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Who or What is the Holy Spirit?  [12 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.0 (11 votes so far)

Sean Finnegan surveys both Old and New Testaments in an effort to understand the holy spirit free from the straitjacket of trinitarian dogma.

Incarnation of the Word  [83:04]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)

What does John 1.14 mean? Who or What is the Word and what does it mean for the Word to become flesh?

Scholars Speak on Titus 2.13  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)

Frances Young and Jason David BeDuhn explain how Titus 2:13 should be translated. In particular BeDuhn debunks "Sharp's Rule" showing that this "rule" is no more than bias read into the grammar.

Is Jesus Both God and Man?  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)

The dual nature of Jesus trick is used to get Trintarians out of trouble every time the Scripture conflicts with their theory. Yet, is it possible to be both God and Man at the same time? Is there such a thing as impersonal humanity? What does the Bible say?

Jesus Confirmed the Shema  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)

[Fact 1] All Jews believe that God is one [Fact 2] Jesus is a Jew [Fact 3] Jesus explicitly confirmed that God is one [Conclusion] Followers of Jesus should believe God is one not three.

Only the Father is God  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.5 (9 votes so far)

According to John 17.3 & 1 Corinthians 8.6 there is only one God: the Father. This simple definition of God, although called heresy by most Christians, seems to be the most biblically accurate. Read this article to find out why.

Worship the True God (Jeremiah 10.1-16)  [49:21]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)

Yahweh is the living, powerful, wise, genius creator at whose wrath the nations tremble. He is the one who controls the waters, clouds, lightning, rain, wind. He is great, powerful, and to be feared. He is the inheritance of Godís people. Worship God, he is worthy. Truth matters! Our current cultural climate devalues truth saying that being nice is all that matters...Iím sure there were many nice idol worshipers, but God was still offended at such behavior as we can see over and over in the Scriptures. Truth matters. Love matters. Letís do both, and not just fall into the mold set for us by our culture.

Isaiah 9.6: The Birth of the Royal Heir  [37:08]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.4 (9 votes so far)

A detailed exegesis of Isaiah 9.6 in light of its immediate context. Is Jesus prophesied to be the mighty God or is he being spoken of as the mighty God's supreme representative?

A Very Short Explanation of Titus 2.13  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.9 (7 votes so far)

Is Jesus "God our savior" is there a translation issue at stake in Titus 2:13?

The Socinian Movement  [40:30]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 4.0 (3 votes so far)

Learn about the Italian, Polish, and Hungarian unitarian groups of the 16th and 17th centuries. Find out how they started under Faustus Socinus, Peter Gonesius, and Ferenc David. Derive inspiration from their courageous stand against persecution in a tumultuous political time.

Unitarian Trailblazers  [59:50]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 4.0 (3 votes so far)

Learn about the biblical unitarian trailblazers of the 1500s, including Claude of Savoy, Adam Pastor, and Michael Servetus. Discover how they fearlessly tried to convert Martin Luther and John Calvin. Hear about their heroic lives and, in the case of Servetus, tragic death.

Scholars Speak on Romans 9.5  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)

J. Schneider describes how Romans 9.5 may be translated and the likelihood that Paul is not really calling Jesus God here.

Jesus Could have Sinned but Overcame  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)

God cannot sin nor is He tempted with evil. Jesus was tempted by Satan but through his reliance on God and the Scriptures he overcame.

A Very Short Explanation of Philippians 2.6  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)

Is Jesus in very nature God or is he in the form/image of God?

Scholars Speak on 2 Peter 1.1  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)

Patrick Navas explains 2 Peter 1:1 and Titus 2:13, describing the ways this verse can be translated.

Questioning the Trinity on Message Boards  [62:56]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)

Sean has been excommunicated from three message boards for questioning the trinity. Hear about his experience and see what we are up against!

A Very Short Explanation of John 1.1, 14  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.9 (8 votes so far)

What is the "word" in John 1:1? Is it the creative utterance of God found in Genesis 1:1 or the pre-existing Son of God?

The Holy Spirit and Translation Bias (2)  [56:05]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)

Sean Finnegan builds on part one and works through the five primary texts used to prove the personality of the holy spirit on grammatical grounds (John 14.26; 15.26; 16.13; Ephesians 1.14; 1 John 5.7). Next he explains how to understand the spirit based on the whole of the Biblical data and concludes it cannot and should not be locked in the straightjacket of trinitarian dogma. Notes available at http://www.christianmonotheism.com/media/text/Sean%20Finnegan%20--%20Translating%20the%20Holy%20Spirit%202.pdf

Five Major Problems with the Trinity  [65:29]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.6 (16 votes so far)

Why are so many Bible-believing Christians coming to question and abandon the Trinity in favor of more scriptural approaches to understanding God? Listen to this audio and hear five of the many major problems with the Trinity.

