It should be obvious from both Scripture and reason that there are many holes in the "Jesus is Yahweh" doctrine. No honest Bible student can ignore them. To ignore these disparities and stubbornly accept the churches’ unexplainable, undefined doctrine can cause a severe malfunction in your thinking system.
Mental malfunction can result when people reject obvious truth and hold to obvious error. Such a breach of logic can create a devastating conflict in the mind. Man’s mind is naturally built to work along channels of logic and faith. To be healthy and productive, the mind needs:
Faith in what it is doing, and A logical method with which to process the data.
Take one, or both of those away from a mind, or force feed it illogical data, or lies, or force it to ignore or reject obvious truth consistently, and it will blow a fuse. It will burn out. It will malfunction. Thus, in churches today, most brains are malfunctioning on a regular basis due to the lies and illogic fed to them consistently. Church goers possess burned-out brains. They are defective; incapacitated. And, the Jesus-God doctrine is one of the typical poisons that have damaged them.
We who believe that Jesus is not Yahweh have been accused of using "rationalistic thinking" to try to explain our position. But, we see nothing wrong with being rational.
RATIONALISTIC: using rationalism; being rational; i.e. using reason in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct.
Should we not be rational when studying God’s Word? Should we believe our God is irrational and expects us to believe nonsense about Him?
Man’s reasoning abilities may be only foolishness compared to the wisdom of God. Nonetheless, that does not mean we should conclude that it is wrong for man to reason – as poor as it may be by comparison. What it DOES mean is that we should not try to "seize equality with God."
By way of illustration, one could ask the question of whether it is moral to swim, since we cannot swim as good as the fishes. I suppose this argument could be used to keep one out of the water altogether. However, my inability to swim as good as a fish does not, in itself, make it a sin for me to swim as well as I can. By the same token, the inability to reason as well as God doesn’t, in itself, make it a sin for me to reason as well as I can. Nor does my inability to exhaust all knowledge of God make it wrong for me to learn as much as I can about him.
Where does that leave us? Well, we’ve set the stage for some elementary deductions:Yahweh, the Creator is supreme. He is the Father – before all, and over all. He can’t die, nor can He cease to exist. Jesus, the Son, was begotten by a miraculous conception orchestrated by Yahweh. He was born a natural, mortal child – special, bur mortal. He suffered typical pains of mankind, including temptations. Yahweh directed Jesus’ life to reveal himself to mankind. Jesus (the "second Adam") resisted the temptation to try to seize godship like his ancestor, the "first Adam," did. Jesus suffered and died to convict mankind of their sins. He received immortal life in order to inherit the promised kingdom, and thus reign over New Israel (i.e. Christendom). He also received authority over the whole earth – even over the people who reject him or do not recognize him. Jesus is the Mediator; the Communication between Yahweh and man. He is Yahweh’s Declaration to man: the living Logos. Both Yahweh and Jesus qualify for the title "god" according to definition. They are both worshipped, called upon, and considered "mighty ones." The terms "Father" and "Son" were used in the Bible because of their inherent meanings. These terms described the relationship between Yahweh and Jesus. To suggest that there is no distinction between these terms is to destroy the meaning and use of the inspired words of God given to us in Scripture.
Thus, I’ve shown that Yahweh is the one Supreme Being: the Creator. He qualifies for the title "God." Also, I’ve shown that Jesus is not the Creator, but rather one of Yahweh’s creatures. Therefore, Jesus (the Created) cannot be equal to Yahweh (the Creator). However, in the same Hebrew sense that Moses, the Judges and David were called "gods," Jesus is also a god. In fact, any powerful man, like a judge, could be called "a god" by this definition. But only if you define the term so that you understand what you’re saying. In the same sense that Moses was a "Mighty one" – an "elohim" – Jesus can also be called an "elohim." But neither Jesus, nor the Judges, could be equated with Yahweh.
To clarify this more, turn to Psalm 45:My heart is overflowing in a good matter: I speak of my labors for the king (the psalmist is happy to be writing for King David): my tongue is the pen of a ready writer (his words come easily). Thou (King David) art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for the age. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty (again, speaking of David), with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things (David learned from his works). Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies (David’s methods were effective); whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, O god (David) is age enduring: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God (Yahweh), thy God (David’s God), hath anointed thee (David) with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Here, David and Yahweh are both called gods (elohim) in the same breath. Now, that’s interesting!
We know this speaks of David because of the context of the preceding verses: Vs.1: The psalmist is writing to his king (David). Vs. 2: This king is blessed by God (Yahweh is not blessing himself). Vs. 4: David is to learn from his right hand (Yahweh has no need of learning). Vs. 7: David’s God has anointed him (Yahweh is not anointing himself). These show plainly that the king, who is called "god" in verse six, is David – not Yahweh, as some have assumed. We are finding gods in places most Christians would never expect.
Now, we are faced with a question about the first commandment:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
This commandment appears twice: once in Exodus 20, and once in Deuteronomy 5. In Exodus, the literal translation appears to be saying, "Thou shalt have no other gods besides me. However, in Deuteronomy, it says, "Thou shalt have no other gods above me."
Apparently, the rendering from Deuteronomy is closer to the true intent, since Yahweh personally gave Israel several "gods" in the form of judges and kings. However, these "gods" were beneath Yahweh, and therefore did not indicate a breaking of the commandment. By the same token, Jesus was beneath Yahweh too, and therefore could also be a "god" without offending the law.
Church-goers (myself included in years past) have lazily accepted this term – "God" – as if it were the name of the Creator. But it is not a name. It is a broadly used title for anyone in a powerful position. We must be careful to define the terms we use. We must also be careful not to forget Yahweh’s rightful position of priority. He is always Highest: the One and only Omnipotent.