They say, there is one god in the sense of being the one true god. In short, they are saying, there is only one true god in a general scope. In this short blog, we will elucidate the matter on how usage of John 17:3 to purport a one true god concept is faulty.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
To say that there is one true god must be in the scope of being true god in general terms, yet clearly in the verse, nothing to that extent was ever insinuated, so how possibly it is that it construe an only true god in the generalized scope?
None so far. So where is the proof that there is one true god in the generalized scope?
None in John 17:3. And being in that status, it is not clear what it means by only true god thus in essence an ambiguous statement. It could be explained in many other ways.
It could be:
1. The only true god in the church.
2. The only true god in the general scope..
3. The only true god who is credited as the source of all things.
4. The only true god in heaven bec the other true god is on earth.
Having no clarificatory aspect, it could not be considered in a rather certain way, that there is one true god in the general scope–or one true god of the whole universe for that matter– bec it could mean other things.
With this ambiguity, we cannot say that John 17:3 is a rather certain verse to prove one true god in the general scope. Nothing is said of him as the only true god in the general scope, so how is he the only true god of? It didnt say anything bec it could mean otherwise and for us, MCGI, we prefer answer #4 seeing how Jesus is too, the true god in 1 John 5:20.
In like manner when saying:
The only true policeman
Does it convey a complete thought?
Proponents of the single god concept use John 17:3 to propose the idea that there is one true god in the generalized scope yet is there any indication to it?
Did it say there is one true god in the generalized scope?
It didnt say, right? Bec fact is, many verses proves the deity of christ as true god. For example:
JOHN 1:18 THE ONLY BEGOTTEN GOD…
1JOHN 5:20 JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD…
ROM 9:5 CHRIST…WHO IS GOD OVER ALL…
JOHN 1:1 THE WORD WAS GOD…
So Jesus being true god nullifies the single god concept. It could mean otherwise, and for us we believe answer #4 as what it suggests by saying the only true god.
4. The only true god in heaven bec the other true god is on earth (1John5:20).
Meaning, his being The only true god is in reference to his being the only true god in heaven…