Now, why am I stressing the seeming inaccuracy of the LAMSA version of the bible? Simple. To emphasize the point that the Iglesia ni Cristo church is using a very flawed reference in their preaching of the faith. A flawed reference would definitely lead to a flawed interpretation.
Not that I am considering myself as an authority of the Scripture but if we’re trying to scrutinize the validity of a certain doctrine or teaching, then we should evaluate it using reliable documentations and references. It’s like when you are trying to check for the simple spelling of a certain word. Would you use an almanac rather than a dictionary? Or would a thesarus be more reliable than an encyclopedia when it comes to synonyms and homonyms?
Yes, Lamsa may have been considered as a good aramaic speaker. In fact, very few would argue about this fact. But nonetheless, it doesn’t make his interpretation of the bible more accurate. For one, his relative partisan against the use of the greek language makes his works highly doubtful.
Having presented the above analysis, I believe that nobody would be confused as to why I won’t be using the same Lamsa version with the rest of myh rebuttals in this blog.
JESUS CLAIM TO HIS BEING
The following are excerpts from the blog site http://iglesia-ni-cristo-doctrines.blogspot.com/
The Iglesia ni Cristo believes that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 3:17), is the one and only Savior given by God (Acts 13:23). Christ is the sole mediator between God and men (I Timothy 2:5) and the only way to God (John 14:6).
But we do not subscribe to the belief that Christ is God-Man. He is man in nature according to His own testimony (John 8:40) and the teachings of His Apostles (I Timothy 2:5; Matthew 1:18).
The attributes of a human being were found in Christ. He hungered (Matthew 4:2), thirsted (John 19:28), became weary or tired (John 4:6), slept (Matthew 8:24), and died (Matthew 27:50; I Corinthians 15:3). However, Christ as distinct from all men, is the only one who did not sin (I Peter 2:21-22; Hebrews 4:15).
He has been exalted by God and given a name above all other names, that at the name of Christ every knee should bow, those in heaven, and those on earth (Philippians 2:9-11). He has been placed by God far above all principality, power, might and dominion, and every name that is named, and all things have been put under His feet (Ephesians 1:21-22). Christ will eventually subject all His power and authority to the true God (I Corinthians 15:27-28). He had in so many instances introduced Himself as the Son of God but never did He appropriate the title “God” nor “God the Son” for Himself because He is not God but man.
The above lines literally best describes the teaching of the Iglesia ni Cristo when it comes to the topic about the Deity of Jesus Christ. But did Jesus Christ really never embraced His Godly state?
The next chapter would dissect in detail the verses of the Bible that would reveal the folly in the Iglesia ni Cristo’s teaching about the DEITY of CHRIST.