keeping with my writing title, I ask if you choose a god based on pagan beliefs and Catholic heresy? However, it is the case that more than a billion people who count themselves as Christians choose such faith and the accompanying misconception about God.

Are you afraid that you will not be saved if you reject the wrong faith? Mankind has ruled with fear ever since the Catholic Church came to power. Another equally important factor is people’s indifference. In one Bible Circle, I raised such an issue and witnessed it as a Catholic heresy, shared by the Protestant Church as well. I had a conversation with a member of the circle. What was the result? He finally admitted, saying, “Yes, that’s remarkable.” His thinking did not go any further. How is it with you, my reader? Is it essential for you to stick to pure Christian doctrine?

After the apostolic period, the Catholic Church led the definition of church doctrine. Anyone who did not acknowledge God as triune, especially Jesus as equal to God the Father, meant excluding such a church member even outside of salvation. However, the Bible says that no condemnation should be pronounced. Luke 6:37 “Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Most of humanity lives in a church under the false doctrine and dies with it. I don’t think making a mistake affects a person’s salvation. I believe the Supreme Judge, Jesus Christ, understands how difficult it is to separate from a religious community that you may have belonged from an early age. What is the fate of the developers of such doctrines in due time? Do they have “clean flours in the bag”? Hardly can they plead ignorance and incomprehension in the same way as individual church members. Knowledge brings pain, it is said.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are an example of a religious community that, like the Jews, absolutely accepts only one God. They justify their faith and abstinence outside the Triune Deity: “WHY did none of God’s prophets teach the Trinity to His people for thousands of years? In the end, couldn’t Jesus have used his ability as the Great Teacher to explain the doctrine of the Trinity to his followers? Would God inspire people to write hundreds of pages in the Bible and not, through this material, teach the Trinity at all if it were a “central doctrine” of faith?

Should Christians believe that for centuries after Christ and after God inspired the writing of the Bible, he would support the formulation of a doctrine that was unknown to his servants for thousands of years and is an “inexplicable mystery,” “incomprehensible to the human mind,” admitted to being pagan background and which was “a largely an ecclesiastical question?”

Another bizarre doctrine accepted by the synods is the doctrine of the Two natures of Jesus, or dyophysitism, according to which Jesus is both fully God and fully human. These two natures are in him “without mixing, changing, dividing, and separating.” The doctrine of dual nature was formulated and finally adopted by the Ecclesiastical Council of Chalcedon in 451.

So it took more than 400 years for Christianity to come to terms with the nature of its Savior, and that too went wrong.

According to my interpretation, the doctrine was compelled to be developed to explain how it is possible that God was crucified and dead. When God cannot die, it was explained that Christ died as a man. That in itself is right because Jesus Christ is still human, even in heaven. He is not God in the same sense as Father Jehovah but is part of the Godhead.

How is it possible that Jesus or the Holy Spirit were not Gods or God persons, but were still part of the deity (godhead)? If I were to use economic terminology, I would say that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit form a heavenly leadership group. The leader of the management team is God the Father and its members are His son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and the head of the executive unit, the Holy Spirit.

If doubt has taken over your mind, what do you do? If you give up faith in the Trinity of God and the two natures of Jesus, you will throw behind you the ecclesial communities of well over a billion people.

I have criticized the teachings of both large and small churches, to be contrary to the teachings of the Bible, but I do not in any way wish to judge the members of these churches and their faith. I am sure that in all these churches there are a lot of good, faithful Christians who will stand up well at the last judgment. Of course, there are a lot of secularized members in the churches who are members of the church just because they have been baptized in that church. Only a small percentage of Church members are active, participating members.

The title of my writing is “What kind of God would I choose?” Everyone has a choice today; if no acceptable God is found, and with it, the doctrinal structure of religion, the Bible instructs us to “Come out of her, my people, that you have no participation in her sins.  Rev 18:4 “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that you have no participation in her sins, and that you don’t receive of her plagues,
5 for her sins have reached to the sky, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Return to her just as she returned, and repay her double as she did, and according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix to her double.

This was my choice. For a few years, I became acquainted with the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A two-person delegation visited me weekly, and we went through their doctrines. Alternatively, I visited the home of a witness for the same purpose, with the addition of good coffee and buns. There are some details in Jehovah’s Witnesses’ teachings that I could not consider to be true. For example, the central doctrine of the parousia (invisible presence) of Jesus’ second coming to earth as early as 1914. This recalls the notion of the preterists; according to the preterists, Christ has returned. Christ returned when he promised, i.e., ‘soon,’ meaning the first century.

