TRINITY DOCTRINE     (A mini Bible study)

 

   Is the GOD of the Bible a “trinity” as most claimed “Christian” denominations and organizations teach and believe? Or is GOD ONE Being, as many other religions and their doctrines teach? Doesn’t the widely used “Christian” Bible even teach that GOD IS ONE and if so can that be one in three or three in one? What if God is neither of the these ideas of men? Take this study if you are unsure of the nature of God and want to know what the Bible teaches.

(This is one of the true and basic “trunk of the tree” doctrines of the true COG, so please study it carefully if you want the truth of Scripture on this subject!)

 

In this short seven question Bible study, we are going to look at this subject, in the format of questions and then answers from the Scriptures, as in other Bible studies. From this we will be able to learn if GOD is a “trinity” or if GOD is not a trinity. The first thing we need to do, however, is remind our readers that all Scripture in its original form was inspired of God. We see this in 2 Tim 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17    that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”   

The clear and easy to understand Scriptures help explain the ones not so clear, once we understand that there are no contradictions in Scripture. It is recommended that you look up these Scriptures in your own Bible.   (I will be using the NKJ version throughout, unless otherwise noted.)

 

(1) Question:

If Christ commanded the disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is that not proof enough that God is a trinity?

Answer:

This question is based on what we see with a quick reading of Matt.28:20. From this passage, most Protestants and Catholics assume that this is talking about God in three personages as one being, but in actuality it is only referring to the God Head and His Son, plus the power that emanates out from either one of them. Remember, verse 18 shows Christ saying that all authority is invested in Him at this time and other Scriptures show Christ is the Head of the COG, but the Holy Spirit was also involved with Christ and is now in true Christians. Shouldn’t the Holy Spirit receive some Biblical recognition, if in fact it were a personage equal to Christ and the Father? But it does not. Oh there are those occasions when the Holy Spirit is referred to as “He” but those are mistranslations made by men. From this study, we will come to understand that if God were three distinct personages, then most definitely that would mean contradictions to many other Scriptures and even to some of the things that Christ Himself said in other parts of the NT writings. For example, in the Gospel of John, we see this simple statement from Christ; ch.10:30    "I and My Father are one."   Could this be the truth if the Holy Spirit were also a personage—wouldn’t they ALL THREE be one, yet Christ does not say that they are? It does not seem likely that Christ would “forget” to mention the third being of a Trinitarian Godhead with equal authiority. The Scripture would have to say "I and My Father and the Holy Spirit are one," but it does not say that, nor does Christ even indicate it, considering many other Scriptures, as we will see. There are a lot of similar verses to this, and just a few verses further on in the same chapter of John, it says this about Scripture; “(and the Scripture cannot be broken)” V. 35—last part.

 

(2) Question:

Then why does 1John 5:7 say that “these three are one.”?

Answer:

Actually, the original manuscripts do not say that. Notice the wording in the RSV, taken from older manuscripts; I Jn 5:7-8        7 “And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth.   8    There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree.”  (RSV) Notice this from a popular and widely used Bible commentary on 1 John 5:7;  The only Greek manuscripts, in any form, which support the words, "in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one: and there are three that bear witness in earth," are the Montfortianus of Dublin, copied from the modern Latin Vulgate; the Revianus, copied from the Complutensian Polyglot; a manuscript at Naples, with the words added in the margin by a recent hand; Ottobonianus, 298, of the fifteenth century, the Greek of which is a translation of the accompanying Latin. All the old versions omit the words. The oldest manuscripts of the Vulgate omit them, the earliest Vulgate manuscript which has them being Wizanburgensis, 99. (are) of the eighth century. (from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

We can clearly see from this and many other sources that these words that seem to support the trinity doctrine were not in the original writings, but added in under the influence of the Catholic teaching on the trinity! In fact the word “trinity” is found nowhere in Scripture, Old or New Testament!

 

(3) Question:

Where is any proof that the Catholic Church had anything to do with the trinity doctrine?

 

Answer: The New Catholic Encyclopedia states: “The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century. But it is precisely this formulation that has first claim to the title the Trinitarian dogma. Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective.”—(1967), Vol. XIV, p. 299.  (Showing clearly that this is from Catholicism. Notice the next quote below.)

