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THERE IS ONE GOD, FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." Revelation 4:6
"Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3
The Holy Father (John 17:11) The Holy One (Acts 3:14) and the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30). Each distinguishable, yet one God together. “I and my Father are one.”
THE WORD “TRINITY”
To begin with let us do away with the silly statement "the Trinity cannot be true because the word Trinity is not in the bible" - which is a typical example of the trickery cults get up to to deceive simple minded or distracted human souls. The word theology is not in the bible. The word monotheism is not in the bible either, in fact the word bible is not in the bible! Theological expressions are man made words that are largely used to simply avoid having to repeatedly explain the topic in question over and over again when discussing the bible. Remember these words are in the secular dictionaries as well, and are simply part of the richness and diversity of the English language. I have a lot of sympathy for people who avoid using what they might call “high minded expressions” and words not found in the bible, but in the end saying "the Trinity does not exist as the word is not in the bible" is rather absurd and always involves dual standards.
THE HOLY TRINITY
Jesus began his ministry with the Trinity (in his baptism=Matthew 3:16-17) and ended his ministry on Earth with the Trinity (in the Great Commission=Matthew 28:19). This is especially significant because in Revelation chapter one God says he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, first and the last.* What is more, the underlying belief in the Trinity is then chanted forever day and night before God’s throne (Rev 4:6), and was chanted before the incarnation before the throne (Isaiah 6:3) presumably from the very first day of the creation of Heaven!
All true Christians believe that there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Jesus created the universe with God the Father and the Holy Spirit to deny the Trinity is to deny God is the Creator, as you relegate God to a co-creator instead, by having two or three creators. Also to be the Saviour Jesus simply must be God, as only God is Saviour, the bible states this emphatically (Is 43:11, Hos 13:4, ). This is why Christians emphasize the Trinity simply must be believed as only a man cannot save your soul, the bible says ONLY GOD IS SAVIOUR, and so the Messiah was prophesied to be God in the flesh in Isaiah 9:6 and by his very name Emmanuel, that is "God with us". It is also very important which bible you are reading. The Textus Receptus of the King James bible says clearly in the Greek "God was manifest in the flesh" (I Tim 3:16) but this is changed in the modern versions of the bible to "he was manifest in the flesh".
Let us look at two of many scriptures:
""Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Matthew 28:19
"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" 1 John 5:7-8
Matthew 28 uses the word NAME (singular) not "names" (plural), therefore showing clearly that it is a singular God, Father, Son and Spirit. Faith is required to believe the bible is inspired, and if you do not believe the bible is inspired you will not have the faith to see there is only one true God. As this essay is written about who God is (not an in-depth look at Greek manuscripts) I will say simply this of 1 John 5:7 - if you accept it as truth it is a clear Trinity scripture, if you deny it is inspired you also deny 1 John 5:8 is inspired, as you eradicate the whole idea of the witness "in heaven" and "on earth" as that is also under attack having also been removed in modern bibles.
Most Christians find it very easy to believe in the Trinity doctrine, because once you establish that Jesus is God, by a process of pure spiritual logic all other possibilities other than the Trinity doctrine go into an heretical meltdown. Here is the path of logic that leads to believing the truth from just ONE clear undeniable scripture.
"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1: 1-3
LET US TRY A DIFFERENT WAY TO PROVE TRINITY:
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes
Here I will list most of the major alternative views to that of the Holy Trinity to explain God, and by discounting those alternatives one by one I hope to show that Trinity is the only explanation that fits the bible, and is rock solid Christian doctrine. The alternative views are:
1) Polytheism - that is more than one God
a) the Mormons
2) Unitarianism - that is Jesus as a man
a) Christian Unitarianism -
b) Non Christian Unitarianism - Judaism and Islam
c) Atypical Unitarianism - The Jehovah's Witnesses
3) Other heretical forms of monotheism:
a) Sabellianism - Oneness Pentecostals / Hebrew Roots / Messianic Judaism
b) Binitarianism - Armstrongism / Seveth Day Adventism
c) "The Unknown God" heresy - largely an Hebrew Roots syncretic error
d) Other heretical views that might one day happen
Are you going to escape from the obvious truth of Trinity by becoming a polytheist to avoid it? Polytheism is the belief in more than one God or gods. There are so many proof there is only one God in the bible, my feeling is that anyone resorting to polytheism to deny the Trinity gets the damnation he or she deserves. This is how the Mormons deny the truth, by believing in more than one God or gods.
The Jehovah's Witnesses have a more complex, multi-layed deception process, whereby to get around Jesus being declared as God by the KJV bible, they are polytheistic in their BIBLE and then they do a deceptive U-turn and declare they are atypical Unitarian in their THEOLOGY. This involves a process to:
1) Swap to the Alexandrian Greek (from the Textus Receptus) to avoid some of the KJV outright declarations of Jesus being God himself.
2) As much as they can deliberately change the rest of the other bible verses that also say he is God.
