Who and What Is God?
Why Does God Seem Unreal?
God UNREAL to the Ancients
First Century A.D. Concept
Material Creation Seems
Why Willingly Ignorant?
God, Creator of Universe
God in Prehistory
Who Was Melchisedec?
How Christ Was Creator
What Is God's Appearance?
God's Nature and Character
God--Author of Government
God Is a Family
The Trinity Doctrine
What Is God Like?
False Scripture Added
Holy Spirit Poured Out
I WAS RETURNING to my hotel in New Delhi some years
ago from a private conference with the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister
of India. Ever since arriving in India I had noticed cows and oxen wandering
through the streets. I had never seen such animals straying loosely through
city streets in any other country.
"Don't these cattle stray quite a distance from
home?" I asked of the car driver.
"Oh yes," he answered.
"But when," I asked, "they wander all over the
streets so far away, how do their owners find them, to drive them back
home for the night?"
The car driver smiled. "The owners don't. But the
cattle and oxen know their owners and where they live. They find their
own way home in the evening."
Immediately I thought of the scripture in the first
chapter of Isaiah, which I had never understood so perfectly before this
"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the
Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have
rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's
crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful
nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that
are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord...they are gone away backward"
And this was spoken of ancient Israel, a nation
to which God had revealed himself by many evidences and miracles. How much
less do other nations know about God--about WHO and WHAT God is!
Nevertheless, other nations are human beings just
like the nation Israel. It is important at the very outset of this chapter
that you notice God calls these humans his own children. Many people say,
"God just doesn't seem real to me." God is a great mystery to them. Their
own human fathers don't seem like a mystery. They seem real.
Why Does God Seem Unreal?
In this chapter I hope we will help make God as real to
you as your own human father. God does reveal himself to us in the Bible,
if we will just understand it, so that he will seem real to us.
Of the peoples of the Roman Empire, God inspired
the apostle Paul to write:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress
the truth. For what can be known about God is plain the them, because God
has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible
nature, namely, his eternal power and deity [spiritual], has been clearly
perceived in the things that have been made [physical]. So they are without
excuse; for although they knew [about] God they did not honor him as God
or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their
senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools"
(Rom. 1:18-22, Revised Standard Version).
The billions now living on earth not only are ignorant
of the most important knowledge--WHO and WHAT God is--they seem not to
want to know! They are willingly in ignorance of this most important knowledge
and relationship possible in human life!
And why have humans been willingly ignorant of
man's most important relationship? One explanation, only, is possible!
All nations have been deceived (Rev. 12:9). And the fact of this universal
deception makes certain the fact of a super DECEIVER! More of this, later.
God UNREAL to the Ancients
The first created man Adam, taking to himself from the
forbidden tree the knowledge of good and evil, was at the same time rejecting
God as Creator. It is certain that God had revealed somewhat of himself,
a certain knowledge to Adam.
Nevertheless Adam had cut himself off from God
his Creator. Undoubtedly, some of the knowledge that God had imparted to
Adam was successfully imparted from father to son for many generations.
Jesus had called Abel, Adam's second son, "righteous Abel." He did the
right thing in offering a lamb in sacrifice. Later, Enoch "walked with
God." God spoke to Noah and gave him instructions for the building of the
After the Flood certain historic accounts imply
that Shem, one of Noah's three sons, had some knowledge of the true God.
But undoubtedly, as generation succeeded generation of humanity, knowledge
of God had become greatly distorted.
Nimrod, as recorded in chapter 4 of this book,
made a virtual god of himself. Through the succeeding generations and centuries
knowledge of the true God faded almost completely. The ancient pagan nations
made many different idols out of clay, wood, stone and other materials.
Many examples of pagan idol gods have been dug up by archaeologists and
may be seen in museums today. As the apostle Paul said, they worshipped
the creation rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25).
First Century A.D. Concept
Coming to the New Testament, we catch a glimpse of the
ignorance of any knowledge about God. The scholarly of the world in the
first century were the Athenian intellectuals. Some of them encountered
the apostle Paul in Athens.
"Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and
of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler
say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because
he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and
brought him unto Areopagus [atop Mars Hill], saying, May we know what this
new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?...
"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and
said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions [objects of worship--Revised
Standard Version], I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN
GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God
that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven
and earth...he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath
made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on...the earth...for
in him we live, and move, and have our being..." (Acts 17:18-19, 22-26,
And now what of the scholarly of our Western world
today? One would think, the most highly educated ought to know WHO and
WHAT God is! Suppose you ask at random 100 university deans, "Do you believe
in God?" Perhaps three or four would answer, "Oh, I believe in the existence
of God--as a `first cause.'" But they cannot tell you WHO or WHAT God is!
