Continuing John’s Gospel Study Notes. . .
JOHN 1 — THE FOUNDATION
1:1-5 (WYB) — John Gives Glory to YHVH
1—In the beginning was the word, and the word was in YHVH Elohim, and the word was YHVH. 2—His word was in the beginning in YHVH. 3—All things were made by (reason of) YHVH and without YHVH was not anything made that was made. 4—In YHVH is his Spirit; and his Spirit is the light of men. 5—And the light (of his Spirit) shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Now we can get into the meat of John 1:1-5 and why these five verses are about YHVH and no one else. In Matthew Chapter 2, we learned how the pagan sun-god, Mithra, infiltrated Christian doctrine by the Trinity Tradition. Because 1:1-5 is a designated key proof-text for the Trinity doctrine, we must determine if anything was altered to make it so. (Proof-texts using the capitalized Word: John 1:1, 14, 1John 5:7; Revelation 19:13. These, too, were researched thoroughly and corrected in the Word of YHVH Bible.)
Compare the wording of the above corrected verses with the King James Version (KJV) below. Glory is given to Jesus as Creator and giver of light. (Shades of Mithra)
John 1:1-5 (KJV) — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The King James Version of this passage appears to say that Jesus is YaHavah and the Creator of all. This is in contradiction to the Old Testament prophecies of the Son of YaHavah. YaHavah cannot be his own son, neither can Jesus be his Father. They are two separate persons. Even the Trinity doctrine agrees: Father is not Son, and Son is not Father. The concept of turning father and son into one person is willful sin against our Creator, YaHavah. Dividing one person into two persons, as done with Father and his own Spirit, is also willful sin against YaHavah.
Figure 1 Trinitarian Formula
Another problem is that most interpreters believe John’s opening verses of his Gospel refer to Jesus as the Logos (Word). The inference is made by the capitalization of (Word).
Anytime a Bible student wants to understand the meaning and reasoning behind the writer’s words, he or she must research how certain words and inferences are used throughout the Bible and in the original language. This must be done to circumvent possible translation and/or expositor errors. My own research was done to understand why Church doctrine attributes the Greek word, Logos, to Jesus in these verses. If there is an error and not understood as an error, it will not be corrected in other Scriptures and Church creeds.
There are two doctrinal errors in verses one and two attached to the KJV:
1) understanding the meaning of Logos, and
2) understanding who God (Greek, Theos) is in these two verses and elsewhere in the New Testament (NT).
Strong’s Bible Dictionary states that Logos means, something said (Including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation;
Strong apparently was a Trinitarian, because his computation included this: specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ). Divine expression is YaHavah’s spoken words, or thoughts, or His reasoning. Logos is never used as a name anywhere in the Bible (NT) except as an addition for “proof text” by Trinitarians.
The Greek language is not as precise concerning YHVH and Jesus as thought by many. For example: In Luke 4:12 (WYB), Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 when he answered the devil’s third temptation.
“12—And Jesus answering, said to him, It is said, You shall not tempt YHVH your Elohim.”
In the KJV, YHVH and Elohim are turned around to the Lord your God (in Greek, kurios your Theos).
In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus quoted the original Hebrew. In the Greek, kurios is an epithet meaning supremacy and used as a title of respect, such as Mr., lord, master, or sir. Strong’s Bible Dictionary includes the word God in his definition of kurios; however, God is a substitute for the Hebrew, Elohim and the Greek, Theos. Elohim is an epithet of respect. Theos is the Greek substitute for YHVH. Kurios is also an epithet of respect. Mixed intent can only lead to confusion of whom the word, God, is referring.
Translations and substitutes tend to lose the original meaning or intent. That is why researching whole Bible context is so important. Suffice it to say that neither Jesus nor his disciples ever referred to Jesus as Elohim or another god, even though he was respectfully referred to by the epithet, kurios, translated to master or lord. Both, YaHavah and Jesus were respectfully referred to in Greek by the epithet, kurios, but with entirely different intent of meaning, yet full of respect.
Jesus is never referred to as Theos in the Greek language; therefore, Theos should have been translated to YHVH to avoid mixed usage of the ambiguous word, God. Theos refers to YHVH, except when the context is of idols. The same is true of the Hebrew epithet, Elohim.
Verse two states the same as verse one, yet with more clarity.
Verse three tells us that YHVH is the Creator of all things by his own plan.
Verse four tells us two things; the Holy Spirit is the person of YHVH and His Spirit anoints those who love and believe in him.
Verse five explains that some will remain in darkness because they will not believe.
These five verses are consistent with other Scriptures that say essentially the same thing.
To be continued..
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