Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Questions I Could Not Answer As A Trinitarian

I used to believe in the doctrine of the Trinity – One God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit: Each one being co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent. That was until I opened up the scriptures for myself and found that the mystery of the Godhead had been revealed: Jesus Christ was the manifestation of God the Father in human flesh, and The Holy Spirit was simply another expression of the One Eternal Spirit of God. My belief in The Trinity could not hold up to these questions:

1. If Jesus (God the Son) was eternally and physically present on the right hand of The Father since the beginning of time, how did God send him down to earth to become the begotten Son of Mary? Where did the body of Jesus go for the gestation period? Did He disappear to become an embryo? Were there only two members of The Trinity in operation during this period?

2. If God the Son existed eternally and physically (or even spiritually) with God the Father before time began, how did they get the relation of Father and Son? How did a “son” exist without a mother? And how was God the Holy Spirit related to them?

3. Where did you get the terms, “God the Son” and “God the Holy Spirit”? Any Scripture reference?

4. What is the name of The Father? What is the name of The Holy Spirit? Why is it that those who accuse Oneness believers of being “Jesus only”, can only come up with ONE name – Jesus?

5. If the commission by Jesus in Matthew 28:19 was to baptize all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, why did the Apostles (who had their minds opened to understand all scriptures Luke 24: 45) proceed to baptize every New Testament Church convert in the name of Jesus Christ? ( See Acts 2: 38; 8: 16; 10: 48; 19: 5; 22: 16; Rom. 6: 3; 1 Cor. 1:13)
a. Water baptism in Jesus’ name: Is it from God or is it from men? (If from God, have YOU been baptized in Jesus’ name, and do you teach it? If from men, please explain why God approved of it being the only mode of baptism recorded in The New Testament Church)
b. Do you believe that the Apostles were in error by baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ?

6. The word, “trinity”, in and of itself, means “a group of three”. Could we, in essence, then call God “The Holy Three”? Would this not be in direct opposition to The Holy ONE of Israel? Before you write that off as blasphemy, what would be the difference between Holy Trinity and Holy Three?

7. Why didn’t God the Father ever introduce “God the Son” or “God the Holy Spirit” to His people in the Old Testament? Why did He not tell them to teach their children about One God in three persons?

8. Why didn’t the Apostles, who had their minds opened that they might understand the scriptures (Luke 24: 45; Matt. 16: 19), or Paul, who received his revelation straight from God (Acts 9: 5; Gal. 1: 11,12), ever tell us that God existed in three persons? I challenge you to look up “The origin of The Trinity” in any credible, historical resource. The earliest mention you will find comes at least 150 years after the NT Church began.

9. How many Spirits live inside of you? The Spirit of The Father? (Romans 8: 11) The Holy Spirit? (Acts 2: 38) The Spirit of Christ? (Romans 8: 9)

10. What is the difference between 3 Gods, and 3 persons? Do you pray to and praise three separate and distinct persons, each called God; each being fully God apart from the other? Each with three distinct personalities, wills, roles and intellects? Do you call each one of the three persons, “God”?

11. If God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are two different persons, then who really is the Father of Jesus Christ? Luke 1: 35 “…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Matthew 1: 20 “…for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” Can The Father really be the father of a child He did not conceive?

12. Jesus is called the image of the invisible God. (Col. 1: 15) How are you going to see more than one “person” if God is invisible, and the Holy Spirit is a Spirit? John, the only person recorded in scripture to get a glimpse of the throne room, saw only ONE throne and ONE sitting on it.(Rev. 4:2)

13. If the three persons of the Godhead are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent, why is it that Salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ? (Acts 4: 12)

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