Chapter 1

Who and What Is God?

I WAS RETURNING to my hotel in New Delhi some years ago from
a private conference with the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, Prime
Minister of India. Ever since arriving in India I had noticed cows
and oxen wandering through the streets. I had never seen such
animals straying loosely through city streets in any other country.
"Don't these cattle stray quite a distance from home?" I asked
of the car driver.
"Oh yes," he answered.
"But when," I asked, "they wander all over the streets so far
away, how do their owners find them, to drive them back home for
the night?"
The car driver smiled. "The owners don't. But the cattle and
oxen know their owners and where they live. They find their own way
home in the evening."
Immediately I thought of the scripture in the first chapter of
Isaiah, which I had never understood so perfectly before this
living explanation.
"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath
spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have
rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his
master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not
consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of
evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the
Lord ... they are gone away backward" (Isa. 1:2-4).
And this was spoken of ancient Israel, a nation to which God
had revealed himself by many evidences and miracles. How much less
do other nations know about God -- about WHO and WHAT God is!
Nevertheless, other nations are human beings just like the
nation Israel. It is important at the very outset of this chapter
that you notice God calls these humans his own children. Many
people say, "God just doesn't seem real to me." God is a great
mystery to them. Their own human fathers don't seem like a mystery.
They seem real.


Why Does God Seem Unreal?

In this chapter I hope we will help make God as real to you as your
own human father. God does reveal himself to us in the Bible, if we
will just understand it, so that he will seem real to us.
Of the peoples of the Roman Empire, God inspired the apostle
Paul to write:
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress
the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the
world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity
[spiritual], has been clearly perceived in the things that have
been made [physical]. So they are without excuse; for although they
knew [about] God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to
him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless
minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Rom.
1:18-22
, Revised Standard Version).
The billions now living on earth not only are ignorant of the
most important knowledge -- WHO and WHAT God is -- they seem not to
want to know! They are willingly in ignorance of this most
important knowledge and relationship possible in human life!
Astonishing -- but TRUE!
And why have humans been willingly ignorant of man's most
important relationship? One explanation, only, is possible! All
nations have been deceived (Rev. 12:9). And the fact of this
universal deception makes certain the fact of a super Deceiver!
More of this, later.


God UNREAL to the Ancients

The first created man Adam, taking to himself from the forbidden
tree the knowledge of good and evil, was at the same time rejecting
God as Creator. It is certain that God had revealed somewhat of
himself, a certain knowledge to Adam.
Nevertheless Adam had cut himself off from God his Creator.
Undoubtedly, some of the knowledge that God had imparted to Adam
was successfully imparted from father to son for many generations.
Jesus had called Abel, Adam's second son, "righteous Abel." He did
the right thing in offering a lamb in sacrifice. Later, Enoch
"walked with God." God spoke to Noah and gave him instructions for
the building of the ark.
After the Flood certain historic accounts imply that Shem, one
of Noah's three sons, had some knowledge of the true God. But
undoubtedly, as generation succeeded generation of humanity,
knowledge of God had become greatly distorted.
Nimrod, as recorded in chapter 4 of this book, made a virtual
god of himself. Through the succeeding generations and centuries
knowledge of the true God faded almost completely. The ancient
pagan nations made many different idols out of clay, wood, stone
and other materials. Many examples of pagan idol gods have been dug
up by archaeologists and may be seen in museums today. As the
apostle Paul said, they worshipped the creation rather than the
Creator (Rom. 1:25).


First Century A.D. Concept

Coming to the New Testament, we catch a glimpse of the ignorance of
any knowledge about God. The scholarly of the world in the first
century were the Athenian intellectuals. Some of them encountered
the apostle Paul in Athens.
"Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the
Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler
say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods:
because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they
took him, and brought him unto Areopagus [atop Mars Hill], saying,
May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? ...
"Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men
of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions [objects of
worship -- Revised Standard Version], I found an altar with this
inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly
worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all
things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth ... he
giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of
one blood all nations of men for to dwell on ... the earth ... for in
him we live, and move, and have our being ..." (Acts 17:18-19,
22-26, 28
).
And now what of the scholarly of our Western world today? One
would think, the most highly educated ought to know WHO and WHAT
God is! Suppose you ask at random 100 university deans, "Do you
believe in God?" Perhaps three or four would answer, "Oh, I believe
in the existence of God -- as a 'first cause.'" But they cannot tell
you WHO or WHAT God is! They cannot tell you what God is like! God
is not real to them. In other words, he is a mystery. Perhaps
another six or eight of the hundred will admit they are
agnostics -- they do not know "for sure" whether God exists.
I have said that education has become a matter of memory
instillation. From elementary grades to higher graduate levels of
study, our educational systems inject ready-made concepts,
ideologies and a mixture of facts and fables into the unsuspecting
minds of children, youths and young adults. Students in our school
systems are graded according to how well they accept, memorize and
can recite or write in tests what has been taught -- whether true or
false.
Modern education has given universal acceptance to the fable
of evolution. Evolution is the agnostic's or atheist's attempt to
explain the existence of a creation without the preexistence of the
Creator. It removes God from the picture. It blinds itself to the
mystery by attempting to remove God altogether.


