Counting Your Lords
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
There is utmost confusion among students of the Bible about who God is!
Some say he is three persons, some two, and others maintain that he is strictly One Person.
Apart from the massive power of tradition, which trends to grip the minds of people, the problem could be solved in a few moments. Here is the solution
Jesus is our authority. Which God did he serve? Fair Question? The answer is simple and clear and is found in Marks Gospel account, chapter twelve.
In verse 29 Jesus answered the question of a scribe (a theologian) by quoting the great foundational text of Israel. The nation was instructed about the true God:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Who is "the Lord our God"? No question: ONE LORD.
Now ONE LORD is ONE person, not two, not three!
We can prove that this is so.
Note first that the theologian, who was commended for his intelligence by Jesus (v.34), affirmed what Jesus had said:
You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
How many persons is God? Obviously one, not two, not three.
Secondly note that in verse 36 the discussion is about TWO LORDS, one of whom is God and the other is the Messiah Jesus:
The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your
enemies under your feet."
But remember. How many Lords make up the One God? "The Lord our God is ONE LORD" (Mk 12:29)
It is perfectly clear that God is One Lord. But in verse 36 there are two Lords. Only one of these can be God, because God is One Lord (v. 29). Thats what Jesus said. The second "Lord" cannot be "God," therefore. Rather, he is the Messiah (Christ), the "Lord Messiah."
It is surprising that there should be any doubt about the Christian creed. Jesus said plainly: "The Lord our God is One Lord"not two or three as some believe.
It is time for believers to agree with Jesus about the most important question of all: Who God is.
Sir Anthony F. Buzzard is a professor at Atlanta Bible College and founder of Restoration Fellowship (185 Summerville Dr., Brooks, GA 30205). He has a masters degree in Modern Languages from Oxford, and a masters in theology from Bethany Seminary, Chicago. E-mail him at: email@example.com
Editors Note: Its been my pleasure to count Anthony a dear friend for almost 40 years. We met as college classmates in 1960 shortly after he arrived from his native England. I know he would welcome your comments and challenges to his argument above. He has written extensively against the Trinity doctrine and for monotheism, and has also published some excellent material on the Kingdom of God.
When people press me on this question of "How many Gods/Lords are there?" I give them my credo, my "I believe." It was also my comrades creed, the late Dr. Charles Dorothy. We both borrowed it from Paul. It is a safe, solid, non-Trinitarian, monotheistic response.
...For us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
(1 Corinthians 8:6)