Christian Essentials, The Trinity Doctrine

Do Christians Worship Three Gods?  Believe in Three Gods?

Christians are accused of things by various Religious groups which are not accurate.  Two things which Christians are accused of are:  Christians worship three Gods & Christians believe in three Gods.  However these statements are not accurate concerning what Christians believe concerning God, and they will be examined.

Do Christians worship three Gods?

The answer is no!  Christians do not worship three Gods!  Christians believe in three distinct personages being the one eternal God, but some do not understand this and have their own way of interpretation.  To say Christians worship three Gods one must be able to prove that Christians believe in three Gods.  Biblically speaking Christians believe the Bible teaches there is one eternal God in nature who has been revealed through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    1. The Father is identified as being God. (1 Peter 1:2)  Most have no problems with the Bible teaching that the Father is identified as God, but when it comes to Jesus and the Holy Spirit there is contention.
    2. The Son (Jesus) is identified as being God. (John 1:1-3&14-18, John 20:28-29, 1 John 1:1-4&5:20, Philippians 2:5-8, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 22:12-20)  The confusion of Jesus being identified as God is because some believe that means Jesus is the Father, but that is not accurate.  Jesus and the Father are distinct from one another as these Scriptures reveal, but Jesus and the Father are by nature and essence God.
    3. The Holy Spirit is identified as being God. (John 14:16-17, John 15:26, John 16:7-15, Acts 5:3-4, Acts 13:2, 1 Corinthians 12:4-18, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 10:15-18)  Many oppose the nature of the Holy Spirit and teach Him being an it, an active force, or some power of God.  But as these Scriptures reveal the Holy Spirit is a distinct person from the Father & Jesus, and is identified as being God.

Do Christians believe in three Gods?

As stated before many have a wrong understanding of the Bible teaching there is one God and being revealed through three distinct persons.  Christians do not believe in three Gods because that would be polytheism and the Bible clearly rejects that.  Christians are monotheists not polytheists, and the Bible teaches that there is only one God which we are to follow and believe in.

    1. The Bible teaches there is only one God which we are to follow and believe in. (Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6-8, Isaiah 45:22)
    2. The Bible teaches that God is one in nature not one in person. (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 11:7, Genesis 19:24, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 48:12-18, Amos 4:10-12)
    3. The Bible teaches God is one in unity. (Deuteronomy 6:4)  The Hebrew word here for one is “echad” which means a compound unity.  Places which show this in context for the word “echad” are in Genesis 2:24, Ezra 2:64, Ezekiel 37:17 and other references.
    4. 4.The Bible does not teach God is one in person.  If the Bible taught God was one in person than the Hebrew word “yachid” would be used.  The Hebrew word “yachid” means one in number and has a specific meaning.  This word would of been used instead of “echad” in the Scriptures in reference to God’s nature if God was only one in person.

This information shows Christians do not worship or believe in three Gods, but that Christians believe in one God who has been revealed through three distinct persons.  The Bible teaches God is one in unity and nature, not one in number, and this is clearly seen.  The Bible also teaches that there is one Church but many members, and in the same way there is one God existing through three distinct personages. (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

Contact us if you have any questions or comments.  May you be blessed in God’s grace and truth, and may the Word of God enlighten you as you search the Scriptures for spiritual guidance.

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