Material creation Seems Real

The creation is material, visible, and therefore seems real. The
system of modern education has become entirely materialistic. The
modern scientific concept denies the invisible and the spiritual as
having existence. Yet all our seemingly unsolvable problems and the
evils in this world are spiritual in nature.
I quoted above from the first chapter of the book of Romans.
The 28th verse says, "... they did not like to retain God in their
knowledge." Little or nothing is taught about God, but even in the
elementary grades the basic concept -- the APPROACH to knowledge -- is
evolution.
Is it any wonder, then, that the scholarly do not know WHO or
WHAT God is? They believe what they have been taught.
As I write I recently returned from my second four-day visit
in Beijing (Peking), as the first religious leader from the world
of Christianity to be invited by the government to speak before
large groups at the Chinese capital. I have met in private
conference with the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress, Tan Zhen-lin, and now, on this second
visit, with Deng Xiaoping, the unquestioned leader of China.
In speaking with China's leader, I was speaking to the top
official now molding the minds and beliefs of over ONE BILLION
people -- almost a fourth of all the people on earth. China, in
population, is the world's largest nation. In very ancient times
the religion in China was ancestor worship. Then came Confucianism,
rivaled by Taoism. Later Buddhism was introduced from India, then
Christianity. Today the nation is communist -- atheist.
I found China's leaders to be a very cordial, friendly and
courteous people -- but knowing WHO and WHAT God is most certainly is
not what they are now concerned about. I did not try to tell them
WHO and WHAT God is, but I did tell two large and important
audiences of leaders what God is very soon going to do -- and I
announced this forthcoming book, which I am writing now.
India is the second largest nation. What have they known about
WHO and WHAT God is? NOTHING!
Russia is third largest in population. They did have Russian
Orthodox Christianity, and now atheism.
I am not condemning or judging these people -- and I presume
they are as well-meaning as any people. God is not judging them
NOW -- as I shall explain later. Neither is he condemning them. He
loves them and will call them all to eternal salvation in his own
time. But they DO NOT know WHO or WHAT God is.
In ancient Egypt they worshiped the gods Isis and Osiris. The
Greeks and Romans anciently had mythological gods such as Jupiter,
Hermes, Dionysus, Apollo, Diana and many others. But they did not
know, and their peoples do not know today, WHO and WHAT God is. But
WHY?


Why Willingly Ignorant?

