Teaching that Messiah is God is Promotion of “Other Gods”
A Rare Admission of Guilt from Christianity
It is sometimes possible to find a bit of honesty when reading about the history of the church within Christian literature regarding the Trinity and other mangod-Messiah doctrines. I am referring to the frank admission within such writings that the notion of the Trinity, and thus other “God in the flesh” doctrines, is absent from both the Tanakh (irreverently called the Old Testament) and the New Testament. For instance, the following quote is found within The Moody Handbook of Theology, Chicago, Ill., Moody Press:
A major problem in formulating the doctrine of the Trinity related to the Old Testament monotheistic belief. How could the church recognize the belief that God is one and yet acknowledge the deity of Christ? In its beginnings the church had no clear concept of the Trinity, …
Enns, P. P. (1997, c1989).
So we see in the previous quote that a “major problem” that had to be overcome before “formulating” the Trinity, for which there is “no clear concept” found in the pages of the New Testament, was “the Old Testament monotheistic belief.”
Likewise, the following quote from Harper’s Bible Dictionary:
In the NT the monotheistic convictions of Judaism are taken for granted. The ‘first of all the commandments’ according to Jesus is the Shema, the affirmation of the oneness of God (Mark 12:29). The NT Letters also emphasize the oneness of God (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 2:5) and correlate it with the one Lord or mediator and the one faith and baptism. … Nevertheless the close association of Jesus with God seems to lead toward the seeing of monotheism in a different way, wherein deity has inner distinction as well as unity. The implications of this are not yet worked out within the NT and only beginnings toward an answer are presented.
Achtemeier, P. J., Harper & Row, P., & Society of Biblical Literature. (1985). Harper’s Bible dictionary.
The author correctly points out that “in the New Testament the monotheistic convictions of Judaism are taken for granted,” which means the New Testament authors saw no need to clarify what was already an established foundational Judaic belief with which they agreed. He also writes truth when he emphasizes how the oneness of God was a principle upon which Yeshua and the authors of the NT based their faith.
The author provides proof of a change that took place in the understanding of God as the church began to be led “toward the seeing of monotheism in a different way” because “it seems to lead” in that direction, which is implicit admission that the proof of such is meager. True monotheism was abandoned by the “church fathers” – a tragic and severe withdrawal from truth that continues to this day. There is also an admission in the quote that the “implications of this (the church’s new hybrid “monotheism”) are not yet worked out within the NT.”
In other words, the form of “monotheism” promoted by Christianity, which is actually ancient mystery Babylon sun-god polytheism, is not found in the New Testament. It had to be “worked out” and presented “in a different way” from what was, up to that point, a solid and clear monothestic understanding of God.
The Tanakh (Old Testament) is firm and uncompromising in its promotion of one and only one Eternal Creator. Within the Tanakh Monotheism is an undisputed expression of the “nature” of that Creator. This article will focus upon how the notion of a “Trinity” or any other “God in the flesh” Messiah teaching is a fundamental violation of that clear understanding of the ONE and ONLY true God.
Therefore, the Christian doctrines of a “God incarnate” Messiah are grossly erroneous and nothing less than pure, polytheistic idolatry. Christian and counterfeit Messianic leaders have turned the true monotheism upside down that is “taken for granted” within the writings of the New Testament.
As is common on this site, in this writing I will use Messiah’s (Christ’s) actual name of “Yeshua” instead of the incorrect name of “Jesus.” I provide proof elsewhere on the site of Christianity’s intentional changing of the name of Messiah in order to make it non-Jewish. Now on with the discussion…
Dire Warnings Against the Worship of “other gods”
In the Tanakh (Old Testament), especially the Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy), there are few more forceful, often repeated warnings from God than the direct command against following after “other gods”. This prohibition is, of course, among the Ten Commandments written upon the tablets of stone. The practice of following after “other gods” is the very epitome of idolatry, which is THE most abhorrent sin in the entire Bible. Though there may be a difference of opinion as to what constitutes idolatry, none that claim allegiance to the Bible will argue against the fact it is strictly forbidden. The verses presented in this writing will be from the King James Version AND the JPS Tanakh.
