All throughout the bible, it’s very, very clear… “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is ONE Lord…” (Duet. 6:4)
Unfortunately, many have inserted their own unfounded theology into scriptures, this in particular. I’ve heard preachers and saints alike say that this word “one” means “one in closeness” or “one in purpose” or one like a husband and wife are “one.”
As tremendously close as my wife and I are to each other, as my wife says, you simply cannot look at her and say “I see your husband” or vice versa. We just don’t “look alike”, regardless of similar thoughts, visions, goals, etc.
That word “one” absolutely and positively does not mean one in purpose – its the simplest form of the word – meaning it’s a numerical number – ONE! (Duh!)
A common misinterpretation is that it does not mean one as in number one. This is twisting theology with absolute biblical truth.
As a quick, brief and small example, it’s fundamental and basic to correlate scripture with scripture in any interpretation methodology.
Deuteronomy 6:4 says “the Lord our God is ONE Lord…”
In concurrent biblical phraseology, the following even a child could read and understand…
“Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:10,11)
“I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6)
“Is there a God beside me? yea, there is not God, I know not any.” (Isaiah 44:8)
“There is non beside me. I am the LORD and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:6)
And so on – and so on. Too many to name here. Use your brain, God does not require a historian, nor a cemetery, er uh, seminary student to delve into infrastructure development to read and understand – THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. And His name is Jesus. 🙂