Since The gospel of John came years after Matthew,Mark,and Luke did the early Christians believe Jesus was Adonai (YHWH)?

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  • 6 months ago
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    Yes. Saint Thomas, in the company of all the other apostles, called Jesus God to his face (my Lord, and my God). Other quotes of Jesus show this as well.

    Source(s): Degree in Theology with many Church history courses
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  • 6 months ago

    Yes. They did. They just didn't believe that he is God, the Father. The teachings were there since the time of Jesus. They just didn't happen to be written down in a form that we have today until John got around to writing his testimony of Jesus Christ.

    The New Testament makes three foundational claims about Jesus Christ:

    1. He is Jehovah incarnate, but not the God he worships and prays to.

    2. He is the creation of God.

    3. He is the begotten son of God.

    You might be surprised at how many "Christians" deny, dilute, or ignore these New Testament teachings.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Jesus is the One True God. A person can better comprehend this mystery by reciting the rosary each day with care.

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  • Doug
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Just because it took Saint John a few more years to get around to setting certain things to writing

    doesn't mean that he hadn't been teaching and preaching those things, for a long, long time. As his many disciples were known to do, as well.

    Source(s): www.askmeaboutgod.org
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  • 6 months ago

    Great question...

    First clarification: "Adonai" is plural meaning God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit makeup the Godhead. Do not confuse this with "trinity" which does not exist.

    All four Gospels record at least 18 of the same short narratives. Strikingly enough, only four events before the last week of Jesus’ life are recorded by all four authors: John the Baptist and his preaching, the baptism of the Savior, Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth, and the feeding of the five thousand.

    The other 14 episodes recorded in all four Gospels occur after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem the week before Easter. Thus, the last week of Jesus’ life, or the Passion Week, is the best documented narrative in the New Testament.

    Matthew understood quite clearly that the Church had a worldwide destiny, as evidenced by his phrasing of the great commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, … and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt. 28:19–20.)

    The Gospel of Mark

    The Gospel of Mark is the shortest in the New Testament, and biblical scholars have observed that Mark seems to be reflecting the attitude of Peter in this gospel.

    But as an independent narrative, it has drama, detail, and insight. The first phrase of Mark’s gospel, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ … “seems to be an attempt to declare something most fundamental in gospel thought. What constitutes the “beginning” of the gospel for Mark?

    Luke’s Gospel has been called “the most beautiful book in the world.” Its Christmas stories and the parables of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan have captured the hearts of the Christian world. Luke emphasizes the historical, the humanitarian, and the spiritual, showing special concern about the part women played in the early years. John the Baptist’s mother Elisabeth, the Christmas story involving Mary, wives of authorities, and some unnamed women are all given interesting prominence in this Gospel. Luke also has special concern for the poor and the humble. (side note: Old Testament gives us the greatest love story of all time... Jacob (renamed Israel) met Rachel at the well and asked her father Laban to marry her. Laban said yes but first had to work for him for 7 years, agreement made. At the end of 7 years, Laban told Jacob/Israel that he must marry Leah first. Leah was Rachel's older sister and for the great love of Rachel, he worked 7 more years.) Come on guys, how many of you would work for your woman?

  • IOM
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Obviously not.

    Jesus' disciples called themselves "followers of The Way", not "Christians". (See Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22)

    Christianity sprung from Paul and his Greek disciples. (Acts 11:26). John's gospel is a late (around 125 AD) attempt to "make" Jesus = God.

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  • Papa-G
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Sadly, many churches that sponsor Bible translations pressure scholars into omitting God’s name from their translations of the Bible. For example, in a letter dated June 29, 2008, to presidents of Catholic bishops’ conferences, the Vatican stated: “In recent years the practice has crept in of pronouncing the God of Israel’s proper name.” The letter gives this pointed direction: “The name of God . . . is neither to be used or pronounced.” Furthermore, “for the translation of the Biblical text in modern languages, . . . the divine tetragrammaton is to be rendered by the equivalent of Adonai/Kyrios: ‘Lord.’” Clearly, this Vatican directive is aimed at eliminating the use of God’s name.

  • 6 months ago

    There is no evidence that John was written before the other Gospels. But, the first Christians had the testimony of the apostles.

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  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Did early Americans believe that the natives were Indians?

    Maybe for 5 minutes, but why were they still calling them Indians for more than a hundred years?

    Do you really think anyone knows exactly what early Christians thought? Who are "early Christians"? Do they include the pagans that Paul converted?

    What are you planning to do with the "answers" that you get here? Or did you simply feel compelled to ask a question when the answers can't possibly help you (since you can't know if any of them are correct)?

  • They absolutely did not. Nobody believed Jesus was divine until Paul made it up

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