Is the condition of salvation adherence to the correct doctrine? Many sects, and even large churches, suggest that this is the case. The Church’s grip on people is steadfast. The fear of being convicted by the final judgment is so intense that a person with incomplete knowledge does not dare to act against his own Church’s teachings. After all, the churches’ creeds (e.g., the creed of Athanasius) say that “without this true faith there can be no salvation.”

Have you read from the Bible what you should believe to be saved? After all, it is many times said “believe in the Lord Jesus” Act 16:31 “They said, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Can one believer in a family save the whole household with him? The family household has a broader understanding than today’s nuclear family. It is hardly a question of that, but that the head of the family once determined the entire family’s affairs quite totally. Today, everyone is responsible for their deeds, including matters of faith. Everyone’s faith decides.

Rom 10:9 ”If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

2 Tim  3:15 From infancy, you have known the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.

You can exercise this faith in almost any religious community. Or without community, just as a lone believer. The community of believers is still much more rewarding than acting alone. I can assure you this because I have been separated from a Lutheran church for over 50 years. A national church like mine does not put pressure on its members in any way or anywhere. On the other hand, some may find the pressure of a small religious community too solid and compelling; a person is almost forced to participate in a particular program and take on assigned tasks.

 

There are only two Gods.

What if you choose the faith that there are two Gods; God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. Such a religion exists, operating primarily in the United States, The Restored Church of God. Wikipedia states: “The Restored Church of God denies the Trinity, says that God is a composition of two beings who lives in the northern part of Heaven, that Jesus is a god, that being born again means being Resurrected from flesh to spirit, that the earth was re-created, that people will not go to hell and will be annihilated, that Christians do not go to Heaven, that Jesus was raised on Saturday, that Jesus could have sinned, that the Holy Spirit is a force, and that salvation is a process that is not earned, but can be lost.”

I’ve been reading their literature, which is quite a lot and comprehensively. Pretty good articles and books, though it feels like they’re not very keen on highlighting the unique features of their Church, some of which are a little weird. I wondered that such churches worship the two divine persons, God the Father, and God the Son, who are not found more in the world. I welcome the underlined beliefs of this Church: Christians do not go to heaven, there is no hell, but annihilation, Jesus rose from the dead on Saturday instead of on generally believed Sunday, the Holy Spirit is God’s executive power, and salvation cannot be earned.

Instead, I don’t know what it means God to live in the Northern heaven or to re-create the earth. Yes, God promises to create everything anew. After the resurrection, the saved are in God’s new world, and God Himself dwells among them. The re-creation of the earth must point to the future. They also have a doctrine that explains where the lost tribes of Israel are headed, that is, where in the world each tribe now resides.

If you choose this doctrine of God, you will have to accept the regular tithing for the maintenance of the Church. The predecessor of this Church founded the Church of God and in its name prophesied about the future, but the prophecies did not come true. The Bible warns against such false prophets. I can’t say whether the RCG Church – a new version – in this respect has acted like its predecessor or refrained from prophecies.

 

Faith in one God

If you joined Judaism, you would at the same time accept faith in one God. Really, only to one God. The oldest, most significant, and almost only representative of this concept of God is Judaism. God Jehovah chose the Jewish tribes as his people. Although the Jews abandoned God many times, God has been faithful to His promise. God commanded Israel through Moses and made a covenant with them called the Covenant of Law.

Conversion to Judaism would, in my understanding, mean that the convert would renounce other gods, including faith in the divinity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Would you be willing to take this step?

According to Matthew 15:24, the mission of Jesus, the Son of God, was: “But they answered, I was not sent to anyone, but the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” It was not until Jesus ascended to heaven that Peter’s vision led the apostles to see God’s purpose — to bring the gospel to the nations of the world as well. The apostles were initially reluctant, but gradually congregations began to emerge in the lands around the Mediterranean.

Christ had proclaimed the New Covenant in place of the Covenant. Luk 22:19 ”He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me. 20 Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

The apostles received converts to the New Covenant churches. Initially, Jewish rituals had to be followed to effect conversion. Of these, the most controversial was caused by the demand for circumcision. “The Apostle of the Nations,” Paul, whom Jesus forced, writes Romans 2:29 ”but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.”

Perhaps involuntarily, Paul has defined countless other believers and me as Jewish. You don’t have to be literally (born of a Jewish mother) a Jew to be internally Jewish.

