It seems I have to repeat my question: Exactly how many times does Paul have to testify to the fact that Jesus is not Almighty God before he is actually believed?
So far, we in this thread who do not accept the Trinity dogma have supplied an abundance of texts that disprove the Trinity.
Now, if by far the majority of texts teach against the Trinity, how should we view those comparatively few that seem to support it? Should we attribute more force to those few and ignore the majority? I am sincerely interested in what your answer to that question would be.
Isn't it more reasonable to humbly acknowledge that perhaps we misunderstand those few that seem to contradict the majority? If we believe that the Bible is inspired of God, we surely will not view it as a book that contradicts itself.
Do you really believe that Philippians 2:6 teaches that Jesus is equal to God? Let me show you why it simply doesn't:
As far as I know, only the NIV says that Jesus "was in very nature God." The translators here are showing their bias toward the Trinity rather than making an effort to convey the original meaning. Most translations say he was "in the form of God." (See ASV, ESV, KJV, KJ21, NASB, NKJV, and YLT) So the truth of the matter is that Jesus is "in the form of God," not that he is God himself. The Greek word for "form" occurs in only one other place, at Mark 16:12, and there even the NIV says "form," not "nature." As I've shown in an earlier post, Paul most certainly did not believe that Jesus is God. Jesus has been "given" all authority in heaven and on earth to represent God and speak for him. And in that sense he is "in the form of God." The theme of Philippians 2 is humility like Christ's. Having humility, it never entered into Christ's mind that he should "consider equality with God something to be grasped."
If you really want to understand the Bible, I would not recommend the NIV. It shows far more bias than even the NWT.
Does Colossians 1:16 prove that Jesus is the Creator of the universe? As JCanon expressed it above, "we shouldn't take things expressed out of context of what they mean." So, what is the context of this verse? Is Paul writing about the Genesis creation--the creation of rivers, mountains, animals, birds, etc.? No. Paul is writing about "the new creation." He wrote: "For by [Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven." (Colossians 1:16-20)
A careful reading of these verses and the entire epistle to the Colossians reveals that Paul's interest is in new things that God is creating. These have to do with the church and the kingdom of God. They focus on how God by means of Christ will reconcile and restore all creation back to himself.
Yes, as Colossians 1:17 says, "[Christ] is before all things." He is the foundation and builder by God's authority and power of a new heavens and a new earth wherein righteousness will dwell. No one can enter that new realm without going through Christ.
In Bible study, our attitude should always be this: If a comparatively few texts contradict the majority, and if our faith is that the Bible does not actually contradict itself, the likelihood is that somewhere we ourselves are missing the point of the context in one or another of the texts.
Does the Bible teach that Jesus is God? The emphatic answer of the overwhelming majority of texts is "Absolutely not!"