I will make this clear. Martin Richling is a heretic and a crazy person. I have seen his false teachings doing harm to the body in real ways. As an informed believer I want to do my small part to respond to his crazy claims and hopefully help to open the eyes of some of the deceived sheep.
This is a response to this video from early May of 2013.
Now let’s just think about this for real for a minute. Was the Bible written in English? NO! It was written in Hebrew/Greek. And may I just take a moment to mention that God did not limit his scripture to being written in just Hebrew rather he changed to the common tongue of the times… The Bible itself helps us refutes KJV Onlyism in it’s transmission. So what does the Hebrew say at Psalm 8:5? Take a look at the lexicon.
The term “elohim” means “god” there is no debate over this, in fact the “im” ending as in “sarphim” or “rabbim” means plural so literally it means “the gods.” Here’s what’s important to keep in mind. Elohim is a divinity term but it is more flexible than we have thought. Elohim is a “place of residency term” as stated by the real Bible teacher Michael S. Heiser an expert in biblical languages and lead translator for Logos bible Software. Elohim actually means “spiritual being” and just refers to anything that exists in the spirit realm there are times in the OT when angels, demons, God, and spirits of dead human beings are called “elohim”. See Michael S. Heiser “What is an Elohim?” lecture for fuller discussion. So it is true that YHWH is an elohim not all elohim are YHWH!
Now what about the Hebrews passage why does it say angels and is the ASB inconsistent with itself here? Well no. What we have to learn about the New Testament is that the authors who were inspired to write it do not quote from the Greek old testament, they quote from the Greek LXX translation of the OT. (May I add how much people freaked out about the new translation into greek of the Hebrew Bible? The King James Only movement is nothing new and will surly die out just like the Hebrew onlyists died out. Indeed int he first century people were arguing against Jerome’s Vulgate translation of Hebrew/Greek into latin that the LXX was the only true inspired translation of the Bible. People have been blind and stupid for as long as there has been such a thing as people).
Any ways, the LXX reads thusly at Psalm 8:5 and how does it look compared to the Greek of the NT?
How about that the Septuigent (LXX means the same thing) uses the term “angels” in place of elohim meaning the earliest christians interpreted this passage as referring to angels and not God
Keep in mind that the ASB is a rigid wooden interpretation of the words of the original language. It will insert the most literal english parallel in place of the real words of the actual languages. (for more information kinds of translation see Daniel Wallace History of the Bible in English) This tranlation technique has it’s issues as this fleshes out because it doesn’t allow for words to be more playable and have different meanings but it far from means that the ASB is a heretical book translated by Satan.
Point is Martin Richling is a crazy man who does not know the original language or what he is talking about. PLEASE PLEASE Seek out his claims for yourself….
If this short rebuttal was helpful to you please let us know and we will do more exposing of some of the false ideas this movement is holding up as gospel truth.