 

“Christianity assimilated elements from various cultures and religions, even after it became a state religion. In 601 CE, Pope Gregory wrote, “... the temples of the idols in the said country {Britain} ought not to be broken; but the idols alone which are in them; that the holy water be made and sprinkled about the same temples, altars built, relics placed: for if the said temples are well built, it is needful that they be altered from the worshipping of devils into the service of the true God.”  Christians, as they were supposed, (Catholics) took over devil worshipping temples, remodeled them, and used them for what they believed was the worship of God. Likewise, they adopted Gentile doctrines. One of those doctrines was the trinity doctrine. Several ancient religions of the pre-Christian era grouped deities into trinities.  A trinity consisted of three distinctly separate gods who joined their efforts.” (This is proof, given from a Catholic pope and their own writings that the trinity doctrine is not Biblically established.)

 

(4) Question:

If God is not a trinity, then how many beings make up the Supreme God at this time and where is proof from Scripture?

Answer:

If we go to the gospel of John, Christ Himself can help us answer that question.  John 9:5    "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  John 8:12 says the same thing and also says that Christ is the Light of life! Where do we first see this recorded about Christ being the Light of life and of the world? Christ came from being with God and was in the beginning also God. (John 1:1-2) He came into the world to reveal the light of truth. John 1:9-10  That (Christ) was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.  10  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.” (Also note V.14) In another Scripture from Christ’s own words, also in the gospel of John, Christ addresses those who do not know Him; John 14:7  "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." HOW? By them seeing Christ, they were also seeing the Father—but there is no mention here of the Holy Spirit as a third personage—and there would be if it were also a being and part of the God Head! Doesn’t it seem odd that if the Holy Spirit were also a personage and an equal in a triune god head, that Christ would keep forgetting to mention that fact? Right now, there are only two members of the God Head—the Father and the Son—and they were both equal as God beings before the Word became the Son! (Phil.2:6)

 

(5) Question:

Where is any other Scriptural proof that there are only the Father and the Son?

Answer:

John 1:1-2, indicated above says    “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.” There is no doubt about these two Scriptures, as they make it perfectly clear there are only two beings mentioned here, and nothing about the Holy Spirit as a third personage! It should now be much easier for those doing this study to understand that even in the book of Genesis the nature of the God Family was multiple, but yet nothing about a trinity. Gen 1:26 “Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;--these two beings were conversing about Their creation of mankind, and we see it again in the next verse—V.27    “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Again, there is nothing in the Bible that would indicate God as a trinity at all, but many people have falsely assumed it because of hundreds of years of false teaching in the realm of what is called “Christianity”. God and the Word are separate beings but of the same family/realm with the same plan, goals and ultimate reality for mankind. In this way they are one.

 

(6) Question:

Where did the Idea come from that God was only ONE being?

Answer:

Practically no one in the Old Testament period that believed in the true God knew of any other God but the one God that dealt with them, such as Israel, and that personage was the God who became Christ—before He became Christ. (1Cor.10:4 & 2Sam.23:3) Notice this Scripture; Deut 6:4   Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!Remember that Christ quoted this same passage, which is the first and great Commandment! Mark 12:29          Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” The apostle Paul also said that God is one, when speaking of Christ as the Mediator, to the gentiles. We find that in Gal.3:20. Please look it up and read it.

COMMENT:

The true COG has taught that God is not a trinity, and also not one being, but two at this time, because that is what the Scriptures reveal, as we have seen thus far. God’s whole purpose in mankind was to bring them into the God realm as Spiritual children, once they had matured in sinless-ness and Godly character. In order to start the Spiritual process, Adam needed to eat of the tree of life, which he did not—but ate of the other tree instead, an act of disobedience that set mankind on a wrong path. God is reproducing Himself through mankind! Most people do not realize this in the “Christian” realm of today because they have not been taught the truth on this subject. But it would be a colossal insult to the Holy Spirit from Christ, and the apostles Paul, Peter and John, IF the Spirit were a third personage in the Godhead. WHY would it be an insult? If you look at the beginnings of their epistles, they never even acknowledge the Holy Spirit in most of them, whereas they do acknowledge the Father and Christ almost always. For example: 2 Pet 1:1-2   “Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:   2    Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord”,--

Nothing about the third party personage of the Holy Spirit. Paul almost always has this statement in the beginning of his epistles; -- “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”—which would be terribly disrespectful of the Holy Spirit if it were a third party in the God head. Even Jude, Christ’s own brother through Mary, shows disrespect, if the Holy Spirit were another personality in the God Head! Notice how Jude also does not acknowledge the Holy Spirit. Jude V.1         Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:--  you can read also in verse 4 that he again acknowledges only Christ and the Father!

