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President Obama Calls Jesus ‘A Son of God’ Who ‘Knew Doubt’ During Annual Easter Prayer Breakfast


By ICA

1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

Reflecting upon the “triumph of the resurrection” of Christ and the “all-important gift of grace”,  it seemed good at first glance to hear President Obama taking an apparent step forward at the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the White House yesterday. Knowing that speeches are planned and reviewed well in advance and that words are chosen carefully, it was therefore disappointing to then hear Obama refer to Christ as “a Son of God” — not as the Son of God, the only begotten [unique] Son of the Father — and that Christ was one who “knew doubt”:

It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace.  And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured — not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.

Unlike President Obama, Scripture never refers to Jesus as merely “a” Son of God. Yes, Scripture declares all who believe in Him to be sons and daughters of God, but Christ is the preeminent and only begotten [monogenēs, "unique"] Son of the living God, a Truth to which every single related reference in the whole of Scripture testifies. It may sound trivial, but often something as seemingly insignificant as the word “a” can be what distinguishes sound Christian doctrine from the kingdom of the cults. Much of what is said can be truth or fall within the pale of orthodoxy, but it is then mixed with “tiny” lies, just enough to poison the meaning and the message. John 1:1, in referring to Jesus Christ as the Word [Logos], declares that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Yet the New World Translation used by Jehovah’s Witnesses, for instance, takes John 1:1 and changes the original text’s intended meaning to say that “the Word was a god” and, as such, teach that Jesus is not Almighty God, but rather a “mighty” yet lesser god only.

For like us, Jesus knew doubt.  Like us, Jesus knew fear.  In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”  He fell to his knees, pleading with His Father, saying, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.”

Jesus was fully man, but He was also fully God. Sure, the humanity that Christ took upon Himself would have naturally allowed Jesus to be tempted (Matt 4:1) or to feel apprehension and physical distress in knowing that His preordained purpose — to die an agonizing death for the sins of the world — was about to be fulfilled. It would have been a human, physical reaction to His impending crucifixion and what it meant for His creation. But doubt is not physical. It is spiritual. Jesus never doubted who He was. Jesus never doubted His purpose. Jesus never doubted His mission. Doubt is a product of having a weak faith (cf Matt 14:31; 21:21) and Obama’s claim to the contrary strips Christ of His Divinity, and clothes Him with nothing more than the weak faith of a mere man. Yet Jesus was One “who knew no sin” (2 Cor 5:21), something that could never be accomplished by any mere man (Romans 3:23) where weak faith and doubt exists.

We can eat food that is 99% healthy, and just 1% poison. But good food cannot save the body when poison destroys it. As Christians, we need to familiarize ourselves with Truth and recognize that even when the leader of the free world, in an attempt to gain support from American Christians, speaks about the “triumph of the resurrection” of Christ and the “all-important gift of grace”, declaring that Jesus is “a Son of God” — as if to infer that Christ somehow has equals — and “knew doubt” is an error that will beget error, and a lie that can, and will, destroy if we fail to correct it.

  1. pattiefarm
    04/05/2012 at 2:37 PM

    We wrestle not against flesh and blood but wickedness in high places. How do you know if all that you see claiminig to be flesh and blood that it is flesh and blood.

    God we know, he is Father, Son and Holy ghost and he also is the lamb, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, he is the ox and the Eagle, the bright and Morning star the fairest of 10,000 to my soul, he is the Lilly of the valley, he is the rose of sharon, He is the great I AM.

    Hopefully soon the imposters of all things are going to have to leave, as the word says the gates of Hell shall not prevail against us.

    I was being attacked by demonic forces and could not figure how or why. My Husband just died and I am still young. But a women in the church let it be known who she really is. So did the pastor/shepherd when he let her speak on the platform regarding stars, moon and the firmament. The children of God do not watch after times. In confronting the leader of the church he said yes she has to do this speaking every 3 mos or so. I was never there when this happened before.

    We lost a business, 5 homes, relationship with our children that God has restored, had one of these homes burned to the ground and all of our possessions to clothe to warm, to lay down, to live, to eat and the work of our hands for 40 years burned up on smoke. But in the 5 years they sent their forces of hell my husband I grew closer to the Lord and he is my strength on him do I depend. This world is not my home I am just passing thru my treasures are laid up beyond the blue, there is an Angel that will beckon you and I, one day not failing.

    That women gave me a parchment paper with a picture of a white wheel barrel and reddish colored tulips setting inside the barrell. She wrote in pencil: “your tribulation is not over but maybe one day you can come out”. This peice of paper had a skinny thin square ring of metal around it. She put it down by my things and ran off, When comfonted she said her father told her to give it to me. Her father and my father are not the same! I am a child of the most high, God! The one and only. I say to her No, No, No I am here to say the one I serve has control over my life and he said the gates of hell shall not prevail against me. He said the rain shall come on beat upon the house that is built on the rock and it shall not be torn down, it shall stand. The Lord died for my salvation and every other believer in him. In him does come my peace and by him does come my might, for his spirit he put in me, I am baptized in his name, I am called his child and “he siad”; no weapon formed against me shall not prosper, and every word risen against me in judment I here by condemn, he said it is his rigteousness in me, that he put it in me, “he said”; he gave it to me as my heritage.

