Jesus and God(the term God not just Father) are shown over and over again as two different beings.

As you read the Bible over and over you always will find different things. Some of this is because we read what we want to see in scripture and not allow the scripture to tell us what we should see. I know this because it has happened to me. It has happened to all of us, especially when it comes down to our denomination. We are really quick to quote and attach man made up concepts and preach them as required truth for Salvation when the Bible never requires such. We have some denominations out there that flat out believe and confess that the Bible’s direction about how to worship and what to believe only stands as a second voice after what they do and believe, not the source for the direction for them to follow. In other words they believe they set what is right and accepted first then th Bible(Catholics). To me, that’s scary,  but not surprising. Everyone of us wants to keeps our views no matter how many times the Bible corrects that view. Tradition means more to us than the Bible. Tradition for most people creates our own version of God, while the Bible’s version of God remains pushed away or even unknown compared to the image we made up or preached about. The church will preach about the love of God but the Bible also tells us about the absolute soverity, control, and fury of God too. The Bible also shows clear distinct separation of God and his Son, The lamb , while man tries over and over again to ignore the hundreds of verses that separate them over and over again. 
1. Jesus counted himself and his Father as two, not “one.” John 8:17 and 18: “In your own law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father.” Jesus confirmed this truth in John 14:1 when he said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” There are literally hundreds of scriptures like these that set forth Jesus and God as separate and distinct beings. “Whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the son” (2 John 9). The Scripture clearly recognizes the Father and the Son, but not “both” of them as “one God.”

2. The Bible always portrays God and Christ as two separate beings. Examples are far too many to list, but a few are: When Stephen saw them just before his death, he saw “the son of man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56); the Church Epistles are authored by both God and Christ; God and Christ rule in the eternal city of Revelation (Chapter 21).

3. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”John 20:17..Even Jesus tells others he has a God.. don’t you understand the weight of this statement. The risen Christ, with all power and authority “Given”to him tells Mary without doubt that she is to look at the Father as her God and even His. If you are to do this, truly do this for all that it means you can not believe in the Trinity or Oneness. If I can be condemned to Hell for believing Christ’s own words, then so be it. But last I checked Christ is the only one that determines this, not man,not even God, the Father, will judge, he has given that duty to his Son, the Christ and Lamb. And here again, the Bible clearly is making a clear separation of the two. Everything Christ has in power and authority is not his because he owned it , it’s only his because his father who is head over all things, including head of the Son, gave it to him temporarily. 1 Corinthian 15:24-28.

4. The Bible is clear that Jesus is the “image of God” (Col. 1:15; 2 Cor. 4:4). If Christ is the image of God, then he cannot be God, because you cannot be an image of someone and the real person at the same time. If you see a photograph of us, you see our image and you can learn a lot about us from it, but the image is not the real us. Christ is the image of God. 

The list goes on and on and on. Even the disciples like Paul open up his letters with clear separation from Jesus and God. What we do is take scripture like John 1.1and create some kind of hidden code for Salvation. Not having a indefinite article means everything in this verse but more importantly what was Christ view?

Traditionally, things like the trinity and oneness have been shoved down our throats for so long that we defend it with great passion and anger, all without one willing ear to listen or true examination. Why? Because the church has lied to it’s members to make them believe that when man, hundreds of years after the day of Pentecost and thousands of people who didn’t even know about a trinity or oneness belief, started coming up with philosophical debates and concepts to make themselves feel better and important, that this actually has a say in your Salvation. The trinity concept is man’s theory, oneness is man’s theory, even Arianism are all just men needing to make up theories about God to feel important. None of these views must be present in your mind or heart for the Power of Christ’s blood to forgive you from your sins. None of this is needed for your acceptance of Christ sacrifice/resurrection, and the confession of him being the son of the Living God to work for righteousness. If you can ever really see this it will free you from a lot of fear and bondage. Allow good translated scripture to show you truth through the power of His Spirit. Quote from it and believe on it not man’s denominational rules for Salvation or the biased translated versions of the Bible to push denomination. You just have to really study and accept his word not assumptions. But once you see this for yourself the scripture words that you have read your whole life will be seen clearer and your eyes will forever be open and you will wonder how in the world you skipped over that simple truth that the Bible shows us over and over, that Jesus too has a God. 

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Christ without Theology!

the·ol·o·gy

THēˈäləjē/

noun

the study of the nature of God and religious belief.

religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.

