This blog is about (1) my journey in abandoning the Trinitarian view of God, (2) apologists' typical arguments for the Trinity, and (3) my current understanding of the biblical God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I seek to have a respectful discussion on these matters.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
What is the Trinity? (No. 2)
Christians today believe that the Trinity is taught in the Bible. Although
majority of them affirm the teaching by faith, they really don't understand
it. According to prominent Trinitarian
apologist James R. White, the doctrine is "so misunderstood that a
majority of Christians, when asked, give incorrect and at
times downright heretical definitions of the Trinity."
IS THE TRINITY?
contend that, although the term "Trinity" is not found in the Bible,
the concept is taught in it as a logical conclusion. Apologist Norman L.
Geisler remarks, "The logic of the doctrine of the Trinity is simple. Two
biblical truths are evident in Scripture, the logical conclusion of which is
There is one God.
There are three distinct persons who are God: Father, Son, Holy
suggests that God has one What and three Whos. "The three
Whos (persons) each share the same What (essence). So God is a unity of essence
with a plurality of persons. Each person is different, yet they share a common
adds a third feature in defining the Trinity. He states that the belief is
based on three biblical foundations:
Monotheism: There is only one God.
There are three divine persons.
The persons are coequal and coeternal.
explains, "Christians believe in the Trinity not because the term
itself is given in some creedlike form in the text of Scripture. Instead, they
believe in the Trinity because the Bible, taken in its completeness, accepted
as a self-consistent revelation of God, teaches that there is one Being
of God (Foundation One) that is shared fully (Foundation Three) by three divine
persons (Foundation Two), the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Representation of the Trinity
I was a Trinitarian, I frequently ran in to this diagram. It is an attempt to
illustrate the Trinity.
the help of this diagram, I understood the Trinity a certain way. That
understanding was drawn from what I gathered the Bible is teaching and
what Trinitarian theologians, apologists, and philosophers I read are saying.
Here is the best and simplest way I can put the doctrine.
is one true God.
one true God is three persons: Father, Son, andHoly Spirit.
the Father is the one true God,
2. the Son is the one true God, and
3. the Holy Spirit is the one true God.
Collectively, these three persons are the one true God.
the Father is not the Son,
2. the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and
3. the Holy Spirit is not the Father.
I misunderstand the Trinity? Am I misrepresenting it here? If so, you
need to tell me precisely where I went wrong, and I will correct my mistake(s).
I would not want to misrepresent that which I am attempting to refute. Such
would merely be attacking a straw man, which does nothing to the actual
position being refuted.
I would ask that you offer a better model. I will then deal with it accordingly
and provide a refutation. It would be interesting, though, to see how your Trinitarian model differs from others' and how it is able to
withstand close scrutiny.
Two-Pronged Objection to the Trinity
course, the model above is not an exhaustive treatment—but merely an
illustrative attempt—to explain the Trinity. Now, assuming that the model
fairly and accurately represents the doctrine, if we want to be biblical
Christians, ought we to believe the Trinity?
submit to you that we ought not to believe the Trinity. In fact, we ought to reject the
doctrine because it is not only unbiblical but also illogical. In
the next series of articles, I aim to provide good reasons for this
James R. White, The Forgotten Trinity (Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House
Publishers, 1998), 16, emphasis in original.
Norman L. Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Grand
Rapids: Baker Academic, 1999), 730.