They cannot tell you what God is like! God is not real to them. In other
words, he is a mystery. Perhaps another six or eight of the hundred will
admit they are agnostics--they do not know "for sure" whether God exists.
I have said that education has become a matter
of memory instillation. From elementary grades to higher graduate levels
of study, our educational systems inject ready-made concepts, ideologies
and a mixture of facts and fables into the unsuspecting minds of children,
youths and young adults. Students in our school systems are graded according
to how well they accept, memorize and can recite or write in tests what
has been taught--whether true or false.
Modern education has given universal acceptance
to the fable of evolution. Evolution is the agnostic's or atheist's attempt
to explain the existence of a creation without the preexistence of the
Creator. It removes God from the picture. It blinds itself to the mystery
by attempting to remove God altogether.
Material Creation Seems Real
The creation is material, visible, and therefore seems
real. The system of modern education has become entirely materialistic.
The modern scientific concept denies the invisible and the spiritual as
having existence. Yet all our seemingly unsolvable problems and the evils
in this world are spiritual in nature.
I quoted above from the first chapter of the book
of Romans. The 28th verse says, "...they did not like to retain God in
their knowledge." Little or nothing is taught about God, but even in the
elementary grades the basic concept--the APPROACH to knowledge--is evolution.
Is it any wonder, then, that the scholarly do not
know WHO or WHAT God is? They believe what they have been taught.
As I write I recently returned from my second four-day
visit in Beijing (Peking), as the first religious leader from the world
of Christianity to be invited by the government to speak before large groups
at the Chinese capital. I have met in private conference with the vice
chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Tan
Zhen-lin, and now, on this second visit, with Deng Xiaoping, the unquestioned
leader of China.
In speaking with China's leader, I was speaking
to the top official now molding the minds and beliefs of over ONE BILLION
people--almost a fourth of all the people on earth. China, in population,
is the world's largest nation. In very ancient times the religion in China
was ancestor worship. Then came Confucianism, rivaled by Taoism. Later
Buddhism was introduced from India, then Christianity. Today the nation
I found China's leaders to be a very cordial, friendly
and courteous people--but knowing WHO and WHAT God is most certainly is
not what they are now concerned about. I did not try to tell them WHO and
WHAT God is, but I did tell two large and important audiences of leaders
what God is very soon going to do--and I announced this forthcoming book,
which I am writing now.
India is the second largest nation. What have they
known about WHO and WHAT God is? NOTHING!
Russia is third largest in population. They did
have Russian Orthodox Christianity, and now atheism.
I am not condemning or judging these people--and
I presume they are as well-meaning as any people. God is not judging them
NOW--as I shall explain later. Neither is he condemning them. He loves
them and will call them all to eternal salvation in his own time. But they
DO NOT know WHO or WHAT God is.
In ancient Egypt they worshiped the gods Isis and
Osiris. The Greeks and Romans anciently had mythological gods such as Jupiter,
Hermes, Dionysus, Apollo, Diana and many others. But they did not know,
and their peoples do not know today, WHO and WHAT God is. But WHY?
Why Willingly Ignorant?
Already, in the quotation from the first chapter of Romans,
I have given you a reason--they were willingly ignorant of the things of
the true GOD. But WHY? Why willingly ignorant? In Romans 8:7 it is stated
plainly that the natural mind of humans is hostile against God. This does
not necessarily mean that all unconverted human minds are actively, intentionally,
maliciously hostile. Most humans are passively hostile against God. They
simply do not normally think about God. If God is mentioned they become
embarrassed and often try to change the subject. They probably do not realize,
in their own minds, that they have a hostile attitude toward God. Yet that
is the very reason, psychologically, why they want to avoid the subject.
In other words, the average person has an unrealized passive hostility
against God. Without realizing it actively, they want God to "keep his
nose out of their business"--except at a time when they are in deep trouble
and they cry out for God's help.
Spiritual things--invisible things--are a mystery
to them. They do not understand those things, real though they are, because
they cannot see them. They remain a deep mystery so they deny their existence.
There was a cause for this willing ignorance. And
the Bible clearly tells us that cause, which is dual: 1) what occurred
prehistorically, and 2) what God himself instituted following the original
sin of Adam. All this (to be explained in the next two chapters), and the
CAUSE of all the escalating evils of today's world, are clearly revealed
by God Almighty in his Word the Holy Bible. This will be made plain as
But first, what does the Bible reveal about WHO
and WHAT is God? It is only in this inspired book that God reveals himself.
