Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The theology of the godhead or trinity in Christianity







Many Christians believe in an entity called the godhead. It is a strange explanation of three so-called distinct deities of The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all rolled into what they call God.


We believe in the sense that God or Y'hweh is the The Father as described in the New Testament. Many godhead apologists clearly twist the New Testament and Old Testament Scripture to suit this godhead idea.


Where does the godhead come from?


The term godhead is used three times in the Bible, all are included in the letters of Paul. He is using the term loosely as a way to connect to the Roman people, and other Pagans. I have provided the Scriptures and a few verses before and after.


Acts 17


28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Romans 1
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Colossians
8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

I highlighted the word "power" in this scripture to better explain what Paul is trying to describe. He uses the term power to describe the Eternal Light or the WORD of GOD. We are ALL a part of this divine Light. God's WORD is described as Light many times in the Bible. You can read my teaching on what I perceive as the first Light (Yeshua) created by God (LINK HERE).

Now we know that Paul is using this term to relate to the ignorant pagans he was so desperately trying to convert. This godhead theory and its origins is of pagan philosophy. There is nothing wrong with trying to relate but to adopt this pagan philosophy is dead wrong.



The strange thing is the English translation godhead is actually derived from 3 different Greek words. those words being; "theios" - Used in Acts 17:29 which means: "a general name of deities or divinities as used by the Greeks". Theios is also used in 2 Peter 1:3 and 4, and means divine. The other Greek word is "theiotēs", which is used only once in the New Testament and simply means "divinity, divine nature". The 3rd Greek word is "theotēs", which means deity or nature of G-D but the two Greek words "theiotēs" and "theotēs" are certainly the same word. As we can clearly see all three Greek words are stemmed from the same root but lets examine the Latin phrases used that were directly translation to English.


Acts 17:29 (Greek - Theios) to (Latin - divinum) to (English "proper" - divinity)


Romans 1:20 (Greek - Theiotēs) to (Latin - divinitas) to (English "proper" - divinity, or power of divinity)


Col 2:9 (Greek - Theotēs) to (Latin - divinitas - divinitatis) to (English "proper" divinity, quality/nature of God)



It seems that the English translators of the Latin Bible injected the common trinity based theology of the time into their translations.


What makes up the godhead?

Now this is where it gets highly strange. The godhead is said to be made up of (The Father + The Son + The H'ly Spirit = godhead)

The Son

How can someone discern that Yeshua is equal with the Father or God? Well they can't, but they use
scripture to explain themselves.

The most famous of these verses is John 10:30 "I and my Father are one".

They use this scripture, and few others, to declare that Jesus is indeed God or Y'hweh. first Yeshua says the Father and Him "ARE" not "IS" one, very big difference.

If we go John 17:11 Yeshua says;

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

I highlighted "that they" and "one, as we are" because if they can conclude that Jesus is God from the scriptures in John, especially using godhead theology, then we are all gods(sarcasm) because Yeshua clearly states we can be ONE with the Father just as HE is.

In this scripture Jesus clearly supports what Paul is trying to say about this godhead, that we are all a part of it. In reality this so-called godhead is THE LIGHT, THE WORD OF GOD.
So we can throw Jesus out of the godhead or trinity equation because his oneness is the same as everyones oneness with God, just a heck of a lot more powerful.

The Father

John 14:28
"You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you ' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I."



"The Father is greater than I", that means that Yeshua and the Father are not co-equals.

Also, most people who do not know the basic Hebrew rules for scripture, such as the PARDES system, have no idea how to read the scripture. Most godhead apologists look for the hardcore scripture that says the Father is not God, the all powerful, head of the table, God. The problem is they cannot find it. Why? Because it is assumed that the reader of the scriptures know, by the virtue of commonsense, that the Father is God the almighty.

Case in point; you cannot find that godhead system proof but you can find the proof that early Christian leaders, such as Paul, considered God to be the Father. He doesn't preach on it, because he assumed everyone knew it in advance, but you can find that proof not in the meat of the scripture but in the greetings of his letters. The greetings are always overlooked because to theologians the greetings hold no real scripture value.

Romans 1:7
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Corinthians 1:3
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:4
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Ephesians 1:2
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:2
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:20
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Colossians 1:2
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1-Thessalonians 1:1
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1-Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

1-Thessalonians 3:11
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

2-Thessalonians 1:1

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2-Thessalonians 1:2
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1-Timothy 1:2
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Philemon 1:3
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 6:27
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

1 Corinthians 8:6
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Galatians 1:1
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

Galatians 1:3
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 6:23
Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:11
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 1:4
To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

2 Peter 1:17
For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

2 John 1:3
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Jude 1:1
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:


The Holy Sp'rit


The third part of the godhead or trinity is the Holy Sp'rit. This is the dangerous part; NO MAN should ever tinker with the H'ly Spirit. Yeshua, and the rest of the Bible for that matter says, the Holy Spirit belongs to GOD or the Father.



Matthew 10:20


20For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.


Luke 11:13


13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?


So we know the H'ly Spirit is of God the Father. So how can it be separate to satisfy the godhead or trinity dogma? IT CAN'T!!


What does Paul have to say about the Father and God?


Corinthians 8:6


6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.


Notice the "we in HIM" and the "we by Him"


Jesus is eternal and he was the first Light created by Y'hweh for us pathetic children here on earth.


Timothy 2:5


5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;



Conclusion



The godhead theology is not of God it was used to help people understand The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. But we have created a twisted distinct dogma from it. If early gentile Christians would have adhered to the Hebrew way of reading scripture such as the p'shat (meaning; the literal plain meaning of the scripture cannot be changed) we would not have hundreds of million of Christians in the world today that subscribe to the idea that Yeshua is fully God. And most believe this in a dozen different ways. The p'shat is in effect with the Hebrew texts of the New Testament such as Matthew and James. But there is a growing belief that all the Gospels may have been drafted in Hebrew. So the p'shat would be in effect. We lost or rejected these rules and knowledge and we created our own dogma from that ignorance, which is highly dangerous.

If we are to accept a centered power of God or the Father, we should accept what Yeshua says, accept the oneness or Light of God. The power of the Light is infinite. God is the Father as described by Yeshua.


We should reject everything pagan influenced, and twisted by the early Church, and I stand with Y'hweh and his Son the Christ Yeshua the Savior of Man.


These things that are not of God need to be ignored and buried. I understand why Paul did what he did, he had to break through the pagan mind. And what do you know?, we adopted their pagan theology!!!!! We should have understood as Jews, not depraved pagan gentiles from Rome!

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