Ogre Gods

In the enjoy­able com­ment con­ver­sa­tion of A “Pro­gres­sive Chris­t­ian Blog”?, a fel­low by the nick­name of yes2truth made the judg­ment that I was bib­li­cal­ly igno­rant. Oh, and that I am, for there is far more still yet to learn from the pages of Scrip­ture than would have even been pos­si­ble to have already learned in my lifetime.

I vis­it­ed yes2truth’s web­site expect­ing typ­i­cal “I’m right; you’re all wrong” divi­sive­ness, as is often seen on, for exam­ple, fun­da­men­tal Bap­tist, KJV-only­ist web­sites (there are, praise the Lord, excep­tions; at one point in time, my site was one of them, but it was not one of the excep­tions). What I found when I got to his web­site, how­ev­er, was quite different. 

That isn’t to say the style of writ­ing isn’t the same, but he was­n’t just attempt­ing to enscrip­turate tra­di­tion, he bla­tant­ly denied the very nature of God, which I’m sor­ry to say calls into ques­tion not only every­thing he will ever preach while believ­ing in a false god, but can one be saved while deny­ing the God of the Bible?

Yes2truth presents the God of the Bible as a three-eyed “ogre god” (for the Trin­i­ty) or a one-eyed “ogre god” (for monothe­ism). This is a sad case indeed, and I will reply to his arti­cle point-by-point, with his text indent­ed and un-altered and my replies fol­low­ing each sec­tion. This is a seri­ous issue–a denial of one of the most fun­da­men­tal truths in the universe–so please for­give any­thing that seems to be a lapse in my patience. Sar­casm was the tool of both Paul and the Christ, and if I employ it here, please under­stand I am being noth­ing but scrip­tur­al in doing so.

You will not find the word ‘Trin­i­ty’ in The Holy Bible and pay no atten­tion to those who sup­port this papist rubbish.

The word “Eccle­si­astes” also is not found in the Bible, but it works as a title for the book. Like­wise, “Trin­i­ty” is the title giv­en to a spe­cif­ic teach­ing. The “Beau­ti­tudes” describe a pas­sage, as does the “Olivet Dis­course.” If I called the doc­trine of a six-days Cre­ation, well, “a six-days Cre­ation,” shall I be crit­i­cized for it? The title does not appear in Scrip­tures, but it is nonethe­less accu­rate.

To my read­ers I note that seem­ing­ly any­thing yes2truth dis­likes becomes “papist rub­bish.” I won­der what these things would have been before the papa­cy was cre­at­ed in the fourth cen­tu­ry? I also should­n’t have to men­tion to yes2truth that “papist” comes for a Latin word and, accord­ing to yes2truth in his com­ments on the afore­men­tioned entry, thus is part of the “Dev­il’s lan­guage.” He uses it any­way, and a bold move it is. Let’s see if it helps get his point across.

They often use the imma­ture lame duck excuse “you won’t find the term ‘Holy Bible’ in the Holy Bible either.” The issue here is that the trin­i­ty doc­trine is just that — a doc­trine, where­as the term Holy Bible is not, it is a title for the Canon of Holy Scrip­tures and offends no one.

Peo­ple were aston­ished at Jesus’ doc­trine, so why is it so com­mon for me to read or hear peo­ple say­ing that we should­n’t be so con­cerned with doc­trine? Or in this case, it reads as though doc­trine is a dis­dain­ful thing.

And of course “Holy Bible” offends no one… espe­cial­ly not the Mus­lims who die in the name of anoth­er holy book, nor the antichris­t­ian politi­cians who want all men­tion of any­thing “holy” shut out of soci­ety for fear of offend­ing the one or two open-mind­ed peo­ple who for­got to open up their minds. The very idea that the Bible is “holy” is divi­sive and dar­ing. With its use we declare the Scrip­tures to be pure from sin, false wit­ness, and imper­fec­tion. With its use, we declare that it stands above all oth­er doc­u­ments as being pure and sim­i­lar in nature to the Lord who inspired them: free from sin.

