Apostle John wrote, Jesus
"an Unique son" of God...
Apologist Jerome made him
"the Begotten son" of God...
The world famous
'Anchor Bible' and 'Gideon Bible'
provide the needed proof...
The George Washington University
During my bible study in 1992,
I wrote a letter to department of the New Testament, at the George Washington
University, Washington, D.C., USA.
My request was to elucidate the popular term from John's Gospel,
the "only begotten son", in relation to the
original Greek text written by the Apostle.
Below is a copy of the scholarly response that I received, from
the University by the then Assistant Professor of Religion, Paul B. Duff.
He now enjoys
the privileged position of Chair, Department of Religion at the George Washington University...
The above illumination is based upon the work of a scholar
of international repute, Dr. Raymond Brown. It informs us that the innovated
concept of Jesus being the "only begotten son"
of the Father was developed in the fourth century. It was injected by Jerome
into the Latin Bible to refute the claims made by Bishop Arius (d. 336)
and his associates that Father alone was really God and Jesus was made
(created) and not begotten. For further information it is suggested to
read the detailed text written by Dr. Brown in the 'Anchor Bible' Volume
29, 'The Gospel according to John (i)', published by Doubleday Inc., Garden
City, N.Y. (1966), p. 13-14. Apostle John had acknowledged Jesus to be
an "unique son" of God but
not the "only begotten son" of God.
It is quite understandable that since Jesus was born to Virgin Mary he
was indeed unlike others and therefore unique. However, in that respect
Adam the son of God (Lk. 3: 38), was more unique being born without a father
and a mother.
Consequences of the 4th Century
translators who use the Original Greek text
written by Apostle John, as their source document to translate this controversial
verse 3: 16, do mention that Jesus was a "unique
son" or "one of a kind son" of God. Those who opt to translate that
verse from the secondary document in Latin, known
as The Vulgate, created by a scholar and apologist named Jerome
(c. 347-420), do try to maintain that Jesus was the "only
begotten son" of God. These strange inconsistencies within the translated
texts for Jn. 3: 16 can be visualized from the reading of various translations
reproduced below from the 'Gideon Bible'.
The famous 'Gideon
Bible' is published by; The Gideons, the Christian Commercial Men's Association
of America established in 1899. The organization has since then placed
millions of copies of this Bible in hotels, hospitals, penal institutes
schools and many other such public places. Below are the 25 translations
of this often quoted verse John 3:16, in the world's important languages.
Please try to read these translations and notice the
dual translations that are published within a single bible that is circulated
"My Father and your Father" said Jesus
Apostle John, in his Gospel records
that when Jesus appeared before Mary Magdalene, outside of the empty tomb,
she tried to cling him. There upon Jesus told Mary not to hold him because
he had yet to ascend to the Father. Jesus then instructed Mary to go and
tell his disciples: "I am ascending to my Father
and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and
conveyed that Message to the disciples. (John 20: 16-18). This conclusively
proves that the term "My Father" used by Jesus
simply meant that the Almighty God was the Father of him as well as that of his
disciples. In other words, this unequivocally recorded verbatim authenticates
that the relationship of Jesus with "his Father" and "his God" were akin to the
relationship his disciples had with the Heavenly Father and God.
What is the Whole Truth?
- 1. To be a BEGOTTEN son of God, there has to be an
act of BEGETTING performed by the God.
2. Who was the other party to this act?
- 3. That party must have existed before the Begotten
- 4. Where was Jesus, before this act?
5. If Jesus is regarded co-equal and co-eternal, as professed by the
Trinitarians, and if the Begotten Son came after the act of BEGETTING, that
Negates the Doctrine of Trinity.
- 6. If Jesus was co-eternal in time with the God,
then that Negates Jesus being a "Begotten Son of God"...
WHAT IS THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT TRUTH?
God begets not nor was He begotten...
May God the Creator and Sustainer of All,
us all to His Eternal Truth...
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