A review of two vintage fountain pens, and the, “WritersShoppe”

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My friend, and coworker, Kurtis Kissel of the, “WritersShoppe” on etsy refurbishes, and sells vintage fountain pens in his spare time. We were talking, and the subject of fountain pens came up. I didn’t know that he restored vintage pens, and I hadn’t used one. I was bemoaning the fact that there are no more truly American pen companies making pens in America. He offered to give me a refurbished pen in exchange for a review of his work, and the quality of the pens. I’m not going to turn away a free pen. Sheesh! Who does that?

When Kurt came to visit, he brought me two pens made in America during the 1950’s. One was a maroon colored, hooded nib, vacumatic, Parker pen. The other was a grey colored, Esterbrook, lever filled pen.

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The deal was, I review the two pens, and keep the one I liked the most as payment. After using the two pens, I offered to pay him for the other one. I liked both pens. I don’t have beautiful handwriting, but I’ve included a couple of pictures of some writing so you can see how wet/dry the pens write, and how broad/fine the nibs are. The Parker seems to write a bit more wet, and the nib has some flex to it. It has a bit more give to it as you write. The line width can vary with pressure.

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The Esterbrook was a finer nib, that is significantly more rigid. They were both pretty light weight, and small compared to some modern pens. It was only a bit scratchy on certain papers. On my Apica notebook it was smooth. I enjoyed the aesthetics of the Esterbrook the most.

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Both pens were cleaned, and repaired so that they functioned properly. They reminded me of the era in history when they were made, and most likely used. I thought about the soldiers who came home from WWII using the pen to sign a mortgage, write letters, sign checks for bills, and otherwise communicate in a pre-internet world. Back then a person wouldn’t call long distance unless it was necessary. It cost extra to call long distance. There were no smart phones, no text messaging, no social media. You had to put pen to paper, and use the mail.

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Most pens from this era are all scratched us, and dented, or missing the cap, or clip. These pens are complete. The Esterbrook’s hardware shows its age, but is fully functioning, and does add to the history of the pen.

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You can see some additional pictures here. If you’d like to shop for your own piece of history go visit my friend’s shop the, “WritersShoppe” “The art of personal expression” If you have never used a fountain pen, and are wondering what all the interest is about lately, ask your question in the comments section. There is something about putting down your own notes, experimenting with expression through handwriting, or connecting with history, that enriches the human experience. I encourage you, if you have the means, to give it a try. There are also many different colors, and types of ink to try.

Don’t Fear the Rona!

Here is a copy of an e-mail I sent to some coworkers, and friends who are Christian. Maybe it will help you.

As many of you already know, the death rate is far lower than originally projected.  Many of us know someone, or know of someone who has died of the virus.  Several of us have had the virus.  I want to give you a little ray of sunshine.  If you look at the numbers as of today, 10,513,068 people in America have tested positive since they started keeping track almost a year ago.  This is not the number of active cases, even though that is how it seems to be presented by the media.  The total number of deaths in America has been listed as 242,527.  We know that this number has been inflated, and is actually lower.  How much lower, I do not know.  To give the doom, and gloom squad the benefit of the doubt, we’ll use that number.  The next number we will look at is the number of Americans who have recovered from the virus.  As we know, this number is dramatically under-reported by the media. In reality, you either recover, or die within a month.  So it is obvious they have not kept pace with all the recoveries. For some reason they don’t track, or report accurately on the number of recovered cases.  Perhaps it would seem to lead to a different narrative than the one we are being presented?

In my house, when I had the virus, I was the only one tested.  After I came down with it, I promptly infected everyone else.  My wife, 32 year old son, and 20 year old daughter all caught it.  Since they weren’t tested, their numbers didn’t get recorded, or added to the total number of confirmed cases.  The clinic would not test them.  They told them to stay home and quarantine.  I understand that this is pretty typical.  Also, around 50% of the people are asymptomatic.  If you take these factors into consideration, the real number of people who had the virus is more likely 3 times the official amount, and the government knows it.  That would be approximately 31,539,204 people who have had the virus.  If we divide the number of people who have died, by the number of people who have had the virus, we get .76% mortality rate.  In other words, 99.24% of all people, in all age groups, with all kinds of diseases, and pre-existing conditions survive the virus.  Tell me again why we are going through all of this?  Why are we shutting down jobs, and families? Why are we wearing useless masks? Don’t get me started on masks. Have you seen what kind of gear they wear in labs that work on viruses?

