Bible reality check
Christian assertion: "God's Name is Jesus."
The Creator's Name is YHWH (Yahweh), not "Lord" or "God" which are merely titles; and His Son's Name is Yeshua which means "YHWH is Salvation" (see Matthew 1:1, 16, 21). YHWH is Spirit (Genesis 1:2). The Son was a human who had a Divine qnoma (nature) which is why He was able to be ONE with His Father. The Son was sent to temporarily "put a face on God" while teaching the Israelites Torah according to what YHWH had commanded (as opposed to what the Rabbis and Pharisees had been twisting it into). Yeshua then martyred Himself as our final SIN sacrifice, thus taking away the need for us to kill innocent animals to atone for our sins. He never said He came to abolish YHWH's Torah or to change anything YHWH ever said. He came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and do everything the Father told Him to do:
(NOTE: Our use of the term "martyr" is intentional because traditional Jews love to point out that "G-d never required human sacrifice!" Well, Y'shua wasn't a "human sacrifice" because nobody "sacrificed" Him. He was a Divine Sacrifice who willingly went to the cross/stake. As a human being, He had the choice to obey YHWH or not. As we see time and time again, He CHOSE to obey. He KNEW who He was....)
Exodus 3: 13 Moshe said to God, "Look, when I appear before the people of Isra'el and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you'; and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?" 14 God said to Moshe, "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be]," and added, "Here is what to say to the people of Isra'el: 'Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.'" 15 God said further to Moshe, "Say this to the people of Isra'el: 'Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh , the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz'chak and the God of Ya'akov, has sent me to you.'This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.
YHWH is Spirit (Genesis 1:2). The Son was a human who had a Divine qnoma (nature) which is why He was able to be YHWH ONE with YHWH. The Son was sent to temporarily "put a face on God" while teaching the Israelites Torah according to what YHWH had commanded (as opposed to what the Rabbis and Pharisees had been twisting it into). Yeshua then martyred Himself as our final SIN sacrifice, thus taking away the need for us to kill innocent animals to atone for our sins. He never said He came to abolish YHWH's Torah or to change anything YHWH ever said. He came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and do everything the Father told Him to do:
Deuteronomy 18: 15 "ADONAI will raise up for you a prophet like me from among yourselves, from your own kinsmen. You are to pay attention to him, 16 just as when you were assembled at Horev and requested ADONAI your God, 'Don't let me hear the voice of ADONAI my God any more, or let me see this great fire ever again; if I do, I will die!' 17 On that occasion ADONAI said to me, 'They are right in what they are saying. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him.
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8: 1. And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
Yeshua Himself said He came to do HIS FATHER's will; not His own!
John 6: 35. Y'shua said to them, I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will not hunger. And whoever believes in me will not ever thirst. 36. But I have said to you that you have seen me, and you do not believe. 37. All who my Father has given to me will come, and whoever comes not to me I will cast outside! 38. For I came down from heaven, not to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent me. 39. And this is His will, that of Him who sent me, that all that He has given to me I do not lose even one. 40. For this is the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in Him, will have life that is eternal. And I will raise him up on the last day. (Aramaic English New Testament)
Christian assertion: The Law/Torah (God's original divine teaching/instruction) was only for "the Jews"....
No, it wasn't. Adam and Eve, to whom He gave His first rules weren't Jews, and neither were Cain and Abel who offered the first sin sacrifices. And Noah, who also was not a Jew, knew the difference between "clean and unclean" animals (Genesis 4:3-5) - yet they were all Torah observant! "Torah" is Hebrew for YHWH's "Divine Instructions in Righteousness"...Without Torah, we would have NO bluepprint for moral, holy living!
There were no Jews until Jacob gave birth to his son Judah in Genesis 29 (one of the twelve tribes, the tribe who carried on YHWH's Torah), where the term "Jew" comes from. Our patriarchs are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - none of whom were "Jews" (see Gen. 17; 25; 27 and 28; Matthew 1:2). The Tribe of Judah produced King David, and David's family produced Messiah Yeshua - and they actually were Jews.
