|Is God a Closed TRINITY or an Open FAMILY?
[A Scriptural Refutation of the Trinity Theory]
The doctrine of the trinity is so absolutely fundamental to the followers of Christendom that it is just taken for granted. They do not even deem it necessary to explain it, prove it, or in any way substantiate whether or not such a thing actually exists or is even so much as mentioned in the entirety of the Holy Scriptures! Although lacking any Scriptural proof to validate such a theory, denying the trinity is nonetheless considered heresy of the highest magnitude.
The popular hymn goes:
"Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Al-mighty, God in three per-sons, Bless-ed trin-i-ty"
"God is a TRINITY" we have been told by the worlds leading theologians. That is, "God" is composed of THREE PERSONS. They are:
The Holy Ghost [Spirit]
Christ Jesus the Son of God.
With just the above statement (which is accurate according to Christian teaching) we already have several unscriptural problems!
Learn something important and profound: Whenever someone tries to teach you a doctrine that is UNscriptural, he will always be forced to use words that are unscriptural.
The holy spirit is never called God, God is never referred to as a trinity or a person or consisting of three, and Christ is the Son of the Father, YET this mysterious doctrine is believed by millions. Why?
Lets see if my thousand page Hastings Dictionary of the Bible can help us.
What an admission. But (I surely dont want to leave out the "but"), but, we are told that it is, "...a NECESSARY HYPOTHESIS, ABOVE REASON but not contrary to it" (Emphasis mine again). Yah, right. Thats like saying square circles are "above reason but not contrary to it."
I feel the need to borrow a line from Steve Martin: "EXCUSSSE MEEE!" If there is not "logic or Scriptural proof" for this strange doctrine, why would anyone believe it? Seriously, this illogical, unscriptural reasoning overwhelms me. This spooky doctrine of the trinity is openly admitted to be non-scriptural and illogical, and yet... and YET, the "trinity" is the very cornerstone of all Christian Doctrine. Unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE!
Did you notice the interjection of another UNscriptural word in this definition? "One substance." "Substance?" God is never referred to as substance in the Scriptures. Not "one substance" or any other "substance." Even the most casual reader of the Scriptures knows that God is not composed of some kind of substance. The Scriptures are plain:
Spirit has nothing to do with "substance." In the original Greek, God is called "spirit," not "a spirit."
The existence of a trinity is admittedly not demonstrable by logic or scriptural proof, however, it is called a "necessary hypothesis." Being the inquisitive person that I am, I would inquire as to just why is it a "necessary hypothesis"? Why hypothesize at all, seeing that the Scriptures give us plain, factual, actual information without having to theorize or hypothesize? Lets get a definition of that word "hypothesis:"
Who can count the number of mans theories that have been proven wrong? I will not base my salvation on a theologians hypothesis or theory. In my letters to Dr. Kennedy and John Hagee I call evolution a hypothesis rather than a theory because the basic principles which supposedly have been "verified to some degree" are continually being scientifically disproved daily. So evolution is at best a hypothesis, not a theory. Likewise, the doctrine of the trinity is at best a hypothesis, for it has not advanced with any Scriptural proofs which could elevate the trinity conjecture to even a theory.
Do you not think it strange that the most spiritual and fundamental doctrine of all Christianity does not even qualify for the status of theory let alone doctrinal truth? Amazing.
So the trinity is called a hypothesis--a human invention of speculations, conjectures, guesses, theories, imaginings, and assumptions of something that is not understood. Try taking that to the bank.
We dont need to rely on the speculations, conjectures, and guesses of theologians to know who or what God is. The Bible is quite simple and direct as to Who God is, and how many Gods there are. But first, bare with me for a few minutes while I present an explanation of the trinity from my Encyclopaedia Britannica. Seriously, dont quit reading. I know this Britannica article is difficult reading, but I have a special reason for quoting it, so please read on, its only one paragraph.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 2, page 480:
Wow! What intellectual enlightenment! What an exposition of deep mysteries! What profound theological insight! WHAT A CROCK. . .!!!
I am here to tell you that the above theologians rendition of the trinity is nothing but a hodgepodge of unintelligible, dubious, theological, intellectual gobbledygook!! Dont ever feel inferior or put down by the intellectual vanity of writers like this, who havent a clue as to what they are talking about.
I will give someone hundreds of dollars if they can explain to me the above phrase, "wholly internal to His essence." Such intellectual phraseology is wholly meaningless. It is gross nonsense. I guarantee you that the author of this Britannica article could never explain that phrase, "wholly internal to His essence" in anything resembling coherent English. Nor could he explain a dozen other similar phrases and statements in his article regarding the trinity.
Notice what Paul instructs those who would teach Gods Word:
Does this verse need any comment? Do any of my readers think for one moment that the theologians responsible for this Britannica article on the trinity follow Pauls instructions seriously?
God also warns against ...
