The Absence of Discussion Regarding Messiah’s Deity Proves It False

Apr 24, 2015 | False Doctrines & Inaccuracies |

Words not said are often as important as words that are.

Within Christianity and its offspring, the Messianic movement which masquerades as being Hebraic, it is necessary for a person to accept Messiah as “God in the flesh”. In most cases it is stated that a person is damned to the sensationalized depiction of “hell” of contemporary Christianity if this is not done.

If such a belief is so crucial and absolutely required for a person to be “saved”, then wouldn’t it be easily found and often discussed in the Bible? Doesn’t it make sense that a doctrine of such deeply foundational and necessary importance should be one of the most often discussed issues within the Bible? This is particularly relevant since if such a doctrine is true it would have been a complete and total upheaval and redefinition of the concept of God – something that had never before been taught within the nation or people of Israel.

I will show in this discussion, the fact that it is not spoken of is proof that it was not considered important; or, more directly, that it is a false doctrine invented and fashioned together by previous church “fathers”.

I will begin this discussion reading from the book of Acts.

Acts 14:11-15 (NASB)
11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.” 12 And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

These verses are particularly revealing and illustrate an enormously important fact to consider when studying the Bible.  Why would I say this?

One of the strongest proofs against the Trinity or deity of Messiah is not what the Bible says – but what it does NOT say.

In fact, what is not said in the Bible is probably the most irrefutable evidence proving Yeshua (Jesus) is not God.  Let me say this again so that it will sink in.  The strongest evidence against the deity of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah – evidence contemporary Christianity and Messianism hope you fail to notice – is what is NOT said in the Bible.

The Abundant Proof

The Tanakh (Older Testament) and the New Testament are literally full of things not said that prove Yeshua (Jesus) is not God. In other words, they are full of the absence of proof that Messiah is “God in the flesh”.  Once the sincere Bible student becomes aware of this fact and doesn’t allow Christian and Messianic leaders to pressure or intimidate them into accepting what is actually not there, the truth of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) not being God becomes blatantly obvious.  The example in Part 1 may not even be the best one, and one can find further proof of how what Paul, or others, do not say proves Yeshua (Jesus) is not God.

Note three points about the verses quotes in Part 1:

  1. The citizens of Lystra witnessed miracles at the hand of Paul.
  2. After witnessing these miracles, they began to exclaim, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.”
    • The New Revised Standard Version better renders the words as, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” (Emphasis mine.)  
    • They were expressing a “god in the flesh” or “god incarnate” belief. Sound familiar?
  3. When Paul and Barnabas witnessed this, they became incensed at such a thought. They “tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd” and begged them to turn from such “vain things”.
    • By the way, tearing of clothing was an act of extreme sorrow, agitation, or distress.  It was not done flippantly, but was reserved for the most dire experiences of heartbreak.  For Paul and Barnabas to do that is a glaring testimony of their disgust with what the citizens were shouting.

The “vain things” to which Paul and Barnabas referred was the concept that God can come down in human form, which is exactly what the contemporary Christian and Messianic “God in the flesh” doctrines teach!

The Greek word rendered “vain things” is mataios, and can also be translated as:

  1. unproductive
  2. godless
  3. unreal
  4. ineffectual (useless and futile)

Paul and Barnabas considered the “God in the flesh” idea expressed by the citizens to be a useless and futile belief.  Nevertheless, that very belief is today advanced as a required doctrine within contemporary Christianity and Messianism!

First, and foremost, consider what Paul and Barnabas did not say. Since the citizens were claiming “god” can take human form, why didn’t the apostles explain how they were correct but that the “god in the flesh” was Yeshua (Jesus) and not them? Notice there is nothing said that would even hint that the concept of “gods in human form” was acceptable to Paul and Barnabas. Yet, if Trinitarians and others who promote Yeshua (Jesus) as being “God in the flesh” are correct, there is absolutely nothing wrong with such a concept.

Do you see Paul or Barnabas agreeing with a “god in the flesh” theology? Is there something here that would suggest Paul and Barnabas considered the “god in the flesh” concept even remotely acceptable? No. There is not even a hint.

This is an example of how what is NOT said provides strong evidence against the concept of a “God in the flesh” Messiah.

This episode also provides good evidence of the pagan origins of the Trinity and “God in the flesh” belief, since those who so readily accepted such a contrary-to-Torah concept were involved in the pagan religions of the Roman Empire – the same pagan religions and same empire from which the “God incarnate mystery” originated. Additionally, since the Messianic movement is contemporary Christianity dressed in Jewish garments, this is also the origins of their identical teaching.

A Missed Opportunity

Paul’s and Barnabas’ silence in the face of a chance to clarify this issue to those who were open and eager to accept the concept should not be missed.

Some might argue that Paul’s and Barnabas’ revulsion was limited to the specific references to pagan gods; however, if this were true, Paul and Barnabas missed a golden opportunity to promote the Trinity or some other “God in the flesh” versions of the idea the citizens were expressing. They could have explained to the citizens that they were correct in their idea but that instead of Jupiter and Mercurius, the true God was the one who had manifested Himself “in the human form” of Yeshua (Jesus).

But, they did not do so. They did not say anything in support of the “god in the flesh” concept; thus, providing evidence – one of many examples – of how what was NOT said proves what IS said by the majority of Christian and Messianic leaders is incorrect. In fact, the actions of the apostles reveal that the notion of God taking “human form” and living as a man was considered by them to be a disgusting abomination.

Now let’s now look at what Paul and Barnabas did say. They passionately encouraged them to “turn from” such futile thoughts and turn to “a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.”