The Trinity Defined and Refuted  [73:25]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.5 (16 votes so far)

Sean Finnegan describes and refutes the belief of three persons in one godhead including a systematic brief treatment of their co-equal, co-eternal, co-essential nature, and the hypostatic union. Does the Trinity make sense? Is the dogma biblical? Join this tour de force through early Church history and the relevant theological constructs of Christianity's most controversial doctrine.

Elohim: What Does the Word God Mean?  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.6 (7 votes so far)

It may be shocking to learn that the word 'God' was much more flexible at the time of the writing of the Bible than it is today. In fact, Moses, Satan, and the Judges of Israel were all given the divine title, yet no one felt the need to construct philosophically nuanced redefinitions of who God is.

A Very Short Explanation of Isaiah 9.6  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.6 (7 votes so far)

Here Jesus is called "Mighty God" not because he shares in the nature or being of God, but because he represents God.

Jesus is My Lord and My God (John 20.28)  [65:06]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.4 (15 votes so far)

As biblical unitarians we believe that "Jesus is God," however we do not affirm that Jesus is deity. How is this possible? In the Bible, humans are sometimes called "God." This is because they represent God to the people (either well or poorly). When Jesus is called "God" twice in the New Testament it is because he is authorized as God's agent, not because he is himself divine. Listen or read this item to expose yourself to a thorough and well documented approach to two of the most difficult verses in the New Testament (John 20.28 and Hebrews 1.8).

A Very Short Explanation of John 8.58  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.9 (7 votes so far)

Is Jesus the "I Am" of Exodus who met Moses at the burning bush? If he is then so is the blind man in John 9.9 since he used the same exact phrase as Jesus in John 8.58.

The Shema: The Creed of Jesus  [47:10]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.2 (13 votes so far)

The central creed of the Old Testament is that Yahweh our God is one. Jesus held this as his creed and so should we today. The Trinity is an affront to biblical monotheism and seeks to change the 'one' into 'three.' This is not an option if we want to be like Jesus who said that the Father is the only true God

God and Jesus: An Overview  [46:54]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.2 (13 votes so far)

The Bible teaches that Yahweh alone is the true God. Yahweh is a singular individual who created all things. Jesus is the human Messiah, virginally begotten and commissioned by God to rule the world. This brief overview of the two main individuals in the Bible clarifies the true identity of God and Jesus. To download the slide show that accompanies this sermon, click here.

Let Us Make Man: A Study of the "Us Texts"  [42:55]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 3.1 (12 votes so far)

Who was God talking to in Genesis 1.26; 3.21; 11.7; Isaiah 6.8? Should these four texts be used to support the notion that within God are multiple persons? Sean Finnegan demonstrates conclusively that this is simply not the case. Through careful examination of relevant passages and by quoting leading trinitarian study Bibles one simple conclusion emerges: God says "us" in the same sense that "us" is used in any other context--he refers to himself and others (members of his heavenly court).

Should Jesus be Worshiped?  [8 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.6 (10 votes so far)

The Bible emphatically teaches that Yahweh alone should be worshiped. However there are many times when people worshiped Jesus in the Gospels. Yet we know that Jesus is not Yahweh (Psalm 110.1). How do we resolve this dilemma?

The Holy Spirit and Translation Bias (1)  [48:42]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.6 (9 votes so far)

Sean Finnegan points out several Scriptures where translators intentionally altered the Bible in order to make it fit their traditional doctrine about the holy spirit. Notes available at http://www.christianmonotheism.com/media/text/Sean%20Finnegan%20--%20Translating%20the%20Holy%20Spirit%201.pdf

Commentary on 1 Timothy 3.16  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.6 (9 votes so far)

1 Tim. 3:16 is analyzed in detail with reference to standard scholarly resources in order to determine whether or not the text originally read "God was manifested in the flesh" or "He who was manifested in the flesh." The latter reading is defended.

God is Immortal, Jesus Died  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)

By definition, immortality is the state of being not able to die. If God is immortal then He can't die. Yet Jesus had to die for the sins of the world. So if Jesus is God then he could not have really paid for the sins of the world, because he could not have really died.

Jesus has a God  [3 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)

Jesus says the words 'my God' several times in Scripture. Thus, Jesus has a God, one that He worships. If Jesus has a God, then can he be God? Does the Father ever call Jesus, 'my God?' Join Sean Finnegan as he surveys the texts in which Jesus says 'my God.'

Commentary on 1 John 5.7-8  [2 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)

Which is the original Greek text for 1 John 5:7-8?