If the above theologian, and most theologians throughout the world including most clergymen would follow Gods instructions on teaching, there would be millions fewer religious books. And for sure, there would not be millions and millions of words devoted to the futile exercise of trying to prove the one plus one plus one equals ONE trinity of God theory.
Is the Word of God only understood by plowing through tens of thousands of pages of theological speculations as with this Britannica article on the trinity?
By the way, did you catch the phrase, "...the PARADOXICAL element in the doctrine [of the trinity] is at least diminished...?"
Amazingly, even though the doctrine of the trinity is conceded by theologians themselves to be a "hypothesis" that is "illogical," (to which we can now also add "paradoxical"), and let us not forget the most important of all, "non scriptural," one can nonetheless find himself ridiculed and ostracized for not paying homage to this Christian idol of the heart.
I will give just one example of what I mean. I went to the Internet and searched for "trinity doctrine." The first web site I selected from the first grouping was entitled: "Doctrine of the Trinity" By Dr. Ed DeVries, President of the School of Biblical & Theological Studies. His first paragraph makes the following statements:
Did you get all that? Notice that in order to "find PROOF of the trinity THROUGHOUT the Bible," all one has to do is come to "understand the THEORY that is EMBODIED in the TERMINOLOGY."
What am I missing? Why does my brain not work like that? Am I an intellectual dunce? Ill tell you the way my brain works. If I wanted to "find proof of the trinity throughout the Bible," I would not first try to come to "understand the theory that is embodied in the terminology." No, Im sorry, but I would not do that.
Here is what I would do if I wanted to "find proof of the trinity throughout the Bible," I would... LOOK IN THE BIBLE!!! Thats what I would do. But, I have already done that, and the trinity aint there! And that my friends is why we are told to we must "understand the THEORY that is EMBODIED in the TERMINOLOGY."
Please understand and believe me when I say that I am not poking fun directly at such teachers as this. I am not, but I am poking fun at their stupid, stupid teachings! God inspired the proverb that teaches us to:
Can anyone imagine our Lord saying something like this in Matt. 11:24,
"...for Thou hidest these things from the wise and intelligent and Thou dost reveal them to those who come to understand the theory that is embodied in the terminology."? No, I think not. Jesus said
Does anyone really think that the average person would ever tolerate a bank statement that used terminology like the above? Would anyone in their right mind sign a contract using terminology like the above? Would anyone accept a doctors diagnosis using the kind of terminology above? But, as I have often said, "When it comes to religion, anything goes."
The above teacher says that one can come up with a term, then develop a theory based on the term [not on truth, not on law, not on the Scriptures, but based on the "term" you have come up with], and finally, when you come to understand the theory embodied in the term, you will then be able [the author doesnt say whether it is first necessary to say abracadabra] TO FIND THE TRUTH OF THAT THEORY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRETY OF THE BIBLE!? I say that this author raises intellectual foolishness to a level heretofore unknown in the annals of speculative theology.
Listen dear friends; if the "truth" of the trinity could be found not only "throughout the Bible," but ANYWHERE in the Bible, it wouldnt have to be called a hypothesis or a theory! It is far past time for such ridiculous teachings to be exposed for all to see.
Just a couple more quotes from the above article: "The CONCEPT [is that something like a "theory" or a "hypothesis," a "speculation" or a "conjecture," a "guess"?] of the Trinity is the very CONCEPT OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, and since God reveals himself to his children, it only makes sense [if this "makes sense" I would give a dollar and thirty-five cents to know what "doesnt make sense" to this man] that ALL Christian churches would believe in and DEFEND [I reckon some could be persuaded to go to war over this unscriptural teaching] the DOCTRINE [doctrine? isnt it amazing how quickly theologians can turn a "theory" and a "concept" into a "DOCTRINE" ?] of the Trinity."
When a man with a Doctors degree tries to tell me (well not specifically me, its just that I was unfortunate enough to bump into his web site) that the very "existence of God" is a "CONCEPT," maybe it is time to log out and disconnect. And to add insult to injury, this "very CONCEPT of the existence of God" is based on his "concept of the Trinity." Let me assure my readers and Dr. DeVries that: TWO "CONCEPTS" DO NOT MADE A "BIBLICAL TRUTH"!!
Did I miss something? Noah Webster defines the word "triune" to mean "three in one," and therefore we have PROOF THAT GOD IS A TRINITY? What kind of scholarship is that?
The Hebrew word Elohim [eloheem] is the plural form of Elowahh [eloah] which answers to "The Deity." The Greek word generally used in the New Testament for God which answers to the Hebrew word Elohim is Theos which means PLACER (God), literally Disposer or Arbiter.
If anyone wants to look up the word Elohim in the hundreds of dictionaries and lexicons, and find just one that defines Elohim as the above theologian does, as "three in one," I WILL GIVE THAT PERSON HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS!
That my friends is just the first few sentences of Dr. DeVries paper on the Trinity. And, "NO," I didnt read his whole paper, just the first page.
