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Apostle John wrote, Jesus
was "an Unique son" of God... Apologist Jerome made him "the Begotten son" of God...
The world famous 'Anchor Bible' and 'Gideon Bible' provide the substantiation...
The George Washington
During my bible study in 1992, I wrote a letter to department
of the New Testament, at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.,
My request was to elucidate the popular term from John's Gospel, the "only begotten son", in relation to the
original Greek text written by the Apostle.
Below is a copy of the scholarly response that I received, from the University.
The then Assistant Professor of Religion, Paul B. Duff, now enjoys the
privileged position of Chair, Department of Religion at the George Washington
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The above illumination is based upon the work of a scholar of
international repute, Dr. Raymond Brown. It informs us that the innovated
concept of Jesus being the "only begotten
son" of the Father was developed in the fourth century. It was
injected by Jerome into the Latin Bible to refute the claims made by Bishop
Arius (d. 336) and his associates that Father alone was really God and Jesus
was made (created) and not begotten. For further information it is suggested to
read the detailed text written by Dr. Brown in the 'Anchor Bible' Volume 29,
'The Gospel according to John (i)', published by Doubleday Inc., Garden City,
N.Y. (1966), p. 13-14. Apostle John had acknowledged Jesus to be an "unique son" of God but not the "only begotten son" of God. It is quite
understandable that since Jesus was born to Virgin Mary he was indeed unlike
others and therefore unique. However, in that respect Adam the son of God (Lk.
3: 38), was more unique being born without a father and a mother.
Consequences of the 4th Century Heresy
The translators who use the Original
Greek text written by Apostle John, as their source document to
translate this controversial verse 3: 16, do mention that Jesus was a "unique son" or "one of a kind son" of
God. Those who opt to translate that verse from the
secondary document in Latin, known as The Vulgate, created by a scholar
and apologist named Jerome (c. 347-420), do try to maintain that Jesus was the "only begotten son" of God. These strange
inconsistencies within the translated texts for Jn. 3: 16 can be visualized
from the reading of various translations reproduced below from the 'Gideon
The famous 'Gideon Bible' is published by; The Gideons, the
Christian Commercial Men's Association of America established in 1899. The
organization has since then placed millions of copies of this Bible in hotels,
hospitals, penal institutes schools and many other such public places. Below
are the 25 translations of this often quoted verse John 3:16, in the world's
important languages. Please try to read these translations and see the dual translations that are published within a single
bible that is circulated in millions.
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My Father and your
Apostle John, in his Gospel records
that when Jesus appeared before Mary Magdalene, outside of the empty tomb, she
tried to cling him. There upon Jesus told Mary not to hold him because he had
yet to ascend to the Father. Jesus then instructed Mary to go and tell his
disciples: "I am ascending to my Father and your
Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and conveyed
that Message to the disciples. (John 20: 16-18). This conclusively proves that
the term "My Father" used by Jesus
simply meant that the Almighty God was the Father of him as well as that of his
disciples. In other words, this unequivocally recorded verbatim authenticates
that the relationship of Jesus with "his Father" and "his
God" were akin to the relationship his disciples had with the Heavenly
Father and God.
What is the Whole Truth?
1. To be a BEGOTTEN son of God, there has to be an act of
BEGETTING performed by the God.
2. Who was the other party to this act?
3. That party must have existed before the Begotten Son...
4. Where was Jesus, before this act?
5. If Jesus is regarded co-equal and co-eternal, as professed by the
Trinitarians, and if the Begotten Son came after the act of BEGETTING, that
Negates the Doctrine of Trinity.
6. If Jesus was co-eternal in time with the God, then that
Negates Jesus being a "Begotten Son of God"...
WHAT IS THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT TRUTH?
May God the Creator and Sustainer of All, Guide us all to His Eternal