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Exposing the Supposed Trinity ‘Proof’ Texts

Updated on December 23, 2018
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This article will examine the supposed Trinity proof texts that many use to support the Catholic doctrine that Jesus is God. It is up to each individual to weigh and test every doctrine for themselves to see what withstands the scrutiny.

Unfortunately, many have bought into a strong delusion.

The following will scrutinize the supposed Trinitarian 'proof' texts that Trinitarians use to promote their doctrine.

Elohim

And God said, Let US make man in our image – Genesis 1:26

We have to ask ourselves, does ‘us’ mean a Trinity or a precise indicator that there are three in number in this passage?

A proper exegesis of this verse in its context would be what is discoverable in the verse and those that surround it instead of forcing an implied notion upon it. Since there is no way to truly know a precise number, one cannot come to a conclusion by imposing Trinity bias on that particular verse. To say 'us' means a Trinity is wishful thinking.

Many say that because the word ‘ĕlôhı̂ym’ (elohim) is plural that it must mean God is a Trinity. It is true that ‘elohim’ is a plural Hebrew word, but to say that this necessitates a Trinity must be imagined into the text. ‘Elohim’ can mean God and his angels, divine representatives or His qualitative characteristics.

Although ‘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 in one ‘God.’ God could be speaking to the angels in the heavens.Just as in in Genesis 1:26, God says 'us' in Isaiah as well.

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. Likewise, this could be said the same as in Genesis 1:26. We have to be careful not to infer something that we don’t know for sure and build doctrine around speculation. We could take other verses in Scripture that has 'us' in it too, but it would be wishful thinking to imply an exact number unless the verse or 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' is a plurality of three persons?

No, in the surrounding context of this verse, 'us' is many, but the accurate number cannot be fully determined.

The fact is that the evidence is inconclusive that 'elohim' in Genesis 1:26 is exactly three persons in one. Furthermore, there are many other Scripture references that use the same Hebrew word that reveals God as singular person without forcing preconceived notions into the text.

The plural noun ‘elohim’ can refer to the qualitative characteristics of God such as His wisdom. This is why we cannot use Genesis 1:26 as ‘proof’ that Jesus is God or part of a Trinity because in other areas of Scripture where ‘elohim’ is described in singular person as God the Father.

Reference: Psalm 45:6-7 and Psalm 40:7-8

The Domain of God

The 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 be given when the 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 a sub-domain of the Father and then to a personal name if identified. In likewise 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. The Father is the Most High and everything else is subordinate in His domain.

Even in the Christian bible, Jesus never stated that he was God.

You would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because THE FATHER IS GREATER THAN I. - John 14:28

Elohim in Genesis 1:26 when speaking of 'us' may also refer to God's dominion and authority. To imply that 'us' means a Trinity is wishful thinking. The Trinitarian must image their indoctrination into the text because there is nothing that precisely says Trinity, three in one or other words and phrases that cannot be found in the pages of Scripture.

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.'

Some will refer to this following verse 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

The Trinitarian will quote this verse completely out of context. They do not realize that the passage 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.

Colossians 1:16-17

FOR BY HIM WERE ALL THINGS 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 is a popular Trinitarian ‘proof’ text from the New Testament used to imply that Jesus is God, but again they have missed the following verse that gives the correct context.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, THE FIRSTBORN OVER ALL CREATION. - Colossians 1:15

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 Jesus in present tense. Jesus 'is' the beginning, not 'was' the beginning. Referring to Genesis 1:1 would be in the past tense supposing that he was the Creator, but 'is' is in the present tense referring to the redemption and forgiveness of sins through the risen Christ at that present time that began at his resurrection. Therefore, the context is that Jesus is the 'beginning' of the new creation.

The word 'beginning' found in the Gospels and Epistles refer specifically to Jesus are based 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 Jesus 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 Jesus 'began' at his resurrection and the word spread as the eyewitnesses attested to his victory. This means that all those who believe in the Christian Gospel can become new creations through him becoming sons of God too.

Hebrews 1:2

Hebrews 1:2 is also used as supposed ‘proof’ text that Jesus 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 this passage does not mean the earth or the universe. The 'world' in Greek is 'aion,' which means 'age' pertaining to this age.

The phrase, 'these last days' the writer of Hebrews is referring to that moment in time. In the passage, the context is that Father is speaking through Jesus, but is contrasted to the past when God spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament as found 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 these verses mean that 'in these last days' Jesus was appointed heir of all things by the Father upon his resurrection by sitting down at His right hand.

Revelation 4:11

“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

This verse is often quoted to imply also that Jesus is God. However, in the very next chapter the distinction is made between the Lamb and God. In the preceding verse it states,

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

In Revelation 5, we can see the Lamb (Christ) took the scroll from the Father who is '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 Jesus is God, then why is he among his brethren instead of on the throne as God?