I will, however, give you the first caption after his brilliant introduction: "The Trinity Illustrated in Nature"
If we cant find the trinity in the Scriptures, perchance we can fine it in "nature."
Seriously, I hope my readers can see through such inane scholarship. Only religious people, theologians, and self-professed ministers of God can get away such total nonsense. No author could EVER get away with such childish and unscholarly presentations if he were writing on serious subjects such as medicine, aviation or physics. His contemporaries would laugh him to scorn. Well, now that I think about it, there might be two exceptions to that--those who write books on evolution, and those who write fiction. The above article on the Trinity is assuredly a religious work of fiction!
I could now go through all the Scriptures that support the doctrine of the trinity, however, there is a problem --THERE ARE NO SUCH SCRIPTURES!
So lets do something else. Lets look at a few Scriptures that Trinitarians claim add credence to their theory. I will take no more than a few pages to try and clarify the Scriptural teaching on who, what, and how many Gods there really are.
First of all we must dispense with I John 5:7 which reads in the King James Version
There is a problem with this verse. The words that I typed in bold print are not Scripture. They should NOT be in the Bible. There are many Bibles that do not contain these words. Here are a few:
The Emphatic Diaglott has a footnote:
The brackets are supplied by the translators. This version also has a footnote:
The New Testament from 26 Translations: Footnote, page 1183:
As those words were hand written in a copy of a manuscript as late as the 15th century and do not appear in ANY Greek manuscript, they have no place in the inspired Word of God. I know of only one other verse that is not supported by original manuscripts, and that is Acts 28, verse 30. This added verse in Acts 28 is not, however, as harmful as the added verse in I John 5:7.
Let me be perfectly clear, logical, and Scriptural on this matter:
Countless things can be said to "be ONE" in numerous forms of close relationship. In this close relationship of purpose, will, harmony, etc., our Lord said:
Will all my readers please note that Jesus DID NOT say "I and the Father, We are one GOD," did He? No, He did not!
Do the Scriptures, however, tell us that there is only ONE GOD? Yes, they do.
Do the Scriptures, tell us WHO that ONE God is? Yes, they do.
Do the Scriptures tell us what the relationship of Jesus Christ is with that ONE God? Yes, they do.
In fact, all of these things are answered in ONE Scripture.
I will now give you the ONLY Scripture you will EVER need for understanding Who Jesus Christ and God the Father are and how many Gods there are, and Who composes that ONE God. Here it is:
And the next verse says
I can say "Amen" to that. Practically "not in all" Christendom is there this knowledge.
If you have not yet THANKED GOD for making these things so clear, so meaningful, and so simple, DO IT NOW!
The above verse really doesnt need commentary, but I want to comment anyway.
How many Gods are there? Answer: "ONE God."
Of Whom is this ONE God composed? Answer: "the FATHER." NOT, the Father, AND the Son, AND the holy ghost! Just, "the Father!" ONLY, "the Father!!" "ONE God, the FATHER!"
Is this too hard for anyone? Is not Gods definition far easier and better than the theologians "one, plus ONE, plus ONE, equals ONE" nonsense?
Is Jesus Christ an equal part of this "ONE God?" NO, He is not. Let Gods Word tell us. We dont need to speculate and theorize. Here is Who and What Jesus Christ is, He is the "one LORD." This is not hard. It is only hard for those who wrestle and twist Scripture to their own destruction (II Peter 3:16). John 8:5-6 makes the following very clear:
This Scripture tells us that "ALL IS OUT OF" GOD (the FATHER).
And this Scripture tells us that "ALL IS THROUGH" Jesus Christ.
God the Father is the first cause of all and ALL IS OUT GOD, even Jesus Christ is "OUT of God."
Now if Jesus came out from the trinity, why doesnt the Scripture say so? He didnt come out of the trinity and He didnt come out of the holy spirit, but HE DID COME, "...OUT FROM THE FATHER!"
And after Jesus Christ came OUT from the Father, ALL ELSE came THROUGH Jesus Christ:
Nowhere do we read that God came out from Christ! No, Christ came OUT FROM THE FATHER and all else was created THROUGH Jesus Christ. There is no trinity here!
Jesus Christ is not the SUPREME DEITY. Christ is not the originator of all. Christ is "the Lord." He is the Son of God. He is the IMAGE of the invisible God. He is the Mediator,
As I said before, one cannot be both "of" something or someone and at the same time "be" that something or someone. There is certainly no trilateral, triune, trinity of God here!
Jesus Christ said,
Where do we read that Christ is GREATER than the Father? There is no trinity in this verse!
Where do we read that someday God the Father will be SUBJECT to Christ? There is no trinity in these Biblical truths.