1 John 5:7-8 [KJV] 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.

OR

1 John 5:7-8 [NASB] 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

This article explains when and why the mysterious addition (known as the comma Johanneum) came to be in the most influential version in English history--the KJV.

Should We Worship Jesus?  [59:27]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)

Sean Finnegan begins by affirming, along with 1 Timothy 2.5, that the Father is the only God before delving into the question of worshiping Jesus. He covers the basic vocabulary of worship, various acts of worship, standard objections to worshiping Jesus, and limitations on that worship. In the end he concludes that Jesus should be worshiped because God has ordained it to be so, but this is not idolatry because God receives glory when Jesus is worshiped.

A Very Short Explanation of Matthew 28.19  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Is Matthew 28.19 the earliest teaching on the Trinity?

A Very Short Explanation of Micah 5.2  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Did Jesus exist from eternity or is a Hebrew idiom employed in Micah 5:2?

A Very Short Explanation of Romans 9.5  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Is Paul calling Jesus God or is he praising the Father in Romans 9:5?

Jesus had a Beginning  [4 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Did Jesus have a beginning? Has he always existed? Read this article to get an understanding of the 'begotten' texts. It may surprise you to discover that the Bible teaches.

Scholars Speak on John 1.18  [2 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Brief excerpts from biblical schoalrs J.A.T. Robinson, Bart D. Ehrman, and Timothy Paul Jones explaining John 1.18. Which manuscript tradition is better--"only begotten Son" or "only begotten God"?

Scholars Speak on 1 John 5.20  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Does this text call Jesus "the true God and eternal life"? J.E. Huthe, Glen W. Barker, and John W. Stott comment on the best interpretation of this text.

A Very Short Explanation of John 20.28  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Thomas calls Jesus "God" because he is God's supreme agent who represents God to us.

A Very Short Explanation of John 17.5, 24  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Jesus had glory stored up with God before he was born. God loved Jesus even before he was born.

Scholars Speak on Acts 20.28  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Whose blood is referred to in this verse: God's or Jesus'? Raymond Brown briefly explains the possibilities.

Scholars Speak on 2 Thessalonians 1.12  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Is Jesus called God in 2 Thessalonians 1:12? Raymond Brown comments on the options.

A Short Explanation to Titus 2.13  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

This verse could be translated two different ways. The way the NASB translates it implies that Christ Jesus is "our great God and Savior." Though this translation is very popular some scholars have criticized it and prefer the rendering found in the NAB and the KJV "...the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ."

A Very Short Explanation of Hebrews 1.8  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

The key to understanding Hebrews 1:8 is to recognize that it is a quotation from Psalm 45:6-7 where the king of Israel is called "God" in a representational sense.

A Short Explanation to John 1.1, 14  [1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

What is the word in John 1.1? This question is best answered by looking at the 42 books of the Bible which preceded the Gospel of John rather than reading later extra-biblical logos Christology into the Bible.

A Very Short Explanation of Jesus' Miracles  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Although Jesus did amazing miracles, it was not because he was God, but because God was at work within him.

Some Thoughts on Isaiah 9:6  [2 pages]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Many people have seen this verse as the proof-text of Jesus' divinity in the Old Testament. Even though this verse has traditionally been argued in this direction, Christian thinkers are now starting to break new ground by taking into consideration the historical context of the prophecy. One resource that has discovered a new understanding of this verse is the NET Bible (New English Translation). Remarkably this Trinitarian study Bible contains stunning insights into what Isaiah 9.6 is really saying.

A Very Short Explanation of John 1.18  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Is Jesus called the only begotten God or the only begotten Son? It depends on which translation you read. Read this super short introduction to the manuscript variations on John 1:18

A Very Short Explanation of John 5.18  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Did Jesus came to be God? His Jewish opponents thought so, but should we take their word for it or listen to Jesus' response a verse later?

A Very Short Explanation of John 10.30  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Jesus and the Father are one in the task of caring for their sheep, not one in substance.

A Very Short Explanation of John 12.41  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Was John referring to the vision of Isaiah 6 or was he referring to the glory of Isaiah 52-53?

A Very Short Explanation of Matthew 1.23  [<1 page]
by Sean Finnegan rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Jesus is Immanuel, which means "God is with us." This does not mean Jesus is God, but that Jesus' birth signifies the fact that God is with us; he has not abandoned his people.



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books

These books, written by people from diverse backgrounds, express the simple truth that God is one. Some of them are more scholary while others are more autobiographical. In addition, a few of them are available to read online. If you would like more in depth treatment of christian monotheism, these books are the next step to take. Note: if you know of other books, not listed here, please leave us feedback.

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