    I was baptized in his name and he washed away my sins and he made me white as snow, greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world, let all who beleive call upon his name and drive every demonic force to the abyss of hell where they belong and all who loves these forces let be their conscience if they follow after them to the same place. I pray for those who are tortured by the non-believers who use things of evil to bring harm against the children of God and ask the Lord to bless them and set them free acccording to his word in the name of Jesus Christ

    Pray for our israel, England and the United States in these sad times.

  2. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    04/05/2012 at 3:07 PM

    Excellent article. I watched this yesterday and just shook my head. The more he tries to appease the Christians the more his lies come out. If you ask me or any other Christian what the passion is or what Jesus did, we will say He is my Lord & Savior. He died for me and my sins, he endured unheard of pain & sorrow to save me and people everywhere who believed. He died on the cross, was buried and was resurrected on the 3rd day, and he’s coming back for his children. He was THE son of God! THE ONE AND ONLY SON OF GOD! Daniel comes to mind where he talks about the end times, and states the one who comes will say all kinds of blasphemies against God. Wake up America!

  3. 04/05/2012 at 6:37 PM

    If Jesus is a son of God Who Are The Others?

  4. 04/06/2012 at 5:37 PM

    Every time this man opens his mouth he give more and more evidence that he is not a true Christian. Those of you who know the word of God should see Obama’s fruit and run from this man. He is a propagates false doctrine and leads those who are in ignorance of God’s word in to spiritual darkness….

    great article…

  5. 04/09/2012 at 3:03 AM

    Regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “New World Translation” Bible and its rendering of John 1:1, it may interest you and your readers to know that, in support and explanation of their wording of this verse (especially within the third clause with “a god”), there is soon to be published a 20+ year study (as of 4/2012), a thoroughly researched reference work – an historical analysis & exhaustive annotated bibliography – it will be entitled, “What About John 1:1?”

    To learn more of its design and expected release date, you are invited to visit:

    http://www.goodcompanionbooks.com

    When finally published, apart from discussing many of the other topics and scriptures often related to the man-made Trinity doctrine, you will also discover that we have collected information on about 430+ scholarly reference works (mostly Trinitarian) which, throughout the centuries, had opted to say something other than, “and the Word was God,” and that, included among them are over 120 which had chosen to use “a god” within the third clause of their renderings.

    As you might expect, we are very excited at the opportunity to share our findings with others.

    Agape, JohnOneOne.

  6. iamnotashamedofthegospelofchrist
    04/09/2012 at 8:34 AM

    Your comment is very hard to understand, as is other’s view’s of the scriptures when we try to twist them to mean what we want. But there are a few points that I find hard to swallow. Jesus warns us that Blasphemies against the Holy Spirit is the only unforgiveable sin. I too, have done an exhaustive study of my own on the scriptures for 40 plus years, the difference is I’ve been guided by the Holy Spirit. I don’t need a study done by men to translate (& I use the word loosely) for me the gospel of Christ. I also do not read others commentaries on the Bible and take it as the Word from God. Jesus say’s Heaven and Earth shall pass away but MY word will endure forever. I will add you to my prayers, because you are walking a fine line.

  7. ICA
    04/09/2012 at 4:22 PM

    johnoneone says, “… there is soon to be published a 20+ year study (as of 4/2012), a thoroughly researched reference work – an historical analysis & exhaustive annotated bibliography – it will be entitled, ‘What About John 1:1?'”

    Hi johnoneone, thank you for your comment. It matters not whether someone has taken 20 seconds or has taken 20 years to study John 1:1. All recognized grammatical and Greek authorities attest to the fact that the Greek text does not call the Word “a” god. Jesus is not merely “a” god, and all translations testify to this fact. Only the JW’s own translation intentionally changes the intended meaning of the Greek, a fundamental error that poisons the meaning and the message. Jesus is not a created god. Jesus is Almighty God and He is eternal.

    Isaiah 43:10, “‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.'”

    Isaiah 45:22-23, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other… Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.

    Phil 2:10-11, “… at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord …”

    Revelation 22:12-13, 16a, “‘Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End… I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches …”

    Revelation 1:8, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,‘ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.‘”

    John 1:1 declares that in the beginning was the Word. Not that He was ever created. How can Jesus be created if He always existed in the beginning? Jesus says that He is the Alpha and Omega — the First and the Last — and that He is the Almighty. How can Jesus be created if He is called the “First and the Last” and Scripture declares Him to be the Almighty?

