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THE MAN, YAHSHUA
Revised 3/12/12

Yahshua himself proclaimed to be a man:

But now you seek to kill me, A MAN that has told you the truth, which I have heard of Yahweh: this did not Abraham (Yahchanan [John] 8:40).

Yahshua is called a man many times in the so-called "New Testament":

For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does [it]. When Yahshua heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel (Lukyah 7:8-9).

Yahchanan [John] 8:40 “…a man who has told you the truth…”

Acts 2:22 “Yahshua the Nazarene, a man attested to you by Yahweh with miracles and wonders and signs which Yahweh performed through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.”

Acts 17:31 “He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed”

1. 1 Tim. 2:5 “…the man Messiah Yahshua.”

Yahweh is not a man, but Yahshua, may the blessing and mercy of Yahweh be upon him, was a man, therefore, Yahshua was not Yahweh.

2. The Bible Says that Yahweh Is Not a son of man

Numbers 23:19 “Yahweh is not a man...nor a son of man…”

The Bible often calls Yahshua “a son of man” or “the son of man.”

Mattithyah [Matthew] 12:40 “…so will the son of man be…”

Mattithyah 16:27 “For the son of man is going to come…”

Mattithyah 16:28 “…until they see the son of man coming in his kingdom.”

Yahchanan Mark 2:10 “But so that you may know that the son of man has authority…”

Yahchanan [John] 5:27 “…because he is the son of man.”

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the “son of man” is also used many times speaking of people (Job 25:6; Psalm 80:17; 144:3; Ezekiel 2:1; 2:3; 2:6; 2:8; 3:1; 3:3; 3:4; 3:10; 3:17; 3:25).

Since Yahweh would not contradict Himself by first saying He is not the son of a man, then becoming a human being who was called “the son of man”, he would not have done so. Remember Yahweh is not the author of confusion. Also, human beings, including Yahshua, are called “son of man” specifically to distinguish them from FATHER Yahweh, who is not a “son of man” according to Scripture.

3. The Scripture Says That Yahsua Denied He Is Yahweh ("God")

Lukyah 18:19 Yahshua spoke to a man who had called him “righteous,” asking him, “Why do you call me righteous? No one is righteous except Yahweh alone.”

Mattithyah 19:17 And he said to him, “Why are you asking me about what is right? There is only One Who is right; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Yahshua did not teach people that he was Yahweh ("God"). If Yahshua had been telling people that he was Yahweh ("God"), he would have complimented the man. Instead, Yahshua rebuked him, denying he was The Righteous One, that is, Yahshua denied he was his and our FATHER Yahweh ("God").

4. The Scripture Says That Yahweh Is Greater Than Yahshua

Yahchanan 14:28 “My Father is greater than I.”

Yahchanan 10:29 “My Father is greater than all.”

Yahshua can not be his and our FATHER Yahweh if Yahweh is greater than him. The Christian belief that the FATHER and His SON Yahshua are equal is in direct contrast to the clear words from Yahshua.

5. Yahshua Never Instructed His Disciples to Worship Him as FATHER Yahweh or the "Holy Ghost", but Yahweh and Yahweh ONLY as Our Heavenly FATHER and Creator

Lukyah 11:2 “When you pray, say OUR Father which is IN HEAVEN.” Note that Yahshua was ON EARTH (or IN THE WORLD) when he said this.

Yahchanan 16:23 “In that time period, you shall ask me nothing. Whatsoever you ask of the Father in my name.”

Yahchanan 4:23 “The hour comes and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeks such to worship Him.”

If Yahshua was his and our FATHER Yahweh, he would have sought worship for himself as our Heavenly FATHER and Creator. Since he didn’t, instead he sought worship for Yahweh in the heavens, therefore, he was not Yahweh.

6. The Scripture Says that Yahshua Recognized, Prayed, & Worshiped the Only True Yahweh

Yahshua communicated ("prayed") to Yahweh with the words:

Yahchanan 17:3 “…that they might know You, the only true Yahweh, and Yahshua Messiah whom You have sent.”

Yahshua prayed to his and our Father Yahweh all night:

Lukyah 6:12 “he continued all night in prayer to Yahweh.”