Where do we read in Scripture that Christ is the Head of God?There is another profound statement in the Scriptures that PROVES CONCLUSIVELY that Jesus Christ is not part of a trinity, but is now and always will be, under the Headship of His Father. Here it is:
There it is--Jesus Christ HAS A "GOD!" Paul wrote this and all of the above Scriptures AFTER Jesus Christ was resurrected and restored to His previous GLORIES in God. And in His glorified state, Jesus Christ is STILL subjected to HIS GOD! Who wants to be the first blasphemer to even suggest that God the Father "has a God?"!!! But Jesus Christ, DOES have a God! Notice the following:
And remember these statements concerning Jesus Christ "having a God" were made long after His resurrection and restoration back to His former glories. Today, our Lord STILL HAS A GOD! And need I repeat the fact that the God and Father of Jesus Christ DOES NOT HAVE A GOD?! And someone out there still thinks God is a equilateral trinity?
There are many more Scriptures that show the distinction between God the Fathers office of supreme deity of the universe and that of His Son and Image, Jesus Christ the Lord and Mediator.
The "Holy Spirit"
Does no one think it strange that in all these pages of Scriptures the "holy spirit" was not even mentioned so much as once? If the holy spirit is an EQUAL to the Father and Son, it sure seems it is being shortchanged in all these profound Scriptures. Could it be that just as Jesus is the Son "of" God and not God Himself, that the holy spirit is the spirit "of" God and not God Himself? Yes, that is what the Scriptures clearly teach. We have the Son "of" God and the spirit "of" God and yet God is "of" NO ONE!! Is there anyone who wishes to challenge this? God Almighty is out of NO ONE! God Almighty is of NO ONE!
Let it be known: NONE of these Scriptures take away from the glories of Gods grandest achievements in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. His name is now and will forever be ABOVE ALL ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE! AMEN!
Here is the main Scripture used by Trinitarians to try and make people believe that God is a trinity:
And how does this verse prove that God is a three-in-one trinity? I DONT KNOW! It certainly doesnt say that these three form ONE GOD. Or that these three are coequal with one another. They are just all three mentioned in one verse, thats all.
The mention of the "holy spirit" in this verse no more proves that the holy spirit is the third God part of a trinity than the mention of "the Comforter" in John 15:26 proves that it is the fourth God part of a quartet, or the mention of "the spirit of Truth" in this same verse in the fifth God part of a quintet! But why stop here. If we look for phrases such as "the holy spirit" being representative of some kind of personal being of a multi-person Godhead, we can find a plethora of "gods."
Lets count them
The Holy Ghost
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit of God
The Spirit of Christ
The Son of God. We are now up to a TRIPLE trinity.
The Mind of God
The Spirit of truth. Now we have a quartet of trinities
The Word was God
And to these we could add "The SEVEN Spirits of God (Rev. 4:5), etc., etc.
We are now up to twenty potential coequal candidates for this so-called triune godhead. Clearly, God is NOT a trinity or a collection of trinities. By the way, "Godhead" is not a proper translation of any Greek word, it should be translated "Deity" or "Divinity."
No matter how many different spirits there are, one thing is certain: ALL SPIRITS ARE IN SUBJECTION TO THE FATHER--NONE ARE EQUAL TO OR WITH THE FATHER, because we have Scriptural proof that God is superior to all spirits, seeing that:
To him who has an ear to hear; let him hear!
No, there are NOT twenty members of a coequal godhead. Not ten or even five. There are not even three or two.
Bare with me a moment now. Do we all agree that this verse is from the Scriptures and that it is a TRUE statement? Good! Because if this statement is true, then to say that "God is a trinity composed of the Father, the Son and the holy ghost [spirit] HAS GOT TO BE A FALSE STATEMENT, because the two statements absolutely CONTRADICT.
Back to the Trinitarians' favorite proof text to support their theory.
Does anything in this verse preclude the "holy spirit" from being "the holy spirit OF God?" Of course not. God the Father is "holy" [Greek, hagios] (John 17:11), and God the Father is "spirit" [Greek, pneuma] (John 4:24).
No one is denying the close relationship between the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit. But close relationship does not prove or even necessarily suggest SAMENESS.
Let's try a different example using the same wording. Most of us are familiar with the Catholic Church and its hierarchy, who for the most part, formulated this theory of the trinity. Suppose a letter of Comfort was sent to Catholics of South America from the Papacy with the following benediction:
Does anyone have trouble understanding that statement? Does anyone believe that the Pope, the Cardinal Secretary, and the Holy See are ONE AND THE SAME? Does anyone believe that they are all COEQUAL? Does anyone believe they are a HOLY TRINITY? Then why should we believe that the Father, the Son, and the holy ghost [spirit] are all coequal members of a trinity? There is NO justifiable reason to believe such a thing.
The trinity is a manmade theory that is detrimental and opposed to the Biblical teaching that God has a growing family. Yes, God is a growing family.
The trinity is like a closed triangle where no one gets in. That is what Satan would like people to believe. But, dear reader, God desires a very large family wherein you and I are family members! When were you taught such a marvelous truth in Sunday school? Ultimately, everyone in the entirety of the Universe is going to be one, holy, united, happy, glorious, giant, FAMILY OF GOD!!!
