The quick facts.
The translation of John 1:1, is a perfect translation and is sadly MISUNDERSTOOD by most.
MILLIONS HAVE BEEN DECEIVED, AND THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID:
"Strive to enter through the narrow door.
FOR MANY, I TELL YOU, WILL SEEK TO ENTER AND WILL NOT BE ABLE.
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
And 'suddenly' changes, from saying the TWO SEPARATE distinct, divine persons are now ONE GOD?
C. and the Word WAS God.
And as we have read St John is talking about Jesus being God and NOT Jesus being THE GOD or becoming GOD ALMIGHTY or becoming ONE and the same GOD.
It seems clear to me that there have also been dishonest persons playing about with the true words of St John here in the end of John 1:1c.
But what about the confusion surrounding John 1:1c, which so many people believe proves that Jesus is GOD? Well, this is to do with John 1:1c reading AND THE WORD WAS GOD.
First, if I may, I’d like to bring this important fact to your attention: this verse is one of the most popular scriptures used by Trinitarians who believe that it means and prove that Jesus is GOD.
Sadly, because millions of Trinitarians do not do any research, and therefore just believe what they are taught about the trinity – much like being told that Father Christmas delivers our presents down the chimney when we’re children – they do not learn the truth: that there are many different translations of John 1:1c that do not say that Jesus is THE GOD.
Before we move forward, please may I make you aware of these different translations of John 1:1c?
What millions don’t seem to understand is the fact that there are other variations of John 1:1 which also exist, but which aren’t as well-known as they seem to be hidden, and are not in the Bible we hold in our hands today.
What we see is ONE simple letter – the ‘a’ – missing from the end of John 1:1c, which then makes Jesus into a God, and NOT THE GOD.
Why don’t we have a look at what many don’t see?
It is interesting to know that Biblical scholar Benjamin Wilson’s translation of the Greek New Testament shows that there was an ‘a’ before:
"In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the word." John 1:1, DGT.
Other variations of rendering John 1:1 also exist:
In 1966 and 2001, The Good News Bible reads: "...and he was the same as God."
In 1970 and 1989, The Revised English Bible reads: "...and what God was, the Word was."
In 1808, we have: “and the Word was a god” Thomas Belsham, The New Testament, in An Improved Version, Upon the Basis of Archbishop Newcome’s New Translation: With a Corrected Text, London.
In 1864 there is: “and a god was the Word” The Emphatic Diaglott by Benjamin Wilson, New York and London (left hand column interlinear reading).
In 1935, “and the Word was divine” The Bible – An American Translation, by John M. P. Smith and Edgar J. Goodspeed, Chicago.
In 1955 we have: “so the Word was divine” The Authentic New Testament, by Hugh J. Schonfield, Aberdeen.
In 1978, “and godlike sort was the Logos” Das Evangelium nach Johannes, by Johannes Schneider, Berlin.
In 1822, "and the Word was a god." The New Testament in Greek and English (A. Kneeland, 1822).
In 1863 it reads: "and the Word was a god." A Literal Translation Of The New Testament (Herman Heinfetter [Pseudonym of Frederick Parker], 1863).
In 1885, "and the Word was a god." Concise Commentary On The Holy Bible (R. Young, 1885).
1879 – "and the Word was a god." Das Evangelium nach Johannes (J. Becker, 1979).
In 1911, "and the Word was a god." The Coptic Version of the N.T. (G. W. Horner, 1911).
1958 reads: "and the Word was a god." The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Anointed (J. L. Tomanec, 1958).
In 1829 we have: "and the Word was a god." The Monotessaron; or, The Gospel History According to the Four Evangelists (J. S. Thompson, 1829).
In 1975, "and the Word was a god." Das Evangelium nach Johannes (S. Schulz, 1975).
In 1962 and 1979 we have: "the word was God." Or, more literally, 'God was the word.' The Four Gospels and the Revelation (R. Lattimore, 1979).
In 1975, “and a god (or, of a divine kind) was the Word.” Das Evangelium nach Johnnes, by Siegfried Schulz, Göttingen, Germany.
Most people do not understand that the translation of John 1:1c that says ‘The word was GOD’, is a wrong translation, and this is why I have added in the different translations above to show you the real translation:
“and a god” or “and the Word was divine.” or Simpy is God, but clearly NOT THE GOD.
From my own research, however, I favour the translation of: "and the Word was a god."
But why? you may ask. Well, it’s because of what Jesus said in JOHN 34 -36, when he refers to Psalm 82:6 which states: “I said, ‘You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you’.” Here, Jesus was referring to ‘gods’ as in the sense of Magistrates, Prophets, and judges, who are appointed by the word of GOD.
Jesus WAS referring to HIS DEITY; he was NOT claiming to be as GOD THE FATHER (who always existed) but as ‘a God’ like Magistrates, Prophets, and judges, appointed by GOD.
On that note, we finish with this week’s study to see that Jesus confirmed He was less then His Father GOD, proving He was NOT GOD.
This is also confirmed in Hebrews 1:9, where GOD called Jesus ‘God’. You need to bear in mind that the Bible was written in capitals so there was no way to distinguish the difference between GOD and God and also that the scriptures have been through countless different scribes over the years, and dishonest ones as well.
Thank you for joining me again.
Facts to consider.
In Newton's writings, he clearly draws a line between the true Church of believers and the false church of history. The false church, due to its corrupt leaders' wrongly contrived creeds and bizarre traditions, shows itself to be counterfeit in accordance with the words of Jesus: "You shall know them by their fruits..." (Matt 7:16).
Question for the Trinitarian.
Ask a Trinitarian how is it possible for a SON to be the same age as his Father?
How can Jesus be the GOD and same person as His Father GOD if He is the SON?
As Jesus taught GOD was His Father and He was always GODS SON, than how is Jesus the same GOD?
As BOTH GOD and Jesus always taught there is ONLY ONE TRUE GOD, and NO other TRUE GOD, then why do Trinitarian's believe and teach Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also GOD which then dose NOT make ONE GOD but THREE?
If Jesus has a GOD who He loves and worships, was He worshipping Himself if He is the same GOD?
How can GOD forsake His own SON if they are the same GOD and same person? Matthew 27:46–47.
After you have asked the Trinitarians these simple questions get ready to hear them say the Trinity is a MYSTERY.
You will then discover the Trinity is a MYSTERY to Trinitarian’s because they are very sadly believing in a doctrine that is completely false.