27 December 2013

Why Iglesia Ni Cristo belief about Jesus differs from other churches


“I wonder why most of the professing Christians believe that Jesus is God and the Iglesia Ni Cristo does not? Why is your belief about Jesus is so different from other churches?”


THE BELIEF OF the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) regarding the state of being of the Lord Jesus Christ is what the Bible teaches about Him, no more, no less. What the Lord Jesus Christ Himself teaches about Himself and what the apostles teach about Christ is how the Iglesia Ni Cristo recognized the Lord Jesus Christ. We based our belief about the Lord Jesus solely in the Bible.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is a man in nature because this is what He Himself taught us:

“I am a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God, but you are trying to kill me. Abraham did nothing like that.” (John 8:40, NCV)

We reject the belief that Jesus is true God and true man because this contradicts the very words of the Lord God that “God is not a man” and “man is not God”:

“I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. FOR I AM GOD, AND NOT MAN, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror.” (Hos. 11:9, NKJV, emphasis mine)

“Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, 'Thus says the Lord God, ‘Because your heart is lifted up And you have said, 'I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the heart of the seas'; Yet YOU ARE A MAN AND NOT GOD, Although you make your heart like the heart of God.” (Ezek. 28:2, NASB, emphasis mine)

When the Lord Jesus said that He is a man, it is an admission that He is not God because “man is not God” and “God is not man.” Jesus is not God because He is the Son of the Living God:

“Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16, NKJV)

The apostles also taught that the Lord Jesus Christ is the “Servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”:

“The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.” (Acts 3:13, NKJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said that the Father alone is the true God and He is sent by the one true God (the Father):

“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:1, 3, NKJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ is whom the One True God have sent and nowhere in the Bible can we find that He is “the second person of the Trinity.” The word “Trinity” itself cannot be found in the Bible.Thus, why the belief of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) differs greatly from other churches? This is what the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church admitted:

“...Yet the Catholic dies not derive his faith in Jesus from the Scriptures.” (Spirit of Catholicism, p. 50)

Therefore, the belief of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) regarding the Lord Jesus Christ differs greatly from other churches because we based our belief about the Lord Jesus Christ SOLELY in the Bible, while the those who believe that Jesus is God, like the Roman Catholic Church, admitted openly that they did not derive their faith in Jesus from the Holy Scriptures.

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