Should You Believe in the Trinity?
AGAINST THE WATCHTOWER
How Did the Trinity Doctrine
Page 8: FOR many years, there had been much opposition on
Biblical grounds to the developing idea that Jesus was God. To try to
solve the dispute, Roman emperor Constantine summoned all bishops to
Nicaea. About 300, a fraction of the total, actually attended.
Note: Opposition to the fact that Jesus Christ is God goes
back to Bible with the scribes.
Mark 2:7-11 "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this?
Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But immediately, when Jesus
perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He
said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven
you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you
may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins";
He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and
go to your house."
Page 8: Constantine was not a Christian. Supposedly, he
converted later in life, but he was not baptized until he lay dying.
Regarding him, Henry Chadwick says in The Early Church:
"Constantine, like his father, worshipped the Unconquered Sun; ...
his conversion should not be interpreted as an inward experience of
grace ... It was a military matter. His comprehension of Christian
doctrine was never very clear, but he was sure that victory in battle
lay in the gift of the God of the Christians."
Note: It is never to late in life to be forgiven by God and
have eternal life.
Luke 23:40-43 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying,
"Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same
condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of
our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." Then he said to
Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And
Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with
Me in Paradise."
Page 8: What role did this unbaptized emperor play at the
Council of Nicaea? The Encyclopedia Britannica relates: "Constantine
himself presided, actively guiding the discussions, and personally
proposed ... the crucial formula expressing the relation of Christ to
God in the creed issued by the council, 'of one substance with the
Father' ... Overawed by the emperor, the bishops, with two exceptions
only, signed the creed, many of them much against their inclination."
Note: The Nicaea Creed was developed from the Ignatius
letter to the Smyrnaeans circa 108 AD.
I glorify Jesus Christ, the God who made you so wise, for I
observed that you are established in an unshakable faith, having been
nailed, as it were, to the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ in both
body and spirit, and firmly established in love by the blood of
Christ, totally convinced with regard to our Lord that he is
truly of the family of David with respect to human descent, Son of
God with respect to the divine will and power, truly born of a
virgin, baptized by John in order that all righteousness might be
fulfilled by him, truly nailed in the flesh for us under Pontius
Pilate and Herod the tetrarch (from its fruit we derive our
existence, that is, from his divinely blessed suffering), in
order that he might raise a banner for the ages through his
resurrection for his saints and faithful people, whether among Jews
or among Gentiles, in the one body of his church. Letter to the
Page 8: Hence, Constantine's role was crucial. After two
months of furious religious debate, this pagan politician intervened
and decided in favor of those who said that Jesus was God. But why?
Certainly not because of any Biblical conviction. "Constantine had
basically no understanding whatsoever of the questions that were
being asked in Greek theology," says A Short History of Christian
Doctrine. What he did understand was that religious division was
a threat to his empire, and he wanted to solidify his domain.
Note: Constantine honored God and attacked the polytheism
of his predecessors.
That God is the Father of the Word, and the Creator of all
Things; and that Material Objects could not continue to exist, were
their Causes Various. GOD, who is ever above all existence, and
the good which all things desire, has no origin, and therefore no
beginning, being himself the originator of all things which receive
existence. But he who proceeds from him is again united to him; and
this separation from and union with him is not local, but
intellectual in its character. For this generation was accompanied by
no diminution of the Father's substance (as in the case of generation
by seed); but by the determining act of foreknowledge God manifested
a Savior presiding over this sensible world, and all created things
therein. From hence, then, is the source of existence and life to all
things which are within the compass of this world; hence proceed the
soul, and every sense; hence those organs through which the
sense-perceptions are perfected. What, then, is the object of this
argument? To prove that there is One director of all things that
exist, and that all things, whether in heaven or on earth, both
natural and organized bodies, are subject to his single sovereignty.
For if the dominion of these things, numberless as they are, were
in the hands, not of one but of many, there must be a partition and
distribution of the elements, and the old fables would be true;
jealousy, too, and ambition, striving for superior power, would
destroy the harmonious concord of the whole, while each of the many
masters would regulate in a manner different from the rest the
portion subject to his control. The fact, however, that this
universal order is ever one and the same, is the proof that it is
under the care of a superior power, and that its origin cannot be
ascribed to chance. THE ORATION OF THE EMPEROR CONSTANTINE, WHICH
HE ADDRESSED "TO THE ASSEMBLY OF THE SAINTS." Chapter 3.
