In Richard Rives' video "Who really 'loves the Lord' may surprise you," he said that according to New Testament Scripture, Jesus is the Creator himself. While that may be Richard Rives' belief and interpretation, it is not supported by the evidence we have.
For the first 300 hundred years of Christianity, it was not established doctrine that Jesus is God. After his conversions to Christianity, Scripture says the Apostle Paul "At once ... began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God" (Acts 9:20). Peter himself confessed that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
As Thomas Jefferson said: "Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus."
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