Gnostic Origin of μονογενης θεος (Only Begotten God)

Over the last 100 years or so, many scholars have chosen μονογενης θεος (Only begotten God) as the preferred reading for John 1:18. This is due to the fact that the two oldest Greek texts available to us today that contain John 1:18 have this phrase in it instead of the traditional reading μονογενης υιος (Only begotten Son), which is present in most Greek manuscripts available. 
There has been somewhat of a backlash in the scholarly world concerning this text, and many are rethinking their choice to use μονογενης θεος even thought it is consistent with the overall textual theory used by critics since the late 1800's. The principles of Text Criticism have required scholars to prefer the harder reading and the oldest no matter the ramifications. Most translations lately have chosen to ignore the variants all together and wash out the controversy by translating the phrase "only Son, " "the one and only Son,"or something like that. However, the beloved NASB comes ri…

There is Such Thing as A Carnal Christian - But There is More To The Story

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wis…

Proverbs 21:4 - Proud Looks and The Wicked

"An high look, and a proud heart, andthe plowing of the wicked, is sin." Proverbs 21:4
Matthew Henry said the following concerning this verse: 

Proverbs 21:2 - Self Righteousness And The Heart

"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts."Proverbs 21:2
Matthew Henry said the following about this text: 
"We are all apt to be partial in judging of ourselves and our own actions, and to think too favourably of our own character, as if there was nothing amiss in it: Every way of a man, even his by-way, is right in his own eyes. The proud heart is very ingenious in putting a fair face upon a foul matter, and in making that appear right to itself which is far from being so, to stop the mouth of conscience. 2. We are sure that the judgment of God concerning us is according to truth. Whatever our judgment is concerning ourselves, the Lord ponders the heart. God looks at the heart, and judges of men according to that, of their actions according to their principles and intentions; and his judgment of that is as exact as ours is of that which we ponder most, and more so; he weighs it in an unerring balance, ch.

John 1:18-Thinking Through Some Facts

"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." John 1:18 KJV

"NoonehaseverseenGod;the only God,whoisattheFather'sside