- Exodus 20:3-6 (KJV)
- 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I YHVH thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
- Exodus 20:3-6 (JPS)
- 3 You shall have no other gods besides Me. 4 You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I YHVH your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations of those who reject Me, 6 but showing kindness to the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
- Deuteronomy 5:7-10 (KJV)
- 7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I YHVH thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
- Deuteronomy 5:7-10 (JPS)
- 7 You shall have no other gods beside Me. 8 You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters below the earth. 9 You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I YHVH your God am an impassioned God, visiting the guilt of the parents upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generations of those who reject Me, 10 but showing kindness to the thousandth generation of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
You will note from the verses previously quoted that.
- There are to be no other gods besides The Eternal One.
- There are to be no images of any type to which one expresses divine adoration.
- There is to be no divine worship of anything other than God. I discuss elsewhere on this web site how the “worship” of Messiah, as well as others, is not “divine” worship.
- God is a very jealous, impassioned God who will not tolerate worship of other god(s).
The covenant we are to have with God is literally a spiritual marriage contract. It is for this reason idolatry is equated to adultery or harlotry all throughout Scripture and why idolaters are called adulterers, harlots, or whores. The jealousy of God is as a husband towards the wife that adulterously betrayed him. This is also, by the way, a basis for God’s view of the sanctity of marriage. Except for the most extreme and obvious circumstances, divorce is a dagger to the heart of all that is holy and spitting in the face of God (and, of course, the betrayed spouse). Those victimized by such betrayal know all too well the intense, lasting pain that is inflicted upon God whenever we break our covenant with Him – a pain that is only healed when we repent, renew our vows, and join again in the marriage covenant to which we are called.
At this point no Christian or Christianized Messianic will argue. All agree that the Bible strictly forbids idolatry. However, one is hard pressed to defend Roman Catholicism’s open embrace and promotion of icons, shrines, and images of all sorts – most notably the blasphemously horrid veneration of the “blessed virgin Mary”. Sadly, like I’ve said in another article, Roman Catholics are like fish not realizing they are wet. They are oblivious to the fact that they swim in abominable teachings, and most do not even care to read the Scriptures to correct it. Nevertheless, even they teach in their distorted manner that the veneration of false gods is forbidden.
How can one easily determine what constitutes a “god” of which worship was forbidden? At first glance this issue opens a big can of worms from which opinions crawl and slither all over the place. So how can we quickly and assuredly determine exactly what God meant when he instructed us to refrain from going after “other gods?”
As always, the pure Word of the Eternal God provides the answer, and it is at this point we can begin to see how widespread idolatry is, even among devoted believers who have no idea they are committing the offense. The clearest discussion of this actually comprises an entire chapter in the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim). Please do not be slack in your reading of this extremely important passage of Scripture. It may be lengthy; however, it is among the most important passages in all the Bible. If more Christians and Messianics were aware of the crucial nature of this text and insured that their beliefs were held to the standard it defines, the grip of idolatry in the world would be dealt a severe blow.
- Deuteronomy 12:32, 13:1-18 (KJV)
- 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for YHVH your God proveth you, to know whether ye love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after YHVH your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from YHVH your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which YHVH thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from YHVH thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.
12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which YHVH thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, 13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14 Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for YHVH thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that YHVH may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; 18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of YHVH thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of YHVH thy God.
- Deuteronomy 13:1-13:17 (JPS)
- 1 Be careful to observe only that which I enjoin upon you: neither add to it nor take away from it.
