Other Gods of Christianity

Other Gods of Christianity

Exposing various other hidden Gods of Christianity

Question Mark

 

Is it three or one God in Christianity? This has been one burning question being debated for years, however, in this paper we are about to observe that Christianity is not about one or three Gods but numerous other deities besides!

The Yardstick

Christian apologist Sam Shamoun has proposed (or helped us!!) with a set of qualities or attributes which a Christian God must possess. He said,

…one of the many reasons given in Scriptures to worship Yahweh alone is the fact that he is the Judge of all…” (Bold, Underline and Italics emphasize ours)

He quoted the following biblical verse:

“O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve!” Psalm 94:1-2”

And another verse,

“Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. THE LORD JUDGES THE PEOPLE; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.” Psalm 7:6-8 (Bold, Caps and Italics emphasize ours)

And then he wrote,

If the NT writers believed that Jesus is God we should not be surprised to find them ascribing these very Divine functions (that is the function of Judging) to the risen Lord.” (Bold, Italics and Capital emphasize ours)

It is clear from the above citations that Shamoun wants to argue that because Jesus (peace be upon him) was delegated the job to judge people therefore, he is God. No wonder he entitled the name of his paper as:

            “Jesus as the Judge of All the Earth

Additional Evidence from the New Testament for the Deity of Christ” (Bold and Italics emphasize ours)

To recapitulate, judging people is an evidence for deity of Christ (peace be upon him).

Other Deities

However, the Bible is rigged with other mortals who too possess the power to judge people!!

We read in the so claimed “Injeel”:

“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, YE SHALL SIT UPON TWELVE THRONES, JUDGING THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL.” (Matthew 19:28, King James (1611) Bible. Capital and Bold emphasize ours)

Notice that it is not just the similarity between Jesus (peace be upon him) judging and apostles judging as well! Rather they would- very similarly to Jesus (peace be upon him)-, sit on the throne and judge at least twelve tribesmen.

Paul goes a step ahead of the biblical Jesus (peace be upon him) to expand the reign of apostles and saints from just twelve tribes to the entire world:

“Do ye not know that the SAINTS SHALL JUDGE THE WORLD? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”(1Corinthians 6:2, King James (1611) Bible.Bold, Italics, Caps and Underline emphasize ours)

Comparatively, we find that the God of Old Testament would judge whole of Earth as well:

“”Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” Genesis 18:25 (Caps emphasize ours)

And,

“The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.” 1 Samuel 2:10 (Caps emphasize ours)

And,

“O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve!” Psalm 94:1-2 (Caps emphasize ours)

Observe how idolatrously Paul claims and attributes that saints would judge the whole world just as God of Bible would also judge the entire Earth!

But this is not where the ignominious similarity ends because Paul takes a huge leap to claim that saints would even judge Angels!

“Know ye not that WE SHALL JUDGE ANGELS? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians 6:3, King James (1611) Bible. Bold, Capital and Italics emphasize ours)

“Do you not know that we shall judge the angels? How much more, then, the things of this life!” ( 1 Corinthians 6:3, Good News Bible, TEV. Bold, Italics, Underline and Capital emphasize ours)

Shamoun provided three NT verses where we can only find biblical Jesus (peace be upon him) to judge living or dead people, however, saints of Christianity, by the virtue of judging angels, have propelled themselves ahead the deity of Jesus (peace be upon him) to become greater gods than him!:

            Jesus is the Judge of All.

“And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.” Acts 10:42

“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31

“in that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” Romans 2:16

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:” 2 Timothy 4:1

Notice yet again that Shamoun thought that Jesus by judging “living and the dead” was judging ALL, however, he did not thought of Angels who – as higher beings, would be judged by Saints, ironically!