Already, in the quotation from the first chapter of Romans, I have
given you a reason -- they were willingly ignorant of the things of
the true GOD. But WHY? Why willingly ignorant? In Romans 8:7 it is
stated plainly that the natural mind of humans is hostile against
God. This does not necessarily mean that all unconverted human
minds are actively, intentionally, maliciously hostile. Most humans
are passively hostile against God. They simply do not normally
think about God. If God is mentioned they become embarrassed and
often try to change the subject. They probably do not realize, in
their own minds, that they have a hostile attitude toward God. Yet
that is the very reason, psychologically, why they want to avoid
the subject. In other words, the average person has an unrealized
passive hostility against God. Without realizing it actively, they
want God to "keep his nose out of their business" -- except at a time
when they are in deep trouble and they cry out for God's help.
Spiritual things -- invisible things -- are a mystery to them.
They do not understand those things, real though they are, because
they cannot see them. They remain a deep mystery so they deny their
existence.
There was a cause for this willing ignorance. And the Bible
clearly tells us that cause, which is dual: 1) what occurred
prehistorically, and 2) what God himself instituted following the
original sin of Adam. All this (to be explained in the next two
chapters), and the CAUSE of all the escalating evils of today's
world, are clearly revealed by God Almighty in his Word the Holy
Bible. This will be made plain as we progress.
But first, what does the Bible reveal about WHO and WHAT is
God? It is only in this inspired book that God reveals himself. But
mankind in general has never believed God -- that is, what God says!
God spoke face to face, personally, to Adam and Eve, the first
created humans. Then he allowed Satan to approach them. Satan got
to Adam through his wife. Our original parents believed Satan when
he said, "Ye shall not surely die," after God had said, "Thou shalt
surely die" upon stealing the forbidden fruit.
When Jesus Christ spoke on earth 4,000 years later, only 120
people believed what he said (Acts 1-15) though he preached his
message from God to multiple thousands.
No wonder, then, not one of these religions, sects and
denominations, except the small and persecuted Church founded by
Jesus Christ (A.D. 31), starting with that 120, believes God, which
means these others do not believe what God says in his Word. God's
Word plainly reveals who and what God is! But there is a reason for
their ignorance. This will be made clear as we proceed.
Just WHO and WHAT, then, is God? How does he reveal himself?
Already I have quoted the apostle Paul saying to the Athenian
intellectuals that God is the Creator, who designed, formed, shaped
and created MAN.
The prophet Isaiah quotes God himself, saying: "To whom then
will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? ... Lift up your eyes on high,
and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their
host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of
his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth" (Isa.
40:25-26)
.
Read this in the James Moffatt translation in modern English:
" 'To whom will you compare me, then, and equal me?' asks the
Majestic One. Lift high your eyes, look up; who made these stars?
he who marshals them in order, summoning each one by name. For fear
of him, so mighty and so strong, not one fails to appear."
Further, God himself says to the skeptics: "Now, the Eternal
cries, bring your case forward, now, Jacob's King cries, state your
proofs. Let us hear what happened in the past, that we may ponder
it, or show me what is yet to be, that we may watch how it turns
out; yes, let us hear what is coming, that we may be sure you are
gods; come, do something or other that we may marvel at the
sight! -- why," taunts God to the doubter, "you are things of naught,
you can do nothing at all!" (Isa. 41:21-24, Moffatt). These
scriptures reveal God's power but not what God is, in a manner to
make him real to the reader. Other scriptures must do that.


God, Creator of Universe

God is Creator of ALL -- of everything in the vast universe -- the
stars, the galaxies in endless space, this earth, man and
everything in the earth.
That is WHAT God is -- what he does. He CREATES! He designs,
forms and shapes. He gives LIFE! He is the great GIVER. And his
law -- his way of life -- is the way of GIVING, not GETTING, which is
the way of this world
But what is God like? WHO is God? There have been many
conceptions. Some believe God is merely the good or good
intentions, within each human -- merely some part of each human
individual. Some have imagined God was some kind of idol composed
of gold or silver, or carved out of wood, stone or other material.
The Israelites thought, while Moses was communing with God on Mount
Sinai, that God was, or looked like, a golden calf.
Many think God is a single individual supreme Personage. Some
thought he was a spirit.
But the generally accepted teaching of traditional
Christianity is that God is a Trinity -- God in three Persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which they call a "Ghost." The word
trinity is not found in the Bible, nor does the Bible teach this
doctrine. But more about that later.


God in Prehistory

Now let's go back to the very beginning, in prehistory.
If you were asked where in the Bible to find the very earliest
description of God in point of the time of his existence, you
probably would say, "Why, in the very first verse in the Bible,
Genesis 1:1, of course." Right?
Wrong!
In time-order the earliest revelation of WHO and WHAT God is
is found in the New Testament: John 1:1.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men" (John
1:1-4
)
"The Word" in this passage is translated from the Greek logos,
which means "spokesman," "word" or "revelatory thought." It is the
name there used for an individual Personage. But who or what is
this Logos? Notice the explanation in verse 14:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth."
When he was born as Jesus Christ, he was flesh and blood,
materialistic and could be seen, touched and felt. But what was he?
As God -- as the Logos? That is answered in John 4:24, "God is a
Spirit," and spirit is invisible. We know what was his form and
shape as the human Jesus. But of what form and shape was he as the
Word? We will explain that later.
The Word, then, is a Personage who was made flesh -- begotten by
God, who through this later begettal became his Father. Yet at that
prehistoric time of the first verse of John 1, the Word was not
(yet) the Son of God. He divested himself of his glory as a Spirit
divinity to be begotten as a human person. He was made God's Son,
through being begotten or sired by GOD and born of the virgin Mary.
So here we find revealed originally two Personages. One is
God. And with God in that prehistoric time was another Personage
who also was God -- one who later was begotten and born as Jesus
Christ. But these two Personages were spirit, which is invisible to
human eyes unless supernaturally manifested. Yet at the time
described in verse one Jesus was not the Son of God and God was not
his Father.


Who Was Melchisedec?