This is an important insight! What does that mean, for you and me, “for us Jews?” If you are a Jew internally, you must believe in one God. So really, only to one, not to the “one” God formed by three divine persons. So, to believe in the God who already in the early pages of the Bible proved to be the one and only God of Israel.

 

What does the Bible say about God being one?

Even those who believe in the Triune God also claim to believe in one God. However, according to them, Jesus is also God, and also the Holy Spirit is God. However, it is possible to believe that God is indeed one. You may have embraced this faith by reading the following verses from the Bible:

Deuteronomy: 6:4 Hear, Israel, our God is one Jehovah;

2 Kings:
19:15 Hezekiah prayed before Yahweh, and said, Yahweh, the God of Israel, who sit above the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.

Isaiah:
37:16 Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, who sits above the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.

Mark:
12:29 Jesus answered, The greatest is, ‘Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one:

John:

5:44  How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God?

8:41 You do the works of your father. They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God.
17:3 This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Romans:                                                                              Romans
3:30 since there is only one God who will justify the circumcised on the basis of faith and the uncircumcised by that same faith.

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we live through him.

Galatians:
3:20 Now a mediator is not between one, but God is one. 

1 Timothy:
2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

James:
2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder.

The leader of this faith is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He is the High Priest of God. Hebrews confirms 2:17 “Therefore he was obliged in all things to be made like his Brothers, that he might become a merciful and faithful high Priest in things pertaining to God, to make Atonement for the Sins of the people.” – Jesus, the Son of God, is forever the High Priest of God, and not, as the High Priests of the Jews, for one year at a time.

He, a man, has been exalted by God in heaven after himself to the highest in heaven and on earth. Of this exaltation, the Bible states that God made him Lord and Christ. John says the purpose of writing his gospel is John 20:31 “but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Why did John write like this? Why didn’t he write, “that you may believe that Jesus is God and equal in divinity with the Father and the Holy Spirit?” The Gospel of John is considered to be the most powerful of the Gospels in defense of the deity of Christ, and how can this be possible when John writes that the purpose of the gospel was to show that Jesus is the Son of God and that by believing in him man will have eternal life?

By the way, do you find any passages in the Bible that clearly state that Jesus is God? Even after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Bible says that he is a man in heaven and a mediator.

The Bible states that Jesus is a prophet: Deu 18:18 “I will raise them up a prophet from among their Brothers, like you; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him. – How can God be commanded? Act 7:37, “This is that Moses, who said unto the children of Israel, ‘The Lord our God shall raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me.’ – Jesus is called a prophet like Moses!

Jesus was not God before and did not become God because God exalted him as Lord and Christ. I think Jews might very well accept this. The Jews do not take this because the Christian world does not truly believe in one God.

 

What did Jesus testify about God?

The author of the Gospel of John says that Jesus said on two occasions that “the Father is God alone,” instead of calling himself God.

The author of the Gospel of John says that Jesus said on two occasions that “the Father is God alone,” instead of calling himself God.

John:
5:44  How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God

Joh 17:3 This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Joh 1:34 I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

Joh 10:36 Do you say of him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’

Mat 27:43 He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.

Luk 22:70 They all said, Are you then the Son of God? He said to them, You say it, because I AM.”

 

Could not the Son of God be equal in divinity with the Father?

Joh 14:28 You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said ‘I am going to my Father;’ for the Father is greater than I.

Act 5:31 God exalted him with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins.

Phi 2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;

Act 2:36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.

Jesus himself testifies that the Father is greater than him. How then could it be possible that the Father and the Son would be equal in divinity? The same is shown by the fact that God has exalted His Son to be the head and Savior and has given him the highest name of all. God has made His Son Lord and Christ (Act 2:36).

Perhaps the most significant testimony of how God has done for His Son is that as John says in 5:26, “For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.” “Giving life” means that the Father gave His Son eternal life, immortality. This Bible verse tells that before God giving lifeJesus was an ordinary mortal man. Not God, because God cannot die. If Jesus had been God, God the Father would not have had to exalt His Son to be Lord and Christ. The exaltation would now have been, in fact, not a promotion but, on the contrary, making His Son lower in heavenly position if Jesus had previously been in heaven as God.