Page 8: None of the bishops at Nicaea promoted a Trinity,
however. They decided only the nature of Jesus but not the role of
the holy spirit. If a Trinity had been a clear Bible truth, should
they not have proposed it at that time?
Note: The Trinity did not need to be proposed only defended
We believe in One God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of all
things visible and invisible. And in One Lord Jesus Christ, the Word
of God, God from God, Light from Light, Life from Life, Son
Only-begotten, first-born of every creature, before all the ages,
begotten from the Father, by Whom also all things were made; Who for
our salvation was made flesh, and lived among men, and suffered, and
rose again the third day, and ascended to the Father, and will come
again in glory to judge the quick and dead. And we believe also in
One Holy Ghost: "believing each of these to be and to exist, the
Father truly Father, and the Son truly Son, and the Holy Ghost truly
Holy Ghost, as also our Lord, sending forth His disciples for the
preaching, said, "Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of
the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Concerning Whom we
confidently affirm that so we hold, and so we think, and so we have
held previously, and we maintain this faith unto the death,
anathematizing every godless heresy. That this we have ever
thought from our heart and soul, from the time we recollect
ourselves, and now think and say in truth, before God Almighty and
our Lord Jesus Christ do we witness, being able by proofs to show and
to convince you, that, even in times past, such has been our
belief and preaching." Letter of Eusebius from the Council of
Nicaea, section 3.
Page 8: AFTER Nicaea, debates on the subject continued for
decades. Those who believed that Jesus was not equal to God even came
back into favor for a time. But later Emperior Theodosius decided
against them. He established the creed of the Council of Nicaea as
the standard for his realm and convened the Council of Constantinople
in 381 C.E. To clarify the formula.
Note: Arianism came back to life in the 350s which led to
the Council of Constantinople.
The Council of Constantinople condemned Arianism as heresy in 381,
and it quickly disappeared within the Roman Empire. But followers of
Arianism remained active outside the empire. Arian missionaries
converted the German tribes of northern Europe to Christianity during
the 300's and 400's. After these tribes invaded the Roman Empire,
they reintroduced Arianism. Arian teachings received support
until the 600's, when the last German tribes were converted to
orthodox Christianity. 2001 World Book Encyclopedia.
Note: Simple-minded Arian barbarians destroyed the western
Pages 8-9: Yet, even after the Council of Constantinople,
the Trinity did not become a widely accepted creed. Many opposed it
and thus brought on themselves violent persecution. It was only in
later centuries that the Trinity was formulated into set creeds. The
Encyclopedia Americana notes: "The full development of Trinitarianism
took place in the West, in the Scholasticism of the Middle Ages, when
an explanation was undertaken in terms of philosophy and psychology."
Note: Athanasius refuted the Arians using simple logic.
Now those who became apostates are these, Arius, Achilles,
Aeithales, Carpones, another Arius, and Sarmates, sometime
Presbyters: Euzoius, Lucius, Julius, Menas, Helladius, and Gains,
sometime Deacons: and with them Secundus and Theonas, sometime called
Bishops. And the novelties they have invented and put forth
contrary to the Scriptures are these following: God was not always a
Father, but there was a time when God was not a Father. The Word of
God was not always, but originated from things that were not; for God
that is, has made him that was not, of that which was not; wherefore
there was a time when He was not; for the Son is a creature and a
work. Neither is He like in essence to the Father; neither is He
the true and natural Word of the Father; neither is He His true
Wisdom; but He is one of the things made and created, and is called
the Word and Wisdom by an abuse of terms, since He Himself originated
by the proper Word of God, and by the Wisdom that is in God, by which
God has made not only all other things but Him also. Wherefore He is
by nature subject to change and variation as are all rational
creatures and the Word is foreign from the essence of the Father, and
is alien and separated therefrom. And the Father cannot be described
by the Son, for the Word does not know the Father perfectly and
accurately, neither can He see Him perfectly. Moreover, the Son knows
not His own essence as it really is; for He is made for us, that God
might create us by Him, as by an instrument; and He would not have
existed, had not God wished to create us. Accordingly, when some one
asked them, whether the Word of God can possibly change as the devil
changed, they were not afraid to say that He can; for being something
made and created, His nature is subject to change. DEPOSITION OF
ARIUS, section 2.
Note: Jehovah's Witnesses are forced to accept that God was
not a Father in time past.
Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob."
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
Note: The nature of God never changes.