…because:

Mattithyah 20:28: Just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve.

How did Yahshua communicate ("pray") to Yahweh?

Mattithyah 26:39 ‘…he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father…”

Even Shaul said:

Hebrews 5:7 “During the time of Yahshua's life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One Who could redeem him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”

Who was Yahshua communicating ("praying") to when he fell on his face with loud cries and petitions? Was it himself? Was Yahshua crying in tears to himself pleading to be redeemed from death? No man, sane or insane, prays to himself! Surely the answer must be a resounding ‘No.’ Yahshua was praying to “the only true Yahweh.” Yahshua was the servant of the One Who sent him. Can there be a clearer proof that Yahshua is or was not Yahweh?

7. The Scripture says that the disciples did not believe Yahshua was Yahweh.

The Acts of the Apostles Scripturally detail the activity of the disciples over a period of thirty years after Yahshua, may Yahweh praise him, was raised to heaven. Throughout this period, they never referred to Yahshua as "God". For instance Kepha stood up with the eleven disciples and addressed a crowd saying:

Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, listen to this: Yahshua of Nazareth was a man accredited by Yahweh to you by miracles, wonders and signs, WHICH YAHWEH DID among you THROUGH (BY WAY OF) him, as you yourselves know.”

For Kepha, Yahshua was a servant of Yahweh (confirmed in Mattithyah 12:18):

Acts 3:13 “The Almighty One of Abraham, Isaac and Yaaqob, the Almighty One of our fathers, has esteemed his servant Yahshua.”

Acts 3:26 “Yahweh raised up his servant...”

When faced by opposition from the authorities, Kepha said:

Acts 5:29-30 “We must obey Yahweh rather than men! The Almighty One of our fathers raised Yahshua...”

The disciples prayed to Yahweh just as they were commanded by Yahshua in Lukyah 11:2, and considered Yahshua to be Yahweh’s servant,

Acts 4:24 “...they raised their voices together in prayer to Yahweh. ‘Sovereign Mater,’ they said, ‘you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.’”

Acts 4:27 “...Your set apart servant Yahshua, whom you anointed.”

Acts 4:30 “…of Your set apart servant Yahshua.”

8. The Scripture says that Yahshua was Yahweh’s servant, chosen one, and beloved.

Mattithyah 12:18 “Behold, My servant, whom I have chosen, in whom My soul is well pleased.”

Since Yahshua is Yahweh’s servant, Yahshua can not be Yahweh. 9. The Scripture says that Yahshua could not Do Anything by Himself.

Yahchanan 5:19 “The son can do nothing by himself; he can only do what he sees his Father doing.”

Yahchanan 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing.”

Yahshua did not consider himself equal with his and our Father Yahweh, rather he denied doing anything by himself.

10. The Scripture says that YAHWEH PERFORMED miracles THROUGH Yahshua and that Yahshua was limited in what he could do.

Mattithyah 9:8 “But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and esteemed Yahweh, Who had given such authority to men.”

Acts 2:22 “a man attested to you by Yahweh with miracles and wonders and signs WHICH YAHWEH PERFORMED THROUGH him in your midst.”

Acts 10:38 “…he went about doing righteousness and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Yahweh was with him.”

If Yahshua was his and our Father Yahweh, the Scripture would simply say that Yahshua did the miracles himself without making reference to Yahweh. The fact that it was Yahweh supplying the power (authority) for the miracles shows that Yahweh is greater than Yahshua.

Also, Yahshua was limited in performing miracles. One time when Yahshua tried to heal a blind man, the man was not healed after the first attempt, and Yahshua had to try a second time (Yahchanan Mark 8:22-26). Once a woman was healed of her incurable bleeding. The woman came up behind him and touched his cloak, and she was immediately healed. But Yahshua had no idea who touched him:

Yahchanan Mark 5:30 “At once Yahshua realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’”

Yahchanan Mark 6:5 “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”

Quite obviously, someone with such limitations can not be Father Yahweh. The power of miracles was within Yahshua by way of his and our Father Yahweh.

