Who Is the God of Heaven?

The Old Testament has the expression "the God of heaven" twenty-one times. In six of these instances, this expression is preceded by God's name YHWH/YHVH. It is translated in English versions, "the LORD, the God of heaven." Thus, we can be pretty sure that in the other fifteen expressions that don't have God's name accompanying them, the authors meant that "the God of heaven" is YHWH/YHVH, which scholars usually translate Yahweh/Yehvah. (YHWH/YHVH is traditionally translated "LORD." One issue is … [Read more...]

Peter Never Said Jesus Was God

I was a Trinitarian for twenty-two years. Then I read myself out of it in the Bible. I began to see that the Bible does not teach a Triune God as the post-apostolic, institutional, mostly Gentile church eventually declared and condemned those who differed. That is, there is no express teaching in the Bible about God being three in one, or God being three co-equal and co-eternal persons as I had been taught. In fact, the word "trinity" is not even in the Bible. This scared me when I thought of … [Read more...]

Is the Holy Spirit Neglected in the Book of Revelation?

Throughout much of the history of Christianity, the Holy Spirit mentioned so often in the New Testament was not mentioned very often by Christians. But that really began to change at the beginning of the twentieth century with the emergence of Pentecostals and, later, their younger siblings the Charismatics. In fact, this group has been most responsible for the growth of Christianity during the past century while the mainline churches have been suffering a decline in numbers of attendants at … [Read more...]

When Jesus Hung on the Cross, God Suffered Too

I think the great untold secret about the God of the Bible is that he voluntarily suffers with his righteous people when they suffer. Yes, some people know and believe this. Martin Luther, who started the Reformation, taught this. But Christians do not know about it, as was the case with me. I was indoctrinated with Christian systematic theology, much of it having been taught by church fathers. But some of their teaching was heavily influenced by their Hellenistic environment.Dr. Dennis … [Read more...]

Review of Tom Wright’s “Jesus and the Identity of God”

“Jesus and the Identity of God” by N. Thomas Wright in Ex Auditu, 1998, 14, 42-56Tom (N. T.) Wright is a very cordial and unusual fellow in that he is a leading New Testament (NT) scholar and now a retired Anglican bishop. You don’t see that combination of scholar and churchman much.Tom begins this 1998 article by saying that when he began his higher theological education, most NT scholars were saying Jesus was not God mostly for two reasons: (1) no sane man could possibly think or say he … [Read more...]

I Am Not a Heretic

I am accused of being a heretic because I believed in the doctrine of the Trinity for twenty-two years and then changed to believing that the Bible teaches there is only one God, numerically speaking, whom Jesus called “Father,” and therefore Jesus is Savior and Lord but not God. I have believed this ever since, for the past thirty-five years. But I am not a heretic. To call me a heretic because of this change in my theology is a misunderstanding of what a heretic is according to the Bib … [Read more...]

On Who Jesus Is, Do You Listen to Jesus or Church Fathers?

There is a difference. I'm referring to post-apostolic, institutional, Catholic church fathers of the 2nd through at least the 5th centuries. I'm mean their extant writings and their creeds drafted at their so-called "ecumenical councils." At their first one, the Nicene Council of 325, they drafted the Nicene Creed signed by over 300 bishops that says Jesus is "very God of very God." They meant he is just as divine as the God whom Jesus called "Father," namely, the God of creation. But that is … [Read more...]

Ben Witherington Entangles Himself by Deifying Jesus

Ben Witherington III is a distinguished New Testament (NT) professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also a friend of mine who I highly respect as a theologian. I usually visit briefly with Ben every year at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. I agree a lot theologically with Ben except for his identifying Jesus as God.I once told Ben that I had been a Trinitarian for twenty-two years, then re-examined in depth the subject of whether or not … [Read more...]


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