Is the Trinity Biblical?
After truthfully and prayerfully reading this whole page, there is only one outcome you can arrive at. Now the question is - which is more important to you - your 'church', or Jehovah and His truth?
"Our opponents sometimes claim that no belief should be held dogmatically which is not explicitly stated in scripture. But the Protestant Churches have themselves accepted such dogmas, as the Trinity, for which there is no such precise authority in the Gospels." (Graham Greene, [celebrated Catholic Author], Life Magazine, 30 Oct. 1950, p.51 - source)
"As fundamental errors, we might class with this counterfeit sabbath other errors which Protestants have brought away from the Catholic Church, such as sprinkling for baptism, the TRINITY, the conciousness of the dead and eternal life in misery. The mass who have held these fundamental errors, have doubtless done it ignorantly; but can it be supposed that the church of Christ will carry along with her these errors till the judgement scenes burst upon the world? We think not." (James White, Review and Herald, Sept. 12, 1854, vol. 6, no. 5, page 36, par. 8)
The trinity teaching has been accepted by virtually the whole of Christendom, and yet we will prove it does not come from the Bible. Instead it comes from Babylon. So if you are willing to let Jehovah teach you the truth, then you will see after reading through this page that the trinity teaching is in fact a false teaching. And not only a false teaching, but a dangerous one, because one of the main end time issues is to do with who we worship - This is serious friends!
'To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few - this will be our test'. (Review and Herald, Jan.11, 1887)
There is confusion amongst believers concerning what the trinity consists of. Are there 3 gods? Is there one god but in 3 parts? And this confusion exists because the trinity teaching is not Biblical. But there are two elements of this teaching that many churches teach, which we will expose on this page. Those two elements which we will expose as false are: 1. "The Holy Spirit is a literal being, separate from the Father and Son." 2. "Jesus Christ is NOT the literal Son of God, because Jesus always existed alongside the Father."
NOTE: If we want to be a people of the Bible, then we should be using the word 'Godhead', which is in the Bible, whereas 'trinity' is not in the Bible.
Let's give some hard hitting verses to get you thinking to start off with ... 1 Corinthians 8:6 ...'But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; AND one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.' ... The apostle Paul knew the truth about the Godhead. As you can see, he confirmed that the Father is the 'one God', and there is also Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. But where's this so called 'third being' in this picture?
So what about Jesus Himself. How many beings did Jesus Christ say are in the Godhead? ... John 8:16-18 ...'And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.' ... Jesus said there are TWO beings in the Godhead.
Did Jesus ever tell us that God is in '3 parts'? (We will deal with Matthew 28 later) ... Mark 12:28-30 ...'And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.' ... No, Jesus said our God is ONE Lord, the Father. Not three. Not one in three parts, but one!
Consider these important points as we continue and get into the 'meat' of this issue ...
1 - There is not one mention of 3 beings in the Godhead in all the Old Testament, and the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of God, ie, God's own Spirit. The Bible does not even once use the term 'God the Spirit', but always the 'Spirit of God'.
NOTE: The word 'Elohiym' is often used by trinitarians, saying this word means plural, therefore this must be the trinity. But this is not so. Not only is the number 2 (God the Father and Jesus Christ) plural, 'us', the actual meaning of Elohiym is 'plural of majesty', ie 'a position of greatness'. And we can prove this from the Bible. When God spoke to Moses in Exodus 7:1, He said ...'I have made thee a god [Elohiym] to Pharaoh'. Was He telling Moses that He was going to make him 3 people to Pharaoh? No. God was telling Moses that He would make him 'great' before Pharaoh, 'like a god'. So this proves Elohiym does not mean 3.
2 - The New Testament tells us that ALL the disciples baptized in Jesus' name only.
3 - ALL of the apostles writings give praise and honor to two divine beings alone, God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son of God. To confirm this point even more, think about this. Why did the Father never speak to the Holy Spirit? Why did Jesus never speak to the Holy Spirit? Why did the Holy Spirit never speak to Jesus or the Father? Yet the Father spoke to His Son Jesus over and over all throughout the Bible, and Jesus spoke to His Father over and over all throughout the Bible. So how can the Holy Spirit be a literal co-equal being?
4 - In Revelation 5, John is given a vision of the throne of God, and he sees a 'Lamb, slain', which is Jesus. And this Lamb has 'seven eyes' ... which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. This is a reference to the Holy Spirit. And who HAS this Spirit? Another separate 'god' from the Father and His Son? No, it is Jesus Himself who has this Holy Spirit to send to the earth.
5 - Paul confirms in Galatians 4:6 that God sends the Spirit of His Son [Jesus] to earth, NOT another separate being.
6 - Look at this other vision given to the apostle John regarding the New Jerusalem on the NEW EARTH ...Revelation 21:22-23 ...'And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.'
How many divine beings do you see in the Godhead above? Two! Also, if you read Revelation 5:13, this also confirms that the whole universe gives praise and honour only to the Father and the Lamb (Jesus) for ever and ever! So do you want the truth? Then read on ...
Important Point: The trinity teaching denies Jesus as the literal Son of God, because it teaches that Jesus is a self-existent, eternal God ALONGSIDE the Father, and not 'begotten' FROM the Father as a true Son. But please note, 1 John 2:22-23 says that he who 'denies the Father and SON' is antichrist. So this subject may be a lot more important than people think. John 3:16 ...'For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' God truly sent His own Son to die for our sins! What LOVE!
John 16:27-28 ...'For the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, AND am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.'
