Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Truth, Honesty & Trinity

What the Bible Says About the honesty and truth?

Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Joh 14:6 

If Christ is Truth, then it follows that lying is moving away from Christ. Being honest is about following in God's footsteps, for He cannot lie. If the believers’ goal is to become more God-like and God-centered, then honesty needs to be a focus.

Heb 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Honesty is a direct reflection of your inner character. Your actions are a reflection on your faith, and reflecting the truth in your actions is a part of being a good witness. Learning how to be more honest will also help you keep a clear conscious. Character plays a big role in where you go in your life.

Luk 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
Pro 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

While your honesty level is a reflection of your character, it is also a way to show your faith. In the Bible, God made honesty one of his commandments. Since God cannot lie, He sets the example for all of His people. It is God's desire that we follow that example in all that we do.

Exo 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Pro 16:11  A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work. Psa 119:160  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Pro 11:3  The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Now, let’s start all over again:

Christ said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Joh 14:6  

If Jesus is the Truth, then He (as His Father) can not lie, Heb 6:18. The New Testament witness to the Father-Son relationship between God and Jesus Christ is undeniable.

The Father and the Son:
Matt 11:27, Matt 16:27, Luke 9:26, John 1:14, John 5:19,  John 5:20,  John 3:35, John 5:22, John 5:23, John 5:21, John 5:26,  John 6:39-40, John 6:27,  John 10:36, 1 John 4:14, John 17:1, 1 John 2:22,23, 1 John 2:24, 1 John 1:3

God and His Son:
Matt 22:2,  Matt 21:33, 37; Luke 20:9, 13,  Luke 1:32,  John 3:16, 1 John 4:9,  1 John 4:10,  1 John 5:11, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3,  Rom 1:1,3,  Rom 1:9, Rom 5:10, Rom 8:29, 1:15,16, Gal 4:4,  Gal 4:6, 1 Thes 1:9,10, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 5:9, 1John 5:10

The Son of God:
John 11:4,  2 Cor 1:19,  Gal 2:20,  Rom 1:4,  Eph 4:13, 1 John 4:15, 1 John 5:5, 1 John 3:8,  1 John 5:13, 1 John 5:1

My Father…
Matt 10:32,33,  Matt 15:13, Matt 18:10, Matt 11;27; Matt 28:18; Luke 10:22,  John 8:49, John 8:54, John 15:1, John 10:29, John 10:17, 14:28, John 14:21, John 15:23, John 15:24, John 14:23, 5:43, John 6:32, John 8:19,  John 14:7, John 20:17

From the spirit of prophecy we read…

“A complete offering has been made; for "God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,"-- not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, 30th May 1895)

The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind." (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 9th July 1895)

Notice here we are told that Christ was “made in the express image” of God’s person whereas in the previous statement it is said that He was “begotten in the express image of the Father's person”. Both of these statements speak of something happening (begotten/made) in eternity but as Ellen White said, Christ is not a created being (see above). This is because He was not created as were angels but in eternity was brought forth of God (the Father).

Ellen White asked the youth of her day

“Who is Christ? (Ellen G. White, Youth’s Instructor, 28th June 1894, ‘Grow in grace’)

She answered by saying

He is the only begotten Son of the living God. He is to the Father as a word that expresses the thought, -- as a thought made audible.” (Ibid)

“When Satan learned the purpose of God [the creation of our world], he was envious at Christ, and jealous because the Father had not consulted him in regard to the creation of man. Satan was of the highest order of angels; but Christ was above all. He was the commander of all Heaven. He imparted to the angelic family the high commands of his Father.” (Ellen G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, page 36, ‘The temptation and fall’, 1864)

“Satan is determined that men shall not see the love of God, which led him to give his only begotten Son to save the lost race; for it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance.”(Ellen White, Review and Herald, 20th March 1894)

It is only when we realize that God gave His own dear Son to die for us that we can fully understand what it really cost God to save us. Unfortunately, the Seventh-day Adventist church officially says today that Christ is not really the Son of God. Instead they say He has only been role-playing the part (pretending to be a son) – which to a great extent conceals the love of God which led Him to sacrifice His Son. Needless to say, this realization requires us to make a choice regarding whom and what we believe.

No change – no deception

Through the spirit of prophecy we have been told

There had been no change in the position or authority of Christ. Lucifer's envy and misrepresentation and his claims to equality with Christ had made necessary a statement of the true position of the Son of God; but this had been the same from the beginning. Many of the angels were, however, blinded by Lucifer's deceptions.” (Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, page 36, ‘Why was sin permitted’?)

The conclusion is:
Christ was not pretending to be a son. He really was – and still is – the divine Son of God. We have His word for it (John 3:16-18, 5:25, 9:35-38, 10:36, 11:4).

But the Trinity Gods are pretending and playing the role of the father and son. So, where are the Truth and the Honesty in Trinity?

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