Page 9: THE Trinity was defined more fully in the
Athanasian Creed. Athanasius was a clergyman who supported
Constantine at Nicaea. The creed that bears his name declares: "We
worship one God in Trinity ... The Father is God, the Son is God, and
the Holy Ghost is God; and yet they are not three gods, but one God."
Note: Arians condemned and exiled Anthanasius five (5)
Athanasius was probably born in Alexandria. He was ordained a
deacon about 318 by Bishop Alexander of Alexandria. In 325,
Athanasius attended the Council of Nicaea, which helped establish the
doctrines of orthodox Christianity. In 328, Alexander died and
Athanasius succeeded him as bishop. Athanasius strongly defended the
decrees of the council against Arianism. His defense of Nicaea
cost him five different periods of exile. 2001 World Book
Page 9: So it took centuries from the time of Christ for
the Trinity to become widely accepted in Christendom. And in all of
this, what guided the decisions? Was it the Word of God, or was it
clerical and political considerations? In Origin and Evolution of
Religion, E.W. Hopkins answers: "The final orthodox definition of
the trinity was largely a matter of church politics."
Note: In Origin and Evolution of Religion is
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the
Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things,
and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
Note: There is nothing wrong in combining reason and
Scripture in defining who God is.
Page 9: THIS disreputable history of the Trinity fits in
with what Jesus and his apostles foretold would follow their time.
They said that there would be an apostasy, a deviation, a falling
away from true worship until Christ's return, when true worship would
be restored before God's day of destruction of this system of things.
Note: True worship never has to be restored.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power
that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ
Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Page 9: Regarding that "day," the apostle Paul said: "It
will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of
lawlessness gets revealed." (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7) Later, he
foretold: "When I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will
have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be
men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to
induce the disciples to follow them." (Acts 20:29, 30 JB)
Other disciples of Jesus also wrote of this apostasy with its
'lawless' clergy class.
Note: Apostates will deny the Trinity and that Jesus Christ
Acts 20:28 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the
flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to
shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own
Page 9: Paul also wrote: "The time is sure to come when,
far from being content with sound teaching, people will be avid for
the latest novelty and collect themselves a whole series of teachers
according to their own tastes; and then, instead of listening to the
truth, they will turn to myths." - 2 Timothy 4:3, 4, JB.
Note: Determined Jehovah's Witnesses will have Jesus Christ
as their God in judgment.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His
appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season
and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering
Psalm 50:6 Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for
God Himself is Judge.
Page 9: Jesus himself explained what was behind this
falling away from pure worship. He said that he had sowed good seeds
but that the enemy, Satan, would oversow the field with weeds. So
along with the first blades of wheat, the weeds appeared also. Thus,
a deviation from pure Christianity was to be expected until the
harvest, when Christ would set matters right.
Note: True Christians are focused on Jesus Christ in love.
John 15:5-6 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides
in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do
nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a
branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the
fire, and they are burned."
Page 9: The Encyclopedia Americana comments:
"Fourth century Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early
Christian teaching regarding the nature of God; it was, on the
contrary, a deviation from this teaching." Where, then, did this
deviation originate?- 1 Timothy 1:6.
Note: The Encyclopedia Americana is not Scripture.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the
Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in
the world, received up in glory.
Page 11: Historian Will Durant observed: "Christianity did
not destroy paganism; it adopted it .... From Egypt came the ideas of
a divine trinity." And in the book Egyptian Religion,
Siegfried Morenz notes: "The trinity was a major preoccupation of
Egyptian theologians ... Three gods are combined and treated as a
single being, addressed in the singular. In this way the spiritual
force of Egyptian religion shows a direct link with Christian
Note: Egyptian Religion is not Scripture.
Luke 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form
like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said,
"You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."
Page 11: Thus, in Alexandria, Egypt, churchmen of the late
third and fourth centuries, such as Athanasius, reflected this
influence as they formulated ideas that led to the Trinity. Their own
influence spread, so that Morenz considers "Alexandrian theology as
the intermediary between the Egyptian religious heritage and
Note: Athanasius denounced the false gods of the Egyptians.
While some of them, as if vying with them in depravation, have
ventured to erect into gods their rulers or even their sons, either
out of honor for their princes, or from fear of their tyranny, such
as the Cretan Zeus, of such renown among them, and the Arcadian
Hermes; and among the Indians Dionysus, among the Egyptians Isis
and Osiris and Horus, and in our own time Antinous, favorite of
Hadrian, Emperor of the Romans, whom, although men know he was a mere
man, and not a respectable man, but on the contrary, full of
licentiousness, yet they worship for fear of him that enjoined it.