We find regarding the beginning of his existence, something further
described in Hebrews chapter 7. Speaking of Melchisedec, who was
king of Jerusalem in the days of Abraham, it says also that he was
the Priest of God Most High. This Melchisedec had existed from
eternity "without father, without mother, without descent, having
neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the
Son of God; abideth a priest continually" (Heb. 7:3).
Since Melchisedec was "like unto the Son of God," and abides
as High Priest forever continually, and Jesus Christ is now High
Priest, Melchisedec and Jesus Christ are one and the same Person.
Therefore Christ was "without father, without mother, without
descent [in Abraham's time], having neither beginning of days, nor
end of life." God also had existed eternally with the Word. Jesus,
when he was "the Word," was an immortal being who had existed
ALWAYS -- there never was a time when he did not exist -- without
beginning of days. He was, then, "like" the Son of God -- but he was
not yet the Son of God. He also was God, along with God.
These passages show that the Word, in the beginning -- before
ANYTHING had been created -- was with God, and he, also, was God. Now
how could that be?
There might be a man named John. And John might be with the
man named Smith, and John might also be Smith because John is the
son of Smith, and Smith is the family name. Yet they are two
separate persons.
The only point of difference in that analogy is that the Word,
at the time of John 1:1, was not, yet, the Son of God. But he was
with God, and he also was God.
They were not yet Father and Son -- but they were the GOD
KINGDOM!
That family is composed, now, of God the Father, and Jesus
Christ his Son, and many begotten humans who already, NOW, are
begotten SONS OF GOD (Rom. 8:14,16; I John 3:2), forming the Church
of God.
That FAMILY aspect -- the GOD FAMILY -- is vitally important, and
this will be thoroughly explained later.
But now, where are we?
Long before anything else existed, there did exist two Supreme
Beings, immortal, who ALWAYS had existed. Your mind can't quite
conceive that "always," but neither can it quite conceive of what
is electricity! Yet you know electricity exists and is real!


How Christ Was Creator

So back to our question, "WHO and WHAT is God?" Before anything
else came into existence there was God and the Word, composed of
spirit, not of matter, but nevertheless very real. Two Persons -- not
three. And, verse 3 of John 1, all things (the universe) were made
by the Word.
Now understand this, by adding Ephesians 3:9: "... God, who
created all things by Jesus Christ."
Let me explain. In the first week in January, 1914, I was sent
by a national magazine to Detroit, Michigan, to interview Henry
Ford to obtain material for an article on his sensational new
$5-a-day wage policy. I saw Henry Ford in the administration
building, wearing a business suit with white collar and necktie.
Then I looked across the breezeway into the giant factory (then the
Highland Park factory) and I saw perhaps thousands of men in
overalls, working at machines powered with electrical energy. Mr.
Ford was called the maker of the Ford car. But he made the cars by
these workmen, who used the power of electricity and machines.
In the same manner, God the Father is Creator. But he "created
all things by Jesus Christ." Jesus is the Word. It is written, "He
spake, and it was done" (Ps. 33:9). God tells Christ what to do
(John 8:28-29). Jesus then speaks, as the workman, and the Holy
Spirit is the POWER that responds and does what Jesus commands.
Thus, as we read further, in Colossians 1, beginning verse 12,
"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath ... translated us into the
kingdom of his dear Son ... who is the image of the invisible God
[same appearance, form and shape and character] ... for by him were
all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,
visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for
him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist"
(verses 12-13, 15-17).
Therefore God's Word reveals that God and the Word -- two
supreme Personages -- coexisted ALWAYS -- and before ANYTHING had been
created -- including this earth and the entire universe.
In the quotation above, Christ is in the image form and
shape -- of God. Perhaps it will make God more real to you when you
realize he is in the same form and shape as a human being. More
proof of this will be given later.
There was a time, therefore, when those two Personages
coexisted and NOTHING ELSE did.
No third Person is mentioned -- no "Ghost." Is God, then,
limited to only two Persons? The false Trinity teaching does limit
God to three Persons. But God is not limited. As God repeatedly
reveals, his purpose is to reproduce himself into what well may
become billions of God persons. It is the false Trinity teaching
that limits God, denies God's purpose and has palpably deceived the
whole Christian world. Both God and the Word themselves are SPIRIT,
and project their Spirit. Let me illustrate. By your eyesight you
can see something across the room, or see to the sun or even to
stars that are many times the size of our sun, only much farther
distant. But through your eyesight you cannot act on those objects.
In like manner, God can project his spirit to any place regardless
of distance, but through his Spirit God is able to act on such
objects or to change it as he wills. Thus, God is omnipresent.
How long must they have thought, and planned, and designed,
before even beginning to create anything whatsoever!
But matter -- this earth, the stars, nebulae, galaxies -- was not
the first thing they created. They created angels before the
creation of matter.
God speaks of the creation of the earth in the 38th chapter of
Job
. He says that, at the creation of the earth, all the angels
shouted for joy (verse 7). Therefore all the angels already were in
existence when the earth was first created.
In Genesis 1:1 it speaks of God creating the earth and the
heavens. In the Authorized Version the word heaven -- singular -- is
used. But the original Hebrew as Moses wrote, and as other
translations render it, is in the plural -- heavens -- implying that
the whole material universe was created simultaneously with the
earth. This is plainly stated in Genesis 2:4: "These are the
generations [beginnings] of the heavens [plural] and of the earth
when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth
and the heavens."
However, the word day in this context is not necessarily a
twenty-four-hour day, but a general period of time. That might have
been multiple thousands or millions of years ago. Angels were
placed on earth before the creation of man. Since angels are
immortal spirit beings, they might have dwelt here thousands or
millions of years before the creation of man. How many God does not
reveal. The earth, at first, was the abode of angels. But, Jude 6,
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their
own habitation [the earth] ...."