Revelation 19:13

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.' Jesus was created by the Father by His word [logos]. The word was made flesh when he was resurrected that was the 'beginning' the age of the Christian Gospel through his given the title, 'the Word of God.' This mean that thos who accept this Gospel can become begotten sons of God meaning they too become the word [logos] manifested in the flesh. Does this make them God too?

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

Jesus has a God who is his Father.

If God is Jesus' God and his Father, then he cannot be God.

Comma Johanneum
Comma Johanneum

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

Comma Johanneum

This is the famous Trinitarian pet verse also called the Comma Johanneum. The fact is that this spurious verse is not found in the older manuscripts. Trinitarians and KJV Onlyists are unwilling to accept the facts on this matter and want to believe that this verse is 'authentic.' Many don’t like to acknowledge that was an addition later added to the Christian bible. Almost all textual scholars along with many Trinitarian ones are in unanimous agreement concerning this.

At this point [1 John 5:7] the Latin Vulgate gives the words in the Textus Receptus, found in no Greek MS. save two late cursives (162 in the Vatican Library of the fifteenth century, [No.] 34 of the sixteenth century in Trinity College, Dublin). Jerome did not have it. Erasmus did not have it in his first edition, but rashly offered to insert it if a single Greek MS. had it, and 34 was produced with the insertion, as if made to order. — A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament

Some Latin scribe caught up Cyprian’s exegesis and wrote it on the margin of his text, and so it got into the Vulgate and finally into the Textus Receptus by the stupidity of Erasmus.” — A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament

Updated translations of the Christian Bible have omitted, ‘For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.’

It is a dangerous game to imagine things or add things that was never supposed to be there in the first place. To infer notions, speculations, cherry-picking and outrightly twisting religious text to impose man-made doctrines and creeds is promoting a lie.

Most supposed Trinitarian ‘proof’ texts falls flat because their doctrine relies heavily on eisegesis rather than exegesis.

Fully God and Fully Man

Trinitarians like state that Jesus was fully God and fully man. Right here this statement is a contradiction because fully God and fully man is impossible. Man is created; therefore, cannot be an eternal uncreated God. It also states in Scripture that God cannot be contained, nor is He a man.

So God created man in his own IMAGE, in the IMAGE of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27

But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, CANNOT CONTAIN HIM? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him? – 2 Chronicles 2:6

GOD IS NOT A MAN, that he should lie, OR A SON OF MAN, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? – Numbers 23:19

It doesn't take long to reference a few Scripture verses in the Tanakh of many that attest that it impossible for Jesus to be the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The MIGHT GOD (el), The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

In order to do a proper exegesis of this verse, it would be important understanding the Hebrew language and culture.The title of 'God' (el) in Isaiah 9:6 can also be applied to powerful earthly rulers too.

I will give it into the hand of a MIGHTY ONE (el) of the nations. - Ezekiel 31:11

By comparing Isaiah 9:6 (el = 'God') with Ezekiel 31:11 (el = 'Mighty One') dispels the Trinitarian bias. If Jesus is God then that would make the Babylonian king God also.

The word 'God' in the Hebrew culture had a much wider range than what most would define it to be today. Back then, a man acting on God’s authority can be called a 'god' (el).

Daniel 3:23-25

The Trinitarian’s will allude to the many other verses in the Old Testament saying that the 'angel of the Lord' is Jesus, but the fact is there is not one verse in Scripture that directly states this. Trinitarian’s must try to sell an unprovable assumption.

The Trinitarian likes to quote this following verse.

He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the SON OF GOD. - Daniel 3:25 KJV

When we look at other Bible translations we can see that the verse is not about proving that that Jesus is in the fire as an angel of the Lord, but from a pagan perspective.

He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is LIKE A SON OF THE GODS.” – Daniel 3:25 ESV

He said, "Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is LIKE A SON OF THE GODS!" – Daniel 3:25 NASB

When you look at this verse from other versions of Scripture, the proceeding verses reveal the context.

And the SATRAPS, the PREFECTS, the GOVERNORS, and the KING'S COUNSELORS gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. – Daniel 3:27

Wishful thinking
Wishful thinking

The people of the crowd were pagan idol worshipers and what they identified as the fourth in the fire was ‘like a son of the gods.' They were not saying, 'Hey everybody, that is pre-existent Jesus who is God the Son as the second person of the Trinity being the angel of the Lord in the fire with them.' The is just wishful thinking.

John 10:30

The Trinitarian loves this following verse from their bible, but they fail to understand their cherry-picked notion falls flat.

I and the Father ARE ONE. – John 10:30

If Christ and the Father are one means that Christ is God then we too are 'God' according to this passage.

That THEY MAY ALL BE ONE, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that THEY MAY BE ONE EVEN AS WE ARE ONE, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. - John 17:21-23

Is Jesus really saying that because he is one with the Father that he is God?

