A Theological/Bible Related Commentary
An Encounter with Gods
A Journey into the Hypothetical
And now, a thought experiment: Imagine that you have found yourself standing near the entrance to a long, sumptuous, palatial corridor. At the far end of this long corridor you spy none other than God the Father seated upon a spectacularly majestic throne. At the very entrance to this eerie passageway, you behold the God Jesus, seated atop a gloriously splendid throne of his own, still sporting his wounds from the crucifixion.
You start to head towards God the Father bent on asking Him every single profound question that has puzzled you about His Almightiness since childhood. But after taking just a few short steps, you are abruptly stopped dead in your tracks by Jesus God, who, in loud voice, and in no small measure, first admonishes you, and then utters the words made famous in John 14:6.
Jesus God: Halt! You are to go NO further! For “No one comes to the Father except through Me!” (NIV; emphasis mine)
Now, focus on precisely what the God Jesus has just said here and you will quickly realize that there are not one, but two Gods on scene in this scenario: one of which you have no access to initially, and the other one of which you do. Moreover, it is Jesus God who permits access to God the Father rather than God the Father Himself ! Without Jesus God’s exclusive approval, it is impossible for anyone to access God Almighty. And God Almighty is in no position to do anything about it either, for it is the God Jesus and not God the Father who is calling all the “shots.’
And so now the obvious question: How can any truly rational individual still cling to the belief that the God Jesus and God the Father are one and the same God? We clearly see one God blocking access to a second, yet both Gods continue to be emphatically proclaimed by Christians who believe in the so-called “Trinity,” “the One true God.”
Believe in the existence of “square-circles,” too, do you?
Remember: If the God Jesus and God the Father are both one and the same being, it would be utterly nonsensical for there to be another being sitting on a throne at the far end of that mysterious corridor opposite Jesus-God who is simultaneously both God the Father AND the God Jesus―who just told you that you cannot come to the God the Father except through him―but who is fully God too! And don’t forget that Jesus God is also God the Holy Spirit too, according to Trinitarian believers.
Got a headache yet?
And note what the “Lord” Jesus tells Mary Magdalene in John’s gospel after rising from the dead:
“Go … to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17; NIV; emphasis mine)
Whose God was that?! A God who is not the risen God Jesus?
Finally, who is Jesus God plaintively lamenting being “forsaken” by in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 when He was God incarnate?
“And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, MY God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34-NIV-Emphasis mine.)
Oh, that’s right, a second God.
Ahhh, isn’t intellectual (dis) honesty in religion just wonderful?