What Is God's Appearance?

Now more detail on WHO and WHAT God is.
God is Spirit (John 4:24, Revised Standard Version). Why is
God not real to so many people? Because God and the Word were
composed of SPIRIT, not matter, not flesh and blood, like humans.
God is invisible to human eyes (Col. 1:15). He does not seem real.
To seem real, the mind naturally wants to visualize a definite form
and shape. But even though God is composed of spirit and not of
visible matter, God nevertheless does have definite form and shape.
What is God's form and shape?
In Genesis 1:26, "God said, Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness." We know the form and shape of man. That is the
image, likeness, form and shape of God.
In various parts of the Bible, it is revealed that God has a
face, eyes, a nose, mouth and ears. He has hair on his head. It is
revealed God has arms and legs. And God has hands and fingers. No
animal, fowl, bird, fish, insect or any other kind of life we know
of has hands like human hands. Even if any other living being of
which we know had a mind to think with, without hands and fingers
he could not design and make things as a man does.
God has feet and toes and a body. God has a mind. Animals have
brains, but no mind power like man's.
If you know what a man looks like, you know what is the form
and shape of GOD, for he made man in his image, after his very
likeness!
One of Jesus' disciples asked him what God the Father looks
like. Jesus replied: "Have I been so long time with you, and yet
hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the
Father ..." (John 14:9). Jesus looked like the Father. Jesus was,
actually, "God with us" (Matt. 1:23). Jesus was the begotten and
born Son of God.
And what was Jesus' appearance? It was that of a human man,
for he also was the Son of man. He looked so much like other Jewish
men of his day that his enemies bribed Judas to point him out and
identify who, in a crowd at night, was Jesus.
So now we know God has the same form and shape as a man. We
also know he is composed of spirit, not of matter as is man. Spirit
is invisible to human eyes, unless manifested by some special
process.
And if so manifested we would see both God the Father and
Christ now glorified in heaven with faces, though formed and shaped
like human faces, as bright as the sun full strength! Their eyes
flames of fire, feet like burnished brass and hair white as snow
(Rev. 1:14-16).


God's Nature and Character

Most important of all however is what is God's nature -- his
CHARACTER -- like? One cannot know what God is unless he knows what
his CHARACTER is!
THE CHARACTER of both God the Father and Christ the Son is
that of spiritual holiness, righteousness and absolute perfection.
That character might be summed up in the one word LOVE,
defined as an outflowing, loving concern. It is the way of giving,
serving, helping, sharing, not the " GET way.
It is the way devoid of coveting, lust and greed, vanity and
selfishness, competition, strife, violence and destruction, envy
and jealousy, resentment and bitterness.
God's inherent nature is the way of PEACE, of JUSTICE, MERCY,
HAPPINESS and JOY radiating outward toward those he has created!
The Word and God LIVED. What did they do? They created. How
did they live -- what was their "life-style"? They lived the way of
their perfect character -- the way of outflowing LOVE. When Jesus was
baptized, God the Father said, "You are my beLOVED Son." God LOVED
the Word. And the Word LOVED God -- obeyed him completely.
Two can't walk together except they be agreed. They were in
total agreement and cooperation. Also two can't walk together in
continuous peace except one be the head, or leader, in control. God
was leader.
Their way of life produced perfect peace, cooperation,
happiness, accomplishment. This WAY of life became a LAW. Law is a
code of conduct, or relationship, between two or more. One might
call the rules of a sports contest the "law" of the game. The
presence of law requires a penalty for infraction. There can be no
law without a penalty for its violation.