By giving eternal life to His Son, Jesus Christ was at the same time given the right to give eternal life to all the people God has given him. John 17:2 “Even as you [God] gave him authority over all flesh, they will give Eternal life to all whom you have given him.” – The same is witnessed in 1 John 5:11 “The testimony is this, that God gave to us Eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

Based on the above biblical testimonies, I believe in one God, Jehovah, God the Father. Jesus is the only Son of God, a man with all power in heaven and on earth. The Holy Spirit is the power that God and Christ use as they carry out God’s will. Man is the “image of God,” although we do not yet see this fulfilled except in the case of Jesus; as a mediator in heaven.

What was God’s plan for the human part when He created man in his “own image”? After all, God had a large number of angels at his disposal, so for what purpose was man created? What will be the division of labor between angels and humans? Is the future task of immortal humanity to spread the word of God to other worlds we have not even visited yet? I am sure that in God’s new world, we will not just lie in the shade of the tree of life, picking up fruit to sustain eternal life.  I believe that God’s plans for the future of humanity are great.

 

The Last Judgment before Christ — Which faith do I believe will surely save you?

In this writing, I pointed out that all churches and denominations affirm that just by following their teachings, make sure you get salvation at the last judgment. I will first consider what factors the Supreme Judge, Jesus Christ, will weigh in his judgment.

2 Cor 5:10 ”For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what he deserves for what he has done in his body, whether good or evil.”

The saints of the first resurrection who will reign with Christ in his Millennial Kingdom have been excluded from this judgment.  Another point for evaluating this verse: does the judgment of Christ only consider the deeds of a man in his lifetime? After all, no one does just good or just evil. Will there be a judgment according to which part is more plentiful? Are the deeds weighted and then the total of both sets calculated? How is forgiveness that you receive taken into account when you repent and ask God for forgiveness?

Many believe that a believer who renounces his faith can in no way be forgiven this but is undoubtedly going to eternal punishment. Such apostasy has been considered as a mockery of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it would not be disbelief afflicting man, which every believer at times feels; doubt gnaws at the mind, and man may perceive God as unjust. I believe that it is always possible to return unto Christ, and this always involves forgiveness.

And finally, the main argument: The Bible promises salvation to one who believes in Jesus. The same arguments apply to this as to the previous ones. That is, if, for example, a believer is converted to Christ on his deathbed, will his conversion forgive all evil deeds, even robberies, thefts, and murders, etc.?

Act 15:11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus,  just as they are.

Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as debt.
4:16 For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace, to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed, not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

Act 5:15 ”But the free gift isn’t like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. –  The judge of the last judgment is Jesus Christ, man. The first man caused a curse on mankind by his sin. The ‘last man,’ the Son of God, has been given the power to judge and have mercy on mankind.

Rom 5:20 ”Now the law crept in so that the offense would increase. But where sin increased, grace increased even more,”

Verse 20 talks about how the law (covenant) came between man and God to further exacerbate man’s transgression. When sin thus became great, then grace became abundant. What does it mean? As sins in mankind increase and increase, Christ grows in grace for mankind, more and more.

When people had to obey more than six hundred ordinances during the Law covenant, it was nearly impossible to obey them all. Christ’s New covenant provisions can be truncated to one, all-encompassing; Love the Lord your God above all and your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said, Mat 5:18 ”For most assuredly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished.”

‘Until heaven and earth disappear’ means, in my opinion, eternity. This is a problematic Bible verse because the entire covenant was overthrown after Jesus. Jesus himself obeyed the law in force while living. God’s word is eternal, not so much the law (covenant) that he supplanted. Heb 1:10 And, “You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth. The Heavens are the works of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you continue. They will all grow old like a garment does.” – Heaven and earth will disappear, but God and his words will remain.

Do I believe that only one Christian doctrine ensures salvation by final judgment when other doctrines fail? However, I am confident in the interpretation of one God. If I’m right, the majority of humanity is wrong. Or could the rest of humanity be right and only me wrong?

If you read this writing and especially this last chapter, you know what I will answer. Salvation is not tied to the one and only “true” Christian faith. You can, with no problems, switch to another church if you find it better follows the teaching of Christ. Or would it even be the case that if you consciously persevere in a church that works contrary to the word of the Bible, you may become partakers of its sins and deserve God’s punishment? However, Christ, the supreme judge, looks individually at everyone’s heart and does not judge everyone in one bundle.

Whether you are a member of any church or an individual believer like me, I don’t think Christ will judge you, even if you sincerely err in matters of doctrine. Even if you were in an incorrect Christian faith, you would not receive the punishment of Christ for it, but you may lose the crown of righteousness promised to those who know God and earnestly await the coming of Christ (2 Tim 4:8).

 

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