found 7 items matching 1 John 5.20
Does Everyone Believe in the Trinity [11 pages]
by Anthony Buzzard rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)
It is customary for students of the Bible to refer to Jesus as God and to insist that belief in a Trinity of three co-equal, co-eternal Persons in the One God is the hallmark of true faith. Many recognized Bible scholars do not think, however, that Jesus is called God, in a Trinitarian sense, in the Scriptures. Distinguished experts on the Bible, past and present, maintain that the doctrine of a Tri-personal God is nowhere taught in Scripture.
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).
Debate: Is God One or Three in One? [143:07]
by Sean Finnegan vs. Russ Dizdar rated at 3.3 (18 votes so far)
Sean Finnegan and Russ Dizdar participate in a debate over the question of who God is. Mr. Finnegan took the affirmative position that the Father is the only true God (cf. Jn 17.3) and Mr. Dizdar, took the traditional position that God is three persons in one essence--the Trinity. The tone was very civil and both sides were able to present their positions.
Unfortunately, the moderator, GeorgeAnn Hughes (founder of The Byte Show) was not able to participate very much because she was having some trouble with her voice. As a result, the participants had to keep track of their own time and took turns presenting their cases. The format of the debate was as follows:
20 minutes -- Sean Finnegan
20 minutes -- Russ Dizdar
15 minutes -- Sean Finnegan
15 minutes -- Russ Dizdar
Direct Question and Answers
approximately an hour
If you would like to get in on the discussion visit this blog entry.
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.”
Commentary on 1 Peter 1.11 [1 page]
by John Schoenheit, Mark Graeser, and John Lynn rated at 1.4 (6 votes so far)
The fact that this verse says the "spirit of Christ" was upon people in the Old Testament has caused people to believe that Christ himself was present in the Old Testament. But, as we will see, such is not the case.
Commentary on 1 John 5.20 [3 pages]
by John Schoenheit, Mark Graeser, and John Lynn rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
Many Trinitarians claim that the final sentence in the verse, "This is the true God," refers to Jesus Christ, since the closest noun to "This" is "Jesus Christ." However, since God and Jesus are both referred to in the first sentence of the verse, the final sentence can refer to either one of them. The word "this," which begins the last sentence, is houtos, and a study of it will show that the context, not the closest noun or pronoun, must determine to whom "this" is referring. The Bible provides examples of this
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.
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.