In defense of Adoptionism – answering charges

So someone answered and said that Unitarianism adapts scriptures to suit their purposes, and that they fashion God “after their own whim and fancy”.

Let me answer these charges.

1. The God who secretly impregnates someone’s wife behind the husband’s back doesn’t seem to be the same God as the God of Abraham, who said,

Gen 18:
17… “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?

In John’s gospel Jesus mostly often spoke in a symbolic language, but when he spoke literally we should take him at his word:

John 17:3
This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

You cannot put it any simpler.

Adoptionism doesn’t seek to squeeze the infinite God into a finite, decaying human body, but honours Him as He is: the Infinite God whom not even the universe can contain. We see Messiah as the true descendant of king David (not one with a fake blood line), God’s righteous servant, whom He adopted as His son and empowered by His Spirit – as the fulfillment of the prophecy:

Psalm 2:7
“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my son, Today I have begotten you.

1 Chronicles 17:13
I will be his father and he shall be my son…

Hebrews 1:5
For to which of the angels did he ever say, “You are my son, Today I have begotten you”? And again, “I will be a father to him and he shall be a son to me”?

And the Jesus of Adoptionism can truly be our example because he is one of us, so…

1 John 2:6 whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked.

Nothing less is expected.

Isn’t the Jesus of the trinity a good excuse to disobey, because we can’t do it anyway?


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