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The Doctrine of the Trinity

Do not let others steal your crown by their unbiblical practices (Revelations 3:11). Do not let your fellow church members get away with telling you that you need to worship three separate but co-equal gods in one godhead such as in the doctrine of the Trinity, and then merely tell you that it is an unexplainable mystery that you need to take on faith because they told you so.

The Bible tells us that we are to PROVE ALL THINGS (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and to always be ready to give an answer for our faith. When Simon Peter answered Jesus, proclaiming Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16), Jesus responded by telling Peter he was blessed; that this truth had been revealed to Peter by Jesusí father who was in Heaven (Matthew 16:17). Jesus went on to say that this was the foundation the church was to be built on (that Jesus was the Christ and Son of God), and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). If someone is going to make a statement contrary to this (that Jesus was really God in the flesh), then they had better have more to back up their statement than simply claiming it is an unexplainable mystery.

(KJV) Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

The Bible clearly warns us not to be led astray by the false teachings of men (Matthew 7:15, 2 Corinthians 11:13, 1 John 4:1, 2 Peter 2:1). We are to study the scriptures and be able to accurately handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). We are to prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and we are always supposed to be ready to give and answer for our faith (1 Peter 3:15).

Studying the scriptures is of key importance to understanding Biblical doctrine. The doctrines taught in many modern churches vary greatly from the doctrines found in the Bible. To provide you an example of this we will examine the doctrine of the Trinity.

The doctrine of the Trinity is a man-made doctrine that originated in the third and fourth centuries A.D. If you are a new convert to Christianity you may have been taught aspects of this doctrine by your local church without it being referred to by name. This doctrine was formed when the church was first becoming the national religion of Rome.

Basically this doctrine consists of the Father (God), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity portrays these three beings as three separate but co-equal members of one godhead. The doctrine of the Trinity states that Jesus was not the Son of God as Bible states, but was actually God in the flesh. This doctrine was one of multiple attempts to justify departing from the monotheist view held by the Jewish people and the early Christians of the day, and to espouse it with the beliefs of the Roman people that were heavily influenced by Greek philosophy. The early church fathers changed their definitions of God and Jesus many times during the first few centuries sparking the Arian Controversy, but the doctrine of the Trinity was able to last through the ages because it was mandated by the government once Christianity became the official religion of Rome. 

To describe the Trinity the term Godhead has been redefined to represent the Trinitarianís definition of the Trinity. When you find the term Godhead in the Bible it is used to refer to divinity or as a general term used for any god by the Greeks. It was not a description of multiple gods sharing one godhead.

Those that attempt to defend the doctrine of the Trinity will usually use the same verses taught in churches as proof texts throughout the ages. When those verses fail to be convincing the next response that you will likely encounter is that, ďIt is an unexplainable mystery beyond human comprehensionĒ, some will even foolishly add, ďSome things you have to take on faith because it is in the Bible.Ē The problem is that the doctrine of the Trinity is not clearly taught in the Bible. It is only inferred out of a small number of verses, and for those verses to be read in compliance with the Trinitarian doctrine they change their meanings and contradict other areas of the Bible.

The doctrine of the Trinity has been traditionally taught by the Catholic Church, and although many protestant churches reject that Catholic Churchís exaltation of the Virgin Mary, most protestant churches still teach the doctrine of the Trinity today. Some even mandate belief in it as a requirement for membership or participation in their churches. The doctrine of the Trinity has many aspects that are open to debate, but in this example we are only going to examine what the people in the Bible believed and what Jesus taught about Himself. To begin with we will examine the good confession.

The Good Confession is the confession that Peter made before Jesus, and Jesus made before Pontius Pilate and the Chief Priests. It is the confession that every Christian needs to make, and is one of the requirements for salvation (Matthew 10:32-33). Many churches include the Good Confession during a personís baptism.

(KJV) Matthew 16:16-17 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

In the above verses Peter was praised for stating that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God. Jesus told Peter that he was blessed because this truth was revealed to Peter by God in Heaven. This is the confession that was to be the foundations the Church was to be based on. Many modern churches that subscribe to the Trinitarian doctrine insist that Jesus was God in the Flesh (the god-man), and believe He is one in the same person as God (the Father). Trinitarian churches believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the same being revealing itself differently, but according to the above set of verses it was God who was in Heaven that revealed this to Peter, and not Jesus who was on the earth. When faced with such an obvious inconsistency with the Trinity, Trinitarians will usually go to the, ďit is beyond human comprehension argument.Ē

The good confession was not that Jesus was God, nor was He God in the Flesh. Peter pronounced Jesus as the Christ (the promised savior in the line of David), and as the Son of God. Jesus gave his approval of Peterís statement.  It is a large stretch for modern churches to require their members to believe in an unexplainable three person godhead as a fundamental teaching; from the Christ and Son of God teaching that Jesus and the Apostles taught in the Bible.

(KJV) Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

(KJV) Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

            Confessing Christ is a requirement for salvation. Those that confess Christ, Christ will also confess before His father in Heaven, and those who deny Him will be denied. Notice in the above verses that Christ will actually confess to His father (not say to Himself). So what is it that Christians are supposed to confess?

(KJV)1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

(KJV) 1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

(KJV) John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

We are to confess that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God; the same confession that Peter confessed. No one in the Bible says that Jesus was God himself, nor the God-man, or God in the Flesh, but that He was the Son of God. A major proof text used by Trinitarians is the beginning of the Gospel of John where it says, ďIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Ē Verse 3 as read in the King James Version reads, ďAll things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3).Ē What many people do not realize is that these verses as they appear in many modern Bible versions are misleading.