This is precisely what I am saying to you now and all throughout this web site as we strive to encourage you to turn from the futile corporeal “God in the flesh” teachings of Christianity and Christianized Messianism and return to The One and Only True Living God!

Exodus 20:11 (NASB)
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lordblessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Emphasis mine.)

Exodus 31:16-17 (NASB)
16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.” (Emphasis mine.)

Psalm 146:5-6 (NASB)
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever; (Emphasis mine.)

Isaiah 45:18 (NASB)
18 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), I am the Lord, and there is none else. (Emphasis mine.)

Isaiah 44:6 (NASB)
“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me. (Emphasis mine.)

Note: The phrase “I am the first and I am the last”, like the phrase “alpha and omega,” is simply an idiom (saying) that infers there is no other likethe one to whom the phrase applies. It is applied to both YHVH G-d and to Yeshua (Jesus) in the book of Revelation; however, this does not mean they are one and the same. It simply means that there is no other God and, separately, no other man whom He anointed as He did Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).  You could apply such terminology to a priceless work of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.  There is no other like it.  It is “the first and the last”, “the alpha and the omega” of such paintings.  It is the only one in existence.  Any others are fakes or a counterfeits.  Likewise the “God in the flesh” of contemporary Christianity and counterfeit Messianism is a counterfeit – an idol fashioned from the pagan religions of the Roman empire.

Isaiah 44:8 (NASB)
‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses.Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’” (Emphasis mine.)

Isaiah 45:5-6 (NASB)
“I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other… (Emphasis mine.)

Need a hint?

My immediate objective is to somehow tune you into how what is not said in the Bible often proves false what many promote as truth. In areas such as the Trinity, the Sabbath, the Torah, etc. what is not said is often just as revealing as what is said.

When God, through His prophets says something – that should settle it. When false teachers dig and prospect for hints of things that are notdirectly said – that should prove something about them. When verses are interpreted in a manner that directly conflicts with what God unambiguously did say – that suggests further review of the text is needed. In countless situations the things not said or the things directly said prove false the “hinted” things the uninformed, or malicious attempt “prove”.

There is no better example of how powerfully deceptive false teachings are than is the issue of the “God in the flesh” Messiah (Christ).  Despite the fact there is virtually nothing said to clearly prove Yeshua (Jesus) is God, Christianity and Christianized Messianism promote it, and the majority of Christians and Christianized Messianics cling to it.

The “Trinity” version of this false teaching is particularly deceitful since the word “Trinity” is nowhere found in the Bible!  It represents the ultimate example of how something not said proves wrong that which is said by Christian and Messianic leaders.

In every single case where a hint exist that is used to prove Yeshua’s (Jesus’) deity, it can be shown to prove nothing at all, or even prove the opposite. I have yet to come across one single “God in the flesh” or Trinity “proof” verse in either the Tanakh or New Testament that cannot be shown to be false after considering the correct rendering of the word(s), context, application of Torah understanding, or proven Scribal corruption.

The deity of Messiah theology is absent from the Bible. We’ve seen all the “proofs”.  If you feel there are still a few verses that claim to prove it, then please read the article which discusses the need to “weigh the evidence” before arriving at a conclusion regarding what is Truth.

Recalling my words in Part 1 of this series: The strongest evidence against the deity of Yeshua (Jesus) – evidence contemporary Christian and counterfeit Christianized Messianics refuse to acknowledge – is what is not said in the Bible regarding the “God in the flesh” doctrine.

Evidence not presented should be just as carefully considered as that which is presented.

Issues that are not discussed, especially when an entire fundamental and required teaching has been formed around such an issue, should undergo even harsher scrutiny – especially when the scenario presents an excellent opportunity to clarify and prove the issue to exist in the first place.

The Silence is Deafening

If the belief that Yeshua (Jesus) is “God in the flesh” is so important to a Christian’s faith, there should be a plethora of verses clearly andunambiguously stating it to be so.

If Yeshua (Jesus) were God, the New Testament writings would be swamped with verses focusing on that single issue. Entire books of the New Testament canon would be devoted to the subject, because such a revelation would have been a complete and total upheaval of the Hebraic faith.

In general, Christians are entirely unaware of how profound and enormous the “God in the flesh” teachings, which are taught within Christianity and Christianized Messianism, would have been at that time.  The immense doctrinal magnitude of that issue would have guaranteed it to have dominated the discussions – to have been the most directly and unambiguously discussed topic in the New Testament writings.

But it isn’t.  The New Testament is basically silent on the issue.  The silence on this issue within the Bible is deafening.

Please remember: This is not our faith to do with as we choose! This is the Torah based faith defined by The Creator and given once-for-all to mankind through Israel (the Jews) at Mt. Sinai. The primary difference we have with that faith as Judaism defines it is with respect to our belief that Yeshua (Jesus) is Messiah ben Yosef and a completed “tzaddik”.  However, those teachings are actually found within Judaism.  We are not inventing anything new which is absent from Torah.  We are simply voicing a variation of opinion regarding those teachings which already exist – something anyone familiar with Torah knows to be constant and common within the writings of the Sages.

How better to prove something non-existent than to never mention it at all? Subsequently, the Trinity, and any other doctrine that promotes Messiah as God is utterly false and without foundation. As I’ve stated in another blog, I personally believe the concept of “God in the flesh” is a primary ingredient in the “spirit of error” – the “spirit of antichrist” mentioned in John’s epistles.

Do not let anyone or anything take what is not said and turn it into a “mystery” that you accept hook, line, and sinker due to the wordiness of the argument and the Biblical verbal gymnastics.

Please consider what the Bible says and does not say. It will determine which you worship: the “vain things” of the Lycaonians or the “Living God” of Paul and Barnabas.