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  • Child of God on 1 Timothy 2
    Many people read the bible without revelation from God. We can argue until the end of time whether or not women should preach or do more, but I don't believe that God would put His annointing (approval) on anything or anyone, contrary to his word. Shouldn't we be concerned about reaching lost souls?
  • Mariz m on Acts 7
    Why does v45 use the name Jesus when the KJV use the name Joshua?
  • Angel on Numbers 21:9
    Is this not a form of idol worshiping... commanded by God?
  • Paul on 1 Esdras 1
    I have a question: is Nabuchodonosor suppose to be Nebuchanezzer? I apologize for the misspellings, I am just curious about who this is referring too.
  • Susan on Psalms 83:18
    Jehovah's name has been removed from the original texts of the Bible almost 7,000 times and replaced w/ LORD. That can lead to much confusion, i.e. Psalm 110:1. What does that mean? and who removed the name and why?
  • Susan Dalton on 2 Corinthians 5:19
    "To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:19)

    Draw a large cross on a piece of paper. Put WJ at one end of the horizontal cross bar representing wisdom (fulness of God, His commandments etc.) J for Justice, God having to deal with man's sin.)

    At the other end of the horizontal cross bar put MG. M representing God's mercy toward man and his disobedience and sin. G representing Grace toward man from God.

    Wisdom and Justice looks all the way to Mercy and Grace. Put an > on the end of the line (horizontal cross bar) representing Wisdom and Justice must be completed in Mercy and Grace.

    Mercy and Grace looks all the way to Wisdom and Justice. Put a < on the line (horizontal cross bar) where Wisdom and Justice is. Mercy and Grace must reach all the way to Wisdom and Justice.

    See one of Jesus' arms nailed to Wisdom and Justice and the other nailed to Mercy and Grace?

    Now see Jesus looking up having to satisfy God and God looking down on Jesus hanging on the cross. God having to satisfy Wisdom, Justice, Mercy and Grace looks down upon Jesus; Jesus seeking to complete redemption for man and satisfy God's just demand looks up to God. Put a V on the top of the vertical line representing God looking down on redemption being fulfilled in Jesus hanging on the cross.

    Now take a pen and start at the tip of one side of the V and go around the cross bar where WJ is; connect all the way down to the bottom of the vertical line (Vertical cross bar). Go back to the top and start at the other tip of the V and go around the MG down to the bottom of the vertical line (Vertical cross bar).

    The fulness of God's redemption for man - Jesus reconciling all things in Himself - reconciling us to God.
  • Renee on Genesis 11:4
    Did they know that God would scatter them about the world before it happened?
  • Susan Dalton on Jeremiah 23
    "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)

    "Hot short iron can be worked...sulfur contaminating ore can be removed..." Wikipedia

    Let God have His perfect work.
  • 1 BELIEVER on John 1
    Do we worship a God with some power or ALL power. Power to make the impossible possible. How can 3 be the same person? I serve the God who can make that happen. He is God, perfect, OMNIPRESENT, OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT. I just believe His Word Without question or caution, for I am persuaded. The word describes us as poor, wretched, lost, deaf, dumb, blind, lowdown rotten sinners. God is all knowledgeable when we are not. We will never understand the 100% make up and all the dynamics of God. He told us to believe Him, also believe the Son. The Son clearly proclaimed Himself as God on many of occasions. Revelations 1 , "THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST" He reveals His self. "I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA," that proclamation alone is clear enough for me! My friends, don't die and burn in the Lake of Fire FOREVER over foolishness. Believe the Word of God. He cannot lie.
    Respectfully, Raj Hayes 1 Believer
  • Jade's comment on 5/01/2012 brings an anomaly into my mind which has since I was a tiny boy, confounded me entirely. The "trinity" (Father, Son and Holy spirit/ghost) are impossibly one, in my mind. For while Jesus was on the stake, and died, the Father was above. While Jesus was in the womb, the Father certainly was not. And during creation, Jesus was God's first creation - and he sat at his right hand and heard his Father eventually say "Let us create man in our own image". The plural is way more than implied.

    I understand that God, the Father (YAWEH, Jehova) is "from everlasting to everlasting" and he created all that followed. I understand that his son Jesus about oncompleted a mission on earth - and endured the test of temptation from Satan in the wilderness for 40 days. Jesus had as much choice as anyone else to side with Satan and become powerful beyond dreams on Earth - but like Satan, would have fallen from his Father's grace.