It is important to note that Abraham was from the line of Adam, not Cain (see Genesis 5) and that he "called on the Name of YHWH" (Genesis 12:8; 13:4 and 13:18) which means he was obedient to YHWH's commands/Torah. In Genesis 12:1 something huge happens as YHWH tells Abraham to get out of his country (he was a Chaldean), away from his relatives and his father's house. From that point forth, Abraham became a "Hebrew" (which in Hebrew means "to cross over" - remember Abraham crossed over both spiritually and physically when he left his own country; see Genesis 14:13). YHWH then made a promise to Abraham:
Genesis 12: 1 Now ADONAI said to Avram, "Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
Christian assertion: The Jews were God's Chosen but, due to their disobedience, they've been replaced by the church.
YHWH made Covenants with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were His Chosen - not necessarily "the Jews." They were called "Hebrews." (See above.) Furthermore, YHWH made His NEW COVENANT with the Torah observant Houses of Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 31:32); not with the Christians, Muslims, or anyone else....Through His grace and mercy, Gentiles are grafted in to the Olive Tree/Israel (Romans 11). And God told Israel: "I give you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah"> (Proverbs 4:2). Paul reiterated this when he said: Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law. (Romans 3:31)
The term "Jews" has become a universal and general term denoting anyone from Israel who believes in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Again, there were no "Jews" until Jacob, from whom came the tribe of Judah. The patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (see Gen. 17; 25; 27 and 28; Matthew 1:2) weren't "Jews"; they were Hebrews - meaning they obeyed God's "DOs" and "DON'Ts." (Everyone up until then did, including Cain and Abel who offered sin sacrifices, and Noah who knew the difference between "clean and unclean" - and they weren't "Jews"!) The Tribe of Judah (the Jews) produced King David, and David's family produced Messiah Yeshua (whom Christians call Jesus).
If it hadn't been for God's CHOSEN being scattered into the nations (Ezekiel 36:19) who were ultimately referred to as "Jews," YHWH would have remained the best-kept secret of tiny, little Israel, and the rest of the world would still be writhing in Paganism. One cannot condemn those Jews who are not yet Believers in Messiah because God hasn't opened their spiritual eyes, yet. They are, however, Torah observant believers in YHWH, which brings them a lot closer to God than any Christian who ignores God's original divine teachings in favor of Sun-day worship and paganistic "holidays." Harsh words? Yes, but we are living in the end times as outlined in the Bible, and time is short. "Jew-bashing" (perpetrated by "white supremacists" and their ilk), is NOT the way to please God! The Bible tells us that anyone who goes up against them in any way will suffer His wrath:
Genesis 12: 3 "... I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
Deuteronomy 7: 6 For you are a people set apart as holy for ADONAI your God. ADONAI your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his own unique treasure. 7 ADONAI didn't set his heart on you or choose you because you numbered more than any other people - on the contrary, you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 Rather, it was because ADONAI loved you, and because he wanted to keep the oath which he had sworn to your ancestors, that ADONAI brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from a life of slavery under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Christian assertion: Jesus came to proclaim the Gospel.
Actually, Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom of God:
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
So did Paul:
Acts 28: 23. And they appointed him a day; and many assembled, and came to him at his lodgings. And he explained to them respecting the Kingdom of Elohim, testifying and persuading them concerning Y'shua, out of the Torah of Moshe, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
Check out Luke 10:25 and ask yourself: Did Yeshua "preach the Gospel" or point that person to "the cross" here? Read in context, you can see He referred the man to Torah.
Luke 10: 25. And behold a certain scribe arose to tempt him and said, "What teacher must I do to inherit life that is eternal?" 26. And Y'shua said to him, In Torah, how is it written? How do you read it? 27. And he answered and said to him, to love Master YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself. (see Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18) 28. Y'shua said to him, You have said it correctly, do this and you will live.
Did Yeshua preach the Gospel or talk about "the cross" when another man asked him the same question?
