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Anthony Rogers: Do Christians Believe in 3 Gods?

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Anthony Rogers: Do Christians Believe in 3 Gods?

"We invite you to join us for a twist on our normal Conversations with Jewish Believers In Jesus, hosted by Jeff Morgan. In this episode, Jeff has an important discussion with Anthony Rogers about a theological concept known as the trinity, and how it impacts our perspective of God.

Anthony Rogers came to faith in Jesus in 1993 while he was incarcerated in the Southern Desert Correctional Institution in Indian Springs, Nevada. After his release, he felt compelled to work in Christian ministry. After many twists and turns of God’s divine providence—during which time he got married to a Jewish woman, had children, and went to college, Rogers was eventually accepted into the divinity program at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2018, and the very next year, Calvary Presbytery called Rogers to be the pastor of prison ministries. He now serves in this capacity as the Regional Director for Metanoia in South Carolina, where he lives with his wife and three of his four children.

To hear more from him, visit his YouTube channel:

/ @ousias1 " from the video introduction

What is the Shema?

Shema (“hear”) is the Hebrew word that begins the most important prayer in Judaism. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4, which begins with the command to “Hear.” The whole Shema prayer, which includes verses 4-9, is spoken daily in the Jewish tradition:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Later Jewish tradition developed a three-part Shema prayer that also included Deuteronomy 11:13–29 and Numbers 15:37–41. Tradition states these three parts cover all aspects of the Ten Commandments.

The Shema prayer was so influential and important that Jesus used it as the beginning of His answer to the “greatest commandment” question in Mark 12:28–30:

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

When Jesus began His answer with the Shema prayer, He acknowledged the Lord God as most important and that complete devotion to Him is the most important of the commandments. It is no surprise that the scribe replied this way in verses 32–33:

You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Even today, Christians can look to the words of the Shema as a wonderful expression that the Lord is the one true God. As we acknowledge His lordship, our response remains to “hear” Him, love Him with all our heart, soul, and might, and love our neighbor as ourselves." from the article: What is the Shema?

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