Their theological beliefs are much closer to those of the original Christian movement -- the Jewish Christian church founded by Jesus' followers and centered in Jerusalem under the leadership of James -- than it is to most current Christian faith groups.The movement was founded by physician John Thomas (1805-1871) who had left the Disciples of Christ in 1844, because of a number of theological disagreements.He started a periodical that same year, called "The Herald of the Future Age".
They point out that the words "devil" does not appear in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
They reject the belief in a Trinity containing three separate personalities.
They hold this belief in common with Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and the Jehovah's Witnesses. This agrees with the beliefs about Jesus held by the Jewish Christian church prior to the return of Paul to Judea circa 38 CE.
In the New Testament, these terms are sometimes used to translate the Greek word "diabolos" which means a human slanderer or false accuser.
Examples are John , 1 Timothy , 2 Timothy 3:1-3 and Titus 2:3.