Luke 18: 18. And one of the leaders asked him and said to him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit to life that is eternal. 19. Y'shua said to him, Why do you call me good? There is no one good except one Elohim. 20. Know the Commandments, you do not kill and do not commit adultery and do not steal and do not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother. 21. He said to him, "All these things I have kept them from my youth." 22. But when Y'shua heard these things, he said to him, One thing is lacking in you. Go sell everything that you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come after me. 23. But when he heard these things he was sad, for he was very wealthy. 24. And when Y'shua saw that he felt sad, he said, How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter into the Kingdom of Elohim! 25. Because it is easier for a rope that it enter through the eye of a needle than a rich man enter into the Kingdom of Elohim.
What did Aquila and Priscilla show a teacher who spoke eloquently in the synagogue. "The cross"? The "Gospel"? NO! They showed him the way of YHWH! Everything Yeshua did and said reflected back on the will and the way of YHWH!
Acts 18: 24. And a certain Jewish man from Alexandria named Apollos, who was trained to eloquence, and well taught in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25. He had been instructed in the ways of Master YHWH, and was fervent in spirit; and he discoursed and taught fully respecting Y'shua, while yet he knew nothing except the immersion of Yochanan. 26. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. And when Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him to their house, and fully showed him the way of Master YHWH.
And what did Yeshua do when confronted and tempted by Satan (Matthew 4)? He quoted not Himself but from Torah - His Father's Divine Instructions!
Matthew 4: 1. Then Y'shua was taken by the Ruach haKodesh to the desert to be tempted by the accuser. 2. And he fasted forty days and forty nights and after which he hungered. 3. And approached he that was tempting and said to him "if you are the son of Elohim, say to these rocks become bread," 4. and he answered and said, It is written that the Son of man does not live by bread alone, but by all the Words1 that proceed from the mouth of YHWH. 5. Then the accuser 2 took him to the Set Apart city and raised him upon the edge of the temple3, 6. and said to him, "If you are the son of Elohim, cast yourself down for it is written that his Messengers he commands concerning you, and upon their hands they will bear you up that your foot should not strike upon a rock." 7. Y'shua said to him, Again it is written that you will not test Master YHWH your Elohim. 8. Again the accuser took him to (a) mountain that (was) very high and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, 9. and said to him, "These all I will give to you if you will fall (and) worship me." 10. Then Y'shua said to him Leave enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve. 11. Then the accuser left him alone and behold, Messengers approached and were ministering to him.
Footnotes from Aramaic English New Testament:
1 Y'shua declares that he himself, along with all of mankind, is required to live by the "Words" of YHWH, and that the Commandments Y'shua teaches are in fact YHWH's Commandments from Torah. However, Greek/English translators inserted the title Kurios/Lord, for both YHWH and Y'shua, rather than using original Names. Christian theologians then began teaching the fallacy that their "New Testaments" were the "new" Word, or new "Commandments of Y'shua" that replaced the original Word of YHWH, which is Torah. See John 8:36 (47); 12:48-50; 13:34; 14:10-21; 1 John 2:3-8; 2 John 1:5,6.
2 Khabouris has Akelqarza as one word (as does 8:11) whereas 1905 uses the separated spelling Akel Qarza. There is no difference in meaning; the 1905 spelling convention is preferred. This is the general rule that will be followed, including 4:19 where 1905 combines benayanash whereas Khabouris separates them. Matthew 6:1 reverses these choices on this phrase proving either form interchangeable.
3 A dark foreshadowing of the martyrdom of Ya'akov HaTsaddiq (James the Just) brother of Y'shua. Ya'akov, who routinely prayed at the Temple to ask YHWH's forgiveness for the sins of his people, was highly regarded for his meekness, devotion and service to the Jewish people. It was said that Ya'akov had camel's knees because he very often prayed while on his knees. He was ultimately thrown off the top of the Temple by demonized religious fanatics because of his allegiance to Y'shua Mashiyach. Ya'akov taught that Y'shua is the Arm of YHWH revealed, and he refused to renounce his belief in Y'shua Mashiyach. Origen criticized Josephus for attributing the fall of Jerusalem to the martyrdom of Ya'akov, rather than to Y'shua.
