One of the most revered and universally believed doctrines of the “Christian ” church is that of the “Trinity”. In fact, if you do not adhere to that teaching, you are labeled as an heretic or a follower of some cult and not really a follower of Jesus Christ!
WHERE AND FROM WHOM DID THIS BELIEF ORIGINATE?
I hope to clarify and bring to light, FROM YOUR BIBLE, the REAL TRUTH about this subject of the “TRINITY DOCTRINE”.
I’m going to begin with the origin of this subject, of men’s ideas, from the “Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 22”. I’ll not quote the entire thesis presented from this source, but sufficient information for your understanding...:
TRINITY. “The Christian doctrine of the Trinity can be best expressed in the words “The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God, and yet they are not three Gods but one God ... for like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself (singillatim) to be God and Lord, so we are by the Catholic religion to say that there be three Gods or three Lords (Quencunque vult). Though this doctrine was one of the first to be dealt with by modern methods of “comparative religion” (as long ago as when Gibbon wrote, “300 B.C., The Logos taught in Alexandria, A.D. 97. Revealed by St. John”) -- And though it is natural to ask it’s relation to certain triple arrangements of Pagan deities, to Jewish doctrines of “Wisdom” and the “Word,” to the Hegelian triad “The Idea”: Nature: Spirit” ---it is probably less well adapted to this treatment than other Christian doctrines. At any rate the first step is to discover what , in using this prima facia (at first sight) paradoxical language, the Christian church believed itself to be asserting. Here a common misunderstanding must be cleared away. “The Creed”-- it has been suggested (see Hibbert Journal, xxiv. No.1)-- “means there is only one being that can, with strict theological correctness, be called ‘God,’ viz, the Trinity as a whole; but each of the three persons can be called ‘God’ in a looser sense.”
Well, as you can see from the language presented here that it is nothing more than a feeble human effort to prove something that is NOT PROVABLE! If you like, look these ideas up in other “reputable” sources and you’ll see the convoluted, twisted ideas that men have devised to “cover up” the Truth of God’s Word on the Trinity. It is Pagan to the core and is NOT PROVABLE, but is another attempt on Satan’s part to deceive this world (Rev. 12:9);
We’ll turn to a deliberate distortion of the Scriptures where men try to prove the Trinity lie.
I John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record (in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8. And there are three that bear witness in earth,) The spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one (tend to one result).”
The words above written in Italics were NOT in the original Greek!
Notice how the “Companion Bible” explains this:
7. “The texts read, ‘the Spirit, and the water’, omitting all the words from ‘in heaven’ to ‘in earth’ (v.8) inclusive. The words are not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century. They were first seen in the margin of some Latin copies. Thence they have crept into the text.”
II Corinthians 11:15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” Ver. 3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
What do we read here? It tells us Satan will use any means he can to corrupt your minds from the simplicity that is in Jesus Christ. You don’t have to go through some elaborate “theological correctness”, as we read in the encyclopedia discourse, to determine the truth about the Trinity.
The Bible explains Itself, if we will let it! IT is our Source of understanding.!
Originally, Satan seems to have been one of three archangels that God had created for special authority over one third of the angels. So he was part of a TRINITY at one time! He was commander over these angels and led them into a rebellion against God in an attempted overthrow of the very Throne of God. This is revealed in three or four Scriptures:
Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars (angels) of heaven, and did cast them to the earth...” (Lucifer and these angels had been assigned to this earth.)
Isaiah 14:12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, (the earth) which did weaken the nations! 13. For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation , in the sides of the north: 14. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Ezekiel 28:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus (used as a type of Satan), and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13. Thou hast been in Eden the Garden of God ... the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16. ...thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy (nullify) thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire..”
Then the story reverts back to the human type. Jesus Christ witnessed this event (Luke 10:18)!
The Apostolic Church Never Taught The Lie of The Trinity!
The true early Church of God was founded in 31 A.D. on the day of Pentecost. They taught that the Holy Spirit was a POWER that was to be given to true converts on that day, not a THIRD PERSON OF THE GODHEAD, if they followed the instructions given by the Apostle Peter in: Acts 2:37 “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit. 39. For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord shall call.”