But mankind in general has never believed God--that is, what God says!
God spoke face to face, personally, to Adam and Eve, the first created
humans. Then he allowed Satan to approach them. Satan got to Adam through
his wife. Our original parents believed Satan when he said, "Ye shall not
surely die," after God had said, "Thou shalt surely die" upon stealing
the forbidden fruit.
When Jesus Christ spoke on earth 4,000 years later,
only 120 people believed what he said (Acts 1:15), though he preached his
message from God to multiple thousands.
No wonder, then, not one of these religions, sects
and denominations, except the small and persecuted Church founded by Jesus
Christ (A.D. 31), starting with that 120, believes God, which means these
others do not believe what God says in his Word. God's Word plainly reveals
who and what God is! But there is a reason for their ignorance. This will
be made clear as we proceed.
Just WHO and WHAT, then, is God? How does he reveal
himself? Already I have quoted the apostle Paul saying to the Athenian
intellectuals that God is the Creator, who designed, formed, shaped and
The prophet Isaiah quotes God himself, saying:
"To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal?... Lift up your eyes
on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their
host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might,
for that he is strong in power; not one faileth" (Isa. 40:25-26).
Read this in the James Moffatt translation in modern
" `To whom will you compare me, then, and equal
me?' asks the Majestic One. Lift high your eyes, look up; who made these
stars? he who marshals them in order, summoning each one by name. For fear
of him, so mighty and so strong, not one fails to appear."
Further, God himself says to the skeptics: "Now,
the Eternal cries, bring your case forward, now, Jacob's King cries, state
your proofs. Let us hear what happened in the past, that we may ponder
it, or show me what is yet to be, that we may watch how it turns out; yes,
let us hear what is coming, that we may be sure you are gods; come, do
something or other that we may marvel at the sight!--why," taunts God to
the doubter, "you are things of naught, you can do nothing at all!" (Isa.
41:21-24, Moffatt). These scriptures reveal God's power but not what God
is, in a manner to make him real to the reader. Other scriptures must do
God, Creator of Universe
God is Creator of ALL--of everything in the vast universe--the
stars, the galaxies in endless space, this earth, man and everything in
That is WHAT God is--what he does. He CREATES!
He designs, forms and shapes. He gives LIFE! He is the great GIVER. And
his law--his way of life--is the way of GIVING, not GETTING, which is the
way of this world.
But what is God like? WHO is God? There have been
many conceptions. Some believe God is merely the good or good intentions,
within each human--merely some part of each human individual. Some have
imagined God was some kind of idol composed of gold or silver, or carved
out of wood, stone or other material. The Israelites thought, while Moses
was communing with God on Mount Sinai, that God was, or looked like, a
Many think God is a single individual supreme Personage.
Some thought he was a spirit.
But the generally accepted teaching of traditional
Christianity is that God is a Trinity--God in three Persons: Father, Son
and Holy Spirit, which they call a "Ghost." The word trinity is not found
in the Bible, nor does the Bible teach this doctrine. But more about that
God in Prehistory
Now let's go back to the very beginning, in prehistory.
If you were asked where in the Bible to find the
very earliest description of God in point of the time of his existence,
you probably would say, "Why, in the very first verse in the Bible, Genesis
1:1, of course." Right?
In time-order the earliest revelation of WHO and
WHAT God is found in the New Testament: John 1:1.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that
was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men" (John 1:1-4).
"The Word" in this passage is translated from the
Greek logos, which means "spokesman," "word" or "revelatory thought." It
is the name there used for an individual Personage. But who or what is
this Logos? Notice the explanation in verse 14:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth."
When he was born as Jesus Christ, he was flesh
and blood, materialistic and could be seen, touched and felt. But what
was he? As God--as the Logos? That is answered in John 4:24, "God is a
Spirit," and spirit is invisible. We know what was his form and shape as
the human Jesus. But of what form and shape was he as the Word? We will
explain that later.
The Word, then, is a Personage who was made flesh--begotten
by God, who through this later begettal became his Father. Yet at that
prehistoric time of the first verse of John 1, the Word was not (yet) the
Son of God. He divested himself of his glory as a Spirit divinity to be
begotten as a human person. He was made God's Son, through being begotten
or sired by GOD and born of the virgin Mary.
So here we find revealed originally two Personages.