Don’t let your emotions, and fear take over.  Trust God.  Even during the bubonic plague when mortality rates were around 50% Christians still went into sick homes, and ministered to dying people.  This virus is not the same, but Christians should have the same message. God is sovereign.  He is in control.  Even this is in His will.  We all are guilty sinners, and deserve suffering, death, and hell.  If He has determined to bring me home by catching a virus, so be it.  It doesn’t change the fact that people need to hear the gospel.  They need to be warned, they are sinners, just like you and I.  We will stand before God on judgment day.  We will have no excuse for our sins.  We must repent, and trust the justifying work of Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection.  Be found in Christ on the day of your judgment, and live with Him in glory.  Don’t fear the virus, fear God, and live!

“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.”  ― Jonathan Edwards

Pro-choice Christian? Nope!

People who say, “I’m a Christian, and pro-choice.” are neither. First, if you condone, or give hearty approval to murdering a human in the womb, you are not pro-choice. You have killed that young person without knowing their will, and have acted unjustly, and unilaterally. You have cruelly, and inhumanly tortured them to death, without a trial. This is not how Christians behave. Second, to say the Bible is ambiguous about the murder of children is pure ignorance, dishonesty, or both. Some satanists who claim to be Christian would say that the Bible says life begins when you take your first breath. This is a terrible misunderstanding of the plain reading of the text, or it is a purposeful perversion of the text to justify their murderous intent. They use for example the instance, “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” 8 Genesis 2:7-8

Here is the problem with equating that to a child in the womb, Adam was formed from the clay, directly, and supernaturally by God Himself. Adam was the first man, and the progenitor of all successive men. All successive men would come through the means that God ordained, natural conception, and birth. Children in the womb, become a living being at the moment of conception. God breaths into them their soul, who they are as a unique individual. This is, “the breath of life.” The life that God gives is the causal factor. The active condition of living is the effect, just as breathing is not the cause of life, it is the effect of life. If God removes from His creatures the breath of life, they will die, but it is God who made them, and breathed into them, the breath of life, which is not simply air, and respiration, but rather the unique individual being who they are at that moment, and who they will grow to be over their entire life. Psalms, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Exodus, Job, and so on. I’d give you some specific verses to look up, but you would just go to find a flaw, or somehow refute what I am writing without reading the Word of God in context to see the intent of our Creator. This way, hopefully you will read the Word of God, and see the context while you are seeking to defend your hideous position. This is how I came to Christ by the way. I sought to disprove Him to a Christian by using the Bible against itself. It did not work.

If you read the entire Bible, it is abundantly obvious, and clear, that life begins at conception. In Exodus 21 If a pregnant woman is struck, and the child dies, the man is guilty of murdering a person, not simply killing, as the death sentence was listed as the punishment. Jeremiah reveals God’s designs, and plans for him, before he was conceived. John the baptist leapt for joy in his mother’s womb when he heard the greeting of Mary who was pregnant with Jesus. A clump of tissue does not leap for joy.

I hope that you are merely ignorant, and once educated, you will repent of your pro-choice position. If you truly are Christian, you must. Otherwise, it is most likely that you will prove to be a false convert, and suffer an eternity in hell, having the wrath of God poured out on you forever. I do not want that for anyone. Unlike the children who have no choice due to their lack of power as infants, you have a choice, right this very moment. Repent, and trust Jesus’ work on the cross to justify you to God, or reject the notion that abortion is a horrible sin, remain in your sins, for lack of repentance, and die in them. You might think that you are a Christian, but as long as you are for the slaughtering of innocent human life, for the sake of sexual liberty, perversion, promiscuity, and convenience, it is doubtful that you have truly repented of your sins.

Red Dawn, coming to a neighborhood near you, soon…

Here’s my prediction for the election. Trump will win by a landslide. Over the days following the election, miracle magic ballots will come in for Biden. This will make him look like the winner. Then he will become President. Most of us on the right who have been saying it will be civil war, will grumble and complain, but we won’t do anything except protest peacefully. We’ll spend the next 4 years hoping for a new President after the next election.