God -- Author of Government

The very fact of law presupposes GOVERNMENT. Government is the
administration and enforcement of law by one in authority. This
necessitates authoritative leadership -- one in command.
When the only conscious Life-Beings existed, God was
leader -- in authoritative command. Thus, even when the only
conscious Life-Beings were God and the Word, there was GOVERNMENT,
with God in supreme command. The government of God is of necessity
government from the top down. It cannot be "government by the
consent of the governed." Its laws originate and are handed down
from God -- never legislated by the people -- never dictated by the
governed how the government over them shall rule them. Since they
created other conscious, thinking life-beings, this very fact of
necessity put the GOVERNMENT of God over all creation, with God
supreme Ruler.
Our human civilization has assumed the prerogative of
lawmaking. Human governments, whether city, county, state or
national, have lawmaking bodies -- city councils, state legislatures,
national congress, Parliament, Reichstag, Diet or Knesset. But
6,000 years of human experience have demonstrated the utter
incapability of humans to decide right from wrong, or to formulate
laws for human conduct and relationships.
Human lawmaking bodies have made so many laws that the average
policeman in a city could not possibly keep in his mind a fraction
of the laws whose violations he is supposed to act upon. Some may
remember a comic strip in American newspapers, "There ought to be
a law." The comic strip was poking fun at the very idea that human
lawmakers have made so many laws, and yet fail to cover every
possible infraction.
God's law is spiritual and can be summed up in one simple but
all-inclusive word -- love. His law for the guidance of human conduct
is subdivided into the two great commandments, love toward God and
love toward neighbor. These, in turn, are subdivided into the 10
Commandments. Jesus magnified this law by showing how its principle
expands to cover virtually every possible human infraction. The
third chapter of II Corinthians shows that God's law is to be
applied in principle. It is summed up in one single word, love.
Nevertheless, it is so perfect that, by applying its principle, it
is a complete law. There is only one perfect lawmaker, and that is
God.
Bear in mind the government of God is based on the LAW of God,
which is the way of life of outflowing LOVE, cooperation, concern
for the good of the governed. And this law of God produces peace,
happiness, cooperation through obedience.


God Is a Family

Now once again to Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God ..." This
originally was written by Moses as God inspired him. Moses wrote in
Hebrew. The Hebrew word translated "God" is "Elohim" -- a noun or
name, plural in form, but normally singular in grammatical usage.
It is the same sort of word as family, church, group -- one family
consisting of two or more members -- one church composed of many
members -- one group of several persons.
It is referring to precisely the same Persons, making up or
composing the one God, as we found in John 1:1 -- the Word and
God -- and each of those TWO Persons is GOD.
IN OTHER WORDS, GOD IS NOW A FAMILY of Persons, composed so
far of only the TWO -- God the Father and Christ the Son. But IF the
Holy Spirit of God dwells in someone, and he is being led by God's
Spirit, then (Rom. 8:14) he is a begotten son of God. But, at the
time of Christ's return to earth in supreme power and glory to set
up the KINGDOM OF GOD, restoring the GOVERNMENT OF GOD abolished by
Lucifer, then all being filled and led by God's Spirit shall become
BORN sons of God. The GOD FAMILY will then RULE ALL NATIONS with
the GOVERNMENT OF GOD RESTORED!
The Trinity doctrine limits God to a supposed three Persons.
It DESTROYS the very gospel of Jesus Christ! His gospel is the good
news of the now soon-coming KINGDOM OF GOD -- the only hope of this
world and its mixed-up mankind!
The Trinity doctrine, by contrast, is the doctrine of the
great false religion called in Revelation 17:5: "Mystery, Babylon
the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth."
By that doctrine, along with others, Satan has DECEIVED all
traditional Christianity.


