Discussion of biblical topics and texts that show that the God revealed in the Bible is One, and not a Trinity. Jesus, who was put to death and raised from the dead by God, is the Messiah (the Christ, the Anointed) of the One God.
45) The Bible Tells Me So, Jesus has a God
The Bible is clear that there is only one God. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39, Mark 12:29, Isaiah 44:24, John 17:3. 1 Cor. 8:6, Gal. 4:6).
The name of God in the Bible appears over 6800 times and is spelled with the four Hebrew consonants יהוה. Here is an example of what יהוה the God of the Bible says:
Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me.”
The Bible is also clear that the Lord Jesus Christ has a God. So, is the one God of the Bible, יהוה, who states that He alone is the only God – is He the Lord Jesus Christ’s God?
The only God, יהוה, must be, has to be, the Lord Jesus Christ’s God. So, the Lord Jesus Christ is not God.
We look at Scriptures that explicitly state that the Lord Jesus Christ has a God. We see that in the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, God is the Father alone. The only God, the Lord Jesus Christ's God, is the Father.
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44) Trinitarian, do you love God's child, the person who believes that Jesus is the Christ? 1 John 5:1
Why don't Trinitarians or those who believe in the deity of Christ, love those who believe that Jesus is the Christ?
Why do Trinitarians shun and reject those who believe that Jesus is the Christ?
Comments of 1 John 5:1: "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whomever has been born of him."
For full text of this podcast, see here.
3-minute video “Deity of Christ believer, please explain 1 Timothy 2:4-5”
Biblical Unitarian podcast video “Where is the Trinity Revealed in the Bible?”
Son of God in the Bible
43) Where does the Bible Say We Go When We Die? (Hint: Not to heaven), Interview with Pastor Sean Finnegan
“Where do we go when we die? Or, What has the Greek Philosopher Plato got to do with Christianity?”
Interview with Pastor Sean Finnegan
Sean Finnegan is pastor at Living Hope Community Church in Latham, New York. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Atlanta Bible College where he teaches courses in Church History, Apologetics, and Basic Bible Doctrine, and he is the host of the Restitutio Podcast. Website:
Additional Resources on the topic “Christians don’t go to heaven, but await the resurrection to the kingdom of God”:
Restitutio podcast: Conditional Immortality
Restitutio podcast: Challenging Conditional Immortality
Topics and questions addressed in this episode:
1. Most Christians today think that those who believe in Jesus, when they die, their soul or self separates and goes to heaven. Is this biblical and if not, where did Christians get this idea from?
2. Explanation of the Greek philosophical view of Plato that "death is the separation of the soul from the body". Most Christians think Plato’s description of death is in the Bible.
3. If people don’t “go to heaven” when they die, what is the biblical view of what happens to a person when they die?
4. Is the human soul or self immortal? What is meant by “conditional immortality”?
5. As examples, two main passages that Christians point to as evidence that “when you die you go to heaven”
Luke 23:43 And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Punctuate differently: “Truly I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise”
2 Corinthians 5:8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
6. If people’s souls don’t separate from their bodies at death and go to heaven, that is a lie, no? How does this lie deflect from what is real? A different hope. What is the biblical hope for a believer in God and Jesus?
42) Is God Flesh? A better way to understand John 1:14 (part 2)
We continue our discussion of what John 1:14 "the Word became flesh" really means.
As described in earlier podcasts (#39 and #41) "the Word became flesh" does not mean that God became man/flesh.
So, what does the "Word became flesh mean?
Why does John use the word "flesh"?
How has the Greek philosophical concept popularized by Plato, that the soul lives separately from the body of flesh, influenced Christian interpretation of John 1:14? Does the Bible say that man's soul is alive separate from his body of flesh?
What is the biblical view of flesh? How is flesh alive? Can the God of the Bible ever be flesh?
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41) Is God Flesh? A Better Way to Understand John 1:14 (part 1)
In this episode we continue thinking about what John 1:14 "and the Word became flesh" means, and we ask deity of Christ believers who appeal to John 1:1 and John 1:14, “So you believe that God became flesh?” Do you think that “God is flesh?”
We give reasons why a better way to understand John 1:14 is that “the Logos, the Word was flesh”. In other words, the Logos, the Word - God’s communication to us - was the human being, the man Christ Jesus from Nazareth.
Our discussion continues in the next podcast episode. For full written text of these two episodes "Is God Flesh", click here.
40) Interview with Sir Anthony Buzzard: Witnessing about the One God, and Did Jesus "Pre-exist"?
This episode is an interview with Sir Anthony Buzzard, one of the most active One God believers of our time. Most listeners to this podcast will know about Sir Anthony. If by chance you don’t, you will want to become familiar with him and his work.
Anthony taught for decades at the Church of God, Abrahamic Faith Bible college, now called Atlanta Bible College. He is the author of a number of books, including The Doctrine of the Trinity, Christianity’s Self-inflicted Wound, Jesus was Not a Trinitarian, The Coming Kingdom of the Messiah, Our Fathers who Aren’t in Heaven, Who is Jesus, and more. Some of them are available for free pdf download. See the links to his books and webpage.
I wanted to ask Sir Anthony about some of the changes he has seen in the One God faith movement, and what he has thought have been, and should continue to be effective witnessing tools.
One emphasis in the podcast that I would like listeners to note is the excitement and persistence that Sir Anthony has and continues to have in sharing about the One God and His human Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Apart from programs that may or may not be effective, I think every one of us can learn from Anthony about being excited and persistent in our sharing about the God of the Bible and His anointed, the Messiah Jesus. Be this face to face with our neighbors and others we meet, or through the modern media of the internet.
Another emphasis that Anthony makes is that we should gain experience, practice in witnessing about our faith in the one God, and this experience is gained by doing it.
We also discuss the “deity of Christ” and Jehovah’s Witness claim that “Jesus pre-existed”.
At the end of the interview, I take the liberty of sharing one other element that I believe is, or could be, essential for an effective witness to God and His Messiah.
Books: The Doctrine of the Trinity, Christianity’s Self-inflicted Wound (and more)
Website: Restoration Fellowship, Focus on the Kingdom
Thank you for teaching truth and may יהוה bless your ministry! I would love to hear your teaching on Isaiah 9:6 as well!
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Bill Schlegel and others review the Bible verses and passages that are often used to support belief in a triune God. The podcast offers alternative ways of understanding these passages by focusing on the meaning of individual terms, the relationship of verses to the immediate context, and the correspondence of the immediate context to the rest of Scripture.
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Bills ability not only to untangle the twisted web that’s been weaved by trinitarian doctrine and translators, but his equal acumen to unfold the truth that is being taught in scripture, opens wide the flood gates so the light of heaven can come in - into my heart and into a dark world! Thank you Bill!