11. The Scripture says that at times of weakness heavenly messengers (malakim, "angels") strengthened Yahshua; Father Yahweh ,however, does not need to be strengthened.

Lukyah 22:43 “A messenger (malak, "angel") from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him [in the garden of Gethsemane].”

Yahchanan Mark 1:13 “Then the devil left him; and behold, heavenly messengers came and began to minister to him.”

Yahchanan Mark 1:13 “And he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts, and heavenly messengers were ministering to him.”

Men need to be strengthened; Yahweh does not, because Yahweh is All-Powerful (Almighty). If Yahshua had to be strengthened, he most certainly was not Yahweh our Heavenly Father and Creator.

12. The Scripture says that Yahshua wanted Yahweh’s will to be done, not his own.

Lukyah 22:42: “not my will but Yours be done.”

Yahchanan 5:30 “I do not seek my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

Ychananan 6:38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.”

Are some members of the coequal Trinity subservient, and less than equal, to other members? Even though they have different wills (“I do not seek my own will”), do they obey without question the others’ commands (“the will of Him who sent me”)? Yahshua admits to subordinating his own distinct will, yet according to the Trinitarian doctrine they should all have the same will. Should one of the triune partners have to forgo his own will in favor of the will of another member of the Trinity? Should not they all have the exact same will?

13. The Scripture says Yahshua regarded Yahweh’s testimony as separate from his own.

Yahshua regarded himself and Yahweh as two, not “one.”

Yahchanan 8:17 and 18: “I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father.”

Yahchanan 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in Yahweh; trust also in me.”

If Yahshua was Yahweh, He would have not have regarded Yahweh’s testimony as separate from his own.

14. The Scripture says that Yahshua is subordinate to Yahweh

1 Corinthians 11:3 “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Messiah, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Messiah is Yahweh.”

1 Corinthians 15:28 “When he has done this, then the son himself will be made subject to Him who put everything under him, so that Yahweh may be all in all.” Since Yahshua was subordinate to Yahweh, he was not Yahweh.

15. The Scripture says that Yahshua grew in wisdom & learning, but Yahweh is All Wise & does not (need to) learn

Yahshua grew in wisdom, but Yahweh is all wise:

Psalms 147:5 “Great is Yahweh and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”

Lukyah 2:52: “And Yahshua increased in wisdom.”

Yahweh does not need to learn, but Yahshua learned.

Hebrews. 5:8 “Although he was a son, he learned obedience…”

16. The Scripture says that Yahshua had limited knowledge, but Yahweh’s knowledge is infinite:

Yahchanan Mark 13:32 “No one knows about that time or hour, not even the messengers (malakim "angels") in heaven, NOR THE SON, but ONLY the Father.”

Since Yahshua, may the blessing and mercy of Yahweh be upon him, did not know, he was not all-knowing, and therefore, he cannot be Yahweh Whose knowledge is all-encompassing.

17. The Scripture says that Yahshua was tempted, but Yahweh cannot be tempted:

Hebrews 4:15 “tempted in every way—just as we are”

Yaaqob [James] 1:13 “for Yahweh cannot be tempted by evil”

Since Yahweh can not be tempted, but Yahshua was, therefore, Yahshua was and is not Yahweh.

18. The Scripture says that Yahshua's teachings were from Yahweh, NOT Yahshua himself

Yahchanan 7:16 “So Yahshua answered them and said, "My teaching is not mine, but His who sent me.”

Yahshua would not have said this if he were Yahweh, because the doctrine would have been his.

19. The Scripture says that Yahshua died, but Yahweh cannot die

The Scripture teaches that Yahshua died. Yahweh cannot die. Romans 1:23 and other verses say that Yahweh is immortal. Immortal means, “not subject to death.” This term applied only to Yahweh in this verse.

20. The Scripture says that Yahshua lived because of Yahweh

Yahachanan 6:57 “I live because of the Father.”

Yahshua cannot be Yahweh because he depended on Yahweh for his own existence.

21. The Scripture says that Yahshua's powers were given to him:

Mattithyah 28:18 “All power is given unto me.”

Yahweh is all-powerful (Almighty), no one gives Yahweh His power (authority), otherwise He would not be Yahweh because He would be weak. Therefore, Yahshua could not be God.

