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Monday, January 21 2008

Does the trinity exist?

I could simply say no, but I have some scriptures and secular references to back up my answer.  First, the most common sense answer is that the word trinity is not found in the Bible and the Encarta Encyclopedia tells us why...

In the 4th century, the doctrine was finally formulated; using terminology still employed by Christian theologians, the doctrine taught the coequality of the persons of the Godhead.

I suppose the Trinitarian doctrine was formulated using Matthew 28:19 and it states...

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Jesus was speaking to the disciples (v16), but there is no record of them baptizing in the titles of Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  There are many scriptures telling of them baptizing in the name of Jesus starting with Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost...

Acts 2:38 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 Ghost.

Why did Peter hear Jesus say baptize in name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, but preach baptism in Jesus name and the answer is simple...Peter knew that Jesus was the Father, Son and Holy Ghost...

Jesus is the Father...

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Jesus is the Son...

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (notice the Bible states she conceived a child of the Holy Ghost and not the Father)

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Jesus is the Holy Ghost...

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

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.

There have been whole books written on the doctrine of the Oneness of God, but it simply comes down to this...

1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

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