The debate over the Trinity started relatively late in Christian history. It was not until the fourth century that many theologia...
Monday, April 22, 2013
Trinity & Bible
TRINITY is the most mportant doctrine of Christianity which is not mentioned in Bible, except 1John; 5:7,8; “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.” (in some volumes this changed as : “There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree”. In the foot not of this verse in ‘New International Version Bible’ it is written; ‘*not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteen century. Dr C.I, Scofield, D.D. backed by eight other D.D.’s in a footnote to this verse opine: “It is generally agreed that this verse has no manuscript authority and has been inserted.”The fundamentalist Christians still retain this fabrication whereas; in all the modern translations including the Revised Standard Version (RSV) this pious deceit has been unceremoniously expunged* [more at: http://wp.me/PCgrB-cS]
Trinity is derivative, interpretation, there could be many interpretations of an event or ambiguous verse:
*And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him,[a] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son,[b] with whom I am well pleased.” [Matthew 3:16-17, English Standard Version (ESV)]*
As it is well known to Biblical scholars that *son* does not denote physical relationship like human beings, its metaphorically used in Bible for closeness and respect. This versed does not mention that Jesus Christ is God or like God or part of Trinity. One may extend the imagination to draw whatever meanings as he like.
According to the Greek Dictionary of The New Testament’; by James Strong The word ‘Son’ is the English translation of word; uiJo>v,-hwee-os’; used in the ancient Greek script, means a “son” (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship: child, foal, son.
The word ‘begotten’ used here (John;3:16) has been expunged in the Revised Standard Version of Bible, being wrongly added because word ‘begotten’ does not exist in the original Greek script. “Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God.”(1John;4:7). Here, ‘born’ is the translation of Greek: genna>w,-ghen-nah’-o; meaning: ‘to procreate [properly of the father, but by extension of the mother; figurative to regenerate: bear, be born, bring forth, conceive, be delivered of, gender, make, spring; Translation from ‘Greek Dictionary of The New Testament’; by James Strong]. According to this verse, the millions of people who love God, are born of God, obviously ghen-nah’(beget) has been used metaphorically, in the sense of knowing and closeness to God, like at John;3:16.
The Hebrews believed that God is ONE, and had neither wife nor children in any literal sense; hence it is obvious that the expression “son of God” merely meant to them “Servant of God”; one who, because of his faithful service, was close and dear to God, as a son is to a father. Christians who came from a Greek and Roman background, later misused this term. In their heritage, “son of God” signified an incarnation of a god or someone born of a physical union between male and female gods. When the Church cast aside its Hebrew foundations, it adopted the pagan concept of “son of God”, which was entirely different from the Hebrew usage. Consequently, the use of the term “son of God” should only be understood from the Semitic symbolic sense of a “servant of God”, and not in the pagan sense of a literal offspring of God. In the four Gospels, Jesus is recorded as saying: “Blessed are the peace-makers; they will be called sons of God.”(Mathew;5:9), “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of god.”(Romans; 8:14). The term ‘Son of God’ has been used numerously for people near to God like Prophet Jacob, Solomon, David in the Bible. (Some references are; 2nd Samuel 8:13-14, Psalms 89:26-27: of Job 1:6, “Psalms 2:7, in Luke 4:41, Hosea;1:10, Jeremiah;31:9, Job;2:1,38:4-7, Genesis;6:2, Deuteronomy;14:1, Luke;3:38, Exodus;4:22-23, 2Samuel;8:13-14, Psalms;2:7, 89:26-27, Luke; 4:41 and 9:22). Even the angels are referred to as ‘sons of God’: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.” (Job;1:6).
What about numerous clear verses in the Bible (few mentioned below) which mention about ONE SINGLE GOD? If we are travelling in wilderness and find a road junction, one road marked clearly with other evidences, leading to our destination while the other route is unmarked, or marked ambiguously. Why should one leave the clearly marked road to choose ambiguous route which might lead us to hell fire?