So, while Yeshua's death, burial, and resurrection are an important part of the Good News, it's not the whole story! God isn't just in the business of "saving" people; as Creator and law giver, He is in the business of teaching us how to be good subjects in His Kingdom to come! If "Jesus abolished Torah at the cross" then why was EVERY believer completely Torah observant for one hundred years after Yeshua's death, including the Apostle Paul who was "caught" being Torah observant 29 years after Yeshua's death (Acts 21:23-24)! Was Paul a hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another; or were his teachings, perhaps, misunderstood?
Christian assertion: Christians don't have to be Torah observant!
YHWH said that everyone who believes in Him must be Torah observant. He said it in FOUR different ways in the following scripture:
Numbers 15: 13 "'Everyone who is native-born must do these things in this way when he brings an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 14 For the generations to come, whenever an alien or anyone else living among you presents an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, he must do exactly as you do. 15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the alien shall be the same before the LORD: 16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you.'"
Christian assertion: Jesus abolished the Law.
MAN, not God, decided that God's original DIVINE Instructions in Righteousness (without which we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living) were suddenly nullified at the cross. That makes no sense, because Yeshua was our Final sin Sacrifice, not someone who came to abolish His Father's rules! (Do parents have different rules for their natural and adopted children? Of course not! Neither does God....)
Messiah Yeshua taught us by personal Example how to please YHWH and be Torah obedient. ALL believers in Messiah Yeshua (and, consequently, YHWH) have to be Torah observant - and we are told we ALL will keep the Sabbath and the Feasts when He returns.
Yeshua has so far fulfilled the first FOUR of the SEVEN Biblical Feasts. He never authorized man to come up with their own "holy days." He kept the Seventh Day Sabbath (which is a sign between God and man) and the Biblical Feasts EXACTLY as the Father commanded.
Exodus 31: 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you."
Exodus 31: 16 "Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"
Isaiah 66: 22 "As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure. 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me," says the LORD. 24 "And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind."
God is very adamant about Torah observance:
Ezekiel 20: 10 "So I took them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. 11 "I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live. 12 "Also I gave them My sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.
Yeshua, who was completely Torah observant, even said He did NOT come to abolish His Father's Torah:
Matthew 5: 17 Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah - not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot (words/commands) and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P'rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Has everything happened that must happen? Have heaven and Earth passed away yet? Since when does the word "complete" (or "fulfill) mean "abolished"? Why would God abolish His own original divine teachings which He said were to last forever? Did Jesus come to make a liar out of YHWH, God the Father?
Please read Torah simplified.
For those who refuse to be Torah observant because they feel it is "inconvenient" or hard to do in an age where stores are open 24/7 and concentrate on pagan "holy days" such as Christmas and Easter, one has to pose the question: "Whom do you wish to worship, YHWH or Satan?" And who CARES what "the world" thinks! We cannot presume to be worshipping YHWH when our worship is filled with paganism. We either do it HIS way, or stop telling people we are worshiping Him....
Christian assertion: Our Sabbath is Sunday, in part, because Paul held church on Sunday!
You won't find anything in the Scriptures that references the changing of the Sabbath to Sunday. It's no secret that Jew haters like Constantine and Tertullian "adjusted" Yeshua's teachings and the writings of the Apostles; but, no matter who instituted Sunday worship, in Yeshua's time, both Jews and Gentiles alike, regularly attended the synagogue for worship on the seventh day!
And the fact that interested Gentiles in Antioch requested further instruction of Paul "on the next Sabbath" is irrefutable evidence that no separate Sunday (1st day) meetings were being held there by those early Christians: The Gentiles were willing to wait an entire week, till the next Saturday, for a meeting because they knew that Paul and his companions did not normally meet for worship on a Sunday. Acts 13:42-44 tells us that, on the next Sabbath (Saturday) almost the whole city arrived for the meeting.
Some insist that Acts 20:7 reveals Sunday worship, but this is not true. Fact is, Jewish believers in Yeshua continued meeting at synagogue (or the Temple) for Sabbath. Common practice would be havdallah - meeting in homes after sundown on Saturday to continue discussions and praise from the Sabbath, which explains Paul "preaching until midnight" in Acts 20:7. The first day of the week for Jews (like Paul) began at sundown at the end of the Sabbath - Saturday evening - not "Sunday."