22. The Scripture says that Yahshua was taught & commanded by Yahweh

Yahchanan 8:28 “As my Father has taught me, I speak these things,”

Yahchanan 12:49 “The Father, who sent me, he gave me a commandment.”

Yahchanan 15:10 “I have kept my Father’s commandments.”

No one can teach Yahweh, otherwise Yahweh cannot be All-Knowing and would owe His teacher. Since Yahshua was taught and commanded by Yahweh, Yahshua cannot be Yahweh himself. The teacher and the student, the commander and the commanded are not one and the same being.

23. The Scripture says that Yahweh made Yahshua Master (“Lord”)

Acts 2:36 “Yahweh has made this Yahshua... both Master ("Lord") and Messiah.”

The word “Lord” is used in many ways in the translation of Scripture, and others beside Yahweh and Yahshua are called “Lord” in translation. For example:

1) property owners (Matt. 20:8)

2) heads of households (Mk 13:35)

3) slave owners (Matt. 10:24)

4) husbands (1 Pet. 3:6)

5) a son called his father Lord in translation (Matt. 21:30)

6) the Roman Emperor was called Lord in translation (Acts 25:26)

7) Roman authorities were called Lord in translation (Matt. 27:63)

“Lord” is not the same as “God” in translation. “Lord” (the Greek word is kurios) is a masculine title of respect and nobility used many times in Scripture translation. If Yahshua were Yahweh, then for the Scripture to say he was “made” Master ("Lord") would make no sense.

24. The Scripture says that Yahshua was lower than the heavenly messengers (malakim, "angels")

Hebrews 2:9 “But we do see him who was made for a little while lower than the malakim, namely, Yahshua.”

Yahweh, the Creator of malakim, can not be lower than His own creation, but Yahshua was. Therefore, Yahshua was and is not Yahweh.

25. The Scripture says that Yahweh called the Father “my Almighty On ("God")”

Mattithyah 27:46 “My Almighty One (or "My strength"), My Almighty One, why have You forsaken me?”

Yahchanan 20:17 “I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my Almighty One and your Almighty One ("God").”

Revelation 3:12 “… the temple of my Almighty One… the name of my Almighty One… the city of my Almighty One… comes down out of heaven from my Almighty One.”

Yahshua did not think of himself as the Almighty One, instead Yahshua's Almighty One ("God") is the same as ours.

26. The Scripture says that Yahweh cannot be seen, but Yahshua was

Yahchanan 1:18 “no man has seen Yahweh at any time.”

27. The Scripture says twice that Yahshua was accused of being "God", but he denied it

According to the so-called "New Testament", on only two instances the Jews opposed Yahshua on the basis that he pretended or made himself out to be "God" or equal with Yahweh. Had Yahshua, may the blessing and mercy of Yahweh be upon him, claimed to be "God", he is likely to have been opposed on this basis more frequently. Because in these two instances, when charged, in the one case, with making himself "God", and in the other, with making himself equal with Yahweh, he denied the charges. In reply to the charge of being an equal with Yahweh, he says immediately:

John 5:19, 30 “The son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do”; and directly after:

“I can of mine own self do nothing.”

In answer to the charge of making himself "God", he appeals to the Jews in substance thus: Your own Scriptures call Moses a god, and your magistrates gods; I am surely not inferior to them, yet I did not call myself "God", but only the “son” of Yahweh (Yahchanan 10:34-36).

This is unlikely to have been Jesus' actual response. Hastings in “The Dictionary of the Bible” says, “Whether Jesus used it of himself is doubtful.” Grolier’s encyclopedia, under the heading “Jesus Christ,” says, “it is uncertain whether the Father/Son language (Mark 18:32; Matt. 11:25-27 par.; John passim) goes back to Jesus himself.” A University of Richmond professor, Dr. Robert Alley, after considerable research into newly found ancient documents concludes that:

“....The (Biblical) passages where Jesus talks about the Son of God are later additions.... what the church said about him. Such a claim of deity for himself would not have been consistent with his entire lifestyle as we can reconstruct. For the first three decades after Jesus’ death Christianity continued as a sect within Judaism. The first three decades of the existence of the church were within the synagogue. That would have been beyond belief if they (the followers) had boldly proclaimed the deity of Jesus.”

