‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God….’ Verse

Another verse Christians used to prove Jesus Christ’s divinity is: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) The Bible goes on to say that the Word became flesh. First, it is imperative to know that these words are not the words of Jesus Christ rather the words of a Greek-speaking Jewish Philosopher named Philo Alexandra in Egypt, who never claimed he was divinely inspired and had written before the birth of Jesus Christ and John — as recognized by Christian scholars. If you peruse a red-letter Bible that contains all of Jesus’ words in red, you will notice that this quote is not in red because Jesus Christ did not say it.

Secondly, it is essential to note that the English Bible wrongfully translated both the Greek words, Hotheos and Tontheos, in this verse to mean God, which changes their meaning entirely. Capital letters are used to start a proper noun in English, and lowercase letters start a common noun, but this system does not exist in Greek or Hebrew. In this verse, the first occurrence of the word God is the Greek word Hotheos, which means The God; used with a capital ‘G,’ it denotes a proper noun, meaning God, the Almighty above, the Father. The second occurrence of the word, God, in this verse is the Greek word, Tontheos, which means a god’, with a lowercase ‘g,’ which translates to mean godly, a godly person, a messenger, etc., and is not referring to God, the Almighty above, the Father. This critical difference between the capital ‘G’ and the lowercase ‘g’ should be translated correctly in the English Bible as it changes the meaning entirely. However, the English Bible does relay this.

A consistent Christian system of translation would have spelled the second ‘god’Tontheos’ with a lowercase ‘g,’ rendering ‘Tontheos’ to mean ‘a god.’ This verse should read, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God (Hotheos meaning God the Almighty above, the Father), and the Word was God (Tontheos meaning a prophet, Jesus Christ was a Prophet). If you do not read it correctly, taking both words to mean God with a capital G, you would be reading, “In the Beginning was God, God was with God, and God was God,” which makes no sense.

As mentioned above, the second word in this verse, Tontheos, does not necessarily mean God the Father. The same term, Tontheos, is also used in other verses to mean a god but not refer to God in the Heavens. For example, 2 Corinthians 4:4 states: Satan, who is the God of this world, has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. This verse says that Satan is ruling over them and is not saying that Satan is ‘The God’ because a small ‘g’ was used; the word Tontheos was used, which again means a god as some take Satan as their God. The same word Tontheos and a lowercase ‘g’ is used in Exodus 7:1 because Prophet Moses PBUH is not ‘The God’ but rather is a godly person and a Prophet, as it states: Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.’

John 1:14 states, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us because Jesus Christ was a human messenger of flesh and blood. If Jesus Christ were a God born in the form of a human baby, that would imply that a God who is supposed to be perfect, with unlimited power and Godly attributes, would lose all that divinity when being born into a human body because humans are imperfect with limited attributes that require them to eat, drink, and sleep. This would be a huge contradiction as God does not need any of that.

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