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Exposing Trinity 'Proof' Texts - Part 1
This article will examine the supposed Trinity proof texts that many use to prove that Christ is God. This theme will be addressing an article written by a Trinitarian here,
Please refer to the article in the link posted and use it as a reference to examine the Trinity proof texts that were used by the author to make his claim.
Although I disagree with the writer, it is not my purpose to attack the individual in any way, but respectfully examine his evidence without ad hominem. I also encourage those reading that no matter what belief system you may hold to, please be respectful when commenting whether you agree or disagree.
I realize that the Trinity doctrine is a highly debated subject among many different sects, denominations and religions. I do not have allegiance to any of these, but strive to follow the way of the ekklesia that adhere to the teachings of Christ and the apostles as set forth in Scripture.
I will try to maintain a precedence that is set forth in the original languages of Scripture as the English translations have been tampered with.
I hope to state my case to the contrary with my own evidence and perspective, but in the end it is up to each individual to weigh and test every doctrine for themselves to see what withstands the scrutiny.
I personally believe that the true representation of Christ cannot be reconciled with the modern church system as most of Christendom adheres to the Trinity doctrine.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. – Matthew 7:13-14
If the gate is narrow and the way is hard, it would seem that a true follower of Christ would not be a part of the mainstream man-driven church system.
The question that must be asked, is the Trinitarian evidence merely circumstantial or does it have any merit?
The Evidence of Elohim
In Genesis 1:26 there is no evidence of a Trinity or a precise indicator that there are three in number.
And God said, Let us make man in our image – Genesis 1:26
Elohim meaning and definition.
A proper exegesis of this verse in context would be what is discoverable in the verse and those that surround it, not forcing an implied notion upon it. Since there is no way to truly know, one cannot conclude by imposing Trinity bias on that particular verse. Drawing a conclusion that 'us' means a Trinity is simply wishful thinking.
You may say each and every time the Hebrew word used is 'ĕlôhı̂ym, or Elohim that this means the plural form of God as a Trinity, but this must be imagined into the text.
It is true that Elohim is a plural Hebrew word, but it does not necessitate a Trinity. Elohim can mean God and his angels, divine representatives or His qualitative characteristics.
Even though Elohim (God) occurs in the plural form in Genesis 1:26, the use of the word does not indicate an exact plurality of three separate persons called God as He could be speaking to the angels in the heavens.
God says 'us' in Isaiah.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” – Isaiah - 6:8
Here God is speaking to the seraphim, which could be said the same in Genesis 1:26, but we cannot infer something that we don’t know for sure.
We could take other verses in Scripture that has 'us' in it, but it would be wishful thinking to imply an exact number unless the surrounding verses indicated so.
And now the letter that you sent to us has been plainly read before me. – Ezra 4:18
Does this mean that the 'us' in the above verse means a plurality or Trinity of precisely three persons?
No, in the surrounding context of Ezra, 'us' is many, but the accurate number cannot be fully determined.
The evidence is inconclusive that 'Elohim' in Genesis 1:26 is exactly three persons. The fact is there are many other Scripture references that use the same Hebrew word, but reveals God as singular person without forcing preconceived notions upon the verses.
The plural Elohim could refer to the qualitative characteristics of God such as His wisdom. So again, Genesis 1:26 is not proof that Christ is God or proof of Trinity.
Elohim is described as a singular person who is God the Father.
Reference: Hebrews 1:8-9, Psalm 45:6-7, Hebrews 10:7 and Psalm 40:7-8
The Domain of God
The prefix/suffix of Elohim (EL) is attached to many names in Scripture such as, DaniEL, IsraEL, ELijah, EzekiEL, GabriEL, JoEL and RachEL. Unlike YHWH, the pronunciation and vowels of this word have been preserved. Elohim occurs more than 2500 times in the Hebrew text with various meanings from Egyptian deities (Exodus 12:12) to 'the god of Moab' (1 Kings 11:33). Elohim also refers to demons and seraphim and other supernatural entities (1 Samuel 28:13).
Elohim (God) cannot be applied as a personal name when it refers to something impersonal like man, creature, father or brother. A name can only given when when context determines it.
Elohim describes a domain of the individual(s) it refers to. The one God, the Father is YHWH; therefore, Elohim would be His domain of having all power, authority, magnificence, excellence, etc. When Elohim refers to angel (s), it is delegated as sub-domain of the Father and then to a personal name if identified. In the same manner, when humans are referred to as Elohim such as kings and prophets, they too are a sub-domain of the Father.
What is interesting is that in the Hebrew manuscripts ‘Elohim’ is never written before the word YHWH, but always after; therefore, the Father is the Most High and everything else is subordinate in His domain.
Elohim in Genesis 1:26 when speaking of 'us' may refer to His dominion and authority etc. To imply 'us' means a Trinity is simply wishful thinking and must be imagined into the text because there is nothing that precisely says Trinity or three.
Do we Throw Away our Thinking Caps?
The common response to the confusion of understanding the Trinity is,
'This is a hard concept for mortal man to understand. Just because we do not understand it does not mean it is not true.'
They will then refer to these verses in Isaiah.
