Those who oppose the Trinity have assertions that the Trinity is false, from Satan, and comes from paganism. However, if one is willing to see what the Bible teaches than these assertions will be seen to be inaccurate and mistaken.
Is the Trinity false?
The word false has various meanings: “not genuine, not real, incorrect, deceptive”, these are just some of them. To say the Trinity is false is to say a few things.
- To say the Trinity is false is to say the Bible does not teach the doctrine.
- To say the Trinity is false is to say God has limitations.
- To say the Trinity is false is to say I know more than what the inspired writers wrote concerning the identification of God.
In response to these claims we must be open minded, seeking the Bible for spiritual guidance, and adjusting our thinking to Biblical thinking even if we do not understand things completely. The Bible clearly teaches that there is one God and there are no others. (Isaiah 43:10) The Bible clearly teaches that all other so called god/gods are not true or genuine. (1 Corinthians 8:5, Galatians 4:8) The Bible clearly teaches that the Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. (Galatians 1:1, John 1:1-3&14, Hebrews 10:15-18) Some say, “God can not be three persons and still be the one God”, but that is not the case in our every day normal lives. The Bible teaches there is one Church, one body of Christ, but within this one Church there are many members (persons) and we have no problems with that. The Bible teaches that the man and the woman would be “one flesh” in Genesis 2:24 and we have no problems with that. The word for “one” in Genesis 2:24 is the Hebrew word “echad” which means a compound unity. However, there are those who try to use Deuteronomy 6:4 against the Trinity, but they need to examine that passage more. Deuteronomy 6:4 actually shows the unity of God being one in nature not in number. If Moses wanted people to believe that God is only one in person than he would of used the Hebrew word “yachid” which means literally one.
Normal things in our lives are three in one and we have no problems with them. Things like water being gas, solid, and liquid yet all one substance. Things like a piece of fruit: “Fruits vary widely in physical appearance, but their basic structure is the same. The ripened ovary wall that forms the fruit is composed of three layers, which can be thick or thin, dry or moist, fused or separate. The outermost layer is called the exocarp; the middle layer is the mesocarp; and the inner layer, the endocarp. These three regions together are called the pericarp. A peach that has been cut in half clearly reveals these layers: the soft, fuzzy skin is the exocarp, the juicy, meaty part of the peach is the mesocarp, and the pit, which encases the seed, is the endocarp.” If things that are created can be three in one, than why do people insist the Almighty cannot?
Is the Trinity from Satan?
This statement comes from various groups which oppose the doctrine of the Trinity. One of the groups which oppose the Trinity are the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that “the Trinity is a lie from Satan”, and go to great lengths to prove their views. Either the Trinity came from God or Satan, but what criteria do we examine to determine the truth? The answer to that question is by going to the Scriptures and adjusting our thinking to the Word of God, even if we don’t understand.
As stated before the Trinity is Biblical and can be logically understood. Simply put the Trinity is confirmed in the Scriptures proving there is one God from eternity who has been revealed in three distinct personages. (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) Therefore those who say “the Trinity is a lie from Satan” are going against the Scriptures and they have been deceived. We need to get rid of our stinky thinking and get Biblically thinking.
Is the Trinity pagan? Is the Trinity from paganism?
This assertion comes from Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who oppose the Trinity, and they teach that the 4th Century Christian Church fell away and incorporated false doctrines. There were Religions before Christianity that taught deities in three’s, but none of them taught what Christians taught concerning the Trinity. Those pagan Religions taught many gods and some of them had three gods in which they served, but that is not what Christians believe nor what they are teaching concerning the Scriptures.
The Bible is clear that the Father, the Son, (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit are all distinct from one another, and that there is only one God. Therefore the Bible proves that the Trinity is not pagan, however there are those who will not believe no matter what!
The Biblical evidence is clear concerning these issues and if you are looking for more answers and clarification than read more articles under the Trinity topic. If you have questions or comments send us an email. May the God of the Bible enlighten you with the truth and understanding, and may you be blessed.