One is God. And with God in that prehistoric time was another Personage
who also was God--one who later was begotten and born as Jesus Christ.
But these two Personages were spirit, which is invisible to human eyes
unless supernaturally manifested. Yet at the time described in verse one
Jesus was not the Son of God and God was not his Father.
Who Was Melchisedec?
We find regarding the beginning of his existence, something
further described in Hebrews chapter 7. Speaking of Melchisedec, who was
king of Jerusalem in the days of Abraham, it says also that he was the
Priest of God Most High. This Melchisedec had existed from eternity--"without
father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days,
nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually"
Since Melchisedec was "like unto the Son of God,"
and abides as High Priest forever continually, and Jesus Christ is now
High Priest, Melchisedec and Jesus Christ are one and the same Person.
Therefore Christ was "without father, without mother,
without descent [in Abraham's time], having neither beginning of days,
nor end of life." God also had existed eternally with the Word. Jesus,
when he was "the Word," was an immortal being who had existed ALWAYS--there
never was a time when he did not exist--without beginning of days. He was,
then, "like" the Son of God--but he was not yet the Son of God. He also
was God, along with God.
These passages show that the Word, in the beginning--before
ANYTHING had been created--was with God, and he, also, was God. Now how
could that be?
There might be a man named John. And John might
be with the man named Smith, and John might also be Smith because John
is the son of Smith, and Smith is the family name. Yet they are two separate
The only point of difference in that analogy is
that the Word, at the time of John 1:1, was not, yet, the Son of God. But
he was with God, and he also was God.
They were not yet Father and Son--but they were
the GOD KINGDOM!
That family is composed, now, of God the Father,
and Jesus Christ his Son, and many begotten humans who already, NOW, are
begotten SONS OF GOD (Rom. 8:14, 16; I John 3:2), forming the Church of
That FAMILY aspect--the GOD FAMILY--is vitally
important, and this will be thoroughly explained later.
But now, where are we?
Long before anything else existed, there did exist
two Supreme Beings, immortal, who ALWAYS had existed. Your mind can't quite
conceive that "always," but neither can it quite conceive of what is electricity!
Yet you know electricity exists and is real!
How Christ Was Creator
So back to our question, "WHO and WHAT is God?" Before
anything else came into existence there was God and the Word, composed
of spirit, not of matter, but nevertheless very real. TWO Persons--not
three. And, verse 3 of John 1, all things (the universe) were made by the
Now understand this, by adding Ephesians 3:9: "...God,
who created all things by Jesus Christ."
Let me explain. In the first week in January, 1914,
I was sent by a national magazine to Detroit, Michigan, to interview Henry
Ford to obtain material for an article on his sensational new $5-a-day
wage policy. I saw Henry Ford in the administration building, wearing a
business suit with white collar and necktie. Then I looked across the breezeway
into the giant factory (then the Highland Park factory) and saw perhaps
thousands of men in overalls, working at machines powered with electrical
energy. Mr. Ford was called the maker of the Ford car. But he made the
cars by these workmen, who used the power of electricity and machines.
In the same manner, God the Father is Creator.
But he "created all things by Jesus Christ." Jesus is the Word. It is written,
"He spake, and it was done" (Ps. 33:9). God tells Christ what to do (John
8:28-29). Jesus then speaks, as the workman, and the Holy Spirit is the
POWER that responds and does what Jesus commands.
Thus, as we read further, in Colossians 1, beginning
verse 12, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath ...translated us into
the kingdom of his dear Son...who is the image of the invisible God [same
appearance, form and shape and character]...for by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and
by him all things consist" (verses 12-13, 15-17).
Therefore God's Word reveals that God and the Word--two
supreme Personages--coexisted ALWAYS--and before ANYTHING had been created--including
this earth and the entire universe.
In the quotation above, Christ is in the image--form
and shape--of God. Perhaps it will make God more real to you when you realize
he is in the same form and shape as a human being. More proof of this will
be given later.
There was a time, therefore, when those two Personages
coexisted and NOTHING ELSE did.
No third Person is mentioned--no "Ghost." Is God,
then, limited to only two Persons? The false Trinity teaching does limit
God to three Persons. But God is not limited. As God repeatedly reveals,
his purpose is to reproduce himself into what well may become billions
of God persons. It is the false Trinity teaching that limits God, denies
God's purpose and has palpably deceived the whole Christian world. Both
God and the Word themselves are SPIRIT, and project their Spirit. Let me
illustrate. By your eyesight you can see something across the room, or
see to the sun or even to stars that are many times the size of our sun,
only much farther distant. But through your eyesight you cannot act on
those objects. In like manner, God can project his spirit to any place
regardless of distance, but through his Spirit God is able to act on such
objects or to change it as he wills. Thus, God is omnipresent.