During that time, there will be some small pockets of fighting, but even though they will have our moral support, they will not have logistical support. This will be unlike antifa, and blm who have had supplies, food, bail money, medical care, transportation, and politicians protecting them. We will be shot in the streets by federal agents, arrested and imprisoned for long sentences, while watching our rights systematically get taken away.

When the election happens, after 4 years, we will get a weak r.i.n.o. as a candidate, so that it looks good when he looses. Before that in the first term, Biden will be deemed unfit, and Harris will be the President. This is my prediction, because I have been alive, and paying attention for a long time. I hope it doesn’t come true, but it is time to think about what we are going to do.

How can we get our local Governors to call up the militia? How can we get our State to declare Trump President after his win, and to not fall for the cheat? How can we then, mobilize a militia to go to the leftist States and remove their treasonous politicians from office, and replace them with honest ones? How can we provide support convoys, guard the roadways, run patrols to protect the checkpoints? Make sure our supply chains don’t break down? Catch insurgents? Weed out communists in our education systems, political systems, law enforcement, entertainment? If we aren’t prepared to shut down the entire country, and do the ugly work that needs to be done, we will be doomed to my prediction.

Are you willing to be shot for being in an organized militia that is actively fighting against the military, and federal agents? We won’t get the kid glove treatment that antifa, and blm are getting. We will get met with an iron fist, and all the cruelty the enemy has to command. Red dawn is happening, but it isn’t a foreign force. It is a domestic threat to the Constitution, and American liberty. It will be our own sons, and daughters wanting us dead.

A look in the mirror.

As I looked in the mirror, I saw myself, and my father looking back at me.  We had a short conversation.

I said, “I’m getting old dad.” In a tired voice.

In a somber tone he told me, “I know son.  Soon you’ll die too.”

“I don’t want to die dad.”

He said, “It isn’t being dead that hurts, it is the dying.”

Our eyes became teared as we remembered his death.

“I watched you dying.  I miss you.  I’m so tired.  I don’t have anything left to give.”  My voice trailed off.

“Be strong son.  You still have people who count on you.”

“I was not ready for you to leave.”

“You were, and you know it.  My body was worn out long before I died.  I held on as long as I could.”

“I know dad.  You were always so strong.  I hope I can do what is required of me, and make you proud.”

“I’ve always been proud of you.  You’ll do what is needed.”

“I see the same decay in my vitality that I watched you succumb to.”

“Death comes for us all son.  Don’t be afraid.  Look straight ahead. Look into it.  Don’t swerve to the left or the right, but walk on through it.  We are here waiting.”  

This is my Dad, Bob Sr.

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Mask wearing, and the shaming of people who choose not to.

As a Christian, we are to love our neighbors, and the world loves to remind us that we are murdering grandma if we don’t wear a mask. They love to blast us on social media with comments like, “You’re not loving your neighbor! You’re a murderer! You are killing your grandma!” Let’s look at this a bit more closely. What is the actual mortality rate? Here is a chart from Johns Hopkins;


According to Johns Hopkins in the United States per 100,000 people 49.8 people die. So if you divide 49.8 by 100,000 you get a .0498% mortality rate. If you subtract that from 100% you get 99.95% That is the percentage of people who are surviving the virus. Now that we’ve established a factual rate, and seen that it is not as dire as the media has portrayed it, let’s deal with the accusation of not loving our neighbors.

How is it loving to the 99.95% of my neighbors to lock them up at home, shut down their businesses, (some never to reopen) keep children from being in school, stop people from visiting loved ones in hospitals, cancel Church services, cancel graduations, and funerals, but leave casinos, pot stores, liquor stores, big box stores, online stores, golf courses, et cetera open? Not to mention, allowing riots in the streets disguised by the media as, “peaceful protests.” This is madness.

It is not loving at all! That is my answer. It is not loving my neighbor to harm the majority in this way. It is not loving to the minority to draw a circle around the less than one percent, and tell them, “We’re doing this for you!” Masks aren’t even effective. They are like a pacifier for a baby. It feels good, and takes your mind off the fact that you are still hungry, but at some point the truth of hunger will invade, and the pacifier will not be enough. I hope the truth is now invading, and we will come to our senses. We are harming our neighbors with these liberty crushing, draconian measures.

If we love our neighbors, we can keep the vulnerable, and sick, quarantined, while we allow the rest of our neighbors to carry on. I’ve witnessed it personally at work. Half the people who have the virus don’t suffer any symptoms. The majority of the other half have mostly mild, to moderate symptoms. I was one of the smaller minority who suffered more severe symptoms. The even smaller minority, which we’ve already stated is .0498% will die.