    So please, could the pool of enlightened souls out there clear up this anomaly?
  • Evander Renner on Job 1
    Anytime I read about Job, I remember my late Uncle popularly known as Uncle Sam. My Uncle’s question was, do you think this Job story is true? And the answer I always gave him is, because the Bible is saying it, it is true. Uncles Sam main worry was, how can one exist on this earth without transgression (Job 1:1) even as the Psalms 51: 1, made it known to us that it was through sin did our mother conceive us.
    But what we need to note in this Psalms 51: 1, was prayer being offered to God by David, but Job 1:1 clearly indicates God testifying about Job being perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil . this tell us we can live on this earth without sinning against God and mankind, if we do what the Bible ask us to do, and do not what the Bible ask us not to do. We have the Holy Spirit to help us and with our determination, we can live a perfect life on this earth.
    Well God testify about your LIFE too? If the answer is yes, what will this/theses testimony be about? Thing about it!!!
  • Russell Cole on James 5:14
    My wife suffers from debnilitating back pain She worked as an emergency room nurse where she received the injury 20 yeqars ago. She has been unable to find relief. I have prayed that her pain would lessen or go away to no avail. Should I call upon the elders of the church for help?
  • Ann johnson on Revelation 18
    The way of Salvaion and to escape the destruction of this world system is found in Acts 2:37,38. The message delivered on the day of Pentecost is still the way in 2012. Have you obeyed? If not make haste. Don't let the doctrines of man deceive you; for there is no other name given than that of Jesus Christ. The Name whereby you must be saved not father,son, and HOLY GHOST. Jesus is the family name. He came in His Father's Name which is the excellent Name He received by inheritance. All honor to His Name.
  • Arobin99 on Daniel 7
    Why isn't Christ God? He was created with God's seed and Christ said I and my Father are one. Seems like that would make him God. The Bible says there are three that bear record in Heaven the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one. There are three that bear record on earth, the water, the spirit, and the Blood and these three agree in one. There are not three Persons. If you are married and you have a child then you are a father. If you are male you were born a son. You were also born with a spirit. God breathed Spirit of life into Adam. God said he is the God of Israel and there is none else beside him. I hope some some of you don't chock on all this meat. Most of you are probably still on milk. These are things Satan has hidden from people for years. Jesus is the God from heaven.He is the only body God has. It is a glorified body. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.
  • Naria on 1 Timothy 2
    It seems difficult ot believe that Jesus would rather a woman not preach than to save a person's soul through receiving the word of salvation from that woman. Also, it is because God gave us a brain that the Bible is open to interpretation. This is both a blessing and a curse, don't you think?
  • Bane on 1 John 5
    To TAKIRI. My regards. One of the best comments I have read here.
    Although the Holy Trinity is not occupying my mind I see it as a most powerful force in the universe, but interpretations I hear almost every day... I do not know, almost not worth listening.
    There is a part, I am free to say, that is not complete. It is about worshipping Jesus or even Mary. I think you are only partly right.
    Anyway, thank you and give more comments like this.
    P.S. What is the meaning of the term Christendom's Churches?
  • Takiri on 1 John 5
    A Theological Investigations, reputed Catholic scholar Karl Rahner states that “in
    St. John’s First Epistle ὁ θεός [“the God”] so often certainly means the Father that it must be understood of the Father throughout the Epistle.” Also, the French Protestant Bible du Centenaire concedes in a footnote that the Greek allows for a non-Trinitarian translation. Incidentally, it not be forgotten that, probably in the fourth century C.E., an overzealous Trinitarian Latin scribe added to 1 John 5:7 the words “the Father, the Word and the holy spirit; and these three are one.” This addition, known technically as the “Johannine Comma,” was protected by the Vatican until
    1927, in spite of the fact that even some Catholic scholars had raised doubts about its authenticity
    as early as the sixth century. This dishonest insertion shows the lengths to which Trinitarians will
    go in their efforts to prove their doctrine