How long must they have thought, and planned, and
designed, before even beginning to create anything whatsoever!
But matter--this earth, the stars, nebulae, galaxies--was
not the first thing they created. They created angels before the creation
God speaks of the creation of the earth in the
38th chapter of Job. He says that, at the creation of the earth, all the
angels shouted for joy (verse 7). Therefore all the angels already were
in existence when the earth was first created.
In Genesis 1:1 it speaks of God creating the earth
and the heavens. In the Authorized Version the word heaven--singular--is
used. But the original Hebrew as Moses wrote, and as other translations
render it, is in the plural--heavens--implying that the whole material
universe was created simultaneously with the earth. This is plainly stated
in Genesis 2:4: "These are the generations [beginnings] of the heavens
[plural] and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord
God made the earth and the heavens."
However, the word day in this context is not necessarily
a twenty-four-hour day, but a general period of time. That might have been
multiple thousands or millions of years ago. Angels were placed on earth
before the creation of man. Since angels are immortal spirit beings, they
might have dwelt here thousands or millions of years before the creation
of man. How many God does not reveal. The earth, at first, was the abode
of angels. But, Jude 6, "And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation [the earth]...."
What Is God's Appearance?
Now more detail on WHO and WHAT God is.
God is Spirit (John 4:24, Revised Standard Version).
Why is God not real to so many people? Because God and the Word were composed
of SPIRIT, not matter, not flesh and blood, like humans. God is invisible
to human eyes (Col. 1:15). He does not seem real. To seem real, the mind
naturally wants to visualize a definite form and shape. But even though
God is composed of spirit and not of visible matter, God nevertheless does
have definite form and shape.
What is God's form and shape?
In Genesis 1:26, "God said, Let us make man in
our image, after our likeness." We know the form and shape of man. That
is the image, likeness, form and shape of God.
In various parts of the Bible, it is revealed that
God has a face, eyes, a nose, mouth and ears. He has hair on his head.
It is revealed God has arms and legs. And God has hands and fingers. No
animal, fowl, bird, fish, insect or any other kind of life we know of has
hands like human hands. Even if any other living being of which we know
had a mind to think with, without hands and fingers he could not design
and make things as a man does.
God has feet and toes and a body. God has a mind.
Animals have brains, but no mind power like man's.
If you know what a man looks like, you know what
is the form and shape of GOD, for he made man in his image, after his very
One of Jesus' disciples asked him what God the
Father looks like. Jesus replied: "Have I been so long time with you, and
yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the
Father..." (John 14:9). Jesus looked like the Father. Jesus was, actually,
"God with us" (Matt. 1:23). Jesus was the begotten and born Son of God.
And what was Jesus' appearance? It was that of
a human man, for he also was the Son of man. He looked so much like other
Jewish men of his day that his enemies bribed Judas to point him out and
identify who, in a crowd at night, was Jesus.
So now we know God has the same form and shape
as a man. We also know he is composed of spirit, not of matter as is man.
Spirit is invisible to human eyes, unless manifested by some special process.
And if so manifested we would see both God the
Father and Christ now glorified in heaven with faces, though formed and
shaped like human faces, as bright as the sun full strength! Their eyes
flames of fire, feet like burnished brass and hair white as snow (Rev.
God's Nature and Character
Most important of all however is what is God's nature--his
CHARACTER--like? One cannot know what God is unless he know what his CHARACTER
THE CHARACTER of both God the Father and Christ
the Son is that of spiritual holiness, righteousness and absolute perfection.
That character might be summed up in the one word
LOVE, defined as an outflowing, loving concern. It is the way of giving,
serving, helping, sharing, not the "GET" way.
It is the way devoid of coveting, lust and greed,
vanity and selfishness, competition, strife, violence and destruction,
envy and jealousy, resentment and bitterness.
God's inherent nature is the way of PEACE, of JUSTICE,
MERCY, HAPPINESS and JOY radiating outward toward those he has created!
The Word and God LIVED. What did they do? They
created. How did they live--what was their "life-style"? They lived the
way of their perfect character--the way of outflowing LOVE. When Jesus
was baptized, God the Father said, "You are my beLOVED Son." God LOVED
the Word. And the Word LOVED God--obeyed him completely.