Furthermore, the fact is, neither the Father nor the Son has ever claimed the first day as His own in any higher sense than He has each or any of the other laboring days. Neither of them has ever placed any blessing upon it, or attached any sanctity to it. The Bible tells us God expressly reserved the seventh day to Himself, placing His blessing upon it, and claimed it as His holy day. (Genesis 2:1-3.) Moses told Israel in the wilderness of Sin of the sixth day of the week, "Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord." Exodus 16:23. (Please see Sabbath Truth and The True Sabbath Day.)
Christian assertion: God is a Trinity!
"Trinity" was made up by King James (explanation in the block below). You won't find "trinity" anywhere in the Bible, yet Christians insist "God is three Persons!"
YHWH is ONE - Echad - the plural form of one (as in one BUNCH of grapes, or one DOZEN eggs as opposed to one grape or one egg); He is not "several" beings and the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) is not a "person". (How could "the person of the Holy Spirit" get inside another person - it doesn't even make sense!) God can present Himself to us in whatever form He wishes and we have no right to suggest He is anything except what the Scriptures have revealed.
Here is a simple explanation of YHWH:
Imagine a fiber optics lamp with thousands of tiny tubes emanating light. Note that these tubes are connected to one single Base. YHWH can be likened to the Base of that lamp, which is the actual Power or Source. The little tubes are all a part of that Power because they're connected to the Base. Yeshua, the Son who came to be our Final SIN Sacrifice, can be likened to one of those tubes. As the ONLY "aspect" of God that ever had a Name, Yeshua was still only ONE aspect of YHWH, eternally connected to YHWH; and He was a "divine"/perfect human being while He walked the Earth. That does not mean that while Yeshua walked the Earth, YHWH was no longer in charge of the universe; Yeshua isn’t the “Base” – YHWH is! The “Base” controls everything and everything is dependent upon that Base.
How YHWH chooses to reveal Himself to us is up to Him, but we cannot limit Him by insisting He is a "trinity" or "persons" because YHWH (God) is a Spirit; we cannot even look upon Him without dying. His Son Yeshua was here in HUMAN form (not to replace YHWH, but to walk out His Will) and to "put a face on God" (so to speak) and to show us how to worship and obey Him through Torah.
The Holy Spirit (Ruach haKodesh in Hebrew) the "still small voice that guides us" once we have accepted YHWH as our God and Yeshua as our Sin Sacrifice. The Ruach is also known as bat kol, or "daughter of a voice." (For instance, when your parents die, their memory stays with you and will nudge you to remember not to touch that hot stove or you'll get burned, or not to tell a lie, or not to hurt animals, etc. The Ruach is "that small, still voice" from God that nudges you to know right from wrong, good from evil - according to God's Torah. The Ruach is not a "person" with a separate personality but, rather, the voice of YHWH speaking directly to us.)
YHWH has revealed Himself to us in MANY ways, including speaking to Moses through a "burning bush"; as "pillars of cloud and fire" to the Israelites in the desert for 40 years; as "a man" to Jacob when He broke Jacob's thigh (Gen. 32:24-32); "three men" to Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre; and He even talked through a donkey! So, to call Him a "trinity" or "persons" is like putting Him in a box to limit Him. The term "trinity" cannot be found in the Bible - anywhere; that is because YHWH never told us He was "three persons" in One! He is echad - which is Hebrew for the plural form of "one" such as "one DOZEN" eggs (as opposed to one egg), or "one BUNCH" of grapes, as opposed to one grape.
Yeshua was a man, sent by YHWH, who was born and then died. God cannot do either of those things. God "just is." The only reason Yeshua could claim to be ONE with the Father is because he came from the Father who gave him his Divine Nature - that which caused Him to be perfect enough to be our Final SIN Sacrifice. Yeshua wasn't sent to replace YHWH or change His Divine Instructions (Torah) to mankind.