And all the while Christendom is out there spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling the world that a few are going to play harps in heaven while many of their friends, neighbors, and relatives, and indeed the rest of the universe will burn in hell forever. This they proclaim is the good news GOSPEL of God, while Satan chortles in his joy!
Now we are getting down to what the Bible really teaches. God has a family. God is "The FATHER" of His family. Jesus Christ is "the Firstborn SON" of Gods Family.
Hey! Im a "creature." Youre a "creature." This verse is talking about US!
We are now, already, in spirit, a part of Gods family!
Yes, God wants sons (and daughters, of course).
If God is a closed triune Godhead (as theologians call it), then there would be NO PLACE FOR SONS INSIDE OF THAT CLOSED TRINITY! God could never be, "...ALL IN ALL."
Everything that God the Father gave to His son Christ Jesus, He is going to GIVE TO US! And this includes being His CHILDREN.
God almighty will be the same "Abba FATHER" to us, as He was also "Abba FATHER" to our Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 14:36). Did you catch that it is the "...spirit OF His [the Fathers] Son..." That comes into our hearts. It is NOT the "the holy spirit which is supposedly the third person of the trinity" that comes into our hearts, but Christs spirit. The spirit of God and the spirit of Christ are the same spirit and it is THEIR spirit not a third person (God) of a trinity!
So God is the Father of Jesus Christ His Son. But who or what then is the "holy ghost" [spirit]? The Bible speaks much about Christs relationship with the Father. It says NOTHING of a relationship with "the holy spirit." And yet, Jesus was CONCEIVED by the HOLY SPIRIT!
Here is a Scripture so simple that any child above the age of seven can surely understand. And with its understanding comes the total demise of the trinity theory. We learned in Eph. 1:17, that God is both the GOD AND FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Okay, here it is--youre going to love this: If the holy ghost is actually and literally "God" as Trinitarians maintain, and Jesus was "CONCEIVED" by the Holy Ghost, then Jesus would have to be "The Son of the Holy Ghost" and not the Son of God the Father! It is not physiologically or Scriptural possible to be "conceived" by one person and then when born, be the son of another person! Whoever causes a women to conceive is also the FATHER of the child conceived, NOT ANOTHER AND DIFFERENT PERSON! Jesus was conceived by the holy spirit "OF" God. It was the spirit OF the Father, not some other spirit or ghost that caused Mary to conceive. Therefore "God," not the "spirit of God," is the FATHER of Jesus. So much for the trinity theory.
Next we will see that the second witness to this same event in Luke 1:35 comes right out and says Who the Father of Jesus is:
Not the son of the holy ghost (capital letters were not used in the Greek text and so "holy spirit" has no reason to be capitalized here). "...the HIGHEST..." also refers to God the Father, not the holy spirit.
Let me assure my readers that God did not have intercourse with Mary to cause her to conceive. God, Who is called "the power of the Highest" caused Mary to conceive by and through His own "holy spirit." Hence Jesus is the Son of the Highest, the Son of the Father, the Son of God, but NOT the son of the holy spirit! Back up to verses 30-32
Ironic for Trinitarians, the Scriptures never speak of Jesus having a relationship with the holy spirit, and yet, according to their own theory, the holy spirit is the father of Jesus. Unbelievable!
In Mat. 12:28 Jesus said He cast out demons "by the SPIRIT of God." Yet the Pharisees claimed He did it by the power of Beezeboul. Jesus told the Pharisees that accusing Him of casting out demons "by the power of Beezeboul," when He did it by the "spirit of God," is blasphemy against the "holy spirit" (Ver. 32).
Here is clear and simple proof that the "spirit of God" and the "holy spirit" are ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT--not a third person of a so-called trinity!
Again let me state: Anything that is "of" or "from" someone else cannot BE that same someone else! Nothing can be "of" someone and yet, at the same time, "be" that same someone! This is axiomatic.
The holy spirit is something that God the Father possesses--it is not a separate, third god or deity of some fabled trinity. The spirit "of" God is "Gods" spirit. And notice that God offers His spirit as a gift to those who ask:
The holy spirit is not an entity of its own, but is rather a possession of God which He gives to us.
And notice that even the King James Version in this verse uses the word Spirit instead of Ghost as they normally do in translating the same identical Greek word pneuma.
We read in the latter chapters of Johns gospel just how intimate and loving and close Jesus is with His Father and His Father with Him. This is emphasized over and over again dozens of times in the Scriptures. However, there is NO SUCH INTIMACY mentioned between the holy ghost [spirit] and the Father or with Jesus Christ. The reason is clear. The holy spirit of God is not a deity or god with a personal relationship with the Father or Christ, but is rather THEIR spirit. We will show from Scripture that both the Father and His Son have, and posses "holy spirit," and that They BOTH impart that same spirit to US! And that is how they BOTH dwell with us and in us and make their abode with us (John 14:23).