Two can't walk together except they be agreed.
They were in total agreement and cooperation. Also two can't walk together
in continuous peace except one be the head, or leader, in control. God
Their way of life produced perfect peace, cooperation,
happiness, accomplishment. This WAY of life became a LAW. Law is a code
of conduct, or relationship, between two or more. One might call the rules
of a sports contest the "law" of the game. The presence of law requires
a penalty for infraction. There can be no law without a penalty for its
God--Author of Government
The very fact of law presupposes GOVERNMENT. Government
is the administration and enforcement of law by one in authority.
This necessitates authoritative leadership--one in command.
When the only conscious Life-Beings existed, God
was leader--in authoritative command. Thus, even when the only conscious
Life-Beings were God and the Word, there was GOVERNMENT, with God in supreme
command. The government of God is of necessity government from the top
down. It cannot be "government by the consent of the governed." Its laws
originate and are handed down from God--never legislated by the people--never
dictated by the governed how the government over them shall rule them.
Since they created other conscious, thinking life-beings, this very fact
of necessity put the GOVERNMENT of God over all creation, with God supreme
Our human civilization has assumed the prerogative
of lawmaking. Human governments, whether city, county, state or national,
have lawmaking bodies--city councils, state legislatures, national congress,
Parliament, Reichstag, Diet or Knesset. But 6,000 years of human experience
have demonstrated the utter incapability of humans to decide right from
wrong, or to formulate laws for human conduct and relationships.
Human lawmaking bodies have made so many laws that
the average policeman in a city could not possibly keep in his mind a fraction
of the laws whose violations he is supposed to act upon. Some may remember
a comic strip in American newspapers, "There ought to be a law." The comic
strip was poking fun at the very idea that human lawmakers have made so
many laws, and yet fail to cover every possible infraction.
God's law is spiritual and can be summed up in
one simple but all-inclusive word--love. His law for the guidance of human
conduct is subdivided into the two great commandments, love toward God
and love toward neighbor. These, in turn, are subdivided into the 10 Commandments.
Jesus magnified this law by showing how its principle expands to cover
virtually every possible human infraction. The third chapter of II Corinthians
shows that God's law is to be applied in principle. It is summed up in
one single word, love. Nevertheless, it is so perfect that, by applying
its principle, it is a complete law. There is only one perfect lawmaker,
and that is God.
Bear in mind the government of God is based on
the LAW of God, which is the way of life of outflowing LOVE, cooperation,
concern for the good of the governed. And this law of God produces peace,
happiness, cooperation through obedience.
God Is a Family
Now once again to Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God...."
This originally was written by Moses as God inspired him. Moses wrote in
Hebrew. The Hebrew word translated "God" is Elohim--a noun or name, plural
in form, but normally singular in grammatical usage. It is the same sort
of word as family, church, group--one family consisting of two or more
members--one church composed of many members--one group of several persons.
It is referring to precisely the same Persons,
making up or composing the one God, as we found in John 1:1--the Word and
God--and each of those TWO Persons is GOD.
IN OTHER WORDS, GOD IS NOW A FAMILY of Persons,
composed so far of only the TWO--God the Father and Christ the Son. But
IF the Holy Spirit of God dwells in someone, and he is being led by God's
Spirit, then (Rom. 8:14) he is a begotten son of God. But, at the time
of Christ's return to earth in supreme power and glory to set up the KINGDOM
OF GOD, restoring the GOVERNMENT OF GOD abolished by Lucifer, then all
being filled and led by God's Spirit shall become BORN sons of God. The
GOD FAMILY will then RULE ALL NATIONS with the GOVERNMENT OF GOD RESTORED!
The Trinity doctrine limits God to a supposed three
Persons. It DESTROYS the very gospel of Jesus Christ! His gospel is the
good news of the now soon-coming KINGDOM OF GOD--the only hope of this
world and its mixed-up mankind!
The Trinity doctrine, by contrast, is the doctrine
of the great false religion called in Revelation 17:5: "Mystery, Babylon
the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth."
By that doctrine, along with others, Satan has
DECEIVED all traditional Christianity.
The Trinity Doctrine
The generally accepted teaching of traditional Christianity
is that God is a Trinity--God in three Persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit
(which is often called a "Ghost").
How did this "Trinity" doctrine enter traditional
It most emphatically did not come from the Bible.
I have quoted Revelation 12:9 saying that all nations have been deceived
by Satan the devil. How, then, did the wily Satan introduce this doctrine
The history of this question is interesting. It
seems incredible that a being like Satan not only could have deceived the
whole world, but also "Christianity"--the very religion bearing Christ's
name and supposed to be his true religion. Yet, paradoxically, Satan did!
