Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Does the bible teach the Trinity?


     The Trinity is a central theme that is always taught within mainstream Christian doctrine but what is the Trinity and is it trustworthy? Ever since I was a little kid reading in the bible on my own I always felt a weird discomfort when it came to the trinity. When I would question it, leaders in church would always just say that it is something that we can't fully understand. Well, this question kept bothering me so I dove into the scriptures to find an answer for myself. The first thing that I came across was Romans 1:20 "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" And I realized that we can understand his eternal power by the things that were made and right after I read that I had a revelation when I remembered Genesis 1:27" So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." So that made me question "Maybe God has three parts just like us but he is one person just like us? A body, a soul and a spirit." Nonetheless, the trinity was definitely in question to me. I want to question you, Is the Trinity doctrine a valid doctrine? And I want to give you some scriptures to show you what I believe based on what the scripture clearly states. First of all Jesus is God in the flesh.
1 Timothy 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."
Second of all, all things were created by Jesus not just through him. 
Hebrews 1:8-10 "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.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands"
Jesus is the Almighty God. 
Revelation 1:8 "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." 
 And Jesus is the Everlasting 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." 
   Jesus not only has all of the attributes of the Father of creation but he calls himself the I AM. He is before all things and by him all things consist. When Phillip came up to him he asked him to show him the father and he said 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?
 Some people have said to me "Well, if you read on in the verse it says that just as the father and I are one so shall you and I be one." Yet let's think about this for a second, Jesus didn't just say that if you've seen him you've seen the attributes of the Father. He said that if you've seen him you've seen the father. That's much different than us. What Christian can say that if you've seen him you've seen Jesus? That would be blasphemy. 
Hebrews 1:3 "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high"
So we can see clearly that Jesus is the express image of his person, so he is not a distinctly different person.  Jesus is the one and only God manifested in the flesh and the son of God only refers to the vessel of flesh that he used so that God himself would be able to die for us. John 10:18 "No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." 
You can see that there is no separation between the Father and the Son but they both have the same power and authority. They are one, not two. Jesus is the father and the son. 
1 John 2:23 "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." 
This is clearly because the son is the Father and the Father is the son.