    God’s Name and the Trinity
    Something that makes God very real to Jehovah’s Witnesses is their knowledge and regular use of his personal name, Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18) When a member of one of Christendom’s churches reads in his Bible the anonymous expression “the name of the Lord,” it means little or nothing to him. Similarly, when he prays “hallowed be thy name,” the chances are that he does not know what name he is praying about. Jehovah’s Witnesses know their God, they know his name and, like the psalmist and Jesus himself, they love their heavenly Father’s name.—Psalm 5:11, 12; John 12:28; 17:6, 26.
    Since God’s personal name appears literally thousands of times in the original-language Bible, why has it been expunged from many of Christendom’s Bible translations, and why is it never used by the hundreds of millions of Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant “Christians”? Could the dogma of the Trinity have anything to do with this most extraordinary religious fact?
    Interestingly, the Catholic Jerusalem Bible renders Deuteronomy 6:4: “Listen, Israel: Yahweh our God is the one Yahweh.” And a footnote, after giving another possible translation, states: “But it is more likely that we have here a declaration of monotheistic faith.” This, then, is the one God of whom Jesus, speaking as a Jew, stated: “We worship what we know.” (John 4:22) And this Catholic Bible admits that the name of that one God is Yahweh, or Jehovah. Now, according to Trinitarian theology, Yahweh, or Jehovah, is the name of the God of the Hebrew patriarchs and the Jews, the God whom Jesus came to reveal as “the Father,” or “God the Father.” It follows that for Trinitarians the divine name Yahweh, or Jehovah, designates only one of the supposed “Three Persons” of the “Godhead.” The “Second Person” has a name (Jesus), but the “Third Person” is the anonymous “Holy Spirit.” Christendom’s churches cannot logically use a name for God that does not designate the entire “Godhead.” So their members are condemned to worship a mysterious triune God that has no name.Yet, instinctively, many Catholics feel the need to worship someone they can know and name. This, no doubt, explains why many of them worship Jesus or even Mary. This same instinct to worship a God one can name is even reflected in religious architecture. In scores of Catholic chapels, churches and cathedrals in France and other countries, above the high altar or elsewhere there is a gilded, rayed nimbus representing divine glory. In the center is a triangle, symbolizing the Trinity. Paradoxically, inside the triangle is the Tetragrammaton, the four Hebrew consonants of God’s name, Jehovah. But how many Catholics today realize that it is God’s name?
    “One Lord, Jesus Christ”
    After having stated: “There is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him,” the apostle Paul added: “And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6) Jehovah’s Witnesses subscribe to that further statement. Jehovah, the Father, is the Source; Jesus, God’s “only-begotten son,” the “firstborn of all creation,” is the means by which the Father accomplishes His will.—John 1:2, 3, 14; Colossians 1:15, 16.
  • Mary Anne on Isaiah 13:13
    I wonder what "shake the heavens" means. I think of high winds, tornadoes, dust storms, stars falling (comets). What do others think?
  • Wohoooandplay on Jude 1
    I don't know about quiting calling the devil a liar but rather quit disputing with the devil in terms of the sinful worldly nature of the human condition. In other words don't try to understand and dispute the devil through reason in pursuit of some ulterior motive, as oppossed to godly reason and godly motivation. (vs 4 and 10). How do you do that? Keep steadfast with the way of christ. How do you do that? verse 19 and 20 and 21 describe how you must not remain "sensual" or rather distant from yourself (aka selfless) and that you must pray *in* not *to* the holy ghost. What does that mean? well for me that means detaching yourself and allowing god to manifest from within so you embody christ (sort of like what happens when you die and if you "accept" christ in you're life he magically steps in front of you're tainted being full of sins.) Others might interpret this in light of praying *to* christ and *accepting* christ meaning you think of him often and actively keep him close by. However there clarifying this closeness as being close with the bible rather than from *within*. Do you see my point? He's discussing the potential faults that naturally come with the nature of the bible and it's flexible interpretive quality. He's saying mere scripture isn't were all the authority is coming from you have to let the scripture of the bible or christ from within in order to truly dispute the devil from a godly position. check out vs 24. This is a big question. How do you communicate with god and how do you act through god? What is motivating you? Is being simply conversant with the scripture enough? What does it mean to be conversant with the scripture keeping in mind it's flexible interpretive nature? If those who wrote the scripture are said to embody the holy ghost then how are mere sinners supposed to interpret such transcended speech? Where does the authority lie? I propose through a transcended lens, one that has at least glimpsed and experienced the holy ghost not merely been conversant with scripture through the lens of the sinful "sensual" mind. "prayer in the holy ghost".
  • Sherly on Romans 1:25
    Repent From Any Dumb Idol! Fear The Lord!

