Can Man Live Without God?

Can Man Live Without God?

During an important series of lectures at Harvard University, Ravi Zacharias was asked to address the question, “Can man live without God?” In this program …


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  1. Josef Carlson

    Should You Believe in the Trinity?

    More than two billion people profess to be Christian. Most belong to churches that teach the Trinity—the doctrine that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit together form one God. How did the Trinity become an official doctrine? More important, is this teaching in harmony with the Bible?

    THE Bible was completed in the first century C.E. Teachings that led to the development of the Trinity began to be officially formulated in 325 C.E.—more than two centuries later—at a council in the city of Nicaea in Asia Minor, now Iznik, Turkey. According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea set out the first official definition of ‘Christian orthodoxy,’ including the definition of God and Christ. Why, though, was it deemed necessary to define God and Christ centuries after the Bible was completed? Is the Bible unclear on these important topics?

    When Constantine became sole ruler of the Roman Empire, professed Christians were divided over the relationship between God and Christ. Was Jesus God? Or was he created by God? To settle the matter, Constantine summoned church leaders to Nicaea, not because he sought religious truth, but because he did not want religion to divide his empire.

    “To us there is but one God, the Father.”—1 Corinthians 8:6, King James Version
    Constantine asked the bishops, who may have numbered into the hundreds, to come to a unanimous accord, but his request was in vain. He then proposed that the council adopt the ambiguous notion that Jesus was “of one substance” (homoousios) with the Father. This unbiblical Greek philosophical term laid the foundation for the Trinity doctrine as later set forth in the church creeds. Indeed, by the end of the fourth century, the Trinity had essentially taken the form it has today, including the so-called third part of the godhead, the holy spirit.

    Jesus said that “the true worshipers will worship the Father with . . . truth.” (John 4:23) That truth has been recorded in the Bible. (John 17:17) Does the Bible teach that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit are three persons in one God?

    For one thing, the Bible does not mention the word “Trinity.” For another, Jesus never claimed to be equal to God. Instead, Jesus worshipped God. (Luke 22:41-44) A third line of evidence concerns Jesus’ relationship with his followers. Even after he was raised from the dead to the spirit realm, Jesus called his followers “my brothers.” (Matthew 28:10) Were they brothers of Almighty God? Of course not! But through their faith in Christ—God’s preeminent Son—they too became sons of the one Father. (Galatians 3:26) Compare some additional scriptures with the following statement from the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea.

    What the Nicene Creed says:

    “We believe . . . in one Lord Jesus Christ . . . that is of the substance of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.”

    What the Bible says:

    “My Father is greater than I [Jesus].”—John 14:28. *
    “I [Jesus] ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.”—John 20:17.
    “To us there is but one God, the Father.”—1 Corinthians 8:6.
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Peter 1:3.
    “These things saith the Amen [Jesus], . . . the beginning of the creation of God.”—Revelation 3:14. *
    “The Nicene Creed is actually not the product of the First Council of Nicea (325) . . . but of the First Council of Constantinople (381),” says The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History.
    “The Council of Nicea in 325 stated the crucial formula for [the yet future Trinity] doctrine in its confession that the Son is ‘of the same substance . . . as the Father.’”—Encyclopædia Britannica.

    The first Council of Nicaea (artist’s impression) paved the way for the Trinity doctrine

    “The Christian Bible, including the New Testament, has no trinitarian statements or speculations concerning a trinitary deity.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.

    “The doctrine of the trinity . . . is not a product of the earliest Christian period, and we do not find it carefully expressed before the end of the second century.”—Library of Early Christianity—Gods and the One God.

    “In order to articulate the dogma of the Trinity, the [Catholic] Church had to develop her own terminology with the help of certain notions

  2. Matt Chiasson

    JESUS Is the only way to Heaven and GOD. The Bible is GODS only word. We're in the end times. Religion does not save anyone. Only JESUS saves.America is being destroyed by Liberalism. Obama has weakened us.Other world leaders are building strength. Christians stand up.Defend the Bible.Let the world see JESUS in you.Ravi is a good man of GOD.

  3. Adrian Reyes

    idolatry is very popular other religions is idolatry

    Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    if someone calls upon the name of Jesus before they die they will be saved and repent of there sins they will be saved. people don't have to go too hell they can choose Jesus Christ so they can enter God's kingdom. Hell isn't meant for people but the choices people make lead them to hell Hell is for the fallen angels and demons

    god says is in the book of roman's the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life I believe you want eternal life with Jesus Christ

  4. fljagfan

    Sorry, but unless I'm missing something here, I never heard a clear answer for the question: "What about all of the religions that have come before Christianity?…". So, I will ask it again…"isn't this vastly unfair to claim that all these people are damned to hell because they don't believe in jesus"? I heard the calendar fallacy. I heard abraham and the prophets but that is referring to judaism, not the rest of the world at that time or prior to judaism. It seems to me that the most honest answer should be, "we don't know". Someone please clarify.

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