The 'Who is God?' Controversy

Beyond the 'Is There a God' Controversy

In recent years, the Internet has opened up a new can of worms; anyone with a desktop or laptop computer has been spewing out video commentaries on the Bible. (Pointing to myself) welcome to the club!

When Eashoa came to the world, He chose Twelve Disciples and proceeded on His Mission. He did not introduce Himself to the religious hierarchy in Judea and He did not introduce Himself to the Roman authorities. He went around with His Twelve Disciples and said to them, 'Do not tell anyone that I am the Msheekha.' Even when He performed the miracles, He told the people He healed not to speak about it to anyone. He told the parents of the girl who was dead not to tell anyone; he asked everyone to leave (except for her parents) and He took her by the hand and raised her. He said to them, 'She is only sleeping.' The word 'sleeping' in Aramaic is 'T'leetah.' (In Greek, Latin and other translations from these Bibles the word is translated as her name was Talitha.)

When the Pharisees saw Eashoa on the Cross, they said that he raised the dead but himself he cannot ... let him come down from the cross and we will believe in him. So when He rose from the dead, Eashoa did not show Himself to them. Why? Because He only wanted His Disciples and Apostles to know that He was risen. Why?

That is what this note is about. In the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man Eashoa explained that even if a man should rise from the dead they will not believe him. And, of course, it came to pass that Eashoa is Risen, yet there are people today that do not believe that He was who He said He was.

If Eashoa had come with pomp and ceremony and announced Himself through the powers in Rome and the whole world, it would have been something completely different. He did not wish to come to the world that way. Eashoa wanted His Children to realize who He was.

He chose Twelve Disciples and sent them out on a mission to preach the Truth, to tell all those who would listen about the Way to Eternal Life. He was the Way, the Truth and the Life, but everyone has to find out individually.

To know Eashoa Msheekha is a personal journey.

At the beginning of the Apostolic Age, the Apostles had to be careful about who to preach the Faith in Eashoa's name to. Then Christianity was preached to the East, to India and all the way to China. In the West, Christianity was preached in Rome. Constantine is the first ruler who converted to Christianity there. Christianity was preached in Africa as well. In the Near East, referred to as Holy Lands, Christianity came under Islamic persecution from the 7th Century onwards.

The Eastern Churches and the Western Churches are at odds with each other over the issue of who is God. The early schisms happened because of this subject during the early centuries of Christianity, even before Islam came about. The Church of the East believed in the two-natures of the Msheekha (Christ). Ironically, the Greek bishop of Constantinople Nestorus sided with them, and to this day the Greek Orthodox and the Church of the East agree on this. The Roman Church believed in the three-natures of Christ. The Jacobites split from the Church of the East; they believed in the one-nature of the Msheekha.

Then in modern times, there came the Protestants who split from the Catholic Church. After the Gutenberg Press published the Bibles in the European languages, the Western Churches began to define the Trinity differently. The Catholics believed that Mary was the Mother of God, because Jesus is God, but some of the other Churches believed that He was both God and man, and the Jacobites believed that He had one nature, the Godly nature.

The argument still persists to this day. It has been redefined in the Age of the Internet as 'He is One in Three' or 'He is Three in One.' Some believe this way, some believe that way. You will see many videos on Youtube going into this controversy regarding the Trinity.

Since I started merely as a translator of the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures -- and I'm still pretty much just that -- however, I've been putting out my commentaries in video and audio for my readers now. And inadvertently I have entered this controversy as well. I have made a few commentaries about the Trinity to clarify what the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures have recorded on this subject.

First of all, I am the only one who has discovered the word 'Trinity' in the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures. It is 'Tla Qnumeh' or 'Qnumeh.' The word 'Qnumeh' is the plural of 'Qnumah.' Eashoa speaks of His Qnumah, as He is one of the Qnumeh. It must be remembered that the words, Qnumah, Qnumeh and Tla-Qnumeh, are all retired from the Scribal language (Leeshana Supprayah.) It is no longer allowed to use these retired words. They are sanctified for sacred use only.

Even though the word for Trinity is in the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures, I cannot seem to be able to prove it to the great majority of the readers on the Internet. I'm the only one who has discovered this word so far, and there are others who speak Aramaic, but they will not corroborate the correctness of this discovery. This is a major mystery for me.

Nevertheless, time does not stand still for anyone, so I have to go on with my translation work and leave this subject alone -- for the most part, except ....

The Age of the Internet and the Age of Information will continue to produce more comments on the nature of God. And who is God?

The word 'God' is only a thousand years old name. In the Ancient Aramaic the word is 'Allaha.' In Hebrew it is 'Elohim.' But you do not hear many Jews today using this word. The Muslims, however, use the name 'Allah' quite a lot. These three words have evolved from the oldest language in the world; the earliest written record is from six thousand years ago.

'Allaha' and 'Elohim' are grammatically plural; 'Allah' and 'God' are singular. So the English language and Arabic are much closer in meaning and the theological interpretations are similar. The Muslim 'Allah' is fixed in meaning because the Qur'an officially is only in Arabic. However, the Western Bibles are in European languages, with English dominating heavily in the interpretation of the Scriptures. So the result is a total chaos as to the interpretation of the Trinity.

So the battle on the subject of the Trinity and who is God rages between the Christians and the Muslims on the Internet in the English language. This battle produces many doctrines that have no logical basis, since none of the positions taken are based on fact. They are simply theological or political battles. There will never be any resolution of the subject. Neither the Hebrew Old Testament, nor the Greek New Testament mention the word Trinity in them. The word Trinity is only in my translation from the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures.

So if you can hear the sound of one hand clapping, here it is: Eashoa Msheekha said in the Ancient Aramaic language, 'Do not tell them who I am.' This was His commandment to His Disciples, and by extension -- through the preaching of the Apostles -- Eashoa Msheekha is the Milta of Allaha. This knowledge is to be given to those who will accept it. It is not to be forced on anyone. Therefore, we should not preach to Muslims about Christianity. We should not give them the Scriptures. It is an offense punishable by death in Muslim countries. Even in Israel it is against the law to preach Christianity to Jews. We should respect the rights of the people of other religions. We should preach the Gospel by example, live the Christian life through faith in Maran Eashoa Msheekha, and live at peace with everyone. Protect your Faith and guard yourself against the machinations of evil.

Apr. 23, 2014

AAC Index | Aramaic Bible Index