Wow looking through the NWT 2013, they sure bastardized a lot in John 10...<quoted text>
I agree that John 10:33 and John 1:1(c) are similar in that (theos) is not preceded by the definite article (ho). Theos should not be capitalized in either John 1:1(c) or John 10:33 as both are qualitative nouns which often can be expressed by using the indefinite "a" before "theos" as these examples show. In Acts 12:22(NASB) Herod is called "theos" witho ut any article and it was rendered with a little "g" and uses "a" where the scripture says: "The voice of a god and not of a man! and in Acts 28:6(NASB) where Paul had been bitten by a viper and was expected to die. The scripture says they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god." As one can see from these two examples then John 1:1 and John 10:33 must have been translated using other considerations ie:- Theological bias, as it is very clear, it is Grammatically possible to use "a" before god or render it as a small "g".
So let's do this. Let's just take John 1"1 and see how John defines "THEOS" and let's see if we can reason whether THEOS should be "a god" or God.
Here is John's opening salvo:
John 1:1 NASB
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god (or God).
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Verse 2 clarifies verse 1 parts a and b.
- In the beginning was the Word;
- The Word was with God;
- He was in the beginning with God;
This clearly defines the Word's eternal nature. Whatever the beginning is the Word already existed and in that same beginning the Word already existed because he was WITH God.
These statements all taken together clearly eliminate any and all other possible understandings that Christ had a beginning. Verse 2 makes it absolutely clear that one cannot say Christ was the beginning of creation, because He already was with God.
Verse 3 solidifies what was created and who did the creating. Johns states in in two ways. All was created through Him and nothing was created apart from him. The double stating completely removes any implied "other" or "other than" possible understanding from John's statement in verse 3.
So we have The Word was THEOS that is eternal and the source of all creation.
When the term "a god" is used it implies one of many or one within a set of many.
How many gods are both eternal and the source of all creation? One?
If there is only "one" that fits, that kind of rules out "a god" does it not?