Remember, God is sovereign over everything, even our deaths. Since we are all sinners, we will all die. There is a 100% mortality rate among sinners, and 100% of us, are sinners. Do the math. It is simple. We can die in Christ, or outside of Christ. God is true good. Since He decides when you’ll die, and of what, it is good that it happens as He has determined. To doubt that, is to put yourself on God’s throne. That is neither wise, nor righteous. God is God, not you. Repent of your sins, trust solely in the work of Christ to justify you, and live for your Lord’s glory. Don’t cower in fear of your death. That is not living. It is not liberty in Christ either.

Grandma wouldn’t want you to hurt everyone for her, if she is a Christian. Grandma, and Grandpa (I speak from experience as a Grandpa) would not want to miss out on you, and your life, because they might die. We’ve lived a life, and know what it is to sacrifice for our children, and we are o.k. with that. As always, glorify God, love your neighbor, but please be thoughtful, reasonable, wise, and gentle.

Coronavirus, Covid-19, The Chinese virus, and being positive.

I started feeling hot the evening of July 11th. I went to bed, and felt better the next day, just a bit tired. The same thing happened on the 12th. On the 13th I worked all day, and an hour before the end of my shift, I came down with a full on fever, and a cough. The next morning when I woke up, I was sick. I went to the local clinic, and got a test done. I called in to work. The next day, the clinic called. They told me I tested positive. I didn’t need the test to tell me that. I was getting really sick.

My fever was lingering around 100 degrees, and did not let up until around the 22nd. Then the fever was just in the mornings, and evenings. The cough persisted. I also developed digestive difficulties. I had pain in my stomach, and didn’t want to eat. I lost my senses of smell, and taste completely. I was breathing, but not getting any oxygen out of it. My toes, and fingers were turning blue by 21st. I had to go to the emergency room. They gave me an I.V. with some anti-inflammatory medication. They did a chest x-ray, and tested my blood. My blood sugar was way out of control. I’m a type 2 diabetic. They were going to admit me, but I perked up enough after the I.V. and medication. Tylenol was extremely helpful the next couple of days reducing the pain in my lungs. I didn’t have congestion in them, but they hurt, and weren’t working right.

The next few nights I continued to sleep in my recliner because I couldn’t breath when I laid flat on my back. I use a bi-pap machine because of severe sleep apnea. I drank copious amounts of water throughout the sickness, and did breathing exercises my wife, and the nurse recommended. The breathing exercises helped a lot. I had to force myself to eat. I had lost close to 15 pounds in a short time, and was very weak.

Finally by the 28th, my symptoms were gone, except for a morning cough. I was told that the cough would continue for weeks after. I still have a bit of a cough. I am still trying to get my strength back. I tried to do some chores, and got winded pretty quick. I got a doctor’s clearance to go back to work, but they are requiring that I stay home 14 days after the release.

In the dormitory that I work in 98 of the 98 inmates tested positive. They were all required to wear masks. I was also required to wear a mask. The masks did not stop them from passing the virus on to each other. They did not stop infected people from infecting those who didn’t have it, and it didn’t protect them either. I caught it from the inmates while wearing a mask. I’m certain the way people are getting it is by touching contaminated surfaces. I don’t believe masks help.

Half of the inmates in my unit had no symptoms. Some of those inmates were in their 70’s. Out of the other half, most were mildly ill. They told me that they just felt tired for a few days, or had a tickle in their throats. Out of that group, there were about 7 that actually felt really sick. None of them were as bad as I ended up being.

After having the dreaded Chinese virus, I would recommend that we do away with masks, put everyone back to work, open the schools, get rid of social distancing, and go back to normal. The only thing I would do is let the vulnerable people quarantine at home. Shutting everything down is wrong. I hope this helps.

Neo-Marxism, BLM, ANTIFA, & Communism, “Men have forgotten God.”

Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn had spent much of his life in a gulag/forced labor camp due to his criticism of Stalin, and communism.
“Men have forgotten God”
Regarding atheism, Solzhenitsyn declared:

Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

I’d like for you to consider today’s neo-marxist movements like BLM, and Antifa. Here is a quote from BLM’s web page, “We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.