From the Aramaic English New Testament, with footnotes:
Matthew 28: 19. Go therefore make disciples of all nations, and immerse them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Ruach haKodesh.
FOOTNOTE: Aramaic has "name" – singular – which does not support the traditional trinity theology. Ruach haKodesh is a title for YHWH, see Isaiah 63:1-11; Psalm 51:1-11. The Son has his Father’s Name within him and the Father keeps His people in His Name; John 17:11.
1 Corinthians 4: 6. These things, my Brothers, I have stated concerning the person of myself and of Apollos, for your sakes; that, in us, you might learn not to think (of men), above what is written; and that no one might exalt himself in comparison with his fellow, on account of any person.
FOOTNOTE: "Person", or in Aramaic parsopa, which can be translated also as "face" or "presence." This is a critical term; had the Christian theology of "the Trinity" been correct, we would see this word used in connection with a "Godhead." However, this is never the case; nowhere is this found in all of the original NT. Instead, the word used is qnoma, which is defined as an occurrence of a nature, retaining the same core substance of that nature. As such, you may have three qnomeh, but only ONE divine nature. When we understand this, the relationship between Father and Son becomes understood more like the relationship of limbs of a body to the mind (Exodus 6:6, Isaiah 53:1). Limbs are directed according the will of the mind. The divine side of the Son is not separate from YHWH; "he" is the arm of YHWH, and the Word that YHWH directed (spoke) to create the universe.
You can glean some excellent information in our article about the myth of the "trinity". People tend to forget that YHWH has also revealed Himself as a burning bush, pillars of cloud and fire, three men at the Oaks of Mamre, and He even spoke through a donkey BEFORE Yeshua ever came onto the scene. That's more than just three emanations of God, if you choose to "get technical" about it.
Christian assertion: The King James Version is infallible and the ONLY Bible we should follow!
Bible versions are a matter of preference, but for those who like to insist that the King James is infallible and/or perfect, here are some eye-opening facts:
- Acts 12 is totally rendered useless because of King James' use of the word "Easter." There was no "Easter" prior to Yeshua's death and no one went to Jerusalem to celebrate this pagan "holiday"! "Easter" is a man-made "holiday" complete with the lie/myth of an egg-laying rabbit that has nothing, whatsoever to do with the actual resurrection, nor is it one of YHWH's Appointed Times. It is a pagan holiday and would therefore not have been mentioned in Scripture as something YHWH's people went into Jerusalem to celebrate.
Acts 12: 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
- King James (in Leviticus 12:8, 15:29 and Numbers 6:10) erroneously mistranslated the SLANG word for "TURTLE DOVES" (as sin sacrifices) from the original Aramaic, using the word, "turtles" instead. The problem is "turtles" could NOT POSSIBLY be used as sin sacrifices because they're not kosher!
Leviticus 12: 8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.
Leviticus 15: 29 And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 6: 10 And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Now here's a real kicker: Christians attempt to use to prove the Trinity through King James' version of I John 5:7-8 (show in the King James version below) - because it seems as though John was defining the Father, Son and Spirit as three separate beings in one. But a more careful look reveals something strange. All the other versions completely omit everything after the word "heaven" in verse 7. Here's the King James version:
I John 5: 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.
Below is the the same scripture from the Aramaic English New Testament:, with footnote:
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.
FOOTNOTE to 1 John 5: The fact is that this line was inserted under the authority of Constantine to promote the Trinity doctrine. It does not exist in the Peshitta nor the oldest Greek manuscripts of Aleph, A, B and the Vulgate. Christo-Paganism which originated before Constantine taught that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are numerically three separate beings, but yet "all the same" is a blatant violation of the First and Second Commandments (see Sh'mot/Exodus 20:1-6).
So what's the big deal?
Obviously King James added the line! 1 John 5:7-8 according to NIV says in the footnote: "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. Verse 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. Both Aramaic scholar Andrew Gabriel Roth (AENT) and Dr. George M. Lamsa deal with it from the Aramaic side. The 1998 re-issue of his NT (not the 1940 one that Harper still sells) restored his original notes and he says in these places "Carried over from the King James Version."
