Words have to mean something. How can God exist as three different spirit persons and then be described as one Spirit? What is the difference in one God as three persons and three gods that are in agreement with one another? God is a Spirit and thus the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit would all be spirit beings. Why then does the Bible designate the Holy Spirit as a spirit if all three persons are spirits?
By Landon Davis
Many people are shocked when they first begin to study the Godhead and to examine things that they have always assumed to be true. They see that the fullness of God dwelling in Christ is plainly explained in the Bible. It makes sense to them. Some will even admit that they feel the Holy Ghost confirming it.
After being convinced of the Oneness of God, they must decide if they will act on it. For some, they have to lay down their pride, reject traditional beliefs, and admit to themselves what they now know to be true. If they are religious, they will also feel pressure from their friends and family. Most people are scared to make spiritual decisions for themselves. How can their new understanding be correct if the people they look up to don’t see it the same way?
Some will lose courage. They will go from seeking truth to convincing themselves that the truth they found probably doesn’t really matter anyway. They may even wish that they had never heard. Ignorance is bliss, after all. Truth is troubling to those that aren’t ready to receive it.
Believing is not just an issue of the head. It is primarily an issue of the heart. Everyone comes to the crossroads and must decide if they have the faith necessary to follow the Lord on a narrow path.
This chapter is dedicated to those people hanging in the balance right now trying to convince themselves that remaining in the erroneous traditions of their faith is a viable option. Please consider the following seven reasons why you should not accept the Trinitarian understanding of God.
- The Trinity is never explicitly described in Scripture.
There isn’t a text that explains God as three persons. The doctrine is based largely on inferences. This seems odd since the primary purpose of the Word is to teach us about God. The Bible is, however, emphatic that God is one. Jesus described a belief in the one God and a love for Him as the most important commandment.
Mark 12:29 (KJV)
“Jesus answered him, The first of all commandments is, Hear, 0 Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord…”
The New Testament writers went into great detail to explain the true meaning of the Old Testament. The significance and symbolism of the Sabbath, the holy days, the priests, the lambs, and the tabernacle are all explained. Paul even took time to teach the proper application of the commandment forbidding muzzling an ox. Yet, nowhere does anyone explain why God, if He really consisted of three distinct persons, so consistently and adamantly insisted that He was God alone, the only Savior, with no one like Him or beside Him, the Holy One. If true, the Trinity would have been the greatest revelation and the most controversial belief of Christianity, but in the early church no one ever discussed, defined, or explained this doctrine. Slowly over the course of decades and even centuries, it was pieced together by later generations.