We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.”

Notice, they deny the God ordained function of men, and women, in the Church, the family, and society. They deny gender as God has created it. Not only do they deny it, they are actively working to dismantle it. They encourage violence, and rebellion as means to accomplish their goals. This is not about race, as much as it is about communism. Communism is suicide for nations, and individuals. It can only exist in a godless, secular nation. If we want to know who to blame, we must look in the mirror. We have sat idly by, comfortable in our own situations, oblivious to the spread of godlessness in our neighborhoods. We’ve ignored the great commission, and we’ve spoon fed people the basics of the faith to death, and never moved on to mature the believers. If you want to combat the chaos that is going on in the world, you must do it by the means that God has ordained, and that is the gospel. Getting your rifles ready for a civil war, should be your last option. Your first, and best, is the gospel of peace. Peace with God through Christ, and peace with men who become our brothers in Christ. As much as it is with us, let us not forget God, nor allow our countrymen to do so either.

Race, riots, and God.

There are only two categories possessing eternal consequence to which people may be consigned.  They are not at all concerned with any external characteristics of man.  No skin pigment, gender, nationality, nor any other aspect of humanity has eternal consequence except for this; either a man is in the first Adam, or he is in the second Adam.  In the first, he is dead.  Unless by the grace of God, he is numbered with the elect, he shall suffer the eternal dying of death.  For those who are numbered among the elect, and come to be in the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is life, and light, and sustains all life, these shall enjoy eternal living of life, and this with Him. (Genesis 1, 1 Corinthians 15 & 2 Corinthians 5)

The world is sick, blind, deaf, dumb, without reason, insane, and perverse.  Worse than that, it is death, and dead.  The world is suffering God’s judgment by being given over to even more sin against Him compounding their suffering which is justly warranted.  This world system hates what it lacks.  Darkness rarely battles darkness when there are children of the life, and light present to kill, and extinguish.  For no other reason, then that they are of their father, satan.  He is the accuser who kills, and slanders.  His children do likewise, and wax in their depravity, while causing human suffering to their delight, and to the delight of their father. (Romans 1)

This is not to demonize them, it is simply to point out that they are puppets dancing for their master who hates God, his Creator.  The war that is waging in the unseen realm is being manifested in our natural world.  We are affected.  Both categories are completely engaged in this battle even if it seems that most are simply bystanders.  All are complicit.  Some are justified by the sovereign Lord, and are employed by Him as ordained means to His end.  He will accomplish all He has determined.  Our God is not one who attempts, and fails.  He is the omnipotent Lord!  He is great, and mighty! (Ephesians 6)

As agents of our Lord, we are the militant bride of Christ.  To His bride He has given one powerful offensive weapon with which to take up and be armed, it is the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.  Contemplate the power in the word for a moment.  It is the sword of the spirit!  It is the word of God!  Yes, put on the armor, the full armor of God, but do not neglect the sword, for an ungodly deference to pacificity regarding the combat we are thus engaged.  For a soldier of God’s is armed to the hilt with all the power to mortify the enemy, and his agents, that he should ever need when he has taken up and read.  Do not delay.  Tolle lege!  The enemy may rail, and riot, but he has no eternal victory.  He, and his minions may have temporal victories over some of the saints, we may fall in battle, but we know who owns the true victory!  In Christ we are victors with Him!

All the authoritative judgments of God we could ever need are recorded within His word.  We can know what He has deemed good, and evil.  We can see evil, and combat it.  We can see good, and reward it.  One of the only roles of government in the Bible is to provide law and order.  It is to reward the righteous, and punish the evil doer.  It is true, we are to obey the laws of our government.  We are to obey in as much as we can without violating the laws of God.  If that government compels by order, rule, or decree that we disobey the Sovereign Lord God, our Master, and Savior, then, only then, must we disobey.   Today we see our country torn asunder by agents of the enemy running riot, and rampant in the streets.  Destroying, injuring, robbing, raping, and murdering like wild unreasoning beasts.  Governments, and law enforcement agencies are crippled, hamstrung by the agents of satan within their ranks, and without.  Those who would do their duty, are decried as racists, and murders, by the very people who are guilty. (Romans 1 & 13)

How do we engage this beast?  With the very sword of the spirit, the word of God!  This weapon not only has the power to finally kill the sinner, to see him crucified with our dear Savior, but also it contains the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation, new life in Christ!  For the gospel is the power of God unto salvation!  We may slay our enemies, and make of them brothers by the power, and word of God!  Preach to them to be crucified with Him who knew no sin yet became sin on our behalf!  Preach to them the justifying work of Christ Jesus!  Preach to them that if they repent of their sins, and trust Him alone, that they may have eternal life!