    Deuteronomy 4:15-16 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,



    Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. 15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

    This truth revealed on 21 December 2006. With God’s help, the testimony and teachings about this written on eight tittles of Good News: 1. “Devil’s Deception Revealed, Revealing Truth”, 2. “Salvation Comes! Saved By Grace Through Faith”, 3. “The TRUTH Is Come, Kingdom Which Cannot Be Moved.”, 4. “The Faith Of Yeshua”, 5. “NOW GOD COMMANDETH ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT”, 6. “THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL, GOOD NEWS!”, 7. “JESUS CHRIST THE LORD”, 8. “I Am Not Sent But Unto The Lost Sheep Of Israel”

    God calls all people everywhere to repent. Here is the Word which hidden for centuries that revealed by God on 21 December 2006: Act 17:29-31 Forasmuch 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. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (This Word of God contains a secret wisdom about, the proof that verified the truth. JESUS’s Godhead, His death and His resurrection, and the truth of Him who raised Jesus up, all are proved, described in Good News "Devil's Deception Revealed, Revealing Truth", and "Salvation Comes! Saved By Grace Through Faith")

    Those who do not repent will get the sword of God (Described in good news: NOW GOD COMMANDETH ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT).

    Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

    Jeremiah 16:20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my is The LORD.

    Isaiah 42:8 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

    Isaiah 46:5; To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?

    John 5:23 ; That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

    Repent! Fear the Lord!

    In the name of Jesus Christ the Lord
  • Lisa on Genesis 5
  • Barry Stone on 2 Kings 8
    Did Hazael kill The King, Benhadad of Syria?
  • Bruce on Genesis 39
    The story of Joseph, similar to the story of Job, different situations. Both men were wealthy with earthly things and they loved the Lord. They both lost the earthly things, but still loved and trusted the Lord. In the end, both were rewarded. Their stories prepare us to be steadfast in our faith and to put our trust in the Lord, not to turn our backs on Him. For it is merely an act of satan, to test our faith in our God, trying to win us over during our times of turmoil. We praise God when things go well. But will we do the same when times are hard? Even if we believe that we did not bring our situations upon ourselves, through our thoughts, our deeds and our words.
  • Rhona on John 5:1
    were are the comments about John 5:1? I want to read them.
  • Chaz on John 1
    Whoa folks, remember that whatever is GOD must be all knowing and all powerful. Remember this logos created everthing that their was, God is a spirit,that spirit created and breathed the breath of life into u and me. If we recall, he confirms his absolute title in the 1st chapter of Rev did he not declare that he was the 1st and the last? Did not he declare himself as the Almighty? Did not IS 9:6 declare him as this son that would be given this child that would be born and that he would be called what? THE MIGHTY GOD, THE PRINCE OF PEACE! Their is no dought in my mind that he is who he declares himself to be. who he declares himself to be. Non other than the first and the last none other than the almighty!!!
  • Timothy Wayne George on 1 John 3
    We should love one another, and not be like Cain who was of the wicked one. He slew his brother, and wherefore did he slay his brother? Because his works were evil, and his brother's were righteous.
    This is the commandment, that we believe on his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as the commandment says.
    God loves us with an ever lasting love, and commended his love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. So let us not love in word only, but in deed. Praise God we love him because he first loved us. He has called us friends, and no greater love than this that he laid down his life for his friends.
  • RC on 1 John 5:7
    God does not contradict himself. Man contradicts God and it appears in history many times.

    In 1 John 5:7
    For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    In "heaven" but there are three
    there that bear record.

    8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

    In earth, there are three that "bear witness".

    Does man wish to contradict this witness and record?

    Many people only "believe" the Old Testament
    and think there are errors in the New Testament.

    Isaiah 29
    24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
    In Chapter 7 of Isaiah
    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    In Isaiah chapter 9
    6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    In Isaiah chapter 45
    5 I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else, [there is] no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

    6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that [there is] none beside me. I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else.

    15 Verily thou [art] a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

    In Luke, Chapter 2
    11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

    12 And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

    13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

    14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

    In Isaiah 55, it is told to us that God's ways are higher than our ways and God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. It is also told to us who God is.

