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Trinity: Biblical Or Not?

Shield Of The Trinity

Sheild Of The Trinity

The trinity is one of the concepts found in Christianity that has questionable origins that are claimed to be biblical. The word Trinity, which is derived from the Latin Trinitas, was first written by Theophilus of Antioch in his 170 CE  letter to Autolycus.

“In like manner also the three days which were before the luminaries, are types of the Trinity, of God, and His Word, and His wisdom. And the fourth is the type of man, who needs light, that so there may be God, the Word, wisdom, man.”

In the early 3rd century Tertullian again used the word to explain the essence of god. The next century saw the council of Nicaea in 325 CE and the  trinity was made an official doctrine of the church.Still one may ask is the trinity a biblical concept? Let’s examine that shall we. There are verses sprinkled throughout the New Testament that mention the three persons of the trinity but the word trinity is never uttered itself. For example Matthew 28:19 says.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

And 2 Corinthians 13:14 says.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen

Which is a mention of the concept but nowhere does the New Testament even hint that this should be given the status of doctrine. Even Jesus, the alleged son of god said

“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one,”

Which is known as the Shema Yisrael and can be found in Deuteronomy 6:4. As a biblical concept, this is beginning to look exceptionally weak. Some Christians also claim that the concept comes from the Old Testament so giving them the benefit of the doubt let’s look there.

The Old Testament does refer to god’s word, his spirit and his wisdom as seen in Psalms 33:6, Isaiah 61:1 and Proverbs 9:1.

6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

So if one stretches, they can misinterpret these verses to be a foreshadowing of the trinity but unlike the New Testament, these three attributes were not mentioned in the same verse let alone in the same book. The Jews believed as the Old Testament says. God is one.

There are other Christian apologetics arguing the trinitarian concept was told in the Old Testament as far back as Genesis 18. Somehow the appearance of 3 angels to Abraham gets twisted into a defense of a doctrine made official in 325 CE?

The trinity is defined as 3 persons manifest as one god. The definition is itself nonsense and a feat of legerdemain worthy of a master magician. 3 persons = 1 god? To borrow the words of Ahmed Deedat,

What language is that, it isn’t English it’s Gibberish.

A cute example again from Ahmed Deedat is to take 3 identical triplets. Have one commit a crime deserving of death. Is it correct to hang either of the other 2 triplets? No, why? It is because they are a different person. I do find it very comical that it takes a Muslim apologist to point out the idiocy of the trinitarian concept. Unfortunately Deedat died in 2005 but despite his belief he is a man that I wish I had met.I had first heard of Deedat when he had a debate with Christianity’s very own black sheep Reverend Jimmy Swaggart. The debate was in Swaggart’s home town of Baton Rouge Louisiana in November of 1986. The topic of the debate was Is The Bible God’s Word and Deedat stayed on topic while not using the Koran as a defense. Swaggart on the other hand essentially preached a sermon utilizing not much more than theatrics and actually using the Koran though the topic was clearly not the Koran. The tape of this debate has been released into the public domain by Truthway TV and Swaggart gave his consent on the tape so it may be redistributed freely. As of this writing, Swaggart’s ministry does not provide copies of this tape [apparently because it was a major embarrassment to Swaggart] but on the website of Truthway TV you can find links to Deedats many books and videos. Once again, I urge Christians to remove their fuscia tinted glasses and view Deedats  debate with Swaggart. Read some of his books and watch a few of his videos.

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