3) Declare Jesus to be a god in their bible, then (having gotten away from the scriptures saying he is God by doing this) then immediately flatly deny he is a god at all in their theology, but is just "like a god".
4) They also declare him to be Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6), with a capital G (because saying he is "a god" again for a second time appears to embarrass them) and then make the excuses he is still not God to them even though they just capitalised the word, because God is almighty not just mighty, and "Mighty God" is just a title, and a metaphore.
However God does not always refer to himself in the "superlative", very often referring to himself as "mighty" not almighty, so if Jesus is capitalised as God, (as he is also by them in John 20:28) then he is God.
see the following proofs:
1 Peter 5:6 "the mighty hand of God"
Isaiah 10:21 "unto the mighty God"
Psalm 50:1 "The mighty God, even the LORD"
Jeremiah 32:18 "the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,"
Deuteronomy 7:21 "the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible"
Psalm 132:5 "the mighty God of Jacob."
Habakkuk 1:12 " O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction."
Deuteronomy 10:17 "God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible"
Job 36:5 "Behold, God is mighty"
Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty" etc
This multi-layed deception by the Jehovah's Witnesses therefore means they should be mentioned in two categories, under polytheism, and Unitarianism (atypical).
The absurdity of the Jehovah's Witnesses is that a core centre verse they base their beliefs on is:
"Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any." Isaiah 44:8.
So this very verse from which they draw the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" says there is no god of God with him. Of course the word Jehovah does not appear in the entire Greek new testament, but that is another issue.
By saying Jesus is "another God" Mormons would have to write "a God was manifest in the flesh" not "God was manifest in the flesh" in 1 Timothy 3:16.
In a similar way the JW belief that it should read "the Word was with God, and the Word was a god" is obvious nonsense to those with faith, as both these polytheistic heresies mean there are at least two creators, co-creators, and there is not one God any more. It also means that the Jehovah's Witnesses have TWO Saviours, God and "a god". They also blaspheme the Holy Spirit by calling him what amounts to "a force" or "a thing". It is hoped that those who read this are not deceived by polytheism. In other words they go irreversible wrong on the very first verse of the bible, that says: “In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth.” Not two Creators, one.
The excuses of polytheism are inane. They say such things as "Satan is the god of this world so that proves more than one God." Let's get this clear, the bible says there is only one God, all other references to gods are to false gods and idols, none of them are true gods, including Satan, who is obviously a false god (no one is more false than him!).
The other references to gods, such as "ye are gods" and referring to mankind, are clearly metaphorical references, not true gods. If you are silly and vain enough to think you are a god, or ever will be, let me remind you (and the Mormons) that the only people who said such a things in the scriptures are persons like a) Lucifer "I will be like the Most High!" (Isaiah 14), and Herod - who was immediately eaten by worms and died (Acts). To understand the metaphor Shakespeare does something similar when he said: "What a piece of work is a man! ...... in apprehension how like a god!" This is clearly a metaphore, the definition of which is: "a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable . OED".
Question: are you then spiritual enough to see that there is only ONE true God, and that you deny polytheism is true?
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
“Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:8
DISCOUNTING JESUS IS JUST A MAN (or a lesser being)
There are three types of Unitarianism, and one can be immediately discounted:
1) Christian Unitarianism - Those who believe Jesus is just a man.
2) Non Christian Unitarianism - like Judaism and Islam etc. We can discount both of them as unsaved immediately.
3) Atypical Christian Unitarianism - people like the Jehovah's Witnesses, who say Jesus was a man in his life on earth, but a "god like being" before and after that.
We can discount Non Christian Unitarianism as this essay is about people who believe Jesus is the only way to heaven, not world religions. The Muslims usually believe in a God who is neuter anyway, in order to deny he has a Son. However both of the remaining types of Unitarianism, typical and atypical, are declaring a human soul can be saved by a man. But the bible says only God can do this (confirming the Trinity). No one could save every soul in the world who enters the kingdom, and create the Universe, without being God, it is obvious.
1) CHRISTIAN UNITARIANISM:
When connected to believers in Jesus (rather than to Judaism, Islam etc) unitarianism is the heresy that God the Father alone is God. This then is not the denial of the existence of Christ, it rather relegates him to a mere man, sinless yes, but still a man. Such a doctrine denies that only God can save our souls, and is clearly heretical. Jesus has to be "fully God" as well as "fully man" to save our souls, just as it says in scripture "God was manifest in the flesh" and "I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour." Isaiah 43:11. Usually (as far as I know) Unitarians who acknowledge Jesus say the Spirit of God is just a way to describe God the Father "in action" rather than stooping to calling the Holy Ghost "a force" and therefore effectively "a thing" and committing blasphemy. But is it really any less a form of blasphemy to deny the Holy Ghost of the Holy Trinity even exists? To me it is almost laughable to say that a man co-created the universe with God, and do Unitarians also believe God saved them as well as a man? This means they have TWO distinctly different Saviours.