For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thought than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9
For God is not the author of confusion – 1 Corinthians 14:33
The Trinitarian will quote this verse completely out of context. It refers to the ways of the wicked and their unrighteous thoughts contrasted with God’s ways. It has nothing to do with undervaluing our logic and reason. The immediate context and antecedent of these verses reveal this.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Yahweh, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:7
It should be clear who the context of the preceding verse applies to. The irony is that it may apply to them for their thoughts concerning their Trinity doctrine.
Is Christ the Creator from the Beginning?
Colossians 1:16-17 is a popular verse,
For by him were all thing created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. – Colossians 1:16-17
This above verse is used to imply that Christ is God, but again they have missed the following verse that gives the correct context.
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. – Colossians 1:18
We see here that the context of this verse speaks of the risen Christ in present tense. Christ 'is' the beginning, not 'was' the beginning. Referring to Genesis 1:1 would be in the past tense supposing that Christ was the Creator, but 'is' is in the present tense that refers to the redemption and forgiveness of sins through the risen Christ at that present time, which began at his resurrection.
The 'beginning' found in the Gospel's and Epistles that refer specifically to Christ are based on the risen Christ after he was resurrected.
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. – 1 John 2:24
Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. – 1 John 2:7
What they had heard from the beginning was that Christ was their Advocate.
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. – 2 John 1:6
And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from
the beginning—that we love one another. – 2 John 1:5
The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1
Just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us – Luke 1:2
The word of God manifested in the flesh of Christ 'began' at his resurrection and the word spread as the eyewitnesses attested to his victory, meaning that all those who believe in his Gospel can become begotten (born again) sons of God too.
The Age of Grace in the Last Days
Hebrews 1:2 is also used as supposed proof that Christ is God.
But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through who also he created the world. – Hebrews 1:2
If Christ is the Creator as God, then why does he need to appoint himself heir of all things that he created?
By looking up in a concordance, you will see that 'the world' in Hebrews 1:2 does not mean the earth or the universe. The 'world' in Greek is 'aion,' which means 'age' that pertains this age of grace.
The text in 'these last days' in the verse the writer of Hebrews is referring to them at that moment in time. The Father is speaking to them through His Son, but is contrasted to the past when God spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament in the preceding verse.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. – Hebrews 1:1
The context of theses verses mean that 'in these last days,' Christ was appointed heir of all things by the Father upon his resurrection by sitting down at the right hand of the Father.
Is the Lamb God?
Revelation 4:11 is used to imply that Christ is God, but in the very next chapter the distinction is between him (the Lamb) and God.
“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” - Revelation 4:11
In the preceding verse it says,
The twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say – Revelation 4:10
Now, in Revelation 5, we can see the Lamb (Christ) who took the scroll from the Father, 'the one sitting on the throne.'
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. - Revelation 5:6
The Lamb (Christ) who is between the throne of God and among the elders takes the scroll from the Father who is seated on the throne.
If Christ is God, then why is he among his brethren instead of on the throne?
The Spoken Word of God
Here is another supposed proof text.
He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. – Revelation 19:13
Everything was created by the spoken 'word of God.' Christ was created by the Father by His word. The word was made flesh when He was resurrected, which was the 'beginning' of the age of the grace of Christ. When we become begotten sons of God, we too become the word manifested in the flesh.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father. – Revelation 1:6
Christ has a God who is his Father.
If God is Christ's’ God and his Father, then he cannot be God, but the Son of God. Being 'God the Son' would contradict the above verse and makes no sense.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. - 1 John 5:7
The Trinitarian pet verse is 1 John 5:7 (Comma Johanneum), but it is up to them to provide evidence that it is found in the original manuscripts. It is usually the KJV Onlyists who are unwilling to accept the facts on this matter and claim that this verse as being 'authentic.'
The provided Scripture verses in this article that Trinitarians use as supposed proof that Christ is God must be imagined into the text, out of context or rely on verses deceitfully added to Scripture. When the surrounding verses cherry-picked to infer a notion without allowing the context from the original language of Scripture to interpret itself, then someone can make Scripture pretty much mean anything they want it to.
If Christ is God, the supposed evidence is nothing more than a preconceived notion that must rely heavily on bias ingrained from heavy indoctrination.
Is the Trinity Symbolic of the Beast?
The Beast is revealed in Revelation 17.
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is ...and the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. - Revelation 17:8
Could it be that the greatest deception of mankind that what is called 'Christianity' may be the beast religion.
Do you believe the "proof" verses held by Trinitarians withstand scrutiny?
Please proceed to Part two of this series that will continue exploring and analyzing Trinitarian claims.
- We Can be Just like Jesus Christ, A Son of God
This article will reveal a false teaching that is taught in the Church system that has its origins in the Catholic Catechism.
- The Preconceived Notions Concerning the Gospel of John, Chapter 1
Many will read John 1:1 with a preconceived notion that "the Word" is a separate person as God. This does not hold true when the first chapter is examined more carefully and put into context.
- The Book of Revelation Reveals the Beast Religion
This article will attempt reveal is that the whole system of Church (Churchianity) worships the Antichrist, or the Beast religion, and most people don’t even realize it.
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