The holy spirit is not the sister of Jesus, nor the brother, nor the mother and certainly not a SECOND Father! It is futile to try and make the holy spirit into a "god" distinct from Jesus Christ and God the Father. Again, Jesus said that He and His Father are ONE. He never said that He and the holy spirit are ONE. It is rather THROUGH the holy spirit that the Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son, and we are in Christ and Christ is in us and the Father is in us!
Next lets consider who or what is the "comforter" mentioned only in Johns gospel account.
Remember that Jesus said "I am the truth." How then can this "comforter" be coming from both His Father and Himself? Is this possible? Once we understand just what this "spirit of truth," "spirit of God," "holy spirit," "holy ghost," "comforter" really is, we will see that it certainly DOES come from both the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.
It is evident when checking various translations that the translators did not have a clear idea as to just what they should call this "comforter." In the Greek, the word is [parakletos BESIDE-CALLER].
It should be noted that not all translators capitalize this Greek word parakletos in their translations, nor do all translators use the pronoun "he" but rather "it."
From The Concordant Literal New Testament:
In this section of Scripture, Philip, Thomas, Peter, and Judas (and possibly all the Apostles) did not quite understand what Christ was teaching them. They especially didnt understand how that Jesus was going away and that were He was going they could not come, but that it was necessary for Him to go away to His Father, or He could not send them the comforter or consoler.
Jesus was assuredly "the spirit of truth" of which He spoke. And as such Jesus was with the disciples. But now He is telling them that when He leaves them to be with the Father, He will come back to them, only this time He will not just be with them, but He will be IN them! The spirit of truth was with the apostles in the person of Jesus Christ, but He told them that after He left to be with the Father that this same spirit of truth would be in them. This is all done by "spirit," the spirit of God.
Notice verse 26 of John 14:
And see how this is done, verse 23:
This is done through the consoler, the comforter, the spirit of truth, THE HOLY SPIRIT of God! Jesus said He would not leave them "comfortless" (Ver. 18), so for sure Jesus must return to His followers to "comfort" them. This He did and still does by the "spirit of God" which God gave to His son Jesus and which the Father then turns around and gives FROM that very same spirit in Christ TO US! The following Scripture make this plain:
Here is one more proof that the "holy ghost [spirit]" and the "spirit of God" are one and the same. Here is what Jesus told His disciples would happen when they would be brought before magistrates and powers:
In the very same account of this portion of Christs teaching in Matthews gospel, we read this:
There can be no doubt from these two accounts that the "Holy Ghost [spirit]" and the "Spirit of your Father" are one and the same spirit--THE SPIRIT OF GOD! NOT a third person of some fabled trinity!
Now let us recap what we have learned and bring it all together using the Concordant Literal New Testament:
Who and What is GOD?
Who and What is Jesus Christ?
I believe most can see from the above Scriptures that there are numerous and fundamental differences between the Father and Jesus the Son. However, there are still reasons to ask whether or not Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father, is not also "God.?" Is Christ for example, not worthy our worship? Dare we worship any but "God?" And if Christ is indeed "God," when isnt He of the very same status, rank, authority, etc., as His Father? Good questions. Lets take them one at a time.
Is Christ God? YES HE IS!
Is Christ worthy of worship? YES HE IS!
So Christ is called "God," and did not consider it pillaging to be "equal" with God, and was often "worshiped." So surely, even if Christ is not the third person of a trinity, He must at least be the second person of a duet! SURELY, HE IS NOT! Let me explain.
Jesus IS God! True, but this fact does NOT make Him the FATHER! Let us always read and believe the Scriptures. The English word "God" is translated from the Greek word Theos which means PLACER or DISPOSER. ANYONE to whom the Father gives such an office of "placer or disposer" is a God! Notice what God says in Psalm 82:6,
Jesus explains this verse for us:
Okay then, lets notice a few very important points. Jesus never came out and said "I AM GOD!" He always called Himself, "The Son OF God." Recall that Jesus did not consider it "pillaging" to be equal with God. That is, he didnt need to steal, or take His office by FORCE, because His God, the Father, GAVE ALL THINGS TO HIM FREELY! Though Jesus is certainly "God," we must always remember that everything that made Him "God" (like His Father), WAS GIVEN TO HIM! Is there anyone who would suggest that someone GAVE God the Father all that He possesses? I think not. There is clearly a distinction--we have a "Father" and a "Son," NOT two equal Gods of a so-called trinity.
Notice that Jesus always acknowledges His subjection to His Father:
These Scriptures are clear, and there are many more like this. The Father is GREATER than His Son, and the Son will ALWAYS be subjected to His Father. They are NOT two, coequal Gods of a fabled trinity. They are "Father and Son." They are "FAMILY!" And the "spirit of God" is just that, the spirit "OF" God, not "the spirit God." And Jesus Christ has this SAME SPIRIT in Himself also. And it is THIS VERY SPIRIT that God the Father gives to US through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is not difficult to understand if one will simply believe the Scriptures.