Is it possible? Can we have this world please? Do you remember when you were saved by Grace and faith? Before the Greek and Hebrew text studies? Before the definition and need to say and repeat phrases like ontological Trinity, Oneness, and Arianism belief systems. Before you went out to debate with Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses because you just thought you really had them trapped in the corner, all the while you still had bones in your closet that you still needed to uproot causing them to represent a better view of God than you did. Long before you needed to be up front or have a position of authority in the church. Way back when you confessed Christ as you Lord and Savior? When you accepted him into your heart and all you wanted to do was to be closer to God through his Son and live holy? Remembering what it felt like to help others that needed help without judgement or shaming. Before you signed up for biblical study classes and studied prophecy meanings. Before you ever knew that there was anything called a literal translation of bible. Or before you even knew there was so many different bibles at all. You see, if you are like me, then you do remember these things. And if you are like me, you might have forgotten about what it was like back then because we are so weighed down with theology and man’s allegorical interpretations of scriptures. Now, that which is pure, innocent, and loving has been tied into Man’s attempts to define the One being that can’t be defined. What we had prior is what initially saved us. It is what is pure from Him. I personally have never felt a stronger connection to God than before theology became the center piece. And the biggest fact is that God never once required theology from us to be saved or to be his children. I just don’t see the need for a “Religious belief” if God seeks a “Relationship” with us. 

Theology and traditions don’t determine your Salvation.

pole crucifixtion

Tradition and Theology have been taught so long in the churches for over a thousand years that people have forgotten that the scripture and God’s words determine salvation not man. From the very moment that man decided that they knew better than Christ it became so.  Men have always wanted to know more than others and be more than others. It was seen in Christ own disciples John and others. You saw with the Pharisees and those denominations that were given birth from the same mentality. You are taught that everything from the so call Crucifix( which can never be translated in its meaning or word from Starous) to the doctrine of the Trinity and other belief systems come from God. It has brainwashed all Followers of Christ to think that if you don’t believe these things that our Faith in Christ as the Son of God and Messiah is invalid. This type of thought pattern was pushed and forced on the Church from Rome/Jewish Pharisees, all the way down to the Catholic church. Men who thought it was necessary to define God, His son, Holy Spirit and create concepts of beliefs that they came up with but was never stated in scripture. In most cases, the scripture would say something completely different and yet men would not dare to question man in favor of God. Most people today don’t even know or understand that they believe things that are not required in scripture for you to believe in to be saved. They really believe that you can be closer to God in the Church building vs your home, even though the scripture tell you that you are the temple now. They really believe that a silver totem cross around their neck protects them even though the scripture defines this as idolatry. They bow down to images of God and or of his Son even though nobody knows how they look which again creates a false god and causing you to sin according to the Bible’s warning of graven images.  They pray to angels and Saints when there is absolutely no biblical approval or example to do so. They ignore Christ own example of how to pray which involves Exclusive pray to the Father Alone in Christ name. Not even the Son of God is allowed prayer to according to Christ himself and yet today Christians still do so without fail.  Theology and traditions teach you one thing but the actual real words from the original text paint a different story. Theology will force an image of a stake into a pagan Cross to be worshiped and painted on the sides of what man calls the “Houses of God”. And when cornered to show facts, they resort to saying “it really doesn’t matter what he died on” because they know they can’t support it. Well if it doesn’t matter, remove it and focus on Christ. Man will tell you unless you believe in the Trinity you are not of God or saved. Yet Christ stated the very foundation of his church is founded on understanding that he the Messiah and son of the Living God, not that he is God himself, not that he is a trinity and not any other concept created by man. No scripture places such a burden on you as to require you to come up with or believe in a theological concept created by men who today still say that can’t really be explained. Christianity has become so overwhelmingly based on the theology of men and not what God’s words say that we can no longer tell the difference between what is needed for salvation and what is needed for man’s acceptance. If you are a sound minded person that just doesn’t accept anything that is given to you just because they told you and you read for yourself you will one day see the issues I have with the current Churches and direction of the Faith. The need for Christ and his Father’s directions, not man, is really in need of a reboot for our Christians.

 

Why Jehovah Witnesss confuse people 



  

