Whenever you seek to understand doctrinal issues, it is important to use only the Bible for reference. If God is who He says He is, then He gave us an uncorrupted Bible to study (2 Pet 1:21) just as if He were personally speaking to us (Heb 4:12).
The Bible makes it clear that there is only one God: Isa. 45:5, "I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God..." 1 Cor 8:6 "...there is but one God..." Gal 3:20, "...God is only one." 1 Tim 1:17 "...the only God,..." James 2:19 "You believe that God is one. You do well;"
Yet the Bible also presents God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In Matthew 28:19, all three persons are in one verse, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." Notice the word "name" in the phrase "in the name of." "Name" is singular, instead of "names," which is plural, even though it is referring to three.
There are several direct and specific references to Jesus being God:
John 14:9 "...He who has seen Me has seen the Father;"
John 10:30 "I and the Father are one."
John 8:58 "Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!'"
John 5:21 "Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it."
Herbert Armstrong taught a different Jesus (see Seven Men Named Jesus). That is what cult leaders do. This is not just a simple matter of interpretation. Herbert Armstrong taught his "God family" consists of two members, God the Father and Christ, "but it is their plan to reproduce themselves in human beings and so add millions or even billions to the God family".
God does not grow, change or expand. He is uncreated and already omnipresent!
Peter calls false teachings and prophesies ... Damnable Heresies!
Our Godhead is NOT a family, it is a Trinity. For further study on the Godhead, including an Explanation of the triune Godhead, Evidence for the Triune Godhead, and the Ministry of the Triune Godhead, see my teaching What is the Godhead?
No doubt, the Trinity is a difficult to grasp doctrine, and the Bible says so: Phil 2:6 "although He (Jesus) existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,"
We believe in the Godhead not because we understand it, but because God has revealed it. It is not incidental or unimportant. It is the very essence of His being, the way He is. And it is necessary for us to know it if we hope to grow in our understanding of His nature and perfections.
So, pray to God that He would give you a peace regarding basing your beliefs solely on scripture, the doctrine of the Trinity, and specifically, that Jesus is God.
For more information on understanding our triune Godhead: see my other articles ...
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