AGAINST THE HEATHEN 9:4.
Page 11: In the preface to Edward Gibbon's History of
Christianity, we read: "If Paganism was conquered by
Christianity, it is equally true that Christianity was corrupted by
Paganism. The pure Deism of the first Christians ... was changed, by
the Church of Rome, into the incomprehensible dogma of the trinity.
Many of the pagan tenets, invented by the Egyptians and idealized by
Plato, were retained as being worthy of belief."
Note: History of Christianity is not Scripture.
Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be
praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.
Eph 3:8-12 To me, who am less than the least of all the
saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the
Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see
what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of
the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus
Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be
made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the
heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He
accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and
access with confidence through faith in Him.
Note: "Pure" deism and polytheism reduces the infinite God
to a god of finite understanding.
Page 11: That is why, in the Encyclopedia of Religion
and Ethics, James Hastings wrote: "In Indian religion, e.g., we
meet with the trinitarian group of Brahma, Siva, and Visnu; and in
Egyptian religion with the trinitarian group of Osiris, Isis, and
Horus ... Nor is it only in historical religions that we find God
viewed as a Trinity. One recalls in particular the Neo-Platonic view
of the Supreme or Ultimate Reality," which is "triadically
represented." What does Greek philosophy Plato have to do with the
Note: Greek philosophy was regarded as pagan by most Church
Fathers and Emperors.
After Plato died, his nephew Speusippus took over the leadership
of the Academy. The school operated until A.D. 529. That year, the
Byzantine Emperor Justinian I closed all the schools of philosophy in
Athens because he felt they taught paganism. 2001 World
Page 11: The French Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel
(New Universal Dictionary) says of Plato's influence: "The Platonic
trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back
to earlier peoples, appears to be the rational philosophic trinity of
attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons
taught by the Christian churches .... This Greek philosopher's
conception of the divine trinity ...can be found in all the ancient
Note: Athanasius exposes Plato as a pagan.
For example, in Egypt, even to this day, the death-dirge is
celebrated for Osiris and Horus and Typho and the others. And the
caldrons at Dodona, and the Corybantes in Crete, prove that Zeus is
no god but a man, and a man born of a cannibal father. And, strange
to say, even Plato, the sage admired among the Greeks, with
all his vaunted understanding about God, goes down with Socrates
to Peiraeus to worship Artemis, a figment of man's art.
Against The Heathen 10:4.
Page 11: The New Schaff-Herog Encyclopedia of Religious
Knowledge shows the influence of this Greek philosophy: "The
doctrines of the Logos and the Trinity received their shape from
Greek Fathers, who ... were much influenced, directly or indirectly,
by the Platonic philosophy ... That errors and corruptions crept into
the Church from this source can not be denied."
Note: Cappadocian Father Gregory exposed the connection of
Arianism with Greek philosophy.
But although his bread became thereby well buttered he thought he
ought not to remain in such a profession; so he gradually gave up the
medical, after the tinkering. Arius, the enemy of God, had already
sown those wicked tares which bore the Anomaeans as their fruit, and
the schools of medicine resounded then with the disputes about that
question. Accordingly Aetius studied the controversy, and, having
laid a train of syllogisms from what he remembered of Aristotle, he
became notorious for even going beyond Arius, the father of the
heresy, in the novel character of his speculations; or rather he
perceived the consequences of all that Arius had advanced, and so got
this character of a shrewd discoverer of truths not obvious;
revealing as he did that the Created, even from things non-existent,
was unlike the Creator who drew Him out of nothing. GREGORY OF
NYSSA -- AGAINST EUNOMIUS, section 6.
Page 11: The Church of the First Three Centuries
says: "The doctrine of the Trinity was of gradual and comparatively
late formation; ... it had its origin in a source entirely foreign
from that of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures; ... it grew up, and
was ingrafted on Christianity, through the hands of the Platonizing
Note: The doctrine of the Trinity was an established
doctrine of the early church.
GREGORY THAUMATURGUS, Bishop of Neo-Caesareia in Pontus, near
successor of the apostles, in his discourse on the Trinity,
speaks thus: - I see in all three essentials - substance, genus,
name. ON THE TRINITY, Gregory Thaumaturgus (213-275).
Page 11: By the end of third century C.E., "Christianity"
and the new Platonic philosophies became inseparably united. As Adolf
Harnack states in Outlines of the History of Dogma, church
doctrine became "firmly rooted in the soil of Hellenism (pagan Greek
thought). Thereby it became a mystery to the great majority of
Note: Tatian, a 2nd century Christian apologist, was
critical of Greek philosophers.
