Do you believe in God being 3 persons (trinity) or God is ONE
December 5, 2006 1:46pm CST
The Bible communicates several Biblical truths that are necessary for us to understand for salvation and victorious living. God reveals to us, through His word, His character, His attributes, His love, His mercy, and the list goes on. The more we read and study His word, the more we understand God and His plan for us. In the Bible, God has revealed Himself to mankind through many different manifestations, for many different reasons. For example: God appeared as a pillar of smoke and fire to the people of Israel to signify His ability to lead them. So, when God reveals Himself, it doesn't take away or add to who He is. "...I am the Lord, I change not" (Malachi 3:6, KJV). In fact, God has placed an emphasis on His oneness. Jesus, in response to a major concern of the day, said the greatest commandment was "...Hear oh Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord..." (Mark 12:29, KJV). When God relayed this to the Jewish people (see Deuteronomy 6:4, KJV) in the Old Testament, they fully understood. Even today, the Jewish culture still holds to the monotheistic ("One God") belief (Galatians 3:20). A lot of confusion exists today on who God really is. Commonly recognized roles that God has filled in His revealing Himself to us, are the roles of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mentioning again, that these are different roles or functions that God reveals Himself. They are not separate "persons" within the mind of God. God is not three-in-one, but God is One; period! (Isaiah 46:9, KJV). God is a spirit (john 4:24, KJV), in His original state of being. He is the Father in creation (Malachi 2:10, KJV), the Son in redemption (Isaiah 63:16), and is the active force on earth through the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2). Other scriptures on the Oneness of God: Isaiah 45:5-6 Zechariah 14:9 John 17:3 Romans 3:30 Other scriptures on God's role as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Deuteronomy 32:6 Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 1:18 Matthew 10:20 John 1:1,14 John 20:28 II Corinthians 5:19 Galatians 4:4 Colossians 1:15 I Timothy 3:16 Titus 2:13 Hebrews 1:1-3
6 Dec 06
Yes I do believe in God. He is almighty. Everyone of us remember him whenever we are in great trouble. We rember the God only, when we do not find solution in any crisis. In all religions, it is accepted that the God is the supreme authority.
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5 Dec 06
"The word Trinity is not found in the Bible . . . It did not find a place formally in the theology of the church till the 4th century." (The Illustrated Bible Dictionary) And a Catholic authority says that the Trinity "is not . . . directly and immediately [the] word of God."—New Catholic Encyclopedia. The Catholic Encyclopedia also comments: "In Scripture there is as yet no single term by which the Three Divine Persons are denoted together. The word [tri'as] (of which the Latin trinitas is a translation) is first found in Theophilus of Antioch about A. D. 180. . . . Shortly afterwards it appears in its Latin form of trinitas in Tertullian." However, this is no proof in itself that Tertullian taught the Trinity. The Catholic work Trinitas—A Theological Encyclopedia of the Holy Trinity, for example, notes that some of Tertullian's words were later used by others to describe the Trinity. Then it cautions: "But hasty conclusions cannot be drawn from usage, for he does not apply the words to Trinitarian theology." The Encyclopedia of Religion admits: "Theologians today are in agreement that the Hebrew Bible does not contain a doctrine of the Trinity." And the New Catholic Encyclopedia also says: "The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not taught in the O[ld] T[estament]." The Encyclopedia of Religion says: "Theologians agree that the New Testament also does not contain an explicit doctrine of the Trinity." Yale University professor E. Washburn Hopkins affirmed: "To Jesus and Paul the doctrine of the trinity was apparently unknown; . . . they say nothing about it."—Origin and Evolution of Religion. Here is just one proof the trinity doesn't exist AT MATTHEW 4:1, Jesus is spoken of as being "tempted by the Devil." After showing Jesus "all the kingdoms of the world and their glory," Satan said: "All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me." (Matthew 4:8, 9) Satan was trying to cause Jesus to be disloyal to God. But what test of loyalty would that be if Jesus were God? Could God rebel against himself? No, but angels and humans could rebel against God and did. The temptation of Jesus would make sense only if he was, not God, but a separate individual who had his own free will, one who could have been disloyal had he chosen to be, such as an angel or a human. On the other hand, it is unimaginable that God could sin and be disloyal to himself. "Perfect is his activity . . . A God of faithfulness, . . . righteous and upright is he." (Deuteronomy 32:4) So if Jesus had been God, he could not have been tempted.—James 1:13. Not being God, Jesus could have been disloyal. But he remained faithful, saying: "Go away, Satan! For it is written, 'It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.'"—Matthew 4:10.
5 Dec 06
I will give an explanation that might confuss some but not all. God is three in one. God the Father who control all who is the head, God the son who came as a sacrifice for our sin and the God the Holy spirit who dwells with us to guide us. Three different purposes wioith one main goal and that is to assist with our salvation.