*Verses from Bible Supporting Monotheism*:
“And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac”. (Genesis;28:13)
“And he said, that thou mayest know that there is *none like unto the Lord our God*.” (Exodus;8:10)
“Who is like unto thee 0 Lord, among the gods who is like thee glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders?” (Exodus;15:11)
“Ye shall not make with me gods of silver neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.” (Exodus;20:23).
“Hear, therefore, O Israel, the LORD our God, is one LORD”.(Deuteronomy;6:4).
“Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightiest know that the Lord he is God; *there is none else beside Him*. . . . Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath, there is none else”. (Deuteronomy;4:35-39).
“There is none unto the God of Jeshurn, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.” (Deuteronomy;33:26).
“See now that, I, even I, am He, and there is no god with me: I kill; and I make alive: I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand”. (Deuteronomy;32:39).
“And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven. And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before with all their heart”.(1Kings;8:22:23).
“Our Lord, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears”. (1Chronicles;17:20 & 2Samuel;7:22).
“That men may know that thou, whose name above is JEHOVAH, art most high one of all the earth”.(Psalms;83:18).
“For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art *God alone*”.(Psalms;86:10).
“Thus saith the Lord … I am the first, and I am the Last; and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah;44:6).
“For thus said the Lord that created the heavens: God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited, I am the Lord; and there is none else.”(Isaiah;45:18).
“For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord.” (Psalms;89:6).
“To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?” (Isaiah;40:18).
“For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy one of Israel, the Saviour; I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee”(Isaia;43:3).
“You are my witnesses, said the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he; before me, there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me”. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Saviour.” (Isaiah;43:11).
“you are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any”. (Isaiah;44:8).
“That they may know from the rising of the sun; and from the west; that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.”(Isaiah;45:5,6).
“Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and the last; I am he”(Isaiah;41:4).
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen, O God, besides you, what he has prepared for him that waits for him.”(Isaiah;64:4).
“Yet. I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shall know no god but me for there is no Saviour beside me.” (Hosea;13:4).
“And the Lord shall be king all over the earth: in that day shall there be ONE LORD and his name one.”(Zecharia;14:9).
“Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?” (Malachi;25:6).
“And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them.”(Jeremiah;25:6).
“And Jesus answered him. The first of all the commandments is, Hear, 0 Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment” . . . And the scribe said unto him, well, Master, thou, hest said the truth: for there is ONE GOD and there is none other but He”. (Mark;12: 29-32).
“*Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me believeth not on me, but on Him that sent me. And he that sees me sees Him that sent me … I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me*”. (John;14:44)
“Father is greater than I”(John;14:29).
“There is none other God but one.”(1Corinthians;8:4).
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all”. (Ephesians;4:6).
“For there is one God..”(1Timothy;2:5).
*In the New Testament seventeen passages, wherein the Father is styled one or only God, while there is not a single passage in which the Son is so styled*.
There are 320 passages in which the Father is absolutely, and by way of eminence, called God; while there is not one in which the Son is thus called.
There are 105 passages in which the Father is denominated God, with peculiarly high titles and epithets, whereas the Son is not once denominated.
There are 90 passages wherein it is declared that all prayers and praises ought to be offered to Him, and that everything ought to be ultimately directed to his honor and glory; while of the Son no such declaration is ever made.
Of 1,300 passages in the New Testament wherein the word God is mentioned, not one necessarily implies the existence of more than one person in the Godhead, or that this one is any other than the Father.
The passages wherein the Son is declared, positively, or by clearest implication, to be subordinate to the Father, deriving his being from Him, receiving from Him his power, and acting in all things wholly according to His will, are in number above 300.
This is the reason that since 2000 years, there has always been Christians who believe and worship *ONE, SINGLE GOD, consider jesus Christ to be a Prophet of God as claimed in NT*:
“Father is greater than I”(John;14:28).
“..Who is this? and the multitude said, This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee”(Matthew;21:11).
“And they glorified God saying, that a great Prophet is risen up among us”(Luke;7:16,9:8, 9:19).
“And they said unto him, concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God”.(Luke;24:19).
“We know that thou a teacher come from God”(John;3:2).
“Then these men, when they had seen the miracle, said This of truth is that Prophet that should come into the world”.(John;6:14,7:40).