    Isaiah 55
    8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

    9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    Isaiah 43
    11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour.


    12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when [there was] no strange [god] among you: therefore ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I [am] God.

    13 Yea, before the day [was] I [am] he; and [there is] none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

    14 Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry [is] in the ships.

    15 I [am] the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

    In John chapter 6
    45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

    46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

    We must get in agreement with God and not the other way around. There is plenty of examples in
    the Old Testament of what happens to man when he
    believes he knows better than GOD.

    With that in mind, John 1 clearly states
    in the NEW TESTAMENT.

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    2 The same was in the beginning with God.

    3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

    Coming back to 1 John chapter 5 we find
    5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

    7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    God's thoughts must be accepted as higher than our thoughts.
    1 John Chapter 5

    9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
    10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
    11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

    12 He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
  • Takirid on John 1
    Does Thomas exclamation at John 20:28 prove that Jesus is truly God? Thomas answered him,'My Lord and my God! There is no objection to reffering to Jesus as "God,"if this is what Thomas had in mind. Such would be in harmony with Jesus own quotation from the Psalms in which powerful men, judges, were addressed as "gods."(John 10:34,35,RS; Ps 82:1-6) Of course, Christ occupies a position far higher than such men. Because of the uniqueness of his position in relation to Jehovah, at John 1:1(NW)Jesus is referred as the only-begotten god. Isaiah 9:6(RS) also prophetically descibes Jesus as "Mighty God," but not as the Almighty God. All of this is in harmony with Jesus' being described as " a god," or "divine at John 1:1. The context help us to draw the right conclusion from this. Shortly before Jesus' death, Thomas had herd Jesus' prayer in which he addressed his father as "the only true God."(John17:3) After Jesus' resurrection Jesus had sent a message to his apostles, including Thomas, in which he had said: "I am my God and your God." (John 20:17,RS) After recording what Thomas said when he actually saw and touched the resurrected Christ, the apostle John stated: 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."(John 20:31,RS) So, if anyone has concluded from Thomas'exclamation that Jesus is himself "the only true God" or that Jesus is a Trinitarian "God the Son" he needs to look again at what Jesus himself said (vs.17) and at the conclusion that is clearly stated by the apostle John (vs.31).
  • Evang. Phillip Bitner on Genesis 1
    To Timothy Wayne George: Of course we see God at work here in Genesis, but we do not see a trinity because there is only God. Never once in scripture does God claim to be anything but God and God alone. Isaiah 44.6 .....I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God. If there were a trinity God would have said beside us there is no God. Since God cannot lie he said beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44.8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are my witnesses. Is there a God there beside me? yea there is no God; I know not any. Would God say he is the only one and lie if there were a trinity?

    God is not confused. He said; Genesis 1.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;....we, man are one. If God were a trinity and he created man in his image; then we would also be a trinity, otherwise we would not be in the image of God!
  • Takirid on John 1
    Does John 1:1 prove that Jesus is God

    John 1:1,RS:" In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God[also KJ,JB,Dy,Kx,NAB]" NE reads "what God was,the Word was." Mo says" the logos was divine." AT and Sd tell us "the Word was divine."The interlinear rendering of ED is a god was the word."NW reads the Word was a god";NTIV uses the same wording.
    What is it that these translators are seeing in the Greek text that moves some of them to refrain from saying "the Word was God"? The definite artical(the)appears before the first occurrence of theos'(God) but not before the second. The articular (when the artical appears) construction of the noun point to an identity, a personality, wheras a singular anarthrous (with out the artical) predicate noun before the verb (as the sentence is constructed in Greek) point to a quality about someone. So the text is not saying that the Word (Jesus)was the same as the God with whom he was but, rather,that the word was godlike,divine,a god. What did the Johm mean when he wrote John 1:1? Did he mean that Jesus is himslf god or perhaps that Jesus is one God with the Father? In the same chapter, verse 18, John wrote: "No one["no man ,"KJ,Dy]has ever seen God; the only son ["the only begotten god NW],Who is in the bosom of the Father,he has made known."(RS) Had any human seen Jesus Christ,the Son? Of course! So, then ,was John saying that Jesus was God? Obviously not. Towards the end of his Gospel,John summarized matters, saying: "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ[not God] the Son of God."-John 20:31.RS.

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