Six Objections to the Trinity – 2 of 6

2 of 6:  The apostles did not articulate the trinity concept as it has been articulated by post-apostolic fathers and by people today.  That is, it is not explicitly taught in Scripture.  In yet other words, it is not explicitly taught by prophets, the apostles, or the Lord.  And it is an inadequate and unsatisfying explanation of what is taught by them).

Therefore, the choice is simple: you can either follow Christ like the Bible says to do, or you can try to follow God as a trinity of which Christ is a part like the church says to do.

It’s much simpler, and more biblical, to live for our Lord Jesus Christ.

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Christ Is the Mystery of God

In his New Testament epistles, the apostle Paul calls Christ “the mystery of God.”

Indeed it is a mystery how God could have been in Jesus of Nazareth to bring about the salvation of the world.

How could God have been in a human being and escaped notice by the world?  But it happened.  Read the Bible and see it so.  Not only did the world not recognize God in Christ, they crucified Him!

And how could the defeat of death mean the ultimate victory of life for Jesus…and for the entire human race?  And yet it does.  For we who live now go on to live with Him forever.

There is much more to learn about Christ that I could put in a blog post, or an entire blog, or an entire lifetime.  In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Let us seek them out.

There is much more to learn about Christ than we have yet heard.  We shall be studying Him for all eternity.  There is that much to learn!

To learn more about Christ, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The Lord Is Worthy – Part 3

We know that the Lord is worthy of a relationship with us; what we don’t know is whether we are worthy of a relationship with Him.

The good news of the Bible is that God has made us worthy through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Look to Him who loves you, and the purity of His eyes will forgive you and wash you clean of your past sins.  Moreover, they will empower you to walk in love so that you stop sinning.

He who is busy doing right for Jesus doesn’t have time to sin.  You cannot serve God and sin.  God and sin are two different masters.

The Lord’s worthiness spills over on to us so that we can walk in the light of His love – hand in hand with Him!

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Can You See the Lord? – Part 2

It is not unusual to see a man reform his life when he meets the woman of his dreams and gets married.  He wants to do everything to please her, and thus alters his words and deeds to that which finds approval in her conscience.  Such a man can even be known to ignore disapproval from every other quarter as long as his wife is proud of him.

Such a pattern gives a way to understand how the Lord Jesus Christ redeems lives when we “see” Him.  His conscience is more pure and more demanding than that of any woman on earth.  Moreover, He sees into the thoughts of the heart which a human being can never do.  Thus, the purifying fire of His eyes can cleanse every part of a person who looks to Him.

When you look to the Lord you must want to live morally before Him.  Otherwise, you will not keep your eyes on Him.  You will hang you head in shame instead.

Put away your evil thoughts.  Put away evil speaking.  Put away your evil deeds.  Live only for His approval.  Do this every day.  All day long.  This is life.  The Bible calls it eternal life.  And it is ours…if we’ll but receive it and walk in it.

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Joshua Messiah Is Jesus Christ

We can hear words so often that we become hardened to them and forget what it’s like to have heard them for the first time.  To recreate this feeling, it sometimes help to consider the same words from different vantage points.

For example, the name Jesus Christ can  be just as accurately rendered as Joshua Messiah.  This is because of the variety of languages involved in the preservation of the Bible.  “Joshua” is the translation of a Hebrew name into an English name.  “Jesus” is the translation of the same Hebrew name, but having gone through Greek as an intermediate step between Hebrew and English.  The same goes for Messiah (which is directly translated from Hebrew to English) and Christ (which is the same word translated first from Hebrew into Greek and then Greek into English).  Thus Joshua means Jesus just as Messiah means Christ.

When, in New Testament times, people first began hearing of Jesus of Nazareth, they were hearing of “Joshua” of Nazareth.  Of course, among Jews this would call to mind the great leader who, upon succeeding Moses, led the people of God into the promised land.  That Jesus was also “Messiah” spoke of His anointing, which would remind the people of their great king David and all that was revealed about God in his time.  The name “Jesus Christ” invoked the great exploits of both Joshua and David.

Notice, therefore, that while the name “Jesus Christ” may only bring to our minds whatever experiences we have had with that name in our lifetimes, it would bring up rich histories for Jews who heard it in New Testament times as “Joshua Messiah.”  Sometimes there’s much more to a name than we realize.

