The evidence is in the Holy Trinity. God is three beings in one Person. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.
The guy I was talking to doesn't believe in the Trinity; he believes that the Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Antichrist, God is the Father, and Jesus is God's Son (but not God). He believes that Satan put in the Bible that Jesus is God, why I am unsure.
Wow. I really don't know what to tell you then.
The thing is, if someone thought that Satan added in that Jesus and God were not the same, then Satan should be able to change the rest of the Bible tremendously, and thus could not be trustworthy to even know God's existence. If you look at historical records (and I am no means claiming myself as one who has formal training in Biblical Scholosticsm), there is no indication that the Council changed the Bible to say such. Further, the original or near original manuscripts, that were not processed by the Council, would've contained the doctrines that Jesus is the Son of God.
There is also noting in the Bible that says the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Antichrist. Otherwise, God would be directly contradicting all of Jesus's teachings, even if He wasn't God. The Bible does say that the spirits that do not confess, Jesus coming from God are the spirits of the Antichrist I would reccomend pointing him to even older manuscripts where it does state that Jesus was God. If Jesus was not God then he couldn't have been sinless, and therefore could not have saved us. This is an essential doctrine of Christianity, and without it- you cannot have faith in God, in the present day Other than that, be praying for him, work to show him the evidence otherwise. Show to him that without Christ being apart of God, Christianity does not work, the Bible is mainly usage, and we would all be under the law
As the article at "Got Questions" states, this argument goes back to a monk named Arius who taught that Jesus was the "firstborn of creature" in the literal sense. His arguments were strong and his faction would be voted down. The Council at Nicea was big here -- including the true "Saint Nicolaus"! The Nicene Creed is actually older than the much shorter "Apostle's Creed."
Anyway, the heresy keeps coming to the surface. The most current form of it is with the Jehovah's Witnesses. The best place to go to debunk this heresy is the Gospel of John, especially the first half of the first chapter. Jesus is the Word -- God Himself -- in the flesh. The end of John, starting about halfway through, the last weeks of Jesus' life are used to build his case. The declaration "I and my Father are one" is rightfully taken as a claim to be God.
As Jesus kept at it, He gave his opponents "ammunition" to charge him with blasphemy. It was this charge that caused the high priest to tear his garments. Though it might be argued that "Son of God" is not the same thing as "God," the preponderance of the evidence, with the same language being used for both the Father and the Son, supports the case for the Trinity.
I will work on the God article to include this evidence in that section.
Just my biggest issue with the guy I am talking to is that he thinks the Bible was been tampered with and can't be trusted competely. What can I tell him about the Bible's trustworthyness? Also remember, he thinks Satan and the writers added in that Jesus is God.
The best way to show the Bible's trustworthiness is to compare Scripture with Scripture. Anything that seems to be unclear must be interpreted using what is crystal clear.
The Old Testament presents a very "human" picture of its principle characters -- all flawed to some extent or the other. This is evidence that it was not doctored in the past. It consistently shows the fallen state of mankind in the light of the character of God. The rather detailed requirements in the Law come to be clearer once Jesus is shown to be the fulfillment of that Law.
I don't know what evidence this guy might have to support his theory. The notion that Satan would want us to believe that Jesus is God in the flesh seems rather bizzare. What advantage could this give the deceiver? Whether the writers added the idea of Jesus being God is easier to explain than thinking that Satan had anything to do with it.
He thinks that Satan did it so that we would worship him as God, while worshiping Jesus as God, or something like that.
It sounds like he believes that the one true God is Yahweh, who demands worship. That would mean, to him, that the trinity -- especially the Son -- was created as a false God, drawing those who would worship the God of Exodus to worship Jesus (a substitute for"Zeus"?).
Those who come up with these conspiracy theories are hardly ever worth the time.
What do you think?