God a, John 1:1 is one of
the most controversial verses in the NT, but not because of its meaning or
grammar which is quite clear, but the ological dogma. Greek has no indefinite article `a' or
`an'; the definite article `the' is used for most proper or specific nouns,
even names. So we find: `the God', `the Jesus', `the
There are some exceptions to this. Grammarian E.C. Colwell formulated a rule in 1933, that when a predicate anarthrous noun (a descriptive one without the definite article) preceeds the verb (as in John 1:1), it is implied and should be supplied by the translator; only when it follows it should the indefinite article be used. This holds good in many cases, but there are so many exceptions that it can hardly be called a rule. Colwell himself stated that the rule applies "only when the context demands it". In John 1:1 the context states twice that the Word was with God, thereby indicating two persons. This is confirmed throughout the rest of John's gospel where our Lord said that "I am not seeking my own will, but the will of the One having sent me"; "the Father is greater than I"; "I am going away to the Father; glorify me beside thyself with the glory I had beside thee before the world (came) to be"; "the sayings which thou gave to me I have given to them"; and "I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God." (John 5:30; ; ,28; 17:5; 17:8; .) So the context does not justify the use of `the' but rather the indefinite article `a'.
Many translators render the noun `god' here, as an adjective such as "divine", "godlike", "same nature as God"; or a verbal clause "shared his nature". By this they would appear to recognize the above principle while seeming reluctant to assign the term `god' to anyone other that Almighty God. However there is no need for such inhibition. When Jesus was refuting the Jews' accusation that he was making himself a god by calling himself the Son of God, he quoted the Hebrew scriptures which referred to the disobedient Israelites as gods (John 10:33-36). Incidentally, vss 34 and 35 of this text should have the article inserted according to Colwell's rule, which would put the Israelites on a par with God!
Whatever his creed or belief, a translator of God's Word must render the text as accurately as possible according to the text itself, its grammatical structure, and the context. Hence the given rendering of John 1:1.
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When complicated Grammatical language Rules Can’t Harmonize Translating
Words or Phrases --and they don’t make sense to the reader--That’s when the
The GWGPC-Rule –Must be Applied to get the Truth---One Must also Remember that God has given (imperfect) Mankind the Duty of Taken care of the Devine Writings through out the ages,—(There is no Evidence He (G0D) has prevervsed them Himself as Many Think) And Satan has been trying to get his servants ( 2 Cor 11- 12-15) To have them done away with or Changed to Start another False Religion-just as he did in the Garden of Eden when he Lied to Eve—that started the First False Religion. This has been Proven so with 1 Tim 3-16 and 1 John 5-7 –as Rendered in the KJV and some others.
The Simple Solution Is..
SimpleBibleTruths.net--The Alternative to Mysticism
SimpleBibleTruths.net –The GWGPC Rule is-A Simple Rule of Harmony. (God’s Word
is Great and Perfect and can not be Contradictive) The Best
Simple Truth Rule is –If all verses pertaining to any one given Subject
–If one verse is not in Harmony with all
the other verses then that verse is Translated wrong.—godly-divine-or a
god or Like God or God Like fits in at John 1.1 -----the Word was God – (If
Meant to be The Almighty God) Contradicts the Word being with God-.---Someone (
with life in himself John 5-26 ) can not be the same One with that One—That is
not Harmony in any Language ---Therefore it is not Translated correctly----Simple Rule of Harmony. You
can Correct the Out of Harmony Verse By Bringing it back into the Flock Like a Good Shepherd.-Some
how that Verse got out of Harmony –In some CASES by Evil Design. Some verses
may not harmonize –Due to Subject and of Time and Place for the real Purpose of
those Verses. But John 1.1 -1 -3,
14,18 --John 3-34 -->5-26-17-5 must Harmonize with Prov
Worshiping Jesus is a False Religion (http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/grk/view.cgi?number=4352)
( Jesus said to Worship the Father Only—Jesus would not Lie to US) that Stems From the Misunderstaning of One Unharmonizing Verse— the Second half of John-1.1..---God Never Stopped Satan From lying and deceiving Eve or from doing the Same to anyone to this very day. Jesus Said Satan is a Manslayer . .Satan gets God to slay people that follower And Believe Satan’s Lies.---
NEW SIMPLIFIED BIBLE
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was like God. (Greek: Theos: a deity, magistrate, supreme God, God-like)
ACCURACY VERSUS GRAMMATICAL ACCURACY: The New Simplified Bible makes no
assertions of grammatical accuracy. In fact the NSB believes that contextual
accuracy is far more important. However, out of respect for Dr. Colwell the New
Simplified Bible uses the exact phrase he uses at the end of John 1:1, “the
Word was God” then the NSB completes the translation of the Greek word “theos” based on
the context of the verse.
CONTEXT PROVES TWO SEPARATE SPIRIT BEINGS: The context emphatically indicates that it is talking about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God as two separate spirit beings. Bible authorities agree that “the Word” is Jesus Christ. The same verse, John 1:1, indicates that God and Jesus Christ are two separate beings when it says that “the Word was with God.” The Greek “pros” means ‘with,’ ‘by the side of’ and ‘near to” indicating two separate beings. The entire context of the ‘New Testament’ refers to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and not as God
“GOD-LIKE” EXPRESSES ACCURATE MEANING: The NSB uses one of the other accurate meanings of the Greek word “theos,” ‘God-like’ or ‘like God.’ This reference to Jesus Christ, the Word, as being God-like is fitting since he is a member of the God family and is therefore very much like his heavenly Father. It is in a relative sense that Jesus Christ could even be considered God. After all he is not his own Father and his Father truly is God.
English Dictionary Definitions:
“Godlike” or “Godly”
Appropiate to or befitting a god.
Showing reverence for God.
Eminating from God.
Having the nature of God
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