Question of the day: the Trinity.

I was perusing around on a Jehovah’s Witness website and come across some interesting questions. I may feature more of the questions they have listed on their site for future QOTD posts as well.

If you’ve gone to church for any amount of time, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about and even been taught about the Trinity.

Here’s the question…

People often say they believe in the Trinity, yet they differ in their understanding of it.

What, exactly, is the Trinity?

Does the Bible teach it?

Is Jesus Christ the Almighty God and part of the Trinity?

Thoughts? Opinions? Scripture to back your stand?


Posted on May 16, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. While the Bible doesn’t use the actual word “Trinity,” nor do the writers actually teach about the “Trinity,”
    it does speak to us about each member of the “Trinity”

    And its in its teaching that the Father, Son and Spirit are individual persons and yet are each God, that God is one creates for us the dilemma of the Trinity.

  2. *** For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. – 1 John 5:7

    And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. – Matthew 28:18-20

    There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;One Lord, one faith, one baptism,One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. – Ephesians 4:4-6

    Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. – 1 Peter 1:2

  3. Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”

    Literal translation: “Hear, O Israel, the [Jehovah] our [Elohim] is one [Jehovah]”

    Jehovah is the name of God, so we know that, and “Elohim” is the word for a god-like being, and is found in the plural in reference to God. Interestingly enough, the plural in Hebrew to do with this word is three or more. Coincidence? I think not.

  4. You’re off one a few small points, Mike. First, the Hebrew is Shma Yisrael YHWH Eloheynu YHWH echad. Never in scripture do we find the odd expression ‘the Jehovah’. And if you want to dig all the way down into the Hebrew, there’s no ‘is’, so what we’ve got is a bit more like: ‘Hear, Israel, YHWH our God, YHWH one.’

    Further, the plural in Hebrew does not only mean three or more. It can also just as easily mean two or. And there’s a number of words that aren’t really plural but always appear in the plural forms anyway: sky, face, and water being common examples.

    The word Elohim, in what you seem to take as its trinitarian plural form, is also used of false gods, as when we learn in 1 Kings 11:33 about ‘Ashtoret the elohim of the Sidonians, Chemosh the elohim of Moab, and Milcom the elohim of the sons of Ammon.

    If you want to demonstrate the trinity, you could do much better than to try to use Hebrew grammar you don’t seem all that familiar with to prove your point.

  5. Heather,

    It is interesting that, while we know we are made in God’s image, we don’t fully realize what that means. Each one of us consists of a mind, a heart, and a spirit, with each operating distinctly yet inseparably unified (ideally) together as one being. This is why we can consciously feel, address, and operate from, our mind, heart, and spirit, distinctly yet simultaneously as one you/me, the person.

    God also consists of a mind, a heart, and a spirit, with each operating distinctly yet inseparably unified together as one being. It just so happens that Jesus also has a physical body, but one that is transformed and spiritually perfected, to which, and within which, we the spiritual church body – the bride of Christ – will someday be reconciled in Holy eternal marriage, the eternal unification of God and man. We each are, in every way, personally made in, and then – by personally accepting Jesus Christ into our spiritual heart – spiritually reborn in, the literal image of God; God the Father (the mind, or executive center), God the Son (the image, word, and heart of God), and God the Holy Spirit (the essence of, animation of, outpouring of, and unification of, God) – three separate personages in one omnipresent, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternally divine triune being, apart from whom none other exists nor can, and within whom all who love him exist in his life-giving presence forever).

  6. Interesting. I like your elaopnatixn of the reasoning for the Incarnation and how that leads back to monotheism. My question is this: Is it really such an issue that ‘the Church’ calls the Trinity, really, God Himself, a Mystery? Even your logical, simple elaopnatixn does in no way encompass all of God. No elaopnatixn ever will. We will never understand God. Pieces? Sure. But His entirety *is* a Mystery. So…I don’t see why it should be about control, except in the minds of people who see ‘the Church’ as being dictatorial and secretive and sneaky in the first place. I see it rather as a simple statement of truth, and an admission of our limits. -Amber

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