The Trinity Doctrine

The generally accepted teaching of traditional Christianity is that
God is a Trinity -- God in three Persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit
(which is often called a "Ghost").
How did this "Trinity" doctrine enter traditional
Christianity?
It most emphatically did not come from the Bible. I have
quoted Revelation 12:9 saying that all nations have been deceived
by Satan the devil. How, then, did the wily Satan introduce this
doctrine into "Christianity"?
The history of this question is interesting. It seems
incredible that a being like Satan not only could have deceived the
whole world, but also "Christianity" -- the very religion bearing
Christ's name and supposed to be his true religion. Yet,
paradoxically, Satan did!
He did it through his great false church, started A.D. 33 by
Simon the Sorcerer, described in the 8th chapter of the book of
Acts as the leader of the Babylonian mystery religion in Samaria.
It is recorded in II Kings 17:23-24 that Shalmaneser, king of
Assyria, who had invaded and conquered the northern kingdom -- the
kingdom of Israel -- moved the people out of their land of Samaria,
north of Jerusalem, and moved into that land people of the
Babylonish mystery religion from the provinces of Babylon. They
were, of course, gentiles. They inhabited this area of northern
Palestine in the time of Christ. The Jews of Judea in Christ's time
would have nothing to do with them, calling them contemptuously
"dogs." They still adhered to this pagan Babylonish mystery
religion in the first century.
In A.D. 33, two years after Jesus Christ from heaven founded
the Church of God on that day of Pentecost, the deacon Philip, who
later became an evangelist, went down to Samaria and preached
Christ's gospel. This Simon the Sorcerer came with the crowd to
hear him.
Simon had bewitched the people of that country, and they
followed him as their leader in the Babylonian mystery religion
"from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great
power of God" (Acts 8:10).
When the people believed Philip, preaching the kingdom of God,
they were baptized, and this Simon managed to be baptized with
them.
Then Simon came to the apostles Peter and John, offering money
as a bribe, asking them to give him the power to lay hands on
people and have them receive the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him
strongly. But Simon proclaimed himself a Christian apostle,
nevertheless, and called the pagan Babylonian mystery religion
"Christianity." He accepted the doctrine of "grace" for the
forgiveness of sin (which the pagan religions had never had), but
turned grace into license to disobey God (Jude 4). He aspired to
turn his pagan religion, under the name "Christianity," into a
universal religion, to gain thereby the political rule of the
world.
Simon, the "Pater" (Peter) of his counterfeit religion, did
not accomplish this in his lifetime. But succeeding leaders, with
the headquarters moved to Rome, did, later, gain political control
over the Roman Empire and its medieval successor, called "The Holy
Roman Empire." This empire is in process of again being resurrected
in Europe now!


Counterfeit Gospel

By the sixth decade of the first century, much of the Middle East
had turned from the true gospel to a counterfeit (Gal. 1:6-7). As
late as the 90s A.D. the apostle John was still living. He wrote
the book of Revelation on the Isle of Patmos.
A little later the church started by Simon in A.D. 33 was
trying to turn the true Christian Passover (Christ had changed its
form from that of sacrificial lambs to unleavened bread and wine)
into Babylonian ceremony, now called, in English, "Easter" -- named
after the goddess Astarte or Ishtar (pronounced "Easter" in some
Semitic dialects).
After the death of the apostle John, a disciple of his,
Polycarp, waged a controversy over the Passover-Easter question
with the bishop of Rome, by then leader of the church started by
Simon.
Still later, another disciple of Christ's true Christianity,
Polycrates, waged a still hotter controversy over the same
Passover-Easter question with another bishop of Rome. This
theological battle was called the Quartodeciman Controversy.
Polycrates contended, as Jesus and the original apostles taught,
that the Passover should be observed in the new Christian form
introduced by Jesus and by the apostle Paul (I Cor. 11), using
unleavened bread and wine instead of sacrificing a lamb, on the eve
of the 14th Nisan (first month in the sacred calendar, occurring in
the spring). But the Rome church insisted that it be observed on a
Sunday.
About the same time another controversy was raging, between a
Dr. Arius, of Alexandria, a Christian leader who died A.D. 336, and
other bishops, over calling God a Trinity. Dr. Arius stoutly
opposed the Trinity doctrine, but introduced errors of his own.
In A.D. 325, the Emperor Constantine called the Nicene Council
to settle these controversies. Constantine was not then yet a
"Christian," but as political ruler he assumed control. The Council
approved both the Easter-Sunday doctrine and the Trinity.
Constantine, then civil ruler, made it a LAW. But he was not able
to make it TRUTH!
Satan has deceived the entire world in regard to the very
nature of WHO and WHAT God is -- as well as of Christ and the Holy
Spirit. Also of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, based on the spiritual LAW
OF GOD. And further, of WHAT and WHY man is, what salvation is, how
it is received, what is the true gospel, what and why the church is
and what of the future!


What Is God Like?