2 If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a portent, 3 saying, “Let us follow and worship another god” whom you have not experienced even if the sign or portent that he named to you comes true, 4 do not heed the words of that prophet or that dream-diviner. For the Lord your God is testing you to see whether you really love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul. 5 Follow none but the Lord your God, and revere none but Him; observe His commandments alone, and heed only His orders; worship none but Him, and hold fast to Him. 6 As for that prophet or dream-diviner, he shall be put to death; for he urged disloyalty to the Lord your God who freed you from the land of Egypt and who redeemed you from the house of bondage to make you stray from the path that the Lord your God commanded you to follow. Thus you will sweep out evil from your midst.
7 If your brother, your own mother’s son, or your son or daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your closest friend entices you in secret, saying, “Come let us worship other gods” – whom neither you nor your fathers have experienced 8 from among the gods of the peoples around you, either near to you or distant, anywhere from one end of the earth to the other: 9 do not assent or give heed to him. Show him no pity or compassion, and do not shield him; 10 but take his life. Let your hand be the first against him to put him to death, and the hand of the rest of the people thereafter. 11 Stone him to death, for he sought to make you stray from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 12 Thus all Israel will hear and be afraid, and such evil things will not be done again in your midst.
13 If you hear it said, of one of the towns that the Lord your God is giving you to dwell in, 14 that some scoundrels from among you have gone and subverted the inhabitants of their town, saying, “Come let us worship other gods” whom you have not experienced 15 you shall investigate and inquire and interrogate thoroughly. If it is true, the fact is established that abhorrent thing was perpetrated in your midst 16 put the inhabitants of that town to the sword and put its cattle to the sword. Doom it and all that is in it to destruction: 17 gather all its spoil into the open square, and burn the town and all its spoil as a holocaust to the Lord your God. And it shall remain an everlasting ruin, never to be rebuilt. 18 Let nothing that has been doomed stick to your hand, in order that the Lord may turn from His blazing anger and show you compassion, and in His compassion increase you as He promised your fathers on oath
There are other similar passages that unambiguously warn against teachings that promote “other god(s).” A short list is provided separately, and although there are more passages I may reference, I think Deuteronomy 13 requires no additional support for the point I wish to make.
How to Distinguish “other gods”
What is the very clear distinguishing feature of the “other gods” to which God refers in Deuteronomy chapter 13? What seems to be repeated, both above in Deuteronomy 13 and in the other verses listed separately? Is it not obvious? The means by which Israel was to determine whether or not the god they were being instructed to follow is the True God is the following. As you read it pay particular attention to the clear implication in the use of pronouns (i.e. them, they, their):
If the “god” was not already known to them – if they (or their ancestors) had no experience with that “god” – if they knew nothing of the “god” being proclaimed – if their traditional understanding of God was different than the “god” being promoted – They were to utterly reject it, and even kill without mercy those promoting it!
It is irrefutable that the means given by God in His eternal Torah by which Israel and all other true followers of the One and Only God were to determine if someone was promoting a false god was by comparing that god to their (ancient Israel’s) historic definition and understanding of “God.”
If the god being promoted was different – if the god being promoted was “in addition to” – if the god being promoted was foreign to their (ancient Israel’s) historic experience and teachings – they were to forcefully oppose and reject it. They were to use their common sense historic understanding of God to determine if false gods were being preached. They were not to use the un-Hebraic Constantinian Christian understanding of God.
GOD DOES NOT CHANGE! Despite the implication of contemporary Christian and counterfeit Messianic Judaism leaders, I assure you God is still on the job and is the same God Moses and all the children of Israel knew when Torah was given. The exact same historic reference they were to use to determine if the god being promoted or prophesied for was the True God, is what we should use today.
Therefore, any concept of god that differs from their understanding of God during the days of Moses is a false god.
I hope no one is fool enough to embarrass him or herself by somehow trying to prove that the Trinity, or the understanding that Messiah is “God in the flesh,” was the accepted and standard understanding Israel had of their God! I have never come across even a hint that pre or post-Yeshua Judaism entertained the idea that God was – or ever would be – a God-incarnate man. Additionally, the concept of Messiah being anything other than a 100% human is absent from Hebraic thought. There is nothing in traditional, Hebraic/Judaic thought that suggest Messiah would be God! The fact that the standard, traditional, historic, unyielding Hebraic understanding was that God was ONE and ONLY One, and that Messiah was not and would not be God is as clear a fact of religion as is possible to find. (I discuss the easily refuted claims made by many Christianized Messianics regarding the Hebrew word for “God,” elohim, and “One,” echad, in a separate article.)