King James apparently did the same thing with Acts 21:25 - take a look:
25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
The Apostle Paul never wrote the words in red! The things that were written in bold typeface are Torah commands outlined in Exodus 20:3, Leviticus 7:26/17:2,22:8, and Deuteronomy 14:21; however, the phrase in in red seems to contradict YHWH's commands, suggesting Christians don't have to do them. This scripture should read, according to the Aramaic English New Testament translated from Aramaic into English by Andrew Gabriel Roth:
Acts 21: 25. "As to those of the Gentiles who have believed, we have written, that they should keep themselves from (an idol’s) sacrifice, and from sexual sin, and from what is strangled, and from blood."
Christian assertion: Jesus is God and He died for us!
So, remember, God cannot be born, nor can He die. Yeshua, the SON, did both. This SHOWS that He did not come as YHWH's replacement! Yet what made Him "divine" was the fact that He had a divine qnoma (Nature). You can view the relationship in John 5 as outlined in the Aramaic English New Testament (AENT) shown below:
John 5: 16. And because of this, the Yehudeans were persecuting Y'shua and were seeking to kill him because of these things he would do on the Shabbat. 17. But he, Y'shua, said to them, My Father works until now, I also work. 18. And because of this the Yehudeans were seeking all the more to kill him, not only because he had loosed > the Shabbat, but also concerning that he would say that his Father was Elohim and was equating  himself with Elohim. 19. But Y'shua answered and said to them, Amen, amen I say to you that the Son is not able to do anything by his desire, but what he sees the things that the Father does. For these things that the Father does, the Son also likewise does. 20. For the Father loves the Son and everything that he does he shows to him. And greater than these works He will show him so that you will marvel. 21. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, likewise also the Son will make alive to those whom he desires. 22. For the Father does not judge man, rather all judgment he has given to the Son. 23. So that every man may honor the Son as he honors the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
24. Amen, amen: I say to you that whoever hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has life that is eternal, and does not come into judgment but has passed  from death into life. 25. Amen, amen I say to you that the hour is coming, even now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Elohim, and those who hear will live. 26. For as to the Father, there is life in his Qnoma . 27. And He gave him authority to also execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. 28. Do not marvel at this for the hour is coming when all those who are in the grave will hear his voice! 29. And those who have done good things will go forth to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil things to the resurrection of judgment. 30. I am not able to do anything of my desire, but as I hear I judge and my judgment is just, for I don't seek my will, rather the will of Him who sent me. 31. If I bear witness concerning myself, my testimony is not true. 32. Another is he who bears witness concerning me. And I know that his testimony that he testifies concerning me is true. 33. Yochanan was sent to you and he testified concerning the truth. 34. And I did not receive testimony from man; rather I say these things that you may live. 35. That man was a lamp that shone and brought light, and you desired to boast for an hour in his light.
36. But I have a testimony that is greater than that of Yochanan. For the works that my Father has given to me to complete them, those works that I do, testify concerning me that the Father has sent me. 37. And the Father who sent me testifies concerning me. You have never heard His voice, nor have you seen His appearance. 38. And His Word does not dwell in you because you do not believe in him whom He sent. 39. Search the Scriptures, because in them you think you have that life that is eternal, and they testify concerning me. 40. And you do not desire to come to me, that you may have that life that is eternal. 41. I do not receive praise from the sons of men. 42. But I know you that the love of Elohim is not there in you! 43. I have come in the name of my Father, and you have not received me. Yet, if another should come in his own name, you will receive him. 44. How are you able to believe, who receive praise from one to another, and yet the One that is from Elohim you do not seek? 45. Why do you think that I will accuse you before the Father? There is one who accuses you, Moshe, he in whom you hope! 46. For if only you had believed in Moshe, you would also be believers in me, for Moshe wrote concerning me. 47. And, if you do not believe the writings of that man, how will you believe my words?
 Y'shua did not break the Shabbat according to Torah; rather, he restored the observance of Shabbat as YHWH intended, without the burden of religious tradition. In so doing, the traditions of the Pharisees had been violated, but certainly not the Torah of Moshe.