Fur­ther­more you will not find the word Monothe­ism in The Holy Bible either; anoth­er flawed doc­trine. Those in main­stream Chris­tian­i­ty who believe in these expres­sions of God are total­ly deceived. Metaphor­i­cal­ly, one — the trin­i­ty god, is an ogre god with three eyes and the oth­er — the mono god, is an ogre god with one eye and if you believe in a god that is like either of these then your belief is in vain.

The chal­lenge is made. The game is set. Here yes2truth appar­ent­ly search­es in vain for some bib­li­cal descrip­tions and comes up hor­ri­bly short; instead, he jumps into the realm of mythol­o­gy and pulls out “ogre.” It’s okay; it’s not in the Bible, but he can use it any­way. He isn’t us, after all. (Though to make it easy on him in the future, the cor­rect Bible word for a false god is “idol.”)

Deut 6:4. Hear, O Israel: The LORD (Eter­nal and self-exis­tent) our God (Elo­him [Hebrew] means plur­al) is one (uni­fied, unit­ed and num­ber one and none above) LORD (Eter­nal and self-existent):

Amen! Love that word of God!

The God­head has always been two who are uni­fied or unit­ed or at one with them­selves — in com­plete and total agree­ment; this is the True God­head, again, metaphor­i­cal­ly a God with two eyes (and would you believe we are made in their image!?).

Metaphor­i­cal descrip­tions are appar­ent­ly the foun­da­tion of his belief; he’s yet to give us a Scrip­ture that explicite­ly saves him from being labeled a Bible-rejecter. How­ev­er, I see his metaphor, and I see a god with two gods for eyes and this is sup­posed to be the image of a human with two eyes for eyes. Fas­ci­nat­ing. Let’s try a bet­ter comparison:

God is Father, Son, and Spir­it; man is spir­it, body, and soul. The soul acts as the inter­me­di­ary between the spir­it and body just as the Spir­it acts as an inter­me­di­ary of sorts with the Father and the Son.

They are not a tri­une of per­son­ages oth­er­wise Paul’s greet­ings to the Church­es in his let­ters would have includ­ed the Holy Spir­it with The Father and The Son in his greet­ings, but he did­n’t. Check the Scrip­tures for your­selves The Holy Spir­it is nev­er men­tioned in his greet­ings. Now if the Holy Spir­it was a per­son­age of the God­head do you think Paul would have omit­ted ‘His’ inclu­sion in those greetings?

It is a dan­ger­ous doc­trine the foun­da­tions of which are built upon the assump­tions of a man. “If A was true, then I think B should have hap­pened; if B did­n’t hap­pen, then A can’t be true.” Unfor­tu­nate­ly, God does not con­form to the expec­ta­tions of a man, and it is up to us to bend or to break to con­form to His expec­ta­tions for us.

Of course not, the Holy Spir­it was and is the Pow­er of the God­head and Paul knew this; he knew The Holy Spir­it is the Pow­er of the God­head, and not a person.

Blas­phe­mer. There, I said it. The Holy Spir­it is God. He can be noth­ing less. He is referred to as a per­son mul­ti­ple times. Note the repeat­ed use of per­son­al pro­nouns in ref­er­ence to the Holy Spir­it in John 14:16,17. A pow­er, force, influ­ence, or oth­er such imper­son­als are not “com­forters” and they are cer­tain­ly not a “he”!

Fur­ther, look at Acts 5:3,4. Could Ana­nias and Sap­phi­ra have lied to a pow­er, force, or spir­it? Or did they lie to the Holy Spir­it (v.3), who is almost imme­di­ate­ly called God (v.4). It is a strange thing to think that “the pow­er of God” is “God,” espe­cial­ly if it is sup­pos­ed­ly the “Holy Spir­it” which is not “God.” Not even a Vul­can could process that log­ic and not get a headache.

There is only one verse in The Holy Bible that states God is three in one — 1 John 5:7. This verse was added and you will not find it any orig­i­nal Greek writ­ing. So who added it? Sur­prise, sur­prise — The old whore of Baby­lon in Rome who else? The trin­i­ty doc­trine is just anoth­er Roman Catholic lie.

