12 Sep 2011

John 1:1 The Word

Submitted by Stephen Winters

For much of my life I've heard and read John 1:1, which says:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

When many religious people quote this verse "In the beginning was the "word,", they refer to the "word" as Jesus. Look at the definition of the word "word", we get this:

G3056 λόγος logos (log'-os) n.

1. something said (including the thought)
2. (by implication) a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive
3. (by extension) a computation
4. (specially, with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)

[from G3004]

KJV: account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say(-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work 

Root(s): G3004 

This is what I get, "In the beginning was the (something said, including the thought, a topic, also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive." Now, let's take a look at that.v What is this saying? If we want to use the traditionial Christian venacular, are we then saying that "Jesus is (something said, including the thought, a topic, also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive.)? To me, looking at the meaning of "Word", it either isn't referring to "Jesus" OR "Jesus, the Son" is different than I have thought of him/it before.

I take a look at the original Greek language that was used at the time the Apostles were on this earth. Since the Roman Empire, and the Greek people (whose language the I suppose the language belonged to) were not "Christians", then it seems to me that a word like this "logos", was not religious by nature. I would assume that definition #4 was added by religious people at a later time. It doesn't make sense that this definition would have been part of the original Greek language. It does not seem that "Christ", as it related to the word logos, was part of the Greek language structure.

Consequently, it doesn't seem that the tradition Christian application "IN the beginning was the Word (Christ)" fits here.

Blogs: 
Site Keywords: 

Add new comment

Mobile

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Recent content