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His Arms Are Stretched Out

Jesus is watching you…with His arms outstretched. They are stretched much like they were when He was on the cross. There He hung, saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  He was stretching out His arms to receive a humanity only interested in rejecting Him in that moment.  He was trusting that they would change their minds.  He won’t change His.

Do you want to experience the embrace of His arms?  Then repent.  That is, turn from what you know is wrong and do what is right in His sight.  He will receive you and not turn you away.  That you cannot see Him with your physical eyes is an opportunity to trust in Him.  He will know if you do.  And He will reward you for your faith in Him.  He who believes in Him will not be disappointed.

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What Would Love Do?

Because Jesus is God and God is love, then to ask “What would Jesus do?” is to ask “What would love do?”

Therefore, to know what Jesus would do in any situation, ask what love would do.

Do you know what God’s will is for you today?  It is to do what Jesus (love) would do.  Therefore, what would love do today?  It would lay down its life for others.  Therefore, ask yourself how you use your life to serve those you love.  Better yet, ask God.

This is how to live.  One day at a time.

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Jesus Is a Matter of History

You can come to your own view of Jesus just as you can come to your own view of any other figure of history – read His biography.  In the case of Jesus, we have four of them.  They are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 

All other things being equal, a historian has a better chance of coming to know the truth about Jesus than a theologian.  That’s because a theologian, by definition, already has some theological positions staked out.  Reading about Jesus in these four biographies might cause him to have to change his mind about some of those positions.  An historian, however, is committed only to the truth of history and should be able to accept the history of the gospels without having to defend any preconceived theological notions.  Of course, this is merely a hypothetical comparison.  My point is that Jesus is best judged on His biographies, not based on the many good and bad things people have done in His name down through the centuries since His life, death, and resurrection.

If you read Jesus’ biographies, you will see that they are filled with references to the books of the Old Testament which looked forward to Jesus.  And if you read the rest of the New Testament that follows the gospels, you will see the additional light about Jesus that they shed.  For indeed the entire Bible is about Jesus.  You can most easily see that if you start your Bible reading with those four biographies.

Don’t let your knowledge of Jesus come filtered to you through theologians.  Let your knowledge of Him, and your relationship with Him, be based on the facts of history.

Jesus Christ was more than a good man.  He was God in the flesh, though He kept that fact well hidden during His earthly ministry.  With the benefit of hindsight, it won’t take you long to conclude that in Him God visited us and lived with us…as one of us.  This is the most stunning piece of history that ever was or will be!

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The Baby and the Bath Water

What does the church have that’s worth keeping?  The Bible.

What else?  Nothing.

Not buildings, not doctrines (churches are always disagreeing about it anyway), not sacraments (they don’t agree about those either) – and certainly not hierarchy (priests, pastors, popes, bishops, overseers, and every other kind of human rule you can think of).  All these things are useless.  They’re worse than useless: they’re dirty bath water.

Why then is the  Bible the one thing worth keeping?  Because it is the word of God, telling us about Jesus Christ – the one true God. 

It’s true that the Bible says that because of Jesus everyone is going to heaven, but it’s also true that judgment is upon us.  Therefore, repent of your sins, but repent before God – not before people.  Call on the name of Jesus now and live for Him, so that when you die you can face Him gladly and without shame.

Hold fast to the baby (who is no longer a baby!), and throw out the bath water.

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Is Organized Christianity the Best Form of Organized Religion?

Organized Christianity is the best form of organized religion only in the sense that it possesses the greatest store of truth.  This truth, however, is resident in the Bible (Old and New Testaments) that it venerates.  Therefore, you can have the truth just by reading the Bible – you don’t have to engage in any of the rituals or practices of churches.

The specific problem of organized Christianity is that its leaders say things but do not do them.  That is, churches profess that Jesus is Lord…but they do not obey Him.  If they did, there would only be one church.  Jesus Himself said that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.  How then can churches be His kingdom?  There are over 30,000 Christian denominations – and untold numbers of nondenominational churches.  For more on the problem of organized Christianity, see here.

The kingdom of God is invisible – just as God is invisible.  If you will obey Jesus in faith, He will see you, guide you, and protect you in this life.  That’s what faith is – trusting what you know to be true without having to see it physically.  Putting it more precisely, faith is trusting whom you know to be true without having to see Him physically.  Organized religion, whether Christian or otherwise, is merely a means of avoiding faith in God.

You can either develop your relationship with organized religion or develop your relationship with God.  Which will it be for you?

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