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Assuming Unitarianism


In several debates between Biblical Unitarians and trinitarians, the argument has been brought forward by trinitarians that Biblical Unitarians are guilty of “assuming unitarianism”; it is suggested that rather than deriving their unitarian beliefs from the Bible and/or sound reason, unitarians instead begin with the assumption that their views are true, and only by working backwards find what appears to be support for their views in the Bible. If one did not approach the Bible with the pre-supposition of that the one God is only one person and that Jesus Christ is a man, one would not find it there, these trinitarians argue. This is a very common trinitarian argument- is there a good answer to it?

In this post I want to look at some of the “assumptions” Biblical Unitarians are guilty of which lead them to find their views in the Bible, and show that these cannot fairly…

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That YHVH is One Person and Jesus Christ Another, Proved from Acts 4:24-30

YHVH, the Creator of all things, the one God, is one person, and Jesus Christ is His Anointed, His Servant, and His Son, another person and individual being distinct from the one God.


And when they heardthis, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “OLord, it is You whomade the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them,25whoby the Holy Spirit,throughthe mouth of our father David Your servant, said,

‘Why did theGentiles rage,

And the peoples devise futile things?

26‘The kings of the earthtook their stand,

And the rulers were gathered together

Against the Lord and against HisChrist.’

27For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holyservant Jesus, whom You anointed, bothHerod andPontius Pilate, along withtheGentiles and the peoples of Israel,28to do whatever Your hand andYour purpose predestined to occur.29Andnow, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants mayspeak Your word with allconfidence,30while You extend Your hand to heal, andsigns and wonders take place…

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“Jesus had to be God to atone for our sins.”

“Jesus had to be God to atone for our sins.” Really?

Got a Scripture for that?

Many people have said to me the last months that Jesus had to be God to atone for our sins. My challenge is to show me Scriptures that say so. If such a claim is true, it should be explained in the Scripture from front to back, from one side to the other. If there is no Scripture that says that, then we should rethink our theology before making such a claim. Perhaps that claim is a creation of the human mind (satanically inspired?). The claim in effect is telling God the conditions under which we will accept Him and His Messiah. It is telling God, “I won’t accept you unless You die”.

But we shouldn’t tell our Maker what He must do. Israel tried that numerous times. It never worked (e.g., Isaiah 45:9-10). We don’t make the rules for the forgiveness of sin, atonement, or for any of our relationship with God. God tells us what is necessary. God said to man “You will die”. Satan chimes in and says “Man, you won’t die.” Man thinks and says, “I (my real self, my spirit) won’t die, but God, you must die”.

God has told us that the death of the human Servant Messiah descended from David, Jesus, is sufficient for atonement for sin.
But we want to tell God, “No, I won’t accept the death and resurrection of your human Messiah. That’s not enough. God, You must die.

Other Trinitarians say, “No, God didn’t die, only the human Jesus died”. But the Trinitarian’s “two-natured” Jesus, who supposedly was both “fully God and fully man”, brings no redemption because the God-nature, being immortal by definition, did not die. The Bible says we have been reconciled to God by the death of his Son (Romans 5: 10). Either the Son of God died and we have redemption, or “God the Son” did not die (just his human nature!?) and we are yet in our sins!

The falsity of this Trinitarian claim is detected by a little cross-examination. The Trinitarian says that Jesus had to be God to atone for mankind’s sin. But then it is claimed that God didn’t die, only the human Jesus died. The very thing the Trinitarian claims was necessary for the forgiveness of sin, didn’t happen.

That Trinitarians can’t agree on such a critical question as “Did God die?” is evidence that they have a misconceived idea of who God is. They are not thinking biblically.

-Bill Schlegel-

Blessings everyone

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How can Jesus be a mere man?

Some have characterized the Biblical Unitarian view as making Christ into
a “mere man.”
Though we do consider him a pure and genuine human being, he is not “merely” anything.

  • Jesus is unique; he is God’s supernaturally-conceived and only begotten son (John 3:16), he is the uniquely empowered agent of heaven, the anointed King of God’s kingdom and our Lord (1 Corinthians 8:6b).
  • He is the ultimate Prophet foretold by God to Israel (Deuteronomy 18:18).
  • He is the savior of the world, the only one to have lived a sinless life, and one whom God made the source of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:8-9).
  • He is furthermore the only human being to have been raised from the dead into immortal glory (Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5) and is now sitting at the right hand of God with full honor and majesty (Psalm 110:1). Surely this is a person who is not “merely” anything.

Despite these great honors, it is true that Christ is a man, and a man-made “like his brothers in every way” (Hebrews 2:17). We are told that “he is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:10-11); indeed, he consistently referred to his followers as “these brothers and sisters of mine” (Matthew 25:40, Matthew 12:50, Matthew 28:10), and indicated that they would ultimately reign with him in his Kingdom (Luke 22:30, Revelation 3:21, 2 Timothy 2:12). It is because Christ has “taken the lead among” humanity that he is considered “the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Romans 8:29). If one holds that Jesus just is God however, then one must ultimately consider oneself a brother or sister to God, which seems to overstep the message of the New Testament.

The writer of Hebrews adamantly taught that Jesus had to be a real human being in order to atone for our sins: “Therefore, he had to be made like his brethren in all things, so that he might become a merciful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). Jesus perfectly fit the requirements of high priesthood precisely because he was a man: “Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God” (Hebrews 5:1).

The Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man” (1 Corinthians 15:21) and again to the Romans, “through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous”
(Romans 5:15,19).

He also referred to Christ as “the last Adam,” indicating a parallel to the first Adam; both were made in the image of God, both were created as sinless human beings. Of course, the first Adam made a mess of things, and the last Adam is fixing them even now–this is the underlying message from Paul.

Paul also explained that Christ, whom he calls “the man,” is the appointed mediator between the one God and the rest of mankind (1 Timothy 2:5). He furthermore informs us that God “has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed” (Acts 17:31). These are only a fraction of the teachings we find in the New Testament declaring Christ’s humanity.

Lastly, the Apostle John gave us a stark warning that “many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist” (1 John 4:2-3, 2 John 1:7). In other words, Jesus is a real flesh-and-blood human being. If he was more than a human being, say an angel, or God, we would expect the Apostles to clearly teach these things, especially if such warnings were given about the dangers of getting it wrong. However, John does not speak of any inherent deity or dual-natures, but simply that Jesus was human. Given that there are no clear explanations of his being anything but human, we believe we have rightly taken the most biblical stance possible, that the Lord Jesus, the son of God, is and always has been a human being.


Blessings everyone