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Sunday, January 3, 2010

IF God is a trinity, then how is it that “the Word (Jesus) was WITH God”? (John 1:1)

John 1:1 says, "In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God..."

Count Leo Tolstoy, the famous Russian novelist and religious philosopher, said:

"If it says that in the beginning was the...Word, and that the Word was...with God, it is impossible to go on and say that it was God. If it was God, it could stand in no relation to God." - The Four Gospels Harmonized and Translated, p. 30.

John 1:1 clearly phrases God as a separate person from the Word (Jesus). And since Jesus is written and identified in John 1:1 as a separate person from God (not just the Father), then that would positively exclude him as being God!

In agreement with this, the Journal of Biblical Literature, edited by Jesuit Joseph A. Fitzmyer, notes that if the latter part of John 1:1 were interpreted to mean "the" God, this "would then contradict the preceding clause," which says that the Word was with God. Yet John 1:1c is purposely mistranslated in most Trinitarian-produced Bibles without the indefinite article (a).

For much more, see
John 1:1c - English translation: "The Word was a god."

What About Trinity "Proof Texts"? (Scroll down to "The Word Was God")

DEFinite John 1:1c

QUAL ("Qualitative" John 1:1c)

John 1:1c Primer

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