With the disclaimer that neither do I agree with all of Richard Rives’ teachings, I am compelled to comment on Ted Wegener’s very tired, wholly discredited and utterly illogical attack on the biblical doctrines of the Trinity and the deity of Christ. He is in serious need of some new material.
I hereby also request that WND heretofore place a warning on such letters that are likely to provoke the reader to pull a mental muscle (or at minimum spew coffee on an expensive laptop!) attempting to follow the writer’s twisted logic, obvious ignorance of church history and basic doctrinal deficits. If this is not acceptable, would it be possible to have a separate, clearly labelled “Comedy Submissions” section?
Mr. Wegener’s defense of unbelief would be humorous if not so tragically sad. (Truly, I have no idea if his letter was written tongue in cheek or if the writer was actually serious.) But his claiming that these doctrines are not supported by the evidence “we have,” next, using the apostles’ actual words in their teaching of the divinity of Christ as recorded by Luke in Acts (written A.D. 63-70) to argue that this doctrine didn’t appear until 300 A.D., then closing his argument by quoting the world-renowned theologian and biblical expert Thomas Jefferson (who once literally, not figuratively, cut the parts out of the New Testament he didn’t agree with!), were truly the low point of my day.
You need proof, sir, that the church held to and taught Christ’s divinity since its inception? Look no further than these easy to recall three passages: John 1 (A.D 85-90), Colossians 1 (A.D. 61) and Revelation 1 (A.D. 95). And I’ll raise you your own verse, Acts 9:20.
You can, Mr. Wegener, dislike or disagree with the fact that Jesus repeatedly taught His own divinity and that His followers, from the very beginning, unbendingly held to and later gave their lives to defend this truth. The option NOT open to you is to seriously claim that the Bible doesn’t plainly teach such a doctrine.
Of course, Ted, people have the right to dispute biblical teachings in the public square. Well and good. What we are not allowed to do in debate, if we are serious and honest people of good will wishing to be fair in putting forth our position, is: 1) change history, 2) violate the laws of logic, and especially 3) remove a particular doctrine Scripture clearly teaches, for whatever are our reasons.
Oscar R. Lynch