Thursday, May 3, 2018

Let’s discuss the term “godhead”

I keep seeing the term "godhead" cropping up all over the place these days. "Godhead" reminds me of the Baptist idea that "God is three persons" - which I find ludicrous because Scripture tells us that "God" is a Spirit (Genesis 1; Exodus 31:1; Judges 3:10; Jeremiah 23:23–24; 1 Samuel 10:10; Joshua 3:10; Psalm 139:7; John 3:5, 4:24, 14:17; Romans 8:26-30; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, 12:3-12).

The only part of the "trinity" concept that was a "person" was Y'shua! The Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) is not now, nor ever was a "person" because there's no way for a "person" to reside within a human being....

The ONLY reason some are pushing the "godhead" and "trinity" idea is because King James ADDED a line to make it seem as though John was defining the Father, Son and Spirit as three separate beings in one. Take a look:

1 John 5: 6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. (KJV)

But a more careful look reveals something strange. All the other versions completely omit everything after the word "heaven" in verse 7. For instance check out the NIV: 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. This is TOTALLY different from the KJV...

Here is a footnote from the NIV referencing 1 John 5:7-8:

"Late manuscripts of the Vulgate testify in heaven, the Father, the Word and Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that testify in earth--not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century."

This shows that both verses are late additions. Obviously, 5:7 is an addition post-397 CE, after the Council of Carthage and 5:8 is so late as to be meaningless. This is true because trinity was never, and is not, an original Biblical doctrine. It was a formulation of Constantine, Eusebius and others.

Here is the same passage from 1 John 5 translated directly from the Aramaic:

1 John 5: 6. This is he who came by the water and the blood. Y'shua the Mashiyach; not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit testifies; because the Spirit is truth. 7. (Verse 7 is nonexistent in the Eastern Peshitta!) 8. And there are three witnesses, the Spirit and the water, and the blood: and these three are in union. (AENT)

The bottom line is: Trinity is wrong on many levels. It is NOT found anywhere in Scripture! The only acceptable form of "Godhead" in Scripture might be found in Isaiah 53:1 which says: "to whom has the arm of YHWH been revealed?" This is clearly not a trinity of three separate beings (or persons), because the arm is not a separate entity from the rest of the body and has no independent will.

The "arm" moves only with the power and control from the mind. In the same way YHWH's nature is manifest as an occurrence within the Son that is separate but side-by-side with his human nature. These two natures then communicate with one another; thus explaining why Y'shua is not talking to himself when he prays to his Father.

This fact is also why sometimes Y'shua says things like, "My teaching is not my own" and "I can do nothing without my Father" on the one hand but on the other he says, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father" and "I and my Father are one of the same."

This indicates a 100 percent divine nature that exists in a 100 percent human soul and flesh, where one or the other talks through Y'shua. But the human is subject to the divine (again, "Not my will...") which is the only way the Scripture cannot be broken. It is not trinity but neither does this deny the divine aspects in Y'shua himself. It is also the real meaning behind, "No one comes to the Father but by me." See also John 5:26. (Reference sources, Aramaic English New Testament and The Refiner’s Fire website.)

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