If we fail to recognize this, we begin taking a literal approach to scritpure. This automatically lifts the scritpures from their orignial contexts, causing us to perpetuate another whole belief system that was never intended by the writers. We also tend to ignore the fact that those who translated did so from their own limitations and motives. This is the same sector who gave us our current interpretations of the scriptures that they transliterated (while the so-called original hand written texts seem to have disappeared from public domain--so who can refute them?).
WHO can know the vastness of the One who created the worlds??? No one! WHO can contain such a massive, omni present Spirit? No one! What ethinic or religious group, or denomination has a monoply on the revelation of G_d. No one! The Great "I AM" reveals only what is necessary to bring us into intimate union and to finish our divine assignments. Anything else is over kill, and probably would literally KILL us if we looked upon IT.
At any rate, let me open a can of worms here. The thinking people will enjoy this inquiry, my truth seeking people will dig further, and my "religious" people are likely to react in indignation or reject it all together. Who can tell, So here goes...
The idea of the Trinity did not originate with the Roman (Euro) Catholic church as has been stated by some. In fact, the west has come up with almost nothing original, including its education, religion, and moral systems and codes. Most these things are taken from other cultures. Interestingly, a story very similar to that of Jesus, his assisination, death, and resurrection 3 days later can be found in Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (name was changed to that by Europeans). The Gods (male and female) had a son who became a human, he had an earthly mission, was killed and 3 days later, was resurrected. There was both a male and female element to G_d. Hense, we get Mary being part of the Catholic diety. Even G_d can't have a son without a woman, or female G_d....so they made it Mary the Immaculate.
Now, question???? How has Jesus, the Son of G_d, "very God and very Man" been presented in art and literature and in the pictures in your bibles? More often than not, as a WHITE man. But the Catholic church KNEW that Yeshua was not white, nor were any of the apostles (this is why they have a BLACK bust of Peter at the Vatacan). So, if we adopt the Egyptian religion, mix it with Judaism, and other pagan cultures, we appeal to the whole world...and draw millions to the new religion.
QUESTION? How are the angels presented in the west and in other nations colonized by Europe? Typically WHITE---these are the messengers of G_d who exectue His will.
Question: If we make G_d a man, and make the man and the angels white, then what does that unconscioulsy suggest that G_d is? And if G_d is a man, and the portrayals of that man are overwhelming white, and we worship the MAN Jesus as G_d, then whose image is the world worshipping as the true G_d?????????
Finally, who stands to benifit if we say that Jesus is God, God became a man and HE just happens to be portrayed as a European MAN?
Please people, don't REACT--- rather, THINK, PRAY, SEEK, and STUDY...the Spirit of the Lord wishes to reveal the deep things of G_d, but also to reveal the hidden truths that so often seem to elude us when we think we already know. I'm still seeking....30 years later, I'm still learning and evolving in truth. There has been a lot of twisting, contiminating, and omitting certain things from sacred texts. Since it is all history, we do not know how much truth has been hidden or suppressed from us presently. This is why we must think, pray, seek, and study.
TonyRoberts...I am stepping back and praying too...LOL