    Contrary to the translations of “The Emphatic Diaglott” and the “New World Translation”, the Greek grammatical construction leaves no doubt whatsoever that [the Word was God] is the only possible rendering of the text. The subject of the sentence is “Word” (Logos), the verb, “was”. There can be no direct object following “was”, since according to grammatical usage, intransitive verbs take no objects but take instead predicate nominatives which refer back to the subject, in this case, “Word” (Logos).* It is therefore easy to see that non article is needed for “Theos” (God), and to translate it “a god” is both incorrect grammar and poor Greek, since “Theos” is the predicate nominative of “was” in the third sentence-clause of the verse and must refer back to the subject, “Word” (Logos). Christ, then, if He is the Word “made flesh” (John 1:14, KJV) can be no one else except God, unless the Greek text and consequently God’s Word be denied. [* - Colwell's rule clearly states that a definite predicate nominative (Theos -- God) NEVER takes and article when it precedes the verb ("was") as in John 1:1.]

    Jehovah’s Witnesses, in their “New World “Translation”, attempt to discredit the Greek text on this point, for they realize that if Jesus and Jehovah are one in nature, their theology cannot stand, since they deny that unity of nature.[1] The refutation of their arguments on this point is conclusive.

    Read more here.

    johnoneone, “… the man-made Trinity doctrine …”

    The Triunity of One God is taught in the whole of Scripture. As I wrote here, to use an analogy to illustrate this, consider fire. When we observe the fire of a candle, for example, we observe three distinct things: light, heat, and a flame. Yet, the light is fire. The heat is fire. The flame is fire. Although these three are fire, are there three different fires, or only one? Likewise, the Father is called God in Scripture (Phil 2:1), and so is the Son (John 1:1,14; Col 2:9), and so is the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). Even though there is a clear distinction, there is only One God.

    Deuteronomy 6:4 declares, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” This sounds quite benign or simple at first glance, but have you ever wondered why Moses needed to confirm to the people that the Lord is ONE? Should that not have been the natural assumption on behalf of Israel? Well, no, and that is because they were experiencing three personages of God in the wilderness. Moses needed to eliminate their confusion. So let’s consider what the transliteration of this verse is saying, “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh and our Elohim are a united one.” The Old Testament demonstrates a plurality in the Godhead that is a united One, and this distinction is reaffirmed in the New Testament: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).

    If God was not “Three in One”, this statement would make no sense. Yahweh AND our Elohim (plural) are a united one. This is where the word ‘echad’ becomes critical, because it refers to a ‘united one’, not a lone individual. When Rambam (Maimonides) changed the Shema (see here), he removed ‘echad’ and substituted ‘yachid’, which means ‘alone’. So now, the Shema uttered by Israel today goes something like this: “..Yahweh, our God Yahweh is alone.” But even this change did not completely erase the idea of the Trinity, because the word ‘Elohenu’ (‘our Gods’) is still in his Shema, which actually makes it read like this: “..Yahweh, our Gods Yahweh are alone.”

    I would like to quote the forward to a book by Yoel Natan entitled, “The Jewish Trinity”:

    Tradition says that Moses and the rest of the OT writers seldom hinted at the existence of the Trinity. This book, however, shows that the NT writers knew that Moses and the other OT writers wrote strikingly and often about the Trinity and about the deity of Christ. The OT and NT writers both wrote about the Trinity and the glory and grace of the Messiah so that their readers could be saved.

    The aim of this book is to disperse the smog of those who would obfuscate the witness of the OT and the NT to the Trinity and to the deity of Christ, so that the OT and NT will continue to save as many as possible through their witness to the truth. This book ought to accomplish this aim, God willing, because even if someone were to arbitrarily reject the majority of the Trinitarian proofs mentioned in this book, the minority of OT and NT proofs that remained would still total more than the number of proofs known before the publication of this book.

    By God’s grace, many readers of this book will conclude that:

    * Many of the cults and world religions from which people need to escape are based on the mistaken idea that Moses was unitarian rather than Trinitarian, and

    * If Moses, Yeshua, and all the OT and NT writers were through and through Trinitarian, then the reader should forsake all anti-Trinitarian religions, cults, and churches, as well as their leaders, teachers, theologians and philosophers, and quickly join a Trinitarian church

    This book can be read here, and I highly encourage you to do so.

  8. Anonymous
    04/09/2012 at 7:25 PM

    Most Watchtower members have no idea that not one of the members of the “New World Translation Committee” had any formal training in ancient languages. Not a one of them even graduated college. They refused to have their names listed in the NWT, supposedly out of humility, but most likely also so their credentials (or lack thereof) could never be investigated. The Douglas Walsh trial in 1954 established this as fact. Look up the transcripts.

    Johnoneone – you have been deceived by this organization. They have lied and falsely prophesied again and again. Just one example:

    “1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old….based upon the promises set forth in the divine Word, we must reach the positive and indisputable conclusion that millions now living will never die.” —Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1920, p. 97

    The society even built a HOUSE for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to live in called “Beth Sarim”. This is all easily verifiable information. Please be willing to seek out the truth about this organization to which you are entrusting your eternal soul.

    AtHisFeet

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