How can you believe that Jesus was God, or that God is a Trinity, when these are deceptive and misleading doctrines?

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The true wonder of the gospel is that YHWH/God was able to make a man that would listen to Him only. Jesus was not God, though. He was born as a man and had a beginning here on this earth. The Word of God is the seed of faith planted in a believer, and this seed was also planted in Mary. This is how Jesus, a MAN, could obey his Father, even unto death.

Trinity doctrine is unbiblical. It was made up by people not being led by the Spirit. I don't deny Jesus is our Lord and is on the throne of His Father. Jesus is exalted and glorified magnificently. But the whole picture of the Father and Son is really obliterated with Trinity doctrine, which is deceptive and misleading. More about this can be found at The Trinity Delusion site.

Tedís Response:

First of all, Jesus was unique in His capacity to withstand all temptation and remain sinless, even though He inherited a sin nature from his mother, a sinner. If Jesus had been incapable of sinning, Satan would not have expended the effort to tempt Him for forty days. Yet He, and only He of all living humans, had the capacity to overcome all temptation because of His perfect God nature and His inimitable ability to be guided by the Holy Spirit 100% of the time. No other human being ever has, is, or will be in that same category.

Had Jesus sinned even once, then He would not have qualified to be the perfect sacrifice for all the sins of humanity. The only One who could have overcome all sin was God Himself, and Jesus was/is the single, one and only physical manifestation of God. He is the one and only person begotten of a virgin by God (Matthew 1:18,20,21; John 3:16,18). Being that Jesus was a male, He had to have acquired from the Father a "Y" male chromosome, which was implanted supernaturally into Jesus' mother, Mary. This means that Jesus' human "maleness" was conferred upon Him by God the Father.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He and the Father were One (John 10:29,30); in fact, a prophetic Name of Jesus was "Everlasting Father" (Isaiah 9:6). Moreover, the Spirit of Christ or Spirit of God was/is the Holy Spirit because Jesus was/is the visible, bodily incarnation of the Holy Spirit. This Spirit dwells within believers (Romans 8:9,10) as well, but only because Jesus has asked the Father to send the Spirit to us (John 14:16,17,26). The Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit always have existed and will exist, not as three independent "Persons" but as One unified Being, who was and is God. Without a doubt, Jesus was God.

Furthermore. it was through Jesus that all things were created; He sustains everything, and He alone is heir of all things (John 1:3: Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 1:2,3), though He will share His inheritance with other children of God (Romans 8:17; Revelation 21:7). He was the "hands" (physical manifestation) of God, Who made the earth, created mankind upon it, and stretched out the heavens (Isaiah 45:11,12). Jesus, the Word, was with God the Father in the beginning (John 1:1,2; 1 John 1:1-3), and He has shared in the capacity of Creator and Sustainer of all things.

Jesus did not first come into existence when He was born as a human. Many Christians do not realize that Jesus/Yeshua is depicted throughout the Old Testament as the pre-incarnate corporeal manifestation or materialization of God. This was long before He was born as a human.

For instance, Yeshua was the Angel of the Lord, who was God. He revealed Himself to these, as well as to many others:

All of them understood that the Angel of the Lord was God. The Angel of the Lord, Yeshua, was the tangible, visible appearance of God that the Father allowed human eyes to see, since no one but Yeshua could see the Father and live. It was this same Angel, also known as God's "Presence," who led the Israelites to the land God had promised to them (Exodus 32:34, 33:14,15).

In addition, Ezekiel and Daniel saw Yeshua/God in the form of a brilliant, radiant, glowing, fiery "man" and fell face down before Him (Ezekiel 1:26-28; Daniel 10:5-9). These descriptions correspond to the descriptions of Him, the Son of God, that were given by John (Revelation 1:13-17, 2:18, 10:1).

For decades, I have read articles and seen programs by Messianic Jewish believers. Virtually all of them have said that they were raised not believing that Yeshua was the Messiah, much less God. However, they have come to a knowledge and acceptance of this truth through careful and insightful study of the ancient Hebrew text.

Hidden even within the configurations and patterns of Hebrew letters and words, but revealed to discerning eyes and minds, is very conspicuous and convincing evidence that Yeshua was the unique and distinct manifestation of God. This was centuries and even millennia before He was born of a virgin. Just one outstanding teacher of some of this amazing information is Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries.

Many teachers on God's Learning Channel, including Mark Biltz, continue to present this and other fascinating information about the embodiment of God's Word, Jesus (John 1:1,14). Their shows are streamed online for anyone to view.

There never has been another man like Jesus, Who is co-equal with the Father and with the Holy Spirit in being God. In essence, the Father is the "Mind" of God, the Holy Spirit is the "Soul" of God, and Jesus is the "Physical" incarnation or visible appearance of God. This, of course, is an oversimplification, since the elements of which God is composed are infinitely far above and more complex than the mind, soul, and body that make up each one of us, who were made in His image.

When God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness" (Genesis 1:26,27), He was referring to his multiple nature and integrated whole. At the same time, "The Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4). In this last verse, the word "one" in Hebrew is echad, which indicates a "unified one" (as opposed to yachid, which denotes an "only" or an "absolute numeric one," which the Father is).

Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord say, "Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?" (Isaiah 6:8). Here is the singular and multiple composition of God in one verse. Likewise, each of us is echad or one person with three attributes or natures, since we were made in the image of God. Our triune configuration merely is a reflection of His. In my online book, Chapter 6 on The Trinity and Triads provides many more details about all of this.

As for The Trinity Delusion site, I took the time to read about the author and also five of the articles written by him. I also watched his video. There was not one thing he has written that gave me pause to doubt the existence of the Trinity or my views about it. I absolutely do agree with him that God is not three "persons," an erroneous and misleading term that often is used by Trinitarians. The Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit are three manifestations or natures of the single Person of God. Furthermore, I do not doubt that God has many more facets or manifestations that are too complex for our simple mortal minds to comprehend and grasp. More information can be found in my Who Is God? commentary.

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