Two Gods, Father and Son
"Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee."
To adequately set forth the wealth of evidence in support of the belief that God and Christ are two separate and distinct personages and Gods, it would be wise to begin with the most basic or obvious fact: God is the Father, and Christ is His Son.
This fact is so basic and comprehensible that it is often overlooked and taken for granted during discussions about the separateness or oneness of God and Christ.
Though a man may be both a father and a son, reason dictates that he can neither be a father, nor a son, unto himself (the terms "father" and "son" define the relationship between two separate persons. One may be a father to a son, and a son to a father, but not a son or a father to oneself). As such, if it can be established that God is the Father of Christ, and Christ is God's Son; they, then, cannot be the same personage, but must be considered as two separate and distinct beings. And, since they are both Gods and Lords, they must be seen as separate Gods and Lords, and there must be more than one God and Lord.
However, certain feminist of late have claimed that the masculine or patriarchal references to God as the Father are an inaccuracy of scriptural transcription and translation.
They contended that the references to God in masculine terms are the workings of an exclusively male clergy who wished to retain power unto themselves.
They have also asserted that God is either gender neutral or multi-gender.
Some have even argued that God is a woman.
The more ardent of these feminists have interpreted, and have even taken it upon themselves to re-write the bible so that those passages which speak of God as the Father are read in generic terms (such as "the Holy One"), or in multi-gender terms (such as "Father/Mother)."
It would be contrary to the intent of this chapter to examine this issue in detail. It is, however, important to note that this argument calls into serious question the inspired nature and divine authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. It also impugns the character of its scribes and authors--including Christ the Lord, who on many occasions spoke of God as " Father", "your Father", "our Father", and his "Father"; as well as God, himself, who referred to Christ as His Son (this assumes that Christ and God have been correctly quoted).
I freely admit that since this text relies heavenly upon the scriptures as evidence in support of the claims being made, that only those who question not the verity and accuracy of the references to God as the Father, and who hold the Bible to be the inspired words of God, will accept as valid the scriptural evidence presented. To those who oppose this belief, I am rendered mostly helpless in making my case--at least on this particular point.
There are also some who will contend that the Father/Son relationship between God and Christ is one of a figurative and not literal nature; and as such, they will claim that there is a part of God which is the Father--which part, one would assume, is the Begetter or Creator, and He functions in a paternal and patriarchal role; and there is a part of God which is the Son--which part, one would assume, is the begotten or created, who functions in a dependant or subordinate role; and in this sense He (God) is able to be both Father and Son unto Himself.
This claim is not only difficult to conceptualize, but it implies that God is not, or was not always complete as a God; nor is He, or was He wholly developed. It suggests that there is a part of God which did not at one time exist, but was conceived and born as a Son unto that Fatherly portion of Himself. It also suggests that that portion which was born as a Son unto the Father had need to be nurtured and developed by the Father(11), thus implying that there is a portion of God which has had need of nurturing and development. Under these assertion, God, is, or was not fully complete, perfected, or eternal--an assertion not compatible with revealed truths, nor acceptable to those who may unknowingly have suggested it.
Besides, evidence will be presented in this and other chapters which will show the relation between God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ to be more than just kindred attributes possessed by God himself. God will be seen to have been as much a Father to Christ--and in much the same way--as mortal men are fathers to their offspring. This being true, there is reason to conclude that God and Christ are two separate and distinct personages and Gods.
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You are my opponent, but not my enemy, for your resistance gives me strength. Your will gives me courage. Your spirit ennobles me. And, although I aim to defeat you, should I succeed, I will not humiliate you, instead I will honour you..For without you, I am a lesser man.