He did it through his great false church, started
A.D. 33 by Simon the Sorcerer, described in the 8th chapter of the book
of Acts as the leader of the Babylonian mystery religion in Samaria. It
is recorded in II Kings 17:23-24 that Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, who
had invaded and conquered the northern kingdom--the kingdom of Israel--moved
the people out of their land of Samaria, north of Jerusalem, and moved
into that land people of the Babylonish mystery religion from the provinces
of Babylon. They were, of course, gentiles. They inhabited this area of
northern Palestine in the time of Christ. The Jews of Judea in Christ's
time would have nothing to do with them, calling them contemptuously "dogs."
They still adhered to this pagan Babylonish mystery religion in the first
In A.D. 33 two years after Jesus Christ from heaven
founded the Church of God on that day of Pentecost, the deacon Philip,
who later became an evangelist, went down to Samaria and preached Christ's
gospel. This Simon the Sorcerer came with the crowd to hear him.
Simon had bewitched the people of that country,
and they followed him as their leader in the Babylonian mystery religion
"from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of
God" (Acts 8:10).
When the people believed Philip, preaching the
kingdom of God, they were baptized, and this Simon managed to be baptized
Then Simon came to the apostles Peter and John,
offering money as a bribe, asking them to give him the power to lay hands
on people and have them receive the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him strongly.
But Simon proclaimed himself a Christian apostle, nevertheless, and called
the pagan Babylonian mystery religion "Christianity." He accepted the doctrine
of "grace" for the forgiveness of sin (which the pagan religions had never
had), but turned grace into license to disobey God (Jude 4). He aspired
to turn his pagan religion, under the name "Christianity," into a universal
religion, to gain thereby the political rule of the world.
Simon, the "Pater" (Peter) of his counterfeit religion,
did not accomplish this in his lifetime. But succeeding leaders, with the
headquarters moved to Rome, did, later, gain political control over the
Roman Empire and its medieval successor, called "The Holy Roman Empire."
This empire is in process of again being resurrected in Europe now!
By the sixth decade of the first century, much of the
Middle East had turned from the true gospel to a counterfeit (Gal. 1:6-7).
As late as the 90s A.D. the apostle John was still living. He wrote the
book of Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.
A little later the church started by Simon in A.D.
33 was trying to turn the true Christian Passover (Christ had changed its
form from that of sacrificial lambs to unleavened bread and wine) into
Babylonian ceremony, now called, in English, "Easter"--named after the
goddess Astarte or Ishtar (pronounced "Easter" in some Semitic dialects).
After the death of the apostle John, a disciple
of his, Polycarp, waged a controversy over the Passover-Easter question
with the bishop of Rome, by then leader of the church started by Simon.
Still later, another disciple of Christ's true
Christianity, Polycrates, waged a still hotter controversy over the same
Passover-Easter question with another bishop of Rome. This theological
battle was called the Quartodeciman Controversy. Polycrates contended,
as Jesus and the original apostles taught, that the Passover should be
observed in the new Christian form introduced by Jesus and by the apostle
Paul (I Cor. 11), using unleavened bread and wine instead of sacrificing
a lamb, on the eye of the 14th Nisan (first month in the sacred calendar,
occurring in the spring). But the Rome church insisted that it be observed
on a Sunday.
About the same time another controversy was raging,
between a Dr. Arius, of Alexandria, a Christian leader who died A.D. 336,
and other bishops, over calling God a Trinity. Dr. Arius stoutly opposed
the Trinity doctrine, but introduced errors of his own.
In A.D. 325, the Emperor Constantine called the
Nicene Council to settle these controversies. Constantine was not then
yet a "Christian," but as political ruler he assumed control. The Council
approved both the Easter-Sunday doctrine and the Trinity. Constantine,
then civil ruler, made it a LAW. But he was not able to make it TRUTH!
Satan has deceived the entire world in regard to
the very nature of WHO and WHAT God is--as well as of Christ and the Holy
Spirit. Also of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, based on the spiritual LAW OF GOD.
And further, of WHAT and WHY man is, what salvation is, how it is received,
what is the true gospel, what and why the church is and what of the future!
What Is God Like?
The word trinity is not used anywhere in the Bible. I
am going to make completely clear, as we proceed, God has not limited himself
to a "Trinity." The surprising truth, once understood, is the most wonderful
revelation the human mind could receive or contain!