On the con­trary, the impres­sion I get in read­ing about 1 John 5:7 is that at one point it was placed there by a scribe as a mar­gin note–much as peo­ple take mar­gin notes today. How­ev­er, today are Bibles aren’t copied by oth­ers; we have pub­lish­ers to do that for us. Then, how­ev­er, scribes and oth­ers who want­ed a copy of the Scrip­tures for them­selves would have to copy by hand some­body else’s. Upon encoun­ter­ing mar­gin­al notes, a deci­sion would have to be made to include them or not–as some­times scribes would mis­tak­en­ly leave some­thing out and place it in the mar­gin rather than scrap the project (writ­ing mate­ri­als were more pre­cious then than now). Seem­ing like a log­i­cal piece of the text, some­one’s mar­gin­al note became part of the canon via sim­ple copy­ist mis­take. There was no grand con­spir­a­cy to invent a doc­trine, for as can be sim­ply shown, as above, the Holy Spir­it is a per­son, not a “pow­er” or “force.”

The first five books of the Bible are sup­posed to be The Lord’s work through Moses’ hand. I am hap­py with this teach­ing. No ordi­nary man, apart from Enoch, Noah, Abra­ham, the Patri­archs and the Prophets, could claim to know more about the nature of the God­head than Moses.

That is an inter­st­ing claim. Moses had an incom­plete rev­e­la­tion of God. He may have seen God per­son­al­ly, but to see God and to under­stand His nature are two sep­a­rate things. The Apos­tles, which are exclud­ed from your list, like­ly knew more about God than any pre­vi­ous men who had ever lived, sim­ply by virtue of the fact that they had not only the rev­e­la­tions of the past, but also the new rev­e­la­tions of the New Covenant to under­stand God by, rev­e­la­tions which opened the Old Tes­ta­ment and shed light where before there were but shad­ows of things to come.

So great was he in the Lord’s eyes, that at one point He would have destroyed all the Israelites and start­ed afresh through Moses [Exo­dus 32:10], such was God’s anger toward His way­ward peo­ple and such was His rela­tion­ship with Moses.

Don’t for­get Noah, whom God did start over through.

Moses and all the prophets would have known about the dual nature of the God­head. King David cer­tain­ly knew when he said “The Lord said to my Lord” Ps 110:1 The God­head is a dual­i­ty, and I know from the Judais­ers and Jews I have clashed with on var­i­ous forums that they say God is one or sin­gu­lar, only one, but as True Believ­ers we should know this is not true.

More assump­tions upon which to build such an impor­tant doc­trine. What if Moses and all the prophets only under­stood the uni­ty of God rather than the fact that uni­ty was com­prised of three per­sons? There is but a shad­ow of things to come in Old Tes­ta­ment rev­e­la­tion; to expect men then to under­stand those shad­ows is a tall order, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing they had no idea Mes­si­ah was to suf­fer and die for them, despite numer­ous proph­e­sies of the fact. Con­sid­er that the dis­ci­ples of Christ had no idea Christ would have to die despite being told the fact face to face.

You can­not take for grant­ed what peo­ple know. If the Bible does not tell us what they know, do not assume it. Your assump­tions are no bet­ter than mine, and they are a denial of the suf­fi­cien­cy of Scrip­ture if they are used to build reli­gious dogma.

As for Psalm 110:1, I see “LORD said to my Lord.” As you said ear­li­er, “LORD” is a plur­al noun. So we have “my [plur­al] said to my [sin­gu­lar].” Thus, there could eas­i­ly be three there, but both two and one are ruled out. Sor­ry ’bout that.

Oh, and “True Believ­ers”? What verse is that from? Or is that some­thing like “Trin­i­ty”? Either you’re okay with extra­bib­li­cal titles, or you are not. For hon­esty’s sake, be consistent.

There are only two deities; Our Father and Jesus Christ on the one hand and the god of this world (Satan) on the oth­er. The Father and the Son are uni­fied (The God­head does not change), so if we wor­ship Jesus, we wor­ship the Father too and this is the same God­head as wor­shipped by our fore­fa­thers — The Patri­archs and The Prophets.

Colos­sians 2:9 is the only place I can find “Deity” men­tioned, and it is in ref­er­ence to God alone. In the spir­it of stick­ing with the Bible, it should be point­ed out that you are apply­ing to Satan that which Scrip­ture alone ascribes to God. There is but only one Almighty God; any oth­er gods are not supreme, for they are either world­ly rulers, princes, mag­is­trates, or id

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