Jesus is word that became flesh
To the editor:
In response to: “God is father; Jesus is son” by Robert Kehtola, I studied the subject: “Is Jesus God or in rank, only the son of God the father?” After a long exhausting study years ago, I just couldn’t get past John 1:1 and 1:14. I studied the Greek English parallel and discovered when John 1:1 says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” it meant verse 14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” I believe we can agree Jesus is the Word in those two verses.
Unless we remove those two verses from God’s Word, then the answer to the question is: Yes, Jesus Christ is God. I, too, asked many questions about the Bible in my 50 years after surrendering my life to Jesus Christ and being born again. I am not one that blindly follows any preacher or religion — trust but verify is my motto. I’ll go along with Mr. Kehtola’s statement: “Even devout Christians have some false beliefs.” But I don’t believe they’re out to deceive anyone. More likely they are lead to believe what they are taught in church or Bible college and never question it. I listened to a sermon from a Bible college on my computer, and the professor said to his class in a very strong tone: “Do not stray one iota from what we teach you here” Wow, that’s brainwashing; don’t you dare think for yourself. I was deeply involved in several different Christian churches and watched on TV many sermons from many different sects of churches, and didn’t see much unity in the Christian religion. It’s disturbing.
Some of the stupid things I’ve heard are: “If we don’t pay our tithes to the church, we will pay them to doctors and hospitals.” “Give a dollar and get 10 dollars back from God.” Bribing God won’t work; trust me. One preacher said: “If you don’t go to church you will go to hell.” That doesn’t sound like grace to me. “The soul goes to heaven.” It’s not in the Bible anywhere, although our spirit returns to God when we die.
I read and heard many more stupid statements but I’m out of space. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.