Jesus is the incarnate true, and living God, Creator of all things.

Did Jesus claim to be the Son of God? | Ibrahim Ministries International

He was not created by the Father. He did not exist in the Father, and then brought out of the Father. He was not made from the essence of the Father. He is not the angel Michael transfigured. Jesus is God. He is the incarnate eternal Son, the Word of God made flesh, and the second person of the Trinity. The Son has always been, is, and always will be.

Luke 22:63-65, “63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him, 64 and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, “Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?” 65 And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming.”

How can the men be committing blasphemy by saying many other things against Jesus Christ, unless He is in fact God? This one section of scripture proves that Jesus Christ is God. If this is not enough for you, there are more.


Was Paul a liar, was he wrong, was God’s word wrong, or are you wrong? Paul preached that Jesus is God, not a part of God, not a smaller god, but actually the God of all creation. God the Father in this section of scripture calls Jesus God. Was God a liar, was He wrong, or are you wrong? Why would God share the worship of His angels with a creature? He wouldn’t. When He commands His angels to worship the Son, they are worshiping God. Exodus 34:14, “for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”

John 20:26-29, “26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

The beloved Apostle of Christ recorded that Thomas called Jesus his Lord, and God. Why would God say this in His word if it weren’t true? Jesus can’t be both God, and not God at the same time, but He can be both God, and man at the same time.

2 Peter 1:1, “1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:”

How else do you explain his greeting here at the beginning of his epistle? Again, this is not just Peter writing this, but it is God using Peter to write God’s own word.

Titus 2:11-15, “11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. 15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”

Lest you claim this is a translation problem, “πεφάνη γρ χάρις το θεο σωτήριος πσιν νθρώποις παιδεύουσα μς, να ρνησάμενοι τν σέβειαν κα τς κοσμικς πιθυμίας σωφρόνως κα δικαίως κα εσεβς ζήσωμεν ν τ νν αἰῶνι, προσδεχόμενοι τν μακαρίαν λπίδα κα πιφάνειαν τς δόξης το μεγάλου θεο κα σωτρος μν Χριστο ησο, ς δωκεν αυτν πρ μν να λυτρώσηται μς π πάσης νομίας κα καθαρίσ αυτ λαν περιούσιον, ζηλωτν καλν ργων.” Τατα λάλει κα παρακάλει κα λεγχε μετ πάσης πιταγς· μηδείς σου περιφρονείτω.”

Theou(God) kai(and) soteros(savior) Hemon(of us) Christou Iesou(Christ Jesus)

Matthew 14:32-33, “32 And when they had climbed back into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!””

Here Matthew records that Jesus accepted worship. As we already established, only God is to be worshiped. Jesus did not rebuke them like the angels did when men tried to worship them. Whey do you think that is? I’ll tell you. Jesus is God. If you don’t acknowledge the deity of Christ, you are a heretic. If you teach others to believe the lies you believe, you are also a false teacher. A created Jesus is a creature who would be powerless to save us. Jesus is a hypostatic union of deity and humanity.

Matthew 28:8-10, “8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.””

Matthew records Jesus accepting worship again. Your position is untenable. It is obvious error.

Revelation 5:11-14, “11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” 14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.”

Jesus is being worshiped along with the Father by the angels, and elders. Do you understand? What argument can be made that will stand against the word of God?

Philippians 3:20-21, “. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”

Jesus is omnipotent. Who else is omnipotent besides God? Nobody, that means Jesus is God incarnate!

Colossians 2:2-3, “2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Jesus is also omniscient. Only God is the source of all knowledge. Jesus is God.

Matthew 28:16-20, “16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””

Here we not only see that the Son, and the Spirit are equated to the Father, but we also see the omnipresence of Jesus in His own divine nature that was joined to the human nature at the incarnation.

Of course, then there is the coup de grâce of John 1:1-5, 14, “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was 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. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” “14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

It is evident that Jesus is the incarnation of the second Person of the Trinity, and that He is eternal God.