 

 

(7) Question:

Are there any other Scripture proofs that God is not a trinity?

Answer:

There are many more proofs in Scripture that God is not a trinity—too many in fact to go to all of them in this short study—but we will look at just a few more before we conclude. In speaking to the Pharisees, Christ spoke of Himself and the Father only, and did not mention a third party personage, which in this case would have been a bonus to Him, to have an extra witness. John 8:17-19    "It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.   18    "I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.   19   Then they said to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also."

Christ, in His own prayer right before His crucifixion, did not pray to the Father and a Spirit personage! He prayed to the Father only. Read through the 17th chapter of the gospel of John and you will see this. Also you will find in this same passage how Christ explains that the Father and He are one, and that eventually the saints will also become one in the Family of God. Notice this; V.21   "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  (No third party of the God Head ever mentioned here at all.)

22      "And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

23      "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

 

For one more very solid proof from Scripture, we can go back to the epistles of John. We see here that there are still only two beings in the God head at this time. II Jn 1:9    “Whoever transgresses (breaks) and does not abide (continue—remain steadfast) in the doctrine (teachings) of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”

This verse is so powerfully clear that there are only TWO beings in the God Head at this time, and that through John, God is telling the readers and believers of the Bible that if they do not believe the teaching of Christ in Scripture, that they do NOT have God in their lives! Anyone who continues to believe in the “trinitarian god” after reading these very clear proofs and truths in Scripture, simply are not being led by the Spirit that comes from God & Christ. (Rom.8:9) The trinity is of pagan origin, and no believer of a trinitarian god will be in the Family and Kingdom of God without repenting and changing from that belief. This has always been the teaching of the true COG and Scripture! The true God and His Word must come to be first in your life, in order to receive the promises and blessings, and ultimately salvation. (Matt.6:33 & John 14:6—last part.) 

 

Concluding comments:

The trinity teaching is not rooted in Scripture, as we have clearly seen, and God is not now NOR HAS He ever been a trinity. God has a plan to expand His family into perhaps BILLIONS of God beings! The trinity doctrine limits a limitless Being and confines God down to a closed God Head of three, which is not a Biblical teaching. After studying all these Scriptures, a person must reasonably conclude that the trinity doctrine is false and not based on the Bibles many Scriptural passages. In Luke 1:35 the Holy Spirit is called the POWER of the Highest, that would overshadow Mary, in order for her to be impregnated with Christ. If that Spirit was another member of the God Head—a personage—then it would be Christ’s Father! But Christ never once acknowledged the Holy Spirit as His Father, although He did say that God is Spirit and must be worshipped in Spirit and truth! (John 4:23-24)  Also in another instance after Christ was resurrected, He breathed on the disciples and said for them to receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22) Does it make sense for Christ to BREATHE out of Himself another God being or personage of the God Head, while appearing in human form for His disciples? Rather, this verse only adds to the understanding that the Holy Spirit is the essence of power that emanates out from the Father and Christ to do their will. The Holy Spirit is said to symbolically represent water, wind or “breath” as seen above, and oil; but never a third personage in the God Head as a separate being. The truth about the trinity doctrine was discovered and restored to the true COG through Herbert W Armstrong, in one of the 18 truths. The truth never changes—Heb.13:8—so it is the same today as it was when the Bible was being written.

 

There are many other Scriptures that could have been gone to for even further proof, but all the Scriptures are inspired of God, as we have seen in this study—the Scripture cannot be broken—and so we close with these passages from Christ’s own words; John 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  It is our hope that you will believe what you have seen with your own eyes through the written word of God, and study even further into this in order to wash you mind clear of the pagan belief in the trinity doctrine, if you have not already.  John 8:32   "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.--- V.36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” 

 

(A mini Bible study, produced by the editor for tcogmso.com)

 

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