Busting Bible Myths 1 Did you know that the most commonly taught concept about God himself does not actually come from the Bible? Mainstream churches teach that God can be defined by the concept called “the Trinity”. The idea is that God is one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. However, the phrases “God the Son” and “God the Holy Spirit” literally never appear in the Bible. What is more, these notions are totally contrary to Bible teaching. Although anticipated all through the Old Testament, Jesus – God’s son – did not exist beyond a definite concept in God’s mind until he was physically conceived in Mary’s womb. Mary was told quite clearly how this would happen: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you…” (Luke 1 v35, NKJV). There is absolutely no mention of the idea of God transforming Himself in some way or that the being she would give birth to would be God Himself. In fact, quite categorically the angel went on, “…therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” (v35). Both Luke and Matthew – two of the four gospel writers – make it clear that Jesus was literally descended from the Old Testament characters, Abraham and King David (see Luke 3 v23-38 and Matthew 1 v1). To both of these great men of faith, God made amazing promises that one day a descendant of theirs would bring blessing to all families of the world and rule from David’s throne. If in fact the Lord Jesus was not actually, genetically, their descendant, this promise would have been, at best, a half-truth on God’s part – and it’s inconceivable that God would deal in half-truths. Jesus himself, contrary to the doctrine of the Trinity that the three beings are “co-equal”, stated clearly: “My Father is greater than I.” (John 14 v28). Hebrews tells us that Jesus “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4 v15). God, on the other hand, cannot be tempted (James 1 v13). Jesus’ whole purpose was “to save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1 v21) which he could only do by sharing our human nature, struggling against the temptation to sin that comes with it, and ultimately destroying it on the cross. To make Jesus God at best denigrates this tremendous victory to a hollow, foregone conclusion and at worst makes Jesus’ sacrifice nothing more than a false sham. It leaves us without human nature actually defeated and without a “merciful and faithful High Priest” (Hebrews 2 v17-18). Let us worship God “in spirit and in truth” (John 4 v24) for His great gift of His wonderful Son, the Lord Jesus. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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