Now someone has joined the the anti-Catholic bashing group from the Iglesia ni Cristo cult founded by Felix Manalo Ysagun and incorporated it in July 27, 1914 who introduced himself as Engr. Renante Nate. Just like readme Conrad J. Obligacion, this newbie INC blogger is a trying hard historian and theologian. Of course, we can never be too sure of his opinion since he DOES NOT HAVE any official INC teaching to back up his opinion.
Thanks to Manila Balita introducing us another "notorious" INC Defender like Conrad J. Obligacion who owns resbak.com and readmeinc.blogspot.com.
Posted in Thursday, November 5, 2009, Article Title: ON ISAIAH 9:6, he said that the title given to Jesus as Emmanuel or Immanuel (God with us) is Theophory.
What is Theopory? According to Wikipedia, Theopory "refers to the practice of embedding the name of a god or a deity in, usually, a proper name."
Such that Isaiah 9:6 which says:
"For clarity" says this INC Blogger, he then tried to translate Isaiah 9:6 to:For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
which according to this INC blogger's opinion was:"For to us a child is born, a son is given to us, and the government shall be on his shoulder, and his name will be called Pele Yoetz El Gibor Avi Ad Sar Shalom." (an engineer graduate who doesn't know how to give credit to his source by giving us proper reference)
"The long name “Pele Yoetz El Gibor Avi Ad Sar Shalom” literally means “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, (calls) The Prince of Peace.”
Then he concluded:
Hence, it is a theophoric name that is common in the bible. Jesus Christ has a theophoric name which is Immanuel (“God with us”) Mt 1:23.Sounds brilliant, right?
Wrong! He wasn't even smarter than a neophyte college graduate. He's thinking everyone was stupid not to discover his gross dishonesty. Just like readme aka truthcaster Conrad J. Obligacion, he's also a deceiver.
Why I said Engr. Renante Nate's is a deceiver? It's because he's claiming a fact based on his opinion. And it's because...
- He has no theological background. He's an engineer (as he's trying to emphasise that in his blog)
- He isn't a Minister ( an only INC ministers can interpret the Bible according to them)
- He's not honest. He only provided us links from Wikipedia not from INC Official teachings. He only wants to mislead you!
Here's my defense for Jesus Christ the LORD and REDEEMER of all mankind, the giver and sustainer of LIFE; The Word who was made Flesh, Who is God, the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.
For the information of those whom he almost deceived, please note that the BIBLE DIDN'T START from the Book of Isaiah and it DIDN'T END there in Isaiah 9:6 . In this chapter and verse of Isaiah, it talks about the COMING OF THE MESSIAH who is GOD. In Isaiah 7:14, it says"
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:7 is TALKING about the COMING of the Messiah. And this Messiah, WILL BE CALLED Immanuel (God with us) will be BORN to us AS A CHILD.
Again in Isaiah 11:1-5 the Prophet clarified his prophecy:
But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Isaiah Chapter 11, Verse 9:
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.On that day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, The Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.
You see. Isaiah 9:6 was even explained by the author of the book himself. That the Messiah will be BORN to us, as a CHILD and his dominion WILL BE FOREVER.
Let's see the NEW TESTAMENT if this PROPHESY was fulfilled? Let's see if Immanuel REMAINED a THEOPONY or it ACTUALLY HAPPENED!
Let's read the prologue of John 1:1-5;9:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.
So the Prophet Isaiah's prophesy about the coming of the Lord DID HAPPENED in TRUTH, John testified to that truth. Hence the story of this INC Blogger has been debunked.
In Phil. 2:5-11, St. Paul says:
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; 5 and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name 7 that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, 8 of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 9 to the glory of God the Father.
Which was a fulfillment of Isaiah 45:23-25:
By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word:
To me every knee shall bend; by me every tongue shall swear,
Saying, "Only in the LORD are just deeds and power.
Before him in shame shall come all who vent their anger against him.
In the LORD shall be the vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel."
In the OLD TESTAMENT, the Prophet Isaiah says "in the name of God the Lord, EVERY KNEE SHALL BEND..."
In the NEW TESTAMENT, St. Paul says "in the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHALL BEND ..."
Iglesia ni Cristo defenders wants us to think that the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul area against each other.
The Prophet Isaiah and St. Paul were not confused at all. They understood exactly what's all about the mystery of the Triune God. Felix Manalo was indeed confused and his confusion led him to distort Isaiah's prophesies. That's what this INC Blogger want's to say.