Again, I want everyone to take note that when Christ speaks of the close relationship between Himself and His Father, He NEVER includes the "holy spirit" into that relationship! This is surely not an oversight on Christs part.
Our Lord gives us a beautiful metaphor in these same chapters of John. Jesus says:
Notice that the holy spirit is NO PART of this analogy. Now seriously, if the holy spirit were a third personality or god of the trinity, then why does it have NO PART in so many dozens and dozens of Scriptures like this one? Surely if there is a trinity, the holy spirit could represent maybe the soil, or the sunshine, or the rain, or at least be some part of this analogy with the Father, the Son, and the Saints, dont you think? But no! The holy spirit is not mentioned. That is because it is not necessary for it to be mentioned, and also because it is not a third god of a trinity.
WHO, OR WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Jesus told His disciples in John 16:7:
Is this "comforter" the third God of a trinity? Let us see Who this Comforter really is! Didnt you ever wonder why this Comforter could not come until Christ departed? The comforter does not come until Christ departs to the Father, because the comforter IS THE SON returning in the form of "spirit," "holy spirit." Jesus is saying to him,
Notice that Christ sends the comforter from the Father and what Jesus instructs. And notice that it does not involve a third person of a fabled trinity:
This is not hard to understand. The spirit of Truth is Christ. The comforter is Christ. The spirit will be speaking TO the disciples THROUGH Christs spirit which is His because the Father gave this spirit TO HIM! Theres no trinity here.
Now notice how clear Jesus makes this. Who or What is this spirit, holy spirit, holy ghost, spirit of truth, comforter? Is it really the third person of a triune God? Let Jesus Himself answer:
JESUS CHRIST BY MEANS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD WHICH HIS FATHER GAVE TO HIM IS THE COMFORTER. THE GREEK PROVES THAT CHRIST IS THE COMFORTER!
In the Greek, the "comforter" or consoler is translated from parakleetos. Now, is there any Scriptural proof that Jesus Christ is called "parakleetos?" Yes there is. In I John 2:1 we read:
In the King James it says we have an "advocate" [with a small "a"]. King James ALWAYS capitalizes the Greek word "parakleetos," so why dont they capitalize it here? You see, "advocate" or a better translation "Entreater" is translated from the GREEK WORD "parakleetos!"
HERE IS PROOF POSITIVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE "PARAKLEETOS!"
Isnt is just amazing what we can learn when we just read and truth of Gods Word instead of the strange and unscriptural teaching of theologians?
No, God is not a trinity. Yes, God is a family. We can be members (Sons) of His Family, Brothers with Christ. What a marvelous plan God is bring about. Here then is the Gospel to all nations and all peoples everywhere:
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Ray answers: If Jesus Christ is the one and only
Supreme Deity and Almighty God of the universe, when He died on the cross, WHO resurrected
Him back to life?
So if God is a trinity and "The TRINITY" itself DIED, then there would be no power to resurrect anyone and we would be without any God today, in fact, we would be without ourselves or anything else in the universe. There would be one big black void! Are you following me?
If "God" (your trinity), DIED, then "God" died--ALL OF GOD DIED, for you say "God" is a "trinity." Maybe you would care to explain that to me? Remember now, the trinity can NOT be divided up into three separate parts, for according to you it IS the three parts that make the whole God. Did only one-third of God die for the sin of the world? Give it your best shot.
Ray answers: Why is this important to you? Do they have proof
of the trinity that you are unable to present yourself? I have had people send me
literally hundreds of scripture verses that contain the word "spirit" or
"spirit of God" and then stated that all these hundreds of verses prove beyond a
shadow of a doubt that there is a trinity. I have people sending me attachments
containing hundreds of pages of material on a number of subjects that I cover, with the
claim that if I would read this material then surely I would see that I am wrong in my
Here is an example of a typical debate: I give a Scripture verse to
make a particular point concerning a subject. The person with an opposing view then
cites ANOTHER DIFFERENT SCRIPTURE WHICH HE BELIEVES CONTRADICTS THE VERSE THAT I
PRESENTED! As though the Scriptures contradict and the one with the most
CONTRADICTING scriptures wins the debate! Unbelievable foolishness and stupidity!
Hey, I just read your article that purports to "refute" the trinity. Lol! I saw no refutation. What I did see was a demonstration of an abysmal ignorance of Greek, and a rehash of the old polemic of the fourth century Arian cult, and modern day Jehovah's Witness's.
My friend, this stuff was refuted over 1500 years ago! You need to get with the program. I will briefly address some of your erroneous assertions.
You said that God is never referred to as "substance"? How on earth do you answer Hebrews 1:3 where it calls Christ the "upostuseos"(SUBSTANCE) of God?
Additionally, how do you address Philipians 2:5-7 where it calls Christ the "Morphe tou theou" (NATURE OF GOD)?
