Father, son are separate beings

To the editor:

“No one has ever seen God…” (John 1:18), but people saw Jesus. How is he God?

The last part of John 1:1 is mistranslated as “the Word was God.” It should be “the Word was a divine being.”

The son of God (“the Word”) was with the father (God) in the beginning. He was a divine being, but not the supreme being. That is the father, identified by Jesus himself as “the only true God” (John 17:3).

The Bible explains itself. That statement by Jesus clarifies John 1:1. So does Paul in 1 Cor. 8:5-6.

Jesus emphasized the supremacy of the father (John 6:38-40). So did Paul when he referred to the “one God and father of us all, who is above all” ( Ephesians 4:6).

Religions from the 11th century portrayed God with three faces. Is that how Adam was created in God’s image and likeness?

Belief in a triune God considers father, son and Holy Spirit to be three equal entities in one divine being.

The Bible identifies father and son as two divine beings in the family of God, with the father as supreme being. The Holy Spirit is not a divine being but is God’s spirit. (Acts 2:1-4,14-18).

God did not die and then raise himself from the dead. When Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19), he quoted the father. Jesus said, “…the father who sent me has given me commandment what to say…” (John 12:49).

Paul descried himself as an apostle “… through Jesus Christ and God the father, who raised him from the dead…” (Galations 1:1)

Robert Kohtala