What noble thing have you produced by your pursuit of
philosophy? Who of your most eminent men has been free from vain
boasting? Diogenes, who made such a parade of his independence
with his tub, was seized with a bowel complaint through eating a raw
polypus, and so lost his life by gluttony. Aristippus, walking
about in a purple robe, led a profligate life, in accordance with his
professed opinions. Plato, a philosopher, was sold by
Dionysius for his gormandizing propensities. And
Aristotle, who absurdly placed a limit to Providence and made
happiness to consist in the things which give pleasure, quite
contrary to his duty as a preceptor flattered Alexander, forgetful
that he was but a youth; and he, showing how well he had learned the
lessons of his master, because his friend would not worship him shut
him up and carried him about like a bear or a leopard. He in fact
obeyed strictly the precepts of his teacher in displaying manliness
and courage by feasting, and transfixing with his spear his intimate
and most beloved friend, and then, under a semblance of grief,
weeping and starving himself, that he might not incur the hatred of
his friends. I could laugh at those also who in the present day
adhere to his tenets, - people who say that sublunary things are
not under the care of Providence; and so, being nearer the earth than
the moon, and below its orbit, they themselves look after what is
thus left uncared for; and as for those who have neither beauty, nor
wealth, nor bodily strength, nor high birth, they have no happiness,
according to Aristotle. Let such men philosophize, for me!
THE VICES AND ERRORS OF THE PHILOSOPHERS, Chapter II.
Page 11: The church claimed that its new doctrines were
based on the Bible. But Harnack says: "In reality it legitimized in
its midst the Hellenic speculation, the superstitious views and
customs of pagan mystery-worship."
Note: Outlines of the History of Dogma is not
Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was
ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD,
are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
Micah 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little
among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old,
from everlasting." (the Son)
Hebrews 9:13-14 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the
ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the
purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to
God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living
God? (the Holy Spirit)
Note: Only God who is the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit is eternal.
Pages 11-12: In the book A Statement of Reasons,
Andrews Norton says of the Trinity: "We can trace its source, not in
the Christian revelation, but in the Platonic philosophy ... The
Trinity is not a doctrine of Christ and his Apostles, but a fiction
of the school of the later Platonists."
Note: A Statement of Reasons is not Scripture.
John 15:26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to
you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds
from the Father, He will testify of Me."
Note: Are you a Jesus Witness or is your testimony of
someone or something else?
Page 12: Thus, in the fourth century C.E., the apostasy
foretold by Jesus and the apostles came into full bloom. Development
of the Trinity was just one evidence of this. The apostate churches
also began embracing other pagan ideas, such as hellfire, immortality
of the soul, and idolatry. Spiritually speaking, Christendom had
entered its foretold dark ages, dominated by a growing "man of
lawlessness" clergy class. - 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7.
Note: Jesus Christ taught hell fire.
Matthew 5:21-22 "You have heard that it was said to those of
old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of
the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his
brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And
whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the
council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell
Note: The slanderous Watch Tower teaches that the material
body is the soul.
Matthew 10:28 "And do not fear those who kill the body but
cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell."
Page 12: WHY, for thousands of years, did none of God's
prophets teach his people about the Trinity? At the latest, would
Jesus not use his abilities as the Great Teacher to make the Trinity
clear to his followers? Would God inspire hundreds of pages of
Scripture and yet not use any of this instructions to teach the
Trinity it were the "central doctrine" of faith?
Note: By faith, people of God accept the mystery of God as
contained in the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith,
from God (who?) the Father and the Lord Jesus
Galatians 3:5-6 Therefore He who supplies the
Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the
works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?; just as Abraham
"believed God, and it was accounted to him for
Page 12: Are Christians to believe that centuries after
Christ and after having inspired the writing of the Bible, God would
back the formulation of a doctrine that was unknown to his servants
for thousands of years, one that is an "inscrutable mystery" "beyond
the grasp of human reason," one that admittedly had a pagan
background and was "largely a matter of church politics"?
Note: By faith, people of God accept the mystery of God as
contained in the Word of God.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through Him. (the Father)
Romans 9:3-5 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from
Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are
Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom
are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ
came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen. (the
Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your
heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the
price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your
own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have
you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men
but to God." (the Holy Spirit)
Note: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are each
individually and corporately God.
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