No, it should be obvious that Jesus is praying to the Father in hopes that others will be one in unity with the Father just as he was.

'You have a demon! '
'You have a demon! '

Siding with the Accusers of Jesus

The Trinitarian will say,

'It was at this point that the Jews take up stones to stone Jesus. Why? Because it states that they were accusing Him of making Himself equal with God.

“The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, BECAUSE YOU, BEING A MAN, MAKE YOURSELF GOD.” - John 10:33

Is this really true?

No, Christ tells them the real reason why they are going to stone him in the previous verse.

Jesus answered them, “I have shown you MANY GOOD WORKS from the Father; for WHICH OF THEM ARE YOU GOING TO STONE ME? – John 10:32

Are Christians going to believe the lies of the Jewish leaders?

Of course they are not going to side with the jews because they believe that they killed God?

Are they going to believe that Jesus had a demon too?

Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” The crowd answered, “YOU HAVE A DEMON! Who is seeking to kill you?” - John 7:19-20

It should be obvious that Christians reject the Jews use their words to support their claim that Jesus is God. They cannot have it both ways. Either the Jews were liars are they were not.

Jesus gave the real reason why the Jews wished to kill him.

The world cannot hate you, but it hates me BECAUSE I TESTIFY about it that its works are evil. – John 7:7

Has not Moses given you the law? Yet NONE OF YOU KEEPS THE LAW. Why do you seek to kill me?” – John 7:19

Why do YOU NOT UNDERSTAND what I say? It is because you CANNOT BEAR TO HEAR my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:43-44

Jesus said that Jewish leaders were liars and hypocrites.

Are Christians going to side with and agree with 'liars' and 'hypocrites in a desperate attempt to prove their doctrine?

Did not Jesus consistently rebuke these men by calling them adulterous and evil people.

It’s ironic isn't it?

This is a Trinitarian lie. Jesus did not say, 'I am God.' That are putting words in his mouth and are using people who they will call 'liars' as witnesses to say that he said so.

They contradict themselves by siding with those they believe are liars, hypocrites and murderers?

Trinitarians build their religion around what the Jewish leaders said about Jesus in the their bibles rather rather than what he said about himself.

Matthew 26:64-66

The Trinitarian states,'the religious leaders of Jesus’ day very clearly understood what he was proclaiming.' 'It was that he was claiming to be God incarnate that led to his crucifixion.'

And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, The Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “YOU HAVE SAID SO." – Matthew 26:63-64

Jesus never said, 'I said so,' but said, 'you have said so.'

They were under the the impression that he was claiming to be the Son of God.

He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For He said, ‘I AM THE SON OF GOD.’” – Matthew 27:43

Do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ Because I said, ‘I AM THE SON OF GOD’? – John 10:36

He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I AM THE SON OF GOD.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. - Matthew 27:43-44

Did Jesus actually say that he was God?

Jesus implied that he was the Son of God.

The Son of Man

The Trinitarian will state,

'Jesus refers to himself as the 'Son of man.'

Do we have a discrepancy here?

Is Jesus the Son of God or the Son of man?

The problem with the Trinitarian doctrine is that they contradict themselves all the time.

GOD IS NOT A MAN, that he should lie, OR A SON OF MAN, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? – Numbers 23:19

Titus 2:13

Looking for the blessed hope and appearing OF THE GLORY of our great God AND Saviour Jesus Christ - Titus 2:13

Paul says in Titus that Christians are awaiting the appearing of the glory of their great God 'and' Saviour who is Jesus Christ. The Trinitarian will misread the text to mean that we are waiting for our great God who is Jesus Christ.

However it sates that Jesus is the glory of his Father in Matthew.

"For the Son of Man is GOING TO COME IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER - Matthew 16:27

If Jesus is the glory of God then it is God who gave him his glory. Somehow Trinitarians insist that this passage in their bibles means that he is God or proof that he is part of the Trinity. However, the facts are that Jesus received glory from his Father because he is the Son of God. The Son of God received glory from his Father and he wants to pass on that glory to those that believe in him also. According to Trintarian 'logic' this would make them God also.

I HAVE GIVEN THE GLORY YOU GAVE ME, so that they may be one as We are one— John 17:22

For He received honor and GLORY FROM GOD the Father when the voice from the Majestic Glory said to Him, "THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, in whom I am well pleased." - 1 Peter 1:17

If you believe in the Trinity, then you believe in the false god of the Catholic Church. There is no way around it.
If you believe in the Trinity, then you believe in the false god of the Catholic Church. There is no way around it.

The problem with many Trinitarians is that they will refuse to concede that they have butchered particular passages of their bibles. They use confusing and ambiguous passages and does not hold up to the scrutiny.

Are we are not to appeal to the idolatry of Catholic creeds as the source of truth?

Do you believe the "proof" verses held by Trinitarians withstand scrutiny?

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