The doctrine of the trinity is usually summed up as a belief in one God existing in three distinct but equal persons. But did you realize that even though it’s a common assumption among many sincere Christian people, the word trinity doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible? The language of the doctrine is the language […]
The doctrine of the trinity is usually summed up as a belief in one God existing in three distinct but equal persons. But did you realize that even though it’s a common assumption among many sincere Christian people, the word trinity doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible?
The language of the doctrine is the language of the ancient church taken straight from pagan Greek philosophy.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary in its article on the trinity concedes that the Trinitarian concept is humanly incomprehensible,
Cyril Richardson, professor of Church history at New York’s Union Theological Seminary, though a dedicated Trinitarian himself said this in his book The Doctrine of The Trinity:
“My conclusion, then, about the doctrine of the Trinity is that it is an artificial construct…It produces confusion rather than clarification; and while the problems with which it deals are real ones, the solutions it offers are not illuminating. It has posed for many Christians dark and mysterious statements, which are ultimately meaningless, because it does not sufficiently discriminate in its use of terms.” — (1958, pp. 148-149)
He also admitted, “Much of the defense of the Trinity as a ‘revealed’ doctrine, is really an evasion of the objections that can be brought against it.” — (p. 16)
Professor Charles Ryrie wrote:
“Many doctrines are accepted by evangelicals as being clearly taught in the Scripture for which there are no proof texts. The doctrine of the Trinity furnishes the best example of this. It is fair to say that the Bible does not clearly teach the doctrine of the Trinity . . . In fact, there is not even one proof text, if by proof text we mean a verse or passage that ‘clearly’ states that there is one God who exists in three persons.”
1 John 2:18-19 “Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
1 John 2:22-23 “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Yahusha is the anointed one? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same has not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son has the Father also.”
1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Yahusha the anointed one is come in the flesh is not of Elohim: and this is the spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world.”
2 John 1:7 “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Yahusha Messiah is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”
Judaism – singular monotheism
Roman – Constaninian Christianity – Triune monotheism.
Islam – poses as monotheism but in reality has its foundations in the rockbed of polytheism. Allah is one of the 365 daily deities enshrined at the Kaba which Mohammed picked out and chose to exalt above all others after he was rejected by Arabian monotheistic Jews who rejected his fetishism and iconolatry.
Christology: Seeing the Messiah in the First Century.
5 belief systems:
We’ll see the scriptures they used as proof texts for their faith.
Pro-Orthodoxy – Today’s modern Christianity (won out and got to write history) Yeshua is one in three of the Trinity – the Triune godhead. 1st John 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Yeshua he Messiah; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.7 For there are three that bear record (in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth,) – -the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.‘The Johannine Comma’was a key pillar in upholding the construction of the fabricated Trinity doctrine. It first appeared in the Vulgate manuscripts of the 9th century, The first Greek manuscript that contains the comma dates from the 15th century. Only 4 or 5 very late mss contain these words in Gk.
Adoptionists – Yahusha is a mere man who was adopted at the baptism, others believed adopted at the resurrection to become the Son of God (the movie Jesus-late 90’s – popular Messianic teacher on the circuit – at baptism.)
Their proof texts: Rom 1;3 Yeshua the Messiah our Master, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of Elohim with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Lk 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; today I have huiothesia-adopted you.
Separationists – Yahusha is a mere man who was adopted at the baptism to become the Son of God but then the divine separates at the suffering stage to return to heaven leaving Yeshua to endure the passion alone.
Separationists proof text: Matt 27:45 My Eloah, My Eloah why have you forsaken me.
And the new text counter: 1John 4:3 Every sprit that homologeō does not confess Yeshua is not from Eloah…
Old text mss counter to Separationists – Every sprit that chōrizō separates Yeshua is not from Eloah.
Doecetic’s – Greek- doecetism – to seem/to appear.
Sect A; reformist Doecetics: Yeshua ‘seemed’ or ‘appeared’ to be human and experience suffering yet He was not in fleshly form – like a phantom.
Hence the counter to them in 1 John:4:1 Beloved Yisrael, do not believe every ruach, but test all the ruachim, whether they are of vuvh; because many false neviim have gone out into the olam hazeh. 2 By this shall you know the Ruach of vuvh: Every ruach that confesses that gauvh ha Moshiach has come in the flesh is from vuvh,3 And every ruach that does not confess that gauvh ha Moshiach has come in the flesh is not from vuvh. 3 And this is the ruach of the anti-Moshiach.
Sect B, Orthodox Doecetics: Yahusha ‘appeared’ in human form was crucified and resurrected yet His flesh was not from human origins (dust) but heavenly origins.
John 6:48 is used as the proof text: I am that lechem of chayim.49 Your ahvot did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.50 This is the lechem that comes down from the shamayim that a man may eat of it, and not die.51 I am the living lechem who came down from the shamayim: if any man eats of this lechem, he shall live le-olam-va-ed: and the lechem that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the chayim of the olam hazeh.
Phil 2:8 And being found in schēma appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!
5. Patri-passionist – Yahusha was God the Father who came down in human flesh. A patri-passionist means “one who believed the Father suffered”. “One God, the Father Himself came down into a virgin, was Himself born of her, Himself suffered, indeed was Himself Yeshua the Messiah, If Messiah is God He must be that God”.
An Example: Acts 20:28 “the assembly of God which He purchased with His own blood.”
Changed to: “the assembly of the master which he purchased with His own blood.”
Heb 1:8 But to the Son He says, Your kesay, O God, is le-olam-va-ed: a scepter of tzedakah is the scepter of Your malchut.
Pro-orthodoxy won out and emerged as victor through direct response and counter to these alternate perspectives.
I wouldn’t fall into the Pro-orthodoxy sect but sect B of the Orthodox Doecetics.