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Is the Spirit a Person in John 14.16?  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)

In John 14:16, 18 notice what Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another [allos] helper, to be with you forever / I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you.” At Matthew 28:20 Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the ages.” It is through the coming of this promised helper, the holy spirit, that Jesus comes to them and remains with them (although he is physically absent), hence the use of allos. As said before, the holy spirit is reflective of Personality, in this case, that of Jesus Christ.

The Creation of Jesus in Colossians 1.16  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)

Jesus existed within the plan of God “before” the creation, and the plan of creation existed “in” him, and came into being “through” him, though he did not personally “create” the universe. As a reward for his faithfulness, God planned on giving him full control over creation, so in this way it was created “for” him. -- 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Peter 1:19, 20

Does 1 John 5.20 Call Jesus God?  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)

Through this substitution we can see that the correct antecedent of the phrase “This is the true God and eternal life” is the Father. At John 17:1, 3 Jesus prayed, “Father,... this is eternal LIFE, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Scriptural Study on the Trinity  [20 pages]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

A thorough examination of many key concepts and verses commonly used to support the doctrine of the Trinity.

Jesus and God Share Many Titles  [2 pages]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Jesus shares titles with God. Among these are “King of kings, and Lord of lords,” and “Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.” The Bible calls Jesus our Savior and says that besides God there is no Savior. (Acts 5:31; Isaiah 43:11) Also, there are passages of Scripture which are applied to God in the Hebrew Scriptures, yet applied to Jesus in the New Testament.

Jesus Is Emmanuel  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Emmanuel means "God with us." The historical context is the key to unlocking the meaning of this name.

Shoul We Pray to and Worship Jesus?  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Should Christians pray to Jesus? Should we worship him? If we do, does that mean he is God?

Is Jesus Called Yahweh in Romans 10.13?  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Joel 2:32 was also quoted by Peter at Acts 2:21 while preaching to Jews who had not accepted Jesus as the Christ (Messiah). Unlike Peter, Paul was not addressing unbelievers, but Roman Christians. They already understood that ‘calling upon the name of the Lord’ God included accepting Jesus as Lord and Christ. Jesus said that “no one comes to the Father, but by me.” Therefore, one has to call upon Jesus (the name means Yahweh Saves) to call upon Yahweh God. So while there appears to be a blurring of the scriptural application in Romans 10:13, there is no warrant for trinitarian conclusions. -- John 14:6

Acts 5.3 and the Holy Spirit  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Jesus called the holy spirit the “finger of God;” so the holy spirit is God’s instrument of activity, and the Bible associates God’s spirit with His power. Therefore, the holy spirit should not be regarded as a person, whether as part of a trinity or as a totally separate person; but it is reflective of Personality, and that Personality is God (the Father).

Acts 13.1-5 and the Holy Spirit  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Here the holy spirit is being used as a means of communication by the Lord. I might say, ‘The radio said that there is going to be rain today.’ Do you conclude from this that the radio is a person? Or that a person is utilizing this mode of communication?

Understanding Matthew 28.19  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

That there are a Father, and Son, and holy spirit, we do not contest. That there is an important relationship between Them, we do not contest. But that this relationship is trinitarian, we do contest.

Does the Spirit Have a Will in 1 Corinthians 12.11?  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

The holy spirit is reflective of Personality, and that Personality can be the Father’s or the Son’s. This principle applies in every context used to prove personality of the holy spirit.

Jesus Was in the Form of God  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

If Paul meant to say that Jesus was God in Philippians 2:6 he could have simply written that Jesus ‘was God,’ and omitted the phrase ‘in the form of.’ What did Paul mean by this expression?

Do Titus 2.13 and 2 Peter 1.1 Call Jesus God?  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

In Titus 3:4 he is called the “Goodness and Loving-kindness of God, our Savior.” In 2 Peter 1:1 he is called the “Righteousness of our God, and Savior.” So in these passages Jesus is not being called God.

Jesus Is Called My Lord and My God  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

If God can call human judges who were supposed to act as His representatives “gods” without meaning it literally, why couldn’t Thomas call the one who has been appointed as God’s representative to judge all the earth “God” without meaning it literally?

Echad and "Compound Unity"  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

A brief examination of the claim that "one" (Hebrew: echad) can mean "compound unity."

Why Does the Bible Call Jesus God?  [2 pages]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Although Jesus is called God in the Bible, so were Moses and the judges of Israel. Join Jay Dicken as he unravels this mystery, showing that God's representatives can sometimes be called "God."

How Can Jesus' Death Save Us If He Is not God?  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

The value of Christ's sacrifice lay in his human nature. So to insist that Jesus had to be God for his sacrifice to have value flies in the face of Paul's writings. If it is within the purposes of God to provide salvation by His Son, how can we whose thoughts are beneath His thoughts question and challenge His way of doing things?

Didn't Christ Do Things Only God Can Do?  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

God has the right, the authority, and the ability to endow anyone whom He chooses with those attributes that He wants him to have.

Did Jesus Claim to Be God?  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

In John 5.18 and John 10.38, the Jews thought Jesus was claiming equality with God, but they were wrong. Jesus was calling God “his own Father;” he was not claiming to be God.

Elohim and Genesis 1.26  [2 pages]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

It is true that in a few verses the first-person plural pronoun is used, but in the vast majority of verses the first-person singular pronoun is used, even though its antecedent is plural! This is a significant grammatical anomaly. To whom might God be talking at Genesis 1:26?

Seeing Jesus Is Seeing the Father  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

In John 14.9 Jesus says "He who has seen me has seen the Father." What did he mean by this enigmatic statement?

Did Jesus Call Himself the "I Am?"  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Was Jesus applying the title I AM to himself? Interestingly, someone other than Jesus uses this exact same Greek phrase only ten verses later. At John 9:9 a man whom Jesus had healed also says “I am.” [ego eimi] Should we conclude that this man is part of a triune God? Certainly not, so the simple statement I am does not prove deity.

Did Jesus Claim to Be the "I Am" in John 18.6?  [1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

To understand why those who came to arrest Jesus drew back and fell to the ground, we must discern what they expected might happen when they encountered Jesus.

Jesus Is Called God in Hebrews 1.8   [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

The key to understanding this verse is to recognize it is a quote from Psalm 45.6 where it refers to a king of Israel.

Masculine Pronouns and the Holy Spirit in John  [< 1 page]
by Jay Dicken rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)

Some foreign languages have what is called grammatical gender, which has nothing to do with personality or sexual gender. For example, in Spanish the word mesa means table and is feminine. But this does not mean that they regard it as a person or as female. The same is true for Bible Greek and Hebrew.



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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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