 To consider oneself "equal" to YHWH is a very serious matter. Y'shua spoke of himself as being about his Father's business, of coming in his Father's Name; he spoke and taught with authority and performed healings which made him a formidable opponent to religious tradition. The charge here of Y'shua making himself equal to YHWH is simply Pharisee tradition projecting itself onto Y'shua. The Ruach haKodesh in Mashiyach is "equal" to YHWH, but the Pharisees supposed that Y'shua and his followers equated his humanity with YHWH; they didn't understand Isaiah 11:1-2, that Mashiyach has the Ruach haKodesh (another name for YHWH-Psalm 51:1-11, Isaiah 63:1-11) within him. YHWH spoke through the Spirit of Mashiyach, rather than through his human component! Y'shua maintained that his nefesh (soul) would die, but that YHWH would resurrect it! Y'shua believed his own nefesh was mortal. Zechariah 12:10 the Spirit of YHWH is "pierced" but they mourn for him (Y'shua) as an only begotten son. YHWH cannot literally be "pierced"; therefore, this refers to Mashiyach who has the Spirit of YHWH in him. The matter of the Father raising the dead is confirmed in verse 21, but we also see in this verse that the Son takes on the role of His Father as His Firstborn, for both Resurrection Power and Judgment.
 Literally, "He has removed himself." (PY)
 Qnoma literally means, "Underlying substance." (PY)
 All form of science and religion has a "Messiah" and "priesthood." A "name" carries authority, or "branding" just as a university awards degrees in its "name". Honor and recognition by the faculty or "priesthood" extends the use of the "name" to its "disciples." Y'shua comes in his Father's Name; mankind struggles to distinguish the Name of YHWH, versus the name of man.
Christian assertion: The Jews killed Jesus!
Really? Actually, our SIN killed Him. But, let's investigate WHO did what to whom. First, lets check Luke 23 which tells us: 27. "A multitude of people was coming after him, and women who were wailing and mourning for him."
Yeshua was talking about MANKIND, not just "the Jews." A "multitude" includes many and diverse people who were among the crowd that day. Yes, it was Jewish Pharisees who initiated His death, but Pilate had the power to say NO! - but he didn't. When they arrested Yeshua, it wasn't the Jews, but the Gentiles who spat upon and flogged Him. And WHO actually drove the nails into His hands? Gentiles!
By the way: Contrary to popular belief, "Jesus" did not come to redeem the whole world full of unbelieving Gentiles, but rather, He came only for the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24). But guess what: As believers YOU are part of Israel! As such, you must learn to understand what Torah is....
Yeshua died for ALL who would believe on His shed blood. If He had NOT died, and the Jews had NOT been scattered into the world, then the world would NEVER have heard of YHWH or Yeshua! The world was full of Gentiles (the Hebrew word was GOYIM which originally meant pagans/heathens - those who were Torahless) who had made up their own gods until the WORD was introduced to them! Gentiles aren't "good" by nature anymore than the Jews are "good" by nature. MAN, in general, is born into a sinful word.
Torah wasn't just meant for "the Jews." It was meant for ANYONE who believes in YHWH, as shown in Numbers 15:13-16 where God says 4 times that those who believe in Him MUST do EXACTLY as the Torah observant Hebrews. He even says, "16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you.'" (Some versions use "stranger" instead of alien.)
Christian assertion: Our Jesus was so beautiful to behold!
Nice idea, but totally wrong! Every picture of Him depicts Him as a good-looking, very often a "blond adonis". But no one in two thousand years has ever actually seen Him, so these illustrations make ALL representations of Him nothing but human fabrication!) Scriptures tell us otherwise:
Isaiah 53: 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry round. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
YHWH sent His Son Yeshua not as some "adonis" for women to swoon over or men to envy; but, rather, He sent His Son at that "just right" time and place (before cameras, videos or voice recorders) because, as the Bible tells us, He wasn't very good looking - and many people (especially in our carnal, arrogant, superficial and pretentious world today where "looks" have become an idol) might not have followed Him simply because of his ethnicity, appearance, color of His eyes, skin, etc.