found 20 items matching 1 Corinthians 8.6
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.
First-Century Christians: One God [22:49]
by Terry M. Ferrell rated at 1.6 (6 votes so far)
There have been many centuries of Hellenistic constraints on Christianity, and many councils and creeds since the days of the early apostles. But exactly what did the early followers of Jesus believe? Though most "orthodox" Christians believe in a trinity, was that concept really taught and believed in the early church? What about the "Shema?" What about the simple unity of God? Is our basis of belief on the word of God, or has it been formulated throughout the history of the church? In today's message, we examine the one God of the Hebrew scriptures and what the early church professed about their God and his Son. Mark 12:28-34; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Isaiah 44:6; 2 Timothy 3:16
Shaliah: An Introduction to the Law of Agency [15 pages]
by Raymond James Essoe rated at 2.7 (10 votes so far)
A common feature of the Hebrew Scriptures is the concept (some even call it the "law") of Jewish agency. All Old Testament scholars and commentators recognize that in Jewish custom whenever a superior commissioned an agent to act on his behalf, the agent was regarded as the person himself. Without this understanding we may unintentionally misread texts that refer to Jesus as God.
Debate: Unitarian vs. Trinitarian [117:52]
by Sean Finnegan vs. Brant Bosserman rated at 3.8 (30 votes so far)
Presented by Brant Bosserman and Sean Finnegan at the One God Conference, in Seattle, WA on June 1st 2008. The debate was over whether God is a single individual (the Father of Jesus) or if he is a Trinity (three persons in one essence). The debate followed this format:
Introduction by Ken Westby and Tom Bosserman [10 min]
Sean's Opening Statement [20 min]
Brant's Opening Statement [20 min]
Sean's Rebuttal [15 min]
Brant's Rebuttal [15 min]
Sean Cross-Examine Brant [10 min]
Brant Cross-Examine Sean [10 min]
Sean's Closing Statement [5 min]
Brant's Closing Statement [5 min]
The discussion was lively and considerate and I thank Brant for his willingness to engage us on this issue. Unfortunately the recording has some microphone interference during the concluding statements but most of what was said can be understood. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The Doctrine of God and Christ [52:40]
by Steve Katsaras rated at 2.0 (7 votes so far)
Citing more than 60 verses, Steve Katsaras of Australia thoroughly explains the biblical doctrines of God and Christ before telling the story of how these truths were corrupted in the ecumenical counsels of the fourth and fifth centuries.
Yahweh is one, not two or three, and there is no God besides him. The Bible uses singular pronouns in reference to God thousands upon thousands of time, a fact that clearly teaches God is a singular individual. This one God is the eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent creator of heaven and earth.
Jesus is the human mediator who called God his Father. Jesus had a beginning in time and is the miraculously born son of God. Jesus recognized his Father as the only true God who was his superior. Jesus admitted to possessing limited knowledge; he was a mortal man who experienced temptation, hunger, thirst, weariness, suffering, death, and resurrection.
The doctrines of God and Christ mutated over time and continued to develop in new and unbiblical ways after the New Testament was written. Steve talks about the first four ecumenical counsels (Nicea in a.d. 325, Constantinople in a.d. 381, Ephesus in a.d. 431, and Chalcedon in a.d. 451) to demonstrate how these doctrines evolved over time.
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.
Who is Jesus? (Booklet) [25 pages]
by Anthony Buzzard rated at 3.9 (20 votes so far)
It is a striking fact that Jesus never referred to himself as "God." Equally remarkable is the New Testament's use of the word "God"--in Greek ho theos--to refer to the Father alone, some 1325 times. In sharp contrast, Jesus is called "god" in a handful of texts only--perhaps no more than two. Why this impressive difference in New Testament usage, when so many seem to think that Jesus is no less "God" than his Father?
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.
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
Proud of our God [67:46]
by Victor Gluckin rated at 3.2 (13 votes so far)
An honest appeal for zealousness in understanding and proclaiming our one God to the nations. Let us not cower nor be lifted up with pride, but with compassion preach with boldness that God is a singular individual--the Father of Jesus Christ.
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?
Debate: James White vs. Patrick Navas [189:50]
by Patric Navas vs. James White rated at 2.6 (11 votes so far)
I recently listened to Patrick Navas' debate against James White over whether or not Jesus is God. The specific debate topic was: “The deity of Christ is taught in the following texts or families of texts: John 12:41 (cf. Isa. 6 and 53), 1 Cor. 8:5-6, Heb. 1, Col. 1:15-17, and the 'I am' statements of Jesus (John 8:24/58, 13:19, 18:5-6).” Navas argued for a one-God position whereas White defended the doctrine of the Trinity. These two are among the best advocates of their respective positions.
James White is the Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries and the author of The Forgotten Trinity. White has debate dozens of people on many subjects, including Anthony Buzzard and Greg Stafford on the Trinity. He is tenacious, well-trained at debating, and probably one of the best Trinity defenders in the world.
Patrick Navas is the author of Divine Truth or Human Tradition?: A Reconsideration of the Orthodox Doctrine of the Trinity in Light of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. I've listened to a few of Navas' debates and he exemplifies a Christ-like respect and gentleness combined with strength and confidence. If you would like to listen to my own interview with Navas on the subject of the Trinity, click here.
The two faced off on Chris Date's Theopologetics podcast.
part one: opening statements; John 12.41; 1 Corinthians 8.6
part two: Hebrews 1; Colossians 1; the "I Am" statements of John
To God be the Glory (My Story) [35:17]
by Joel Hemphill rated at 3.3 (13 votes so far)
This audio file documents the journey of a famed gospel singer, Joel Hemphill, from 'Jesus Only' to 'Father Only' understanding of God. Listen to this testimony of a man to whom God revealed himself in an extraordinary way.
Hearing the Text of the Bible: Only One God [2 pages]
by Anthony Buzzard rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
While churches and ministries unite under the conviction that "there is One God existing eternally in three Persons," Paul thought otherwise. It is surprising that Bible readers do not hear the difference between "There is One God - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" (historic creeds) and "There is One God, the Father" (Paul, in I Cor. 8:6).
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 8.6 [2 pages]
by John Schoenheit, Mark Graeser, and John Lynn rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
Trinitarians say that this verse supports their position because of the final phrase in the verse, i.e., that all things came through Jesus Christ. But what the verse actually says is that all things came "from" God, "through" Jesus. This testimony stands in contradiction to Trinitarian doctrine because it places Jesus in a subordinate role to God. According to this verse, he is not "co-equal" with the Father.
Jesus is the Prototype and Agent of the New Creation [9 pages]
by Ray Faircloth rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
The first thing to hold in mind is that only Yahweh was the creator of the Physical universe as shown from the Scriptures in the previous study. There are another half dozen Scriptures that also state that only Yahweh was the creator of the universe and dozens more which imply the same. However, a number of Scriptures directly inform us that Jesus is the creator of ‘the new creation’ inasmuch as his sacrifice reconciles humans to God and the new creation is the point of focus in Isaiah 51:16 which the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WBTS) of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Word Biblical Commentary, and the Fausset Commentary all recognize as applying, not to the Genesis creation, but to Messiah and the new heavens and earth.
God Alone [35:24]
by Jeff Fletcher rated at 1.0 (5 votes so far)
What is the foundation of our faith? Why were we created? We bring God glory through the worship and service of him alone. There is no mixing loyalty. We must live out our belief. Scripture references: Genesis 2:18; Isaiah 43:7; Deuteronomy 6:1-6; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6-7; James 2:18-20
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.