Watch “Major Theological Corruption of the Bible: The Begotten God?” – Calling Christians

Ijaz Ahmed exposes the corruption of John 3:16 and Jesus’ status as the alleged “only begotten” son of God.

7 thoughts on “Watch “Major Theological Corruption of the Bible: The Begotten God?” – Calling Christians

  1. As a background,

    “The following manuscripts support huios (all include the article):

    Greek witnesses
    Codex A – Alexandrinus (5th C.)
    Codex C3 – “corrector” of Eprhraemi Rescriptus
    Codex Θ – Tiflis (9th C.)
    Codex Ψ – Athos (8/9 C.)
    063 = 9th C. Greek uncial
    f1, 13 – “families” of 18 Greek minuscle mss
    𝔐 = majority Byzantine text
    Versions
    Old Latin
    Curetonian Syriac (5th C.)
    Heraclean Syriac (18th C. edition)

    The following manuscripts support theos. This list conflates the evidence of those MSS which have an article (ho) and those without it (the latter is the text of Nestle-Aland):

    Greek witnesses
    Papyrus 66 [Papyrus Bodmer II] A.D. c. 200 (Martin), A.D. 100-150 (Hunger)
    Papyrus 75 (A.D. 175-225)
    Codex א – Sinaiticus (c. 330–360)
    Codex B – Vaticanus (c. 325–350)
    Codex C* – Eprhraemi Rescriptus (5th C.)
    Apostolic Constitutions (A.D. 375 -380)
    Codex L – Regius (A.D 701-800)
    non-Greek witnesses
    Bohairic Coptic [Codex Bodmer III] (A.D. 300)
    Diatessaron (“Out of Four”) of Titan the Syrian [Arabic version] (c. 160-175)
    Syriac Peshitta (A.D 150)
    Adysh manuscript (A.D 897)-Gregordian-Georgian/Iberian version
    Opiza manuscript (A.D 913)
    Tbet’ manuscript (A.D 995)
    Late Greek
    Minuscule 423 (A.D 1556)”

    https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/6/should-john-118-read-the-only-begotten-god

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  2. As for the Patristics,

    Iraneus alludes to both

    Book 3, 11:5-6, “The God who made the earth, and commanded it to bring forth fruit, who established the waters, and brought forth the fountains, was He who in these last times bestowed upon mankind, by His Son, the blessing of food and the favor of drink: the Incomprehensible [acting thus] by means of the comprehensible, and the Invisible by the visible; since there is none beyond Him, but He exists in the bosom of the Father. For ‘No man,’ he says, ‘has seen God at any time,’ unless ‘the only-begotten Son of God, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared [Him].’ For He, the Son who is in His bosom, declares to all the Father who is invisible. Wherefore they know Him to whom the Son reveals Him; and again, the Father, by means of the Son, gives knowledge of His Son to those who love Him.”

    Book 4, 20:6-7, “He [i.e., God] is by no means unknown: for all things learn through His Word that there is one God the Father, who contains all things, and who grants existence to all, as is written in the Gospel: ‘No man has seen God at any time, except the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father; He has declared [Him].’ Therefore the Son of the Father declares [Him] from the beginning, inasmuch as He was with the Father from the beginning.”

    Book 4, in 20:11, “It is manifest that the Father is indeed invisible, of whom also the Lord said, ‘No man has seen God at any time.’ But His Word, as He Himself willed it, and for the benefit of those who beheld, did show the Father’s brightness, and explained His purposes, as also the Lord said: ‘The only-begotten God, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared [Him].’

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  3. Hippolytus (190s). Contra Noetum 5 “For John also says, ‘No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”

    Tertullian (200s). In Against Praxeus 15:6, “It is of course the Father, with whom was the Word, the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, and has Himself declared Him.”

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    1. The texts of Clement of Alexandria (150-200) supports both

      Stromateis 5:12. “John the apostle says, ‘No man has seen God at any time. The only-begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.’”

      Who Is the Rich Man Who Shall Be Saved, part 37, “For what further need has God of the mysteries of love? And then you shall look into the bosom of the Father, whom God the only-begotten Son alone has declared.” And in Stromateis 1:26, we read: “The expounder of the laws is the same one by whom the law was given; the first expounder of the divine commands, who unveiled the bosom of the Father, the only-begotten Son.”

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      1. Origen (184-253)

        Commentary on John, 2:29, “Accordingly John came to bear witness of the light, and in his witness-bearing he cried, saying, ‘He that comes after me exists before me; for He was before me; for of His fullness we have all received and grace for grace, for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only-begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him

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      2. “In Contra Celsum 2:71, Origen supports θεός in some copies of this composition, but two copies of it read υιος: “Jesus taught us who it was that sent Him, in the words, ‘None knows the Father but the Son,’ and in these, ‘No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” Very probably the copies with υιος represent scribal conformations to the Gospels-text known to later copyists of the composition”

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