Christian scholar and a renowned commentator of the Bible – Albert Barnes, explains that by the virtue of saints judging humanity and angels, would be elevated to the post of honor and to the“right hand of judge” and more importantly, would be ASSOCIATED with Jesus (peace be upon him) in judgment:

“it is the only one which gives a fair interpretation to the declaration that the saints should judge angels in 1Co_6:3. If asked “in what way” this is to be done, it may be answered, that it may be meant simply that Christians shall be exalted to the right hand of the Judge, and shall encompass his throne; that they shall assent to, and approve of his judgmentthat they shall be elevated to a post of honor and favor, as if they were ASSOCIATED with him in the Judgment.” (Barnes’ Commentary on 1 Corinthians 6:2. Bold, Italics and underline emphasize ours)

As an ultimate proof of idolatry and sharing of godhead- Barnes truth fully exposes the paganism of Christianity by saying that saints would be “associated” with Jesus (peace be upon him) in the divine process of judging humans. In other words and as per Shamoun’s own yardstick, saints would share the divine right of judging humans with the God.

Another observable point is that Barnes states that “Christians” would be ‘exalted’ to the “RIGHT HAND of the Judge”. We often read many claims from Christian apologists that Jesus (peace be upon him) is God because he would be exalted on the right hand of God (Acts 7:55, Romans 8:34) nevertheless, even “Christians” would be “exalted to the right hand of the Judge”. Therefore, either Jesus (peace be upon him) is not a deity or even lay “Christians” are also Gods in Christianity.

And it is not just commentator Barnes, noted Bible commentator Matthew Henry also claims that believers will have a position in the right hand of God:

“Those are the given in common to all believers. The glory of being in covenant with the Father, and accepted of him,of being laid on his bosom, AND DESIGNED FOR APLACE IN HIS RIGHT HAND, was the glory which the Father gave to the Redeemer, and he has confirmed it to the redeemed.” (Henry’s commentary, John 17:20-23. Bold, Italics, Capital and Underline emphasize ours)

Noted Christians like Johnson and Mc Garvey acceded to the fact that there was some sort of partnership or in their words, “close association” between Jesus (peace be upon him) and saints:

“The saints shall judge the world, because of THEIR UNION WITH THE MESSIAH, to whom all judgment is committed” (Source. Capital, Bold and Italics emphasize ours)

And         

“The saints will only participate AS MYSTICALLY UNITED WITH CHRIST the judge.” (Source, Capital, Bold and Italics emphasize ours)

Anybody united, associated and sharing in God’s divine work should definitely partner his God head as well.

To Recap

We have seen:

  1. There are New Testament verses which exclusively attribute the divine privilege of judgment to mere mortals, which should have been sole right of sovereign God.
  2. While Shamoun showed us that his assumed god – Jesus (peace be upon him) would be judging “living and dead”, on the other hand we read in New Testament that saints would be judging nor just mere mortals but even angels!
  3. We have noted Christian scholars like Barnes, Henry, Johnson and Mc Garvey agree to the idolatrous fact that there was/is/would be some sort of divine association/union/partnership in the divine functionality of judgment between saints and God.

And now because we know that, according to Christian scriptures, judgment is an evidence for deity of God in Christianity and Christ (peace be upon him) therefore according to Shamoun’s own argumentation, which is,

However, if the NT doesn’t teach the full Deity of Jesus then we should not expect them to attribute to Christ the Divine prerogative of judgment since this would be idolatry on the grounds that this would be ascribing to a creature the incommunicable or exclusive characteristics of God.” (Italics emphasize ours)

We can infer two points, firstly, either the so called inspired New Testament authors were “not expect(ed)… to attribute to…saints and apostles the Divine prerogative of judgment” which belonged only to God or the NT authors, in their trans have committed “… idolatry on the grounds… thatthey have ascribed to creatures …the incommunicable or exclusive characteristics of God.” We allow Shamoun and Christians to choose between the two options.

Allah willing, more refutation for Shamoun to follow in future.

“There is no God but Allah (SWT) and Mohammad (peace be upon him) is his messenger”

Through this paper I would like to beseech Allah (SWT) to elevate the position of my deceased father in his grave. And bring happiness to two wronged and harmed souls in my life.

N.B.: Unless otherwise mentioned all quotations have been taken from Shamoun’s paper.

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