The very first idea or teaching about God being
a Trinity began in the latter half of the second century--a hundred years
after most of the New Testament had been written. The counterfeit Christianity
spawned by Simon the Sorcerer was promoting it vigorously along with the
pagan Easter. But the true Church of God vigorously resisted it. The controversy
became so violent it threatened the peace of the world. The then pagan
Emperor Constantine called this Nicene Council to settle it. The Roman
Emperor's supporters greatly outnumbered the persecuted true Church of
You will find a prophecy of these two churches
in the book of Revelation. In the 12th chapter is the prophecy of the true
Church of God, greatly persecuted. Jesus called it "the little flock."
In the 17th chapter you will find the prophecy of the counterfeit church--a
very great church, named by God "Mystery, Babylon the great, the mother
of harlots" (verse 5). She lined up with and sat astride the political
governments. The whole world will gasp in WONDER (verse 8) when this religion-political
medieval "Holy Roman Empire" is brought back to life! It is now in the
preliminary stages of forming, starting from the Common Market!
False Scripture Added
There is only one small passage in the Authorized Version
of the Bible that is generally used by Trinity adherents to support the
Trinity doctrine. This passage is found in I John 5:7-8, and is bracketed
in the following quotation: "For there are three that bear record [in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And
there are three that bear witness in earth], the Spirit, and the water,
and the blood: and these three agree in one." The bracketed words were
added by editors to the Latin Vulgate translation probably in the early
fourth century. They do not appear in any of the older Greek manuscripts
nor in other modern English translation. They were added to the Latin Vulgate
during the heat of the controversy between Rome and Dr. Arius and God's
Bible commentaries explain that these words were
never written in the apostle John's manuscript or any existing early copies
of it. The apostle John in his three epistles and the Revelation speaks
of "the Father, and... Son" (I John 1:3), but never of "the Father and
the Word," except in this uninspired part of I John 5:7-8.
There was a real reason why the arch deceiver Satan
wanted that spurious verse added in the Latin Vulgate from which it crept
into the Authorized Version. The Trinity doctrine completely does away
with the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the MESSAGE he brought mankind
from God the Father, the good news of the coming KINGDOM OF GOD! That is
the ONE thing above all Satan wants to defeat. This will become plain as
One world-famous evangelist said: "When I first
began to study the Bible years ago, the doctrine of the Trinity was one
of the most complex problems I had to encounter. I have never fully resolved
it, for it contains an aspect of mystery. Though I do not totally understand
it to this day, I accept it as a revelation of God.... To explain and illustrate
the Trinity is one of the most difficult assignments to a Christian."
Much is also made of the fact that in a number
of places in modern translations the masculine pronoun he is carelessly
used in connection with the Holy Spirit. But not always--sometimes the
Holy Spirit is referred to as it in these very same translations. For example,
in the passage describing the first coming of the Holy Spirit for the founding
of the Church of God on that memorable day of Pentecost.
Holy Spirit Poured Out
The Holy Spirit came from heaven, audibly, sounding like
a mighty wind, "and it [the Holy Spirit] filled all the house where they
were sitting." Next, the Holy Spirit appeared--WAS VISIBLY SEEN--manifested--"And
there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it [the Holy
Spirit in the form of divided tongues] sat upon each of them" (Acts 2:2-3).
In verse 18, Peter is quoting from the prophet Joel: "I will pour out...of
my Spirit...." The Holy Spirit, like water or a fluid, can be "POURED OUT."
Can you pour out a person from one into another--as from God into those
assembled there? John 7:37-39: "In the last day, that great day of the
feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto
me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out
of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the
Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy [Spirit]
was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
Again in Acts 10:45, "...on the Gentiles also was
poured out the gift of the Holy [Spirit]."
Finally, in briefest summary: God is a FAMILY composed
at present of the TWO Persons of John 1:1-4, but with many thousands, already
begotten by God's Spirit, in God's true Church, soon to be born into that
divine family at Christ's return to earth. Jesus Christ, by his resurrection,
was BORN a divine Son of God (Rom. 1:4)--the first so born into the God
family (Rom. 8:29).
Both God and Christ are composed of spirit, formed
and shaped as a human person, but with eyes like flames of fire and faces
bright as the sun full strength!
God is Creator of all that exists. Both God and
the Word (who became Christ) have existed eternally and before all else.
From them emanates the Spirit of God, by which God is omnipresent and omniscient.
God the Father is the divine Father of the God family, into which truly
converted Christians shall be born.