Assuming Jesus did say that he was “son” of God. What did it mean? We first need to know the language of his people, the language of the Jews to whom he was speaking.

First, most people think there are no other verses that contradict or give equal divine sonship to other persons in the Old or New Testament. But according to the Bible God had quite a few “sons”: Adam,[1] Jacob is God’s son and firstborn,[2] Solomon[3], Ephraim[4] is God’s firstborn, common people are called the sons of God.[5] All four Gospels record Jesus as saying, “Blessed are the peace-makers; they will be called sons of God.”

The word “son” cannot be accepted literally because in the Bible, God apparently addresses many of his chosen servants as “son” and “sons.” The Hebrews believed God is One, and had neither wife nor children in any literal sense. Therefore, it is obvious the expression “son of God” merely meant “Servant of God”; one who, because of faithful service, was close and dear to God as a son is to his father. Christians who came from a Greek or Roman background, later misused this term. In their heritage, “son of God” signified an incarnation of a god or someone born of a physical union between male and female gods. This can be seen in Acts 14: 11-13, where we read that when Paul and Barnabas preached in a city of Turkey, pagans claimed they were gods incarnate. They called Barnabas the Roman god Zeus, and Paul the Roman god Hermes.

Furthermore, the New Testament Greek word translated as “son” are “pias” and “paida” which mean “servant,” or “son in the sense of servant.” These are translated to “son” in reference to Jesus and “servant” in reference to all others in some translations of the Bible. So, consistent with other verses, Jesus was merely saying that he is God’s servant.

Additional Problems with Trinity To a Christian, God had to take human form to understand temptation and human suffering, but the concept is not based on any clear words of Jesus. In contrast, God does not need to be tempted and suffer in order to be able to understand and forgive man’s sins, for He is the all knowing Creator of man. This is expressed in the verse:

Exodus 3:7 “And the Lord said: ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people that are in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; for I know their pains.’”

God forgave sin before Jesus’ appearance, and He continues to forgive without any assistance. When a believer sins, he may come before God in sincere repentance to receive forgiveness. Indeed, the offer to humble oneself before God and be saved is made to all humankind.

Isaiah 45:21-22, cf. Jonah 3:5-10 “And there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside Me. Look to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.”

Biblically, people can receive forgiveness of sins through sincere repentance sought directly from God. This is true at all times and in all places. There has never been a need for the so-called intercessionary role Jesus plays in attaining atonement. The facts speak for themselves. There is no truth to the Christian belief that Jesus died for our sins and salvation is only through Jesus. What about the salvation of people before Jesus? Jesus’ death brings neither atonement from sin, nor is it in any way a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Christians claim that in the birth of Jesus, there occurred the miracle of the incarnation of God in the form of a human being. To say that God became truly a human being invites a number of questions. Let us ask the following about the man-God Jesus. What happened to his foreskin after his circumcision (Luke 2:21)? Did it ascend to heaven, or did it decompose as with any human piece of flesh? During his lifetime what happened to his hair, nails, and blood shed from wounds? Did the cells of his body die as in ordinary human beings? If his body did not function in a truly human way, he could not be truly human as well as truly God. Yet, if his body functioned exactly in a human way, this would nullify any claim to divinity. It would be impossible for any part of God, even if incarnate, to decompose in any way and still be considered God. The everlasting, one God, in whole or in part, does not die, disintegrate, or decompose:

Malachi 3:6 “For I the Lord do not change.”

Did Jesus’ flesh dwell in safety after his death? Unless Jesus’ body never underwent “decay” during his lifetime he could not be God, but if it did not undergo “decay” then he was not truly human.

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Footnotes:

[1] “Adam, which was the son of God.” (Luke 3:38)

[2] “Israel is my son, even my firstborn.” (Exodus 4:22)

[3] “I will be his father, and he shall be my son.” (2 Samuel 7:13-14)

[4] “for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.” (Jeremiah 31:9)

[5] “Ye are the children of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 14:1)