INCARNATION


At the root of the matter, is the doctrine referred to as "incarnation." We’ve heard preachers refer to Jesus as "God incarnate." However, it is a pagan term – a phrase that is not in the Bible.

"Incarnation" is a Latin term meaning: 1. To become flesh; 2. A "spirit being" taking possession of a body of flesh. The term is obviously a religious one deriving its only meaning from the influence of the churches. It has no meaning, or use, otherwise. "Carnae" is that Latin word for meat (flesh). "Incarnation," then, simply means to change into meat (i.e. flesh). Its only usage, or application, is in pagan religious terms referring to mythical gods and goddesses descending from heaven and taking possession of human bodies. It simply means that a god, or a spirit being existing in the form of a ghost, can take itself a flesh body to live in. This is the pagans’ so-called "demon possession" and "human deification." The pagans have created thousands of gods in their fertile imaginations. Many were in stone. Some were in flesh form. The believers attributed supernatural powers to them and worshipped them as if they were real. Roman and Greek Emperors were called "deities," as were Egyptian pharaohs.

That’s "incarnation" in terms of how Christian culture adopted it from the pagans. Incarnation is not a Biblical concept.

It is Biblical to believe that Yahweh inspires men and directs them by his influence and power. It’s a supernatural power. He can direct your steps. He can protect you from getting into trouble, or He can cause you to be in trouble. He can, and does, motivate us to act. However, He does not "possess" us in the fashion that pagans believe.

Yahweh can inspire a thousand people at once, or a million people for that matter. He is in each of us at the same time. His spirit abides in us. It is the spark; the motivation that animates people and causes them to do his will.

I’m just one person and Jesus is in me; but not all of Jesus is in me. By the same token, Yahweh was in Jesus, but not all of Him was in Jesus. To limit Yahweh by putting all of Him in the body of Jesus would have deprived the rest of the universe of Yahweh’s attending presence during the whole mortal lifetime of Jesus, not to mention the days when He was dead. The thought is absurd!

The pagans invent human deities. But, Jesus was a man – not a human deity. He was a specially created man sent by God! He was a man directed by God! He was a man predestined by God! He was "the Lamb of God," and was used to reconcile mankind to God the Father. But Jesus was not a superman. He was not a god-man. He was a man! And if someone tries to tell you that He was some kind of a superman, or god-man, then ask them how a superman, or deity, could have normal human weaknesses and temptations to sin? Supermen and deities are not "like unto" normal, mortal men.

The supernatural works that Jesus did were not his own, nor were they by his own power. Yahweh worked them through Jesus.

Philippians 2:

5. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6. Who, subsisting (existing under), in the form (image) of God, thought not to seize equality with God.

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Again in Hebrews 2:

Wherefore in all things it behoved him (Jesus) to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the

people.

18. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.

Jesus had to be like us in order to be tempted, as we are tempted.

Hebrews 4:

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus was tempted IN ALL POINTS. Can you imagine that? He was tempted in the same ways that YOU are tempted! You can probably think of some pretty degrading ways in which you have been tempted in your lifetime. Jesus was tempted to sin in the very same ways. However, Jesus withstood the temptations and remained sinless.

If Jesus had been a god-man, there would have been no temptation. Jesus had to be natural in order to be tempted like natural man.

Now, notice James 1:

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil,

Now, that’s a pretty solid argument as I see it. A + B = C.

Jesus was tempted.
Yahweh cannot be tempted.

Therefore, Jesus is not Yahweh.


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