 First off, this is not a attack against Jehovah witnesses. In fact I really respect them. Of all the denominations out there I believe they have the most convictions about their faith and would be among the very few people on earth that would truly die for their belief. Unlike most Christian denominations out there they still stand by what is right in scripture. They don’t break and bend for what’s popular in homosexuals acts and they don’t accept adulterers and fornicators, allowed among their members without exile. I also love their peace and absolute oneness in their faith and spreading the gospel around the world(truly). However, this absolute conviction comes with a price. They blindly follow without questioning things that aren’t supported in scripture simply because they ruling body said so. Example of such thing above is found in their study journals. This particular article is about Melchizedek. We all know the scripture. The scripture that explicitly defines Melchizedek as a forerunner of Christ, while some say Yahweh himself. Hebrews 7:3 without doubt describes this man as one who had no mother, no father, no beginning or end of days and being made like the Son of God.  The Hebrew/greek language uses the term “Like” the Son of God to mean, in most cases, that he was. So right away, those who know the Jehovah’s witnesses, know that they can’t use these terms or accept this because it’s too many attributes of Jehovah being applied to Christ. So what is there statement about the scripture(highlighted in yellow)? Well basically…”IT DIDNT SAY THAT!” That’s right! What you just read, that is clear as day, the best thing they can come up with is the total opposite of what is being said in scripture. In fact, there is no scripture that counters these statements not even hints to these statements being false or misunderstood. Melchizedek facts are that he had no mother or father….so how can he be born? Yet they say he was born. Then it says he had no beginning of day or end of days, which they define to mean that he died???How the blue moon do you get out of this scripture that this man died? It is absolutely crazy and downright insane for someone of a educated mind to come up to this conclusion, if you believe in scripture. To know that Jehovah’s Witness go this far to avoid statments that are spelled out this clear in scripture, simply because they know if they accept it, it means they are wrong about some facts that they have taught about Christ and God, is flat out scary.  And again, this isn’t the only scripture they have done this on. The sad thing here, is that I know they see things like this but because they don’t want to be exiled they won’t tell others or question something they know is off. But to be fair, no other denomination does this either, they just don’t follow scripture about exiling members like the Witnesses do. I guess my issue with this is that they have so many other things in place that show they are being steadfast about his word and study, why can’t this be more consistent? 

Pain felt in the Body of Christ!

Our lives are so painfully hard as men of God. If you don’t believe the struggle, it’s shown here. I don’t know for sure what the issue is but it hurts me so much to see this. I am a supporter of this man and his ministry. Are they a perfect church? No. Is he a perfect man? No. But who is, but Christ and his Father. As followers, we are attacked from all sides. I use to think that if you were a pastor or elder you were beyond the typical sin failure. I use to think if I stayed in the church or studying the Bible that this would result in me not falling towards sins or not having problems resisting it. This is so far from the truth. In my life, as well as others I have seen, there are great powers that reside against us. Great powers and principalities stand at odds against us. Things fall in line to present almost impossible probabilities that prove the attack is super natural. Yes, we have a greater source that is for us. But the problem is the temptation of used is God’s will according to scripture. He is not tempting you “himself” but it is still within his will that younare tested and tempted. So our lives aren’t some easy road traveled when we seek him or walk with him.  It’s at time unfair to me and my mind. But if God can lead Christ into temptation who are we to complain about going through the same thing? Most people don’t like accepting that scripture says this but it’s the truth. In fact I believe the lives we live today in many ways( not all) is harder to refrain from sin because of the accessibility of it. It’s everywhere and in everything. It’s a miricle that we still have his grace with as much as we could fall to and have fallen to in our lives. We fight every day of lives to do the right thing. Things that happen to us sometimes defy logic. Yes, we can put ourselves in certain circumstances but those aren’t the ones I’m referring to. I’m talking about the weird situations when you pick up an old Bible to study and the old picture of you X falls out of it, and after putting away, memories hit and that very person calls you or text you out the blue after 10-15 years of silence. Or that night that your husband or wife has done that one thing for the last time and you leave the house to cool off and you run right into your co-worker that has been in view for years and you are finally around each other for the first time outside of the job and all they want to do is just go somewhere and “talk”.  I get” the testing of our faith” and what it produces. I also understand God’s sovereignty. So unlike most, I don’t make excuses for it when it come across the scriptures. That being said, I still don’t understand it. I, being human, don’t get the cooperation God gives Satan’s kingdom during that temptation. I personally would rather have his protection against temptation not his approval to place me into it. People misquote scripture all the time believing that God doesn’t do this because God doesn’t tempt us. That’s right, he doesn’t “himself”. That’s what the scripture says. ” He “Himself” doesn’t do it but he will allow Satan and his kindgdom to do so. Then people that need to debate this try and rely on the word “allow”.  The word “Allow” to a complete sovereign God weighs much heavier than the word “Allow” when applied to Humans. For God to allow something to happen when he is conplete control requires his involvement to do so. Just like Job, Satan had to address God in every facet of the temptation and how strong or how far it would be allowed to go. So, it’s not something that happened that he wasn’t fully aware of in every point of the temptation. The biggest difference is that as a sovereign God he already knows if we will fail the temptation. And if he knows rather or not we will fail and still cooperates with allowing us to be tempted then what does that say? For me, as a human, I used to believed that if I am following him and putting myself in his word, that he would protect me from the temptation that I would fail in. This is wrong, case in point above. This is where it stings, this is where I hurt. To see this man that I know and have spoken to personally, fall to the point that he felt the need to step down is something that is more painful than anything I have felt in the last year or more. And to top it off, I honestly don’t have a answer to this or advice for others. I have yet to meet one man that is in any denomination that is exempt from failure in sin. I use to think that there was a way for me to grow and gain enough knowledge that I would be able to bypass failure in sinning. Its what I always thrived for and over the years I had to deal with the reality that I would never reach this nor has any other man no matter what they claim. Grace is all I can depend on it seems. “His grace is sufficient”.