In short if you wish to say Jesus created the entire universe yet Jesus is supposedly only a man (or being - not even of the status of a god or a God), I find it almost laughable, and to pin your entire salvation on such a view of Jesus, when the bible many times clearly says only God is capable of saving a human soul, you greatly err, and you do not believe John 1:1 is the inspired Word. God is not a co-creator. Unitarians have two Saviours, one a mere man, a clear error on their part. The first verse of the bible proves Jesus is God!
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58
“And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” Luke 5:21.
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:9
“God our Saviour ” Titus 2:10 (Titus 3:4)
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:” Mark 12:29
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us” Titus 2:13-14 (see Titus 1:4).
“For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” Hebrews 3:4
“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” John 20:28
“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” John 14:10
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 10:4
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2
“Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.” Isaiah 63:16
“Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33
“Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” John 15:28
“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” Zechariah 14:9
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
in combination with the verse MISSED OUT OF MODERN BIBLES where Jesus is declared therefore God:
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet: Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:” Rev 1: 11 (Rev 1:17 repeats part of this)
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful..” Revelation 17:14
“To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:25
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Philippians 2: 6-7
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” Eph 4:5
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Psalm 110:1
(note in such NT scriptures as Luke 20:42 the Greek clearly shows the true translation of the Hebrew by the Holy Ghost, calling Christ Lord.)
“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.” I Timothy 3:16
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
"The Lord is my Shepherd (Jesus - John 10) ....... for thou art with me," Psalm 23, means Jesus is God and omnipresent. This is repeated in Matthew 28:20 "And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" I feel sorry for those who think that Jesus is not with them by their side in every tribulation.
It is no use quoting so many proof verses people lose track of the theology. In the end people must stand on their own two feet by Faith! I feel confident that I could have given twice as many proof verses as this about Jesus being God, but to a person with any true faith this ought to suffice. Those who know him know he is God and Lord of all!
BESIDE THE CLEAR REFERENCES TO JESUS BEING GOD
there are a multitude of scriptures that apply to him that are the attributes of God, such as:
John 14: 6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
SOME SCRIPTURES THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVE JESUS IS NOT GOD PROVE HE IS!
“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” Luke 18:19
Let’s look at it another way: “And Jesus said unto him, Why do YOU call me good? none is good, save one, that is, God......... I am the Good Shepherd.”
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” the criticism “the firstborn” meaning “created” being soundly refuted by the fact, a) Jesus was never “born” before he made the world, and secondly “firstborn” means “the preeminent one” as in Esau being born first and Jacob becoming firstborn, and the same with Ephraim becoming “the firstborn” though born second to Manasseh. In fact Joseph himself inherited firstborn rights because of the sin of Reuben. “the image of the invisible God” is a clear reference to his deity taken in context of all other scriptures.
“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.” Isaiah 9:6. To a Christian this is an ultra clear deity scripture, it is calling Jesus God, but a Jehovah’s Witness somehow convinces himself that God only ever refers to himself grammatically in the superlative. (the verse they take their own name from proves their entire theology is wrong! Isaiah 43:10) So they knowingly and deliberately lie and say that God always refers to himself as almighty, and omniscient, which is nonsense: Isaiah 10:21, Psalm 50:1, Jer 32:18, Deut 7:21, Hab 1:12, Job 36:12, 1 Peter 5:6, Zeph 3:17 being just a few examples where God is called the mighty God. And Jesus being one with the Everlasting Father is also a proof of both Trinity and his deity.
I would describe the Jehovah's Witnesses as Atypical Unitarians, as they are not believers in the Trinity, Saballianism or Binitarianism, and they often claim they are not Polytheists either. This strange sounding definition springs from the fact that the Watchtower themselves are very cranky in their beliefs. Where a Unitarian like a Jew says Jesus is a man and the Father is God, a Jehovah's Witness says Jesus was a man BUT only for a time. Their gospel is quite bizarre, that is.....
1) Jesus is the first being ever created, similar to a god. But he was not a god, he was an angel (the Archangel Michael or Angel of the Lord). This angel they say then created this universe with God. So the first verse of the bible is wrong, and should read "In the beginning God and an angel created the heaven and the earth." This means there is no divine Creator, there are two. It is necessary for them to first say Jesus is a god, and then deny it, as he is either a true God or a false one, and as they cannot say false it leaves them as polytheistic, a label they loath.
2) It seems unclear then if they say this angel was then annihilated, and the man Christ Jesus was then created from scratch, or if God somehow "turned" an angel into flesh and blood (which considering they say a man has no soul is odd). This man they say then died to forgive our sins. This differs from Christians who say only God can forgive sins, thus Jesus must have been God incarnate. They believe "the man Christ Jesus is dead forever" but they don't seem to know where his body is in their theology.
3) Apparently Jesus is then recreated by God as a "god like" angel. However if that was so we have no resurrection, we have a recreation, as the definition of a resurrection is to bring up whoever died.
So here we have a complex form of Atypical Unitarianism. One where there are three phases in history, one where there is a God and a "god like" angel, one where there is a God and a man, and one where there is a God and a "god like" angel again.
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