The absence in Traditional Hebraic thought of the “incarnate” man-God of Christianity and counterfeit Messianic Judaism is proof that such an understanding of God is false.
Furthermore, those presenting such a god are not only guilty of idolatry, but are also guilty of the even worse sin of leading others into idolatry. Frankly, due to the simplicity of this aspect of the deity issue I am of the opinion some Christian and counterfeit Messianic leaders are well aware they are promoting a false god.
- 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
- 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Messiah. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.
The New American Standard Bible, (La Habra, California: The Lockman Foundation) 1977.
The currently accepted mystery/mystical godhead of Christianity and Christianized Messianic Judaism was not conceived until centuries after Yeshua’s death, being first officially authorized during the Nicean council of 325 C.E. in the reign of Emperor Constantine. This is why I sometimes refer to Christianity as “Constantinian” Christianity. Christianity and counterfeit Messianic Judaism are clearly promoting a Constantinian god that vastly differs from the historic, accepted understanding which God told us to rely upon for determining truth.
It is clear that the knowledge to which God referred in His Deuteronomy 13 direct warning to Israel was common sense knowledge. It was not some sort of hidden or mystical knowledge.
Therefore, the attempts by Christianity and counterfeit Messianic Judaism to somehow prove from their “mystery” argument or a distorted corruption of Kabbalah that Yeshua is God is shown to be grotesquely false. Those who attempt such mystic slight-of-hand are among the world’s most arrogant and self-exalted humans as they imply that Israel did not know who God was. What madness! Those who promote a God-incarnate man actually implicitly teach that not even Moses really understood God. I bet my eternal life on the fact Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, etc. knew far better than today’s Christian and Messianic leaders exactly who – and what – God is.
Christian and counterfeit Messianic leaders do not understand God or worship the True God. They practice and promote idolatry. They are unwittingly guilty of the very abomination for which God imposed an immediate death penalty. They are zealously leading others to follow “other gods.”
I challenge anyone to prove that Traditional Hebraic thought, or historic Israel, ever understood God as a Triune being. I further challenge anyone to prove that Traditional Hebraic thought ever understood God to be prophesied as being the Messiah or any sort of “God in the flesh” human.
The mere fact that such concepts of God were not part of the traditional concept of God proves Yeshua is not God!
Frankly, there is actually no more proof needed if one is true to Scripture and exalts it above the distorted teachings of Christian and Messianic leaders.
Uncertainty over Messiah is not Uncertainty over God
A sure argument by those who seek to confuse the issue is the uncertainty regarding Messiah in Hebraic thought. Those presenting this argument will state that the failure of most Hebrews (Jews) to accept Yeshua as Messiah shows a failure in their understanding of God. I agree that there are differences in the understanding of Messiah and that Judaic opinions differ somewhat regarding various Messianic verses.
The Torah – specifically the deeper knowledge of oral Torah – actually teaches of two Messiahs who will come separately: Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David. There is no firm understanding of, in particular, the mysterious character of Messiah ben Yosef, which is the role Yeshua filled at his first appearance 2000 years ago. Nevertheless, at no time in Hebraic thought was either Messiah expected to be the Creator God. Thus, any Christian or counterfeit Messianic teaching that presents Messiah as God is presenting “other gods,” which Scripture directly warns against and which NO Hebraic tradition supports – Ancient or Rabbinic.
The confusion regarding Messiah is an entirely separate issue. One must already be of the mind to accept Messiah as “God in the flesh” for confusion over Messiah to be equated to confusion over the concept of God.