John 17:7-8 ...'Now they have known that all things whatsoever you have given me are of you. For I have given unto them the words which you gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from you, and they have believed that you did send me.'
Romans 8:3 ...'God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.'
Do you see this amazing truth about Jesus being the literal Son of God? And no, He did not become the Son of God at His birth on this earth. They are not play acting. This is real friends, and the truth is clear for all who have eyes to see. Notice the clear order that Jesus is giving. He came forth from the Father and THEN the Father sent Jesus HIS SON, to this earth.
Proverbs 8:23-25 ...'I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth.'
1 John 5:5 ...'Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?'
Proverbs 30:4 ...'Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, AND what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?'
LOOK: After Jesus rose from the dead and had His divine nature again, what did He say to Mary at the tomb? ... John 20:17 ...'Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.' ... Two things. First, Jesus, even in His divine nature, calls the Father, His GOD. And second, the Holy Spirit had not yet been sent. So why is Jesus only ascending to ONE being? Quite simply, because the Holy Spirit is not a separate being from the Father and Son.
But what about Isaiah 9:6 where Jesus is called 'the everlasting Father'? This is just a simple case of the English translation being slightly wrong. You see, what this verse should say, is Jesus would be called the 'Father OF everlasting'. And we can verify this, because it says in the verse that he WILL be called this. Pointing to a future event. And what event would that be? Jesus' death and resurrection, which is when He DID become the 'Father of everlasting'. Or to put it more clearly, 'the AUTHOR of eternal life' (Hebrews 5:9).
Here we are interested in what the Bible says, rather than what the majority believe, so we will use the WHOLE council of God as our authority on this doctrine of the trinity to find the truth. Let's start off with a basic fact find concerning the Holy Spirit:
Basic Logic: Looking at the original Hebrew and Greek words reveal clear truth in many instances which the English translation doesn't reveal. Take a look at this ... 'The Lord God' in the original Hebrew or Greek means 'GOD, DEITY'. 'Jesus Christ' in the original Greek means 'God is salvation' and 'THE ANOINTED ONE OF GOD', pointing to Jesus as the Son of God. So we have GOD and the SON OF GOD. Now look at the original meaning of 'Holy Spirit/Ghost'. In both the Hebrew and Greek it means 'BREATH, MIND, CHARACTER'.
So what does this mean? It means that in the original Hebrew and Greek, the scriptures clearly revealed that there are two literal divine beings - God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. And the Spirit is the 'breath, mind and character' OF SOMEONE. Not a literal being itself. And what is the Spirit the 'breath, mind and character' of? It's the breath, mind and character OF GOD and OF JESUS! It is THEIR Spirit. This is confirmed further below.
Would you agree that the Godhead or so called 'trinity' doctrine is a 'pillar' of the church? It is one of the foundational teachings which you will find in the fundamental beliefs of churches around the world. Now a fundamental doctrine MUST be clearly supported by the Old Testament, otherwise there is no foundation to it. Let me give you an example. The doctrine of Jesus Christ as Saviour of the world. The doctrine of the sabbath, the law of God, the state of the dead, the truth about hell, and so on, are ALL clearly supported by the Old Testament. So what about the 'trinity'? The Old Testament is SILENT!! Not one verse in the Old Testament supports the trinity teaching!
Is the word "Trinity" found anywhere in the Bible? No, it's not. Is the phrase "God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit" in the Bible? No. So what does the Bible say?
THE FATHER: - 'God the Father' 13 times; 'The most high God' 11 times; 'The Highest' 6 times; 'The only true God' 1 time.
JESUS CHRIST: - 'Son of God' 48 times; 'only begotten' 6 times; God's 'Holy Child' 2 times; His 'firstborn' 4 times.
HOLY SPIRIT: - 'Spirit of God' 26 times; 'God's Spirit' 9 times; 'Thy Spirit' 4 times; 'Spirit of your Father' 1 time; 'Spirit of Christ' 2 times.
TRINITARIAN: - 'God the Holy Spirit' 0 times; 'God the Son' 0 times; 'God in three persons' 0 times; 'trinity' or 'triune God' 0 times.
Above information taken from www.trinitytruth.org
So we have a huge problem with this trinity teaching in that it is not found anywhere in the Old Testament, and yet it is known as a 'pillar' of the Christian faith. I'm not just talking about the word 'trinity', I'm talking about the concept of there being three beings in the Godhead. Nowhere in the Old Testament is this idea supported. Now as we mentioned above, some people use the verse in Genesis where God says "let us make man in our image." to support the trinity. But this is pure clutching at straws, because the 'us' in that verse does not mean three people. The word 'Elohiym' refers to a position of greatness, not the number 3. And anyway, since when did the word 'plural' HAVE to mean 3? Why not 4 or 5. Why not 100? Do we have 100 gods? No, we have to be Biblical and logical when looking at this. Elohiym refers to TWO people, God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son. That is the 'us'. And that is Biblical.
DID YOU KNOW? - The 3 horns (tribes) that the little horn (the Papacy) destroyed in Daniel 7 were the Heruli, Vandals and the Ostrogoths. And these 3 tribes supported Arianism. Do you know what Arianism is? It is a NON-trinitarian faith. So the Roman Catholic Church destroyed these 3 tribes who opposed the Catholic trinity and now the whole world 'wonders after the beast' and follows the Catholic trinity doctrine. Please Note: Many today say that Arius believed Jesus was a created being. But the problem is, the Roman Catholic Church destroyed practically all of Arius' writings, so we do not know for sure what Arius believed, other than he rejected the trinity teaching. A lot of history has been CHANGED by the Roman Church, so do not trust everything you read.