Sabbath 18/11/36/120

Dear Friends

There are many texts in the Bible that are used for Ditheist or Binitarian/Trinitarian purposes. Some from the OT are as follows:

Micah 5:2 is incorrectly used to show that Messiah was co-eternal as a second God with the one True God.  It is examined in the paper Micah 5:2-3 (No. 121)

Isaiah 9:6. is also often used in support of Trinitarian or Binitarian/Ditheist theology. The matter is examined in the paper Isaiah 9:6 (No. 224)

Deuteronomy 32 :8 has been altered concerning how the Nations were allotted according to the Sons of Israel instead of according to the Sons of God as we see from the RSV and the LXX and the DSS.  It is a proven forgery in the Masoretic Text (MT).

[8] When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of men, he fixed the bounds of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.

The MT renders the text as according to the number of the sons of Israel which is a blatant forgery as we now know from both the Septuagint (LXX) and now proven also from the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) which show the LXX to have been correct all along.

John 20:28 is used by Trinitarians to say that Christ is the One True God. They appear to disregard the texts dealing with the sons of God as elohim. If the full text is examined we see that the purpose of the text is to identify Christ as the Son of God in verse 31.

[27] Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." [28] Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" [29] Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."
[30] Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; [31] but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

1Corinthians 15:28 
When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be [all in all KJV] (panta en pasin) (see Marshall's Interlinear and also Col. 3:11 (panta kai en pasin).

The Trinitarians have begun to translate this text as 'everything to everyone' to avoid the logical extension of God as essence, extending to all men as it did to Christ from these texts.

Philippians 2:5-7
[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:5-7 is mistranslated and often used as a Trinitarian proof text. It refers to the rebellion of the Host and Christ's faithfulness and self-sacrifice in the heavens. It says:          "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form (morphe) of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men" (RSV). 
This text is not difficult to understand. It is fairly simple language. It establishes that:

  1. Christ was not equal to God and did not seek to grasp after equality with God (Isa. ch. 14 and Ezek. ch. 28 both show that Satan did so).
  2. He was in the form of the elohim as a spirit being.
  3. He emptied himself (i.e. gave up his form and entity) and was born as a man.

One would have to be feeble minded to assert this text does not imply pre-existence. Even the Trinitarians were faced with garbling the translation to try to make him equal to God but even they are not stupid enough to try to deny his pre-existence. That premise is why Trinitarianism has been more successful than Radical Unitarianism as a deception (with the exception of Hadithic Islam).

Titus 2:13
[13] awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

The text actually says: 
expecting the blessed hope and appearance of the glory of the great God and Savior of us Christ Jesus (see Marshall's Interlinear RSV). 

Christ is the appearance of the glory of the God and Saviour of us. He is not that God. But Trinitarians render the text to infer that he is. This error formed the basis of the Binitarian error which was adopted by some Churches of God from the 1960s (see article Is Jesus God by Herbert W Armstrong, reprint Good News, December 1982). This error was coupled with the error in understanding the intent of Philippians 2:6 which talks about the form of God which is construed to confer his nature and thus further erroneously extrapolated to imply that he was that God.

1John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (RSV)

He who is true is the One True God. We know Him and are in Him who is true and in His Son Jesus Christ. We worship Him who is true, not His Son, Jesus Christ.

There is no possibility that the One True God in John 17:3 or 1John 5:20 refers to Jesus Christ at all, with or without the article. It is necessary for Trinitarians to resort to such deceit to maintain their position in the face of the texts. This is not new.

Hebrews 1:10-14
[10] And, "Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands;[11] they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, [12] like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." [13] But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet"? [14] Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Verses 10-12 refer to Psalm 102:25-27. It is obvious that this text refers to the Father as it is used here in Hebrews in contradistinction to the son who is then referred to again in verse 13 referring to Psalm 110:1 and the angels in verse 14.

The text was rather unfortunate as it has been used with a few mistranslations to elevate Christ above the Angels and assert that was always so when the texts show that he was one of them as sons of God. The purpose of the text is to show that Christ, as one of them, was made a little lower than the angels, and then elevated above them through his sacrifice. They are referred to in the LXX as sons of God and part of the Host being distinct from the humans, both Israelite and Gentile. We will look again at the understanding of these texts and then go on to demonstrate further the identity of the Father as the One True God of the OT.

Hebrews 1:6
And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."

The word is actually proskuneo which does not mean to worship as God.     (Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; 28:9; John 9:35-38;)

Hebrews 3:2
[2] who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all His house.

He himself was faithful to He who made (SGD 4160 poeio) him (Heb. 3:2). Christ was appointed (SGD etheken from theoo to place (upright)) heir of all things (Heb. 1:2). 

The word in Hebrews 3:2 is made and is only translated as appointed in this case to avoid the obvious implications for Trinitarians. The correct word for appointed is not used.

The word is Poiesanti meaning "the one making him" and it is only translated as appointed in this one place and elsewhere it is translated as "making" in both the NT and the LXX.

Jude 4 is another misconstruction and fraud of the Binitarians/Trinitarians. 

The RSV text in Marshalls Greek English Interlinear is: For admission has been secretly gained by some who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly persons who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only master and lord, Jesus Christ.

This text talks of the grace of God and also about our only master and lord Jesus Christ (or the only master and our lord Jesus Christ as per some texts (see Marshalls).

The KJV reads denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Bullinger and the authorities admit the texts do not read Lord God. The word master is despotes and the word Lord is kurios.

It is just another forgery adding the word God to attempt to link it to Christ where there is no such word in the Greek texts.

Revelation 1:8.  "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

This text refers only to God and not to Christ but it is used to infer that Christ is the Alpha and Omega.  It is a conferred title as we see from the examination of the text in the paper Arche of the Creation of God as Alpha and Omega (No. 229)

Revelation 22:16
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. (KJV) 

Verse 16 appears to create the impression that Jesus sent an angel to John.
However, the term you in this passage is in the plural and not a reference to John, but rather to the Churches. It is entirely possible that the intent of this passage is that:

I Jesus have sent my messenger [meaning John] to testify to you [servants of God] these things in the churches. ... 

In which case, Christ was the Angel or Messenger of God to John and John was the Angel or Messenger of Jesus to the Churches. This seems the most likely meaning of the passages from other parts of the Book, but has been misconstrued and mistranslated by Trinitarians who cannot conceive of Christ as any less than Almighty God himself. He identifies himself as the Bright and Morning star here which is a rank of the elohim held by others also.

This is a follow on from last Sabbath on the known forgeries and mistranslations in the text to promote Binitarianism/Trinitarianism and also Ditheism.

Wade Cox
Coordinator General