The word trinity is not used anywhere in the Bible. I am going to
make completely clear, as we proceed, God has not limited himself
to a "Trinity." The surprising truth, once understood, is the most
wonderful revelation the human mind could receive or contain!
The very first idea or teaching about God being a Trinity
began in the latter half of the second century -- a hundred years
after most of the New Testament had been written. The counterfeit
Christianity spawned by Simon the Sorcerer was promoting it
vigorously along with the pagan Easter. But the true Church of God
vigorously resisted it. The controversy became so violent it
threatened the peace of the world. The then pagan Emperor
Constantine called this Nicene Council to settle it. The Roman
Emperor's supporters greatly outnumbered the persecuted true Church
of God.
You will find a prophecy of these two churches in the book of
Revelation. In the 12th chapter is the prophecy of the true Church
of God, greatly persecuted. Jesus called it "the little flock." In
the 17th chapter you will find the prophecy of the counterfeit
church -- a very great church, named by God "Mystery, Babylon the
great, the mother of harlots" (verse 5). She lined up with and sat
astride the political governments. The whole world will gasp in
WONDER (verse 8) when this religio-political medieval "Holy Roman
Empire" is brought back to life! It is now in the preliminary
stages of forming, starting from the Common Market!


False Scripture Added

There is only one small passage in the Authorized Version of the
Bible that is generally used by Trinity adherents to support the
Trinity doctrine. This passage is found in I John 5:7-8, and is
bracketed in the following quotation: "For there are three that
bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:
and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in
earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three
agree in one." The bracketed words were added by editors to the
Latin Vulgate translation probably in the early fourth century.
They do not appear in any of the older Greek manuscripts nor in
other modern English translations. They were added to the Latin
Vulgate during the heat of the controversy between Rome and Dr.
Arius and God's people.
Bible commentaries explain that these words were never written
in the apostle John's manuscript or any existing early copies of
it. The apostle John in his three epistles and the Revelation
speaks of "the Father, and ... Son" (I John 1:3), but never of "the
Father and the Word," except in this uninspired part of I John
5:7-8
.
There was a real reason why the arch deceiver Satan wanted
that spurious verse added in the Latin Vulgate from which it crept
into the Authorized Version. The Trinity doctrine completely does
away with the gospel of Jesus Christ. His gospel is the MESSAGE he
brought mankind from God the Father, the good news of the coming
KINGDOM OF GOD! That is the ONE thing above all Satan wants to
defeat. This will become plain as we proceed.
One world-famous evangelist said: "When I first began to study
the Bible years ago, the doctrine of the Trinity was one of the
most complex problems I had to encounter. I have never fully
resolved it, for it contains an aspect of mystery. Though I do not
totally understand it to this day, I accept it as a revelation of
God .... To explain and illustrate the Trinity is one of the most
difficult assignments to a Christian."
Much is also made of the fact that in a number of places in
modern translations the masculine pronoun he is carelessly used in
connection with the Holy Spirit But not always -- sometimes the Holy
Spirit is referred to as it in these very same translations. For
example, in the passage describing the first coming of the Holy
Spirit for the founding of the Church of God on that memorable day
of Pentecost.


Holy Spirit Poured Out

The Holy Spirit came from heaven, audibly, sounding like a mighty
wind, "and it [the Holy Spirit] filled all the house where they
were sitting." Next, the Holy Spirit appeared -- WAS VISIBLY
SEEN -- manifested -- "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like
as of fire, and it [the Holy Spirit in the form of divided tongues]
sat upon each of them" (Acts 2:2-3). In verse 18, Peter is quoting
from the prophet Joel: "I will pour out ... of my Spirit ...." The
Holy Spirit, like water or a fluid, can be "POURED OUT." Can you
pour out a person from one into another -- as from God into those
assembled there? John 7:37-39: "In the last day, that great day of
the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let
him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the
scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on
him should receive: for the Holy [Spirit] was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
Again in Acts 10:45, "... on the Gentiles also was poured out
the gift of the Holy [Spirit]."


Summary

Finally, in briefest summary: God is a FAMILY composed at present
of the TWO Persons of John 1:1-4, but with many thousands, already
begotten by God's Spirit, in God's true Church, soon to be born
into that divine family at Christ's return to earth. Jesus Christ,
by his resurrection, was BORN a divine Son of God (Rom. 1:4) -- the
first so born into the God family (Rom. 8:29).
Both God and Christ are composed of spirit, formed and shaped
as a human person, but with eyes like flames of fire and faces
bright as the sun full strength!
God is Creator of all that exists. Both God and the Word (who
became Christ) have existed eternally and before all else. From
them emanates the Spirit of God, by which God is omnipresent and
omniscient. God the Father is the divine Father of the God family,
into which truly converted Christians shall be born.