After Jesus had been resurrected and was talking with his disciples, He again spoke of this PROMISE that would give them supernatural POWER. The Holy Spirit was that Power! Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
The promise was a power, not a person! Some of the confusion and misunderstanding is because of the GENDER used in languages. By this, I mean that some languages convey the meaning of a certain word as male or female. For instance, in my study of the Spanish language, I found that certain articles were characterized as male or female by a prefix of “el” or “la”. It was “el mano” (the hand), “la fecha” (the date), “el hombre” (the man), “el muchacho” (the boy, or “la muchacha”, the girl, etc.)
* (Now I want to add other information, taken from the MINI-CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, published by the CHURCH OF GOD, NEW WORLD MINISTRIE. It’s free for the asking and I encourage you to enroll in it. From Lesson 4: “COMMENT: In the Greek language (from which the New Testament is written) every noun has what is called gender; that is , it is either masculine, feminine or neuter. The gender of a word has nothing whatsoever to do with whether the thing designated is really masculine or feminine in the human sense at all. Gender in language is really nothing more than a convenient grammatical tool. In the 14th, 15th and 16th chapters of John, the English pronoun “he” is definitely used in connection with the word “Comforter” - but not for theological or spiritual reasons. Grammatically, all pronouns in Greek MUST AGREE IN GENDER with the word they refer to --”
I’ve given you this information to stir you minds in doing research on Biblical Truth. DON’T BELIEVE DOCTRINAL LIES, just because some “church” or “churches” teach them! I THES. 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (Remember II Cor.11:14,15.)
OTHER DESCRIPTIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We’ve seen that the Holy Spirit is described in the Bible as a POWER. What other ways is “IT” referred to? When do we first hear of this Spirit of God in the Bible? What was accomplished by It’s actions? What physical thing represented the Spirit of God? These are a lot of questions that need to be answered, but that would take more time than we have here to explain it.
We’ll briefly touch on them in introducing the subject to you from God’s Word: Genesis 1:2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Then follows the recreation of this earth’s surface and everything on it, including mankind. ALL of CREATION WAS ACCOMPLISHED by this HOLY SPIRIT. After placing these human beings in the garden of Eden, God placed TWO TREES there for them to choose from. One, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, represented what would become this present evil world, ruled over by Satan. The other, THE TREE of LIFE, represented THE HOLY SPIRIT! Adam and Eve made the wrong choice, rejecting the opportunity of ETERNAL LIFE.
(Quoting From the Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course :)
“COMMENT: If Adam and Eve had partaken of the tree that represented God’s HOLY SPIRIT in the Garden - the “tree of life” [eternal life], they would have lived forever! But Adam and Eve had to desire the Spirit - cry out for it - and surrender themselves over to God’s will then, in order to receive this Holy Spirit of eternal life, exactly in the same way as all must do today if they are to receive it. There has never been but this one way to salvation! But Adam and Eve WOULD NOT ACCEPT SALVATION and eternal life GOD’S WAY.”
THE HOLY SPIRIT is the CONVERTING POWER for the human MIND!
I Cor. 2:10 “But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit:--The deep things of God.”
It can be “poured out”. Isaiah 32:15 “ Until the spirit (Ps,104:30 -Holy Spirit) be poured out upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.” Ezekiel 39:29 “Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.” What happened on the day of Pentecost? Acts 2:8 “And how hear we every man in our own tongue (language), wherein we were born.” Peter explains this strange event: Ver. 16 “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;(2:28) 17. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”
It can be represented by the ANNOINTING OIL that is used in anointing the sick. James 5:14 “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
We also find that the kings over Israel were anointed with oil before beginning their reign. I Samuel 10:1 “Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his (Saul’s) head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over His inheritance?” Of course, this oil was a symbol of God’s Spirit and the priesthood also was anointed with oil. Christians are referred to as God’s Anointed, which means anointed by the Spirit of God or sometimes called the Spirit of Christ. Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.
In these same several verses of Romans, it may call the Holy Spirit “Itself”. (or “He” other times) 16. “The Spirit ITSELF beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. 26. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit ITSELF maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
“He” (Comforter) doesn’t make the Holy Spirit a person, as it is used in John, but is merely the GENDER, which emanates from the masculine Father and Son! (Only TWO in the Godhead!)
My friends, I could give you much more evidence from God’s Word, disproving the doctrine of the Trinity, but time limits me at this time. I hope this clarifies some things in your mind. If you would like to know more about The God FAmily, The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and much more you need to enroll in our Mini-Correspondence Course. Go to the FREE materials section of our website and you may place your order there.