For certain, no one can define God in precise terms; however, one can easily determine how many Gods there are (not 3 or 2 merged into 1, but ONLY 1 without any corporeality) and that God is not human (though Christianity and counterfeit Messianism obviously think otherwise). Frankly, no one can define Messiah’s future actions in precise terms either, though some claim to be able to do so. I have a strong suspicion we will all be somewhat surprised when God finally reveals all truth to us.
The fact remains that God clearly instructed Israel to base their acceptance of prophets promoting a god upon their COMMON and TRADITIONAL understanding of who and what God is. It is unalterably true that Moses and Israel knew what and who the True God is. If they had not, God’s instructions would be nonsensical; therefore, any confusion over the role of Messiah was – and is – simply one of many uncertainties regarding the precise implementation of future plans of God! That is all it is.
Uncertainty over Messiah is not uncertainty over God, but is uncertainty over the plan of God, which is a totally separate issue! God’s plan and the God Who made that plan are 2 distinct things, just as an architectural drawing and the architect that created the drawing are distinct things.
Since Christianity has distorted the truths regarding Israel, Torah, the Kingdom of God, and most every other crucial aspect of Scripture, what would that suggest regarding the concepts they present of God and Messiah? The record of Scriptural truth within Christian doctrine is abysmal. God and Messiah are two completely different topics and confusion over the role of Messiah cannot be equated to confusion over the concept of God. God and the plan of God are two separate issues. Don’t let yourself be tricked into thinking otherwise.
The false Messiah defined by Christianity is the primary reason so many Jews continue to reject Yeshua as Messiah. They rightly refuse to accept any man as being God, and since Christianity demands they do so, they have historically rejected the “Christ” of Christianity. The false teaching of Yeshua as God has also biased them against even investing time to study what the New Testament actually teaches regarding Yeshua. It is amazing how leaders of Christianity and counterfeit Messianic Judaism can embrace so tightly the great Harlot of Revelation and cling so tenaciously to their Babylonian real estate.
Untold thousands or millions have died because they staunchly refused to accept the Christ-god of Christianity and counterfeit Messianic Judaism. They chose death over idolatry, and Christianity was more than willing to give them their death. I firmly stand with the Jews in their resistance to the false, pagan, idolatrous teaching that Messiah is God, even as I fight against Christian and counterfeit Messianic leaders to try and show Jewish and non-Jewish people exactly who Yeshua really is.
Unfortunately, the Beastly religious system that is prophesied to have the entire world under her spell is very cunning. Using a Christianized, counterfeit “Messianic Judaism” disguise, she has now rallied her minions, clothed herself with a tallit, appears willing to teach a little Torah, and even claims to be “Judaic.” The Beast is not stupid. She realizes one can do their best to keep Torah yet still possibly fall short by worshiping a false god.
Idolatry may well be a spiritual suicide pill for an otherwise spiritually healthy Christian or Messianic.
I hasten to add that not all contemporary Christian or Messianic organizations practice this idolatry, but as of this writing the majority do.
The battle for truth is growing in intensity and urgency as we near the return of our Messiah. There is a growing call for Christians and counterfeit Messianics to “embrace the mystery” of the Trinity. The numbers of those like myself has now reached a point where passive censorship and ignoring of us can no longer be done within Constantinian Christianity and Messianism. I pray you will cast aside the mystical drug being spread by Christian and counterfeit Messianic leaders and return – or discover – the one and only True God and the true Messiah as he is defined in Scripture.
May others awaken from the stupor of deception that is being perpetrated upon mankind and embrace the ONE God and the TRUE Shema (Deut. 6:4), which Yeshua considered the foremost of all commandments. May you heed the words of Torah.
- Deuteronomy 11:16
- 16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.
- Deuteronomy 11:16
- 16 Take care not to be lured away to serve other gods and bow to them.
Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
Then, may you join God’s true children in exclaiming:
- Joshua 24:16
- 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake YHVH, to serve other gods;
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.
- Joshua 24:16
- 16 In reply, the people declared,” Far be it from us to forsake the Lord and serve other gods!”
Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
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