Furthermore, you said that Christ was not the originator of all? Lol! Man, don't you believe the Bible? Colosians 1:15-16 refers to Christ as the "firstborn" (PROTOTOKOS)=originator/source of ALL God's creation. John 1:1, Heb 1, and Col 1 tell us that christ made ALL things. Don't insert the brackets and the word "other things" like the erroneous JW's try to do.That is not in the text.
Also, you said that christ was "not the supreme deity"? How many deities are there? 1Cor 8:4 tells us that there is only ONE deity. It's true that there are things that are called gods, but that does not make them deity. There is only one deity (1Cor 8:4), and Christ is called that deity in John 1:1 "Kai Theos en ho logos"=God was the Word.
Your definition of THEOS was incorrect. I refer you to "Strongs Concordance"# 3588 where it defines THEOS (qeovB) as DEITY. Corroborate this with Col 2:9 where St.Paul states: "In christ dwelleth all the FULLNESS (pleroma) of the GODHEAD (THEOTETOS)=DEITY in somatikos (bodily) form. Christ was God incarnate. Theotetos in Greek means Deity.See "Thayer's Greek Lexican. "There is no way out of this.
Furthermore, you said that 1Corinthians 7:6 states that "there is one God the Father". That's true it does. You were implying that christ cannot be God because it speaks as the one God being the Father. That is nonsense. The same verse states (which you didn't quote), "and one Lord Jesus Christ". Does this mean that the Father is not the Lord because the Son is? Of course not. In fact YHWH means Lord in the Old Testament.
Finally, you said that christ never claimed to be God? Wow! Don't you believe the bible man? In John 8:58, Jesus said: "Before Abraham sprang into existence, I AM" (EGOEIMI)=I AM God. Check it in Greek, from a reliable lexical source, not some English dictionary.
I would like it if you would post this letter on your site, with a response. Thanks.
You suggest that Heb. 1:3 says that Jesus is the "substance" of God. I am not sure how you are using that word. Substance can mean both the "essence" of something or the "material" part of something. Jesus Christ had a physical body and could be seen, whereas God does not have a physical body (God is SPIRIT) and God cannot be seen as He is INVISIBLE. It is interesting to note that the KJV translates this word "[h]upo'stasis" into 'substance' but one time in Scripture and that is not in Heb. 1:3, but in Heb. 11:1, Now faith IS the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen." Now that translation should receive some sort of prize for one the WORST possible translations in all Scripture.
Paul said we are to live by FAITH and not SIGHT [or
perception]. What is "substance and evidence" but things that can be seen,
weighed and perceived? And things that can be SEEN AND HANDLED (as
But notice how you answer this question in your own statement: "Christ...the source of all GOD's creation." There it is "God's" creation. There is always that ONE before and above Christ--God, His Father and His God! It took REAL POWER to create the universe didn't it? Where do you suppose Christ got that power? Man, don't you believe the Bible? (Just kidding).
Now seriously, Mat. 2818, "ALL POWER is GIVEN unto me in heaven and in earth." There it is again, my friend. The FATHER is always in charge. And again, I Cor. 15:27-28,
And not verse 28:
No trinity here, my friend. In fact the Holy Spirit is not even mentioned in these most bold declaration of God through Paul.
Rather than say "Christ is not the supreme
deity" let me restate it so that you can hopefully and clearly see the concept that I
am presenting. Paul tells us that God is a "family" in Ephesians. Jesus Christ
is not the HEAD of that family of God, but rather the FATHER is the head and just as I
quoted to you from the Scriptures in I Cor. 15, Jesus Christ will always be SUBJECT TO THE
FATHER and no the other way around. Cannot you agree with that statement in Verse 28, "...then
shall the SON also Himself be SUBJECT unto HIM [THE FATHER]...? And let me
just say that that word for subject in this verse is the same word used in Luke 10:20, "Notwithstanding
in this rejoice not, that the spirits ARE SUBJECT unto you..." Since the
spirits are "subject" to the apostles, how could we ever contend that they are
EQUAL as in a "trinity?"
Five, since Christ is the Son, He cannot also be the Father or be coequal with His Father. Christ plainly said:
I'm honestly wondering if this could verse be scripturally
understood as the Father being GREATER in his ROLE (which is certainly true in the
scriptures) then the Son, not in actual PERSONAGE.
I pray God continues to bless your ministry! It has surely
blessed me! PRAISE GOD.
I actually answer this in my paper on the trinity. Yet I get asked
it continually. The reason is, I believe, that most are not willing to accept the answer I
give FROM THE SCRIPTURES.
This IS the Scripture that Jesus quoted. They didn't accept what
Jesus said, and people will not accept what I say.
How many people?--TWO. How many flesh?--ONE.
There the Scriptural answer!
HOW many Persons? Jesus & Father--TWO. HOW many GODS?--O-N-E
God be with you,