If you research these verses you will find that in the Bibles that predated the King James Version such as the Tyndale and Geneva Bibles they do not capitalize Word in verse one and they use the word It instead of Him in verse three. This is because the earlier translators viewed the Word mentioned in the above verses as a concept (the plan of God). The Greek word LOGOS, which is what is translated as WORD is defined as a Concept or an Idea. Logos is the root word for the English word LOGIC. Logos represents the Logic or Plan of God that He had from the beginning.

 If you look at these verses in light of this information they would more correctly be read along the lines of, ďIn the beginning was the plan, God has had a plan from the very beginning, and the plan was Godís. All things were made according to Godís plan and aside from Godís plan nothing has been made that has been made.Ē Substituting the word Him for the word It and capitalizing the word Word greatly alters the meaning of the verses and leads the readers to believe that a person is being referred to.

Much of the support for the doctrine of the Trinity is inferred out of the writings of the Apostle John, but if you read John verse 20:31 (above) the purpose of Johnís gospel is clear. The purpose of Johnís writing as He stated himself, was so that the readers might believe that Jesus was the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God. This is in harmony with the confession of Peter and the others in scripture. John did not write his gospel to lead people to believe that Jesus was God or that He was a member of some new construct such as the Trinity, but John wrote his gospel so that we would believe Jesus was the Christ and the Son of God. Any other interpretation of Johnís writings obviously differs from the writerís intent.

Now we will look who others in the Bible believed Jesus was, and we will examine their good confessions.

(KJV) John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

           John the Baptist bore record that Jesus was the Son of God.

(KJV) Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

The Eunuch believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God.

(KJV) Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

The Apostle Paul believed Jesus was the Christ and Son of God.

(KJV) John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

(KJV) Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

(KJV) Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Martha the sister of Lazarus believed He was the Christ and Son of God.

Martha, the Eunuch, the Apostles Peter, Paul, John, and John the Baptist all confirm that Jesus was the Christ and the Son of God. Even the centurion that crucified Jesus stated so. This is also the opening statement of the book of Mark.

Now we will look at what Jesus said about Himself.

(KJV) John 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

(KJV) Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Jesus said that He was the Son of God.

(KJV) 1 Timothy 6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

(MKJV) Luke 23:2-3 And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King." 3 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered him and said, "It is as you say."

(KJV) Mark 14:61-62 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus made the good confession stating that He was the Christ and the Son of God before Pontius Pilate and in front of the Chief Priests and Pharisees.

Next we will look at what God says about who Jesus is.

(KJV) Matthew 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(KJV) Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

(KJV) Mark 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(KJV) Luke 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

(KJV) 2 Peter 1:17-18 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

In the New Testament God is only actually heard speaking a very small amount of times, but when He does speak, the majority of the time it is to state that Jesus is His son. God does not speak and tell us that He was Jesus or that Jesus was to be considered God or equal to Him. There is no mystery here. The concept of Jesus being the Son of God was confirmed by many people in the Bible including Jesus and God Himself. The only way this simply fact becomes to complicated for human comprehension is when you attempt to apply the Trinitarian doctrine to it, and try to explain how Jesus is fulfilling two roles at once; referring to Himself as His own son. Aside from the Trinitarian viewpoint the Bible is perfectly clear about who is who and what their roles are.

By studying the Bible it is clear that the foundation the Christian church is supposed to be based on, is that Jesus is the Messiah and that He is the Son of God. The Bible does not support the concept that Jesus was really God in the Flesh, and doesnít mention that God shares His status as God with anyone else.

Christians are warned of false prophets that will come into our churches and preach a different Jesus and a different Gospel than the one the Apostles preached (2 Corinthians 11:4). The Trinitarian Jesus that changes the title of Son of God to God the Son and includes Him in a three-way share of power is preaching a different Jesus than the Apostles preached.

Jesus was given all authority in heaven and on earth by His father (Matthew 28:18). He was exalted by God to sit at His right hand (Mark 16:19, Acts 2:33, Acts 5:31, Ephesians 1:20-23, 1 Peter 3:22). Jesus does not share Godís throne, but sits on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6-7). Jesus has been given power by His father, but Jesusí position is not equal to, nor does it exceed His fatherís throne.

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

            God has placed all things under Jesus except for God himself. The Son remains subject to God, which placed all other things in subjection to His son. In the coming kingdom both God and Christ will sit on thrones (Revelations 22:3). They will not share the same throne and they are not the same being. Christ sits at the right hand of His father, as the scripture states.

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, and the promised Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament according to Godís eternal plan (Ephesians 1:11).  This teaching is in harmony with the good confessions recorded in the Bible by Christians, Apostles, and even Christ Himself. The Trinitarian concept of Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit being the same being revealing itself in different ways at different times is not found in scriptures.

The Holy Spirit is never said to sit on any throne. The scripture clearly states that there is only one God, the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6), and that God has not delegated this authority or position to anyone else (1 Corinthians 15:28). There is no mystery about these concepts. They are clearly taught in the scriptures and they are not beyond human comprehension.

The Holy Trinity is a concept that is commonly taught among Catholics and Protestants alike. When you research this doctrine and hold it up against the scripture you will find that it has very little scriptural support. Besides the opening statements in the Gospel of John much of the Trinitarian views rest on 1 John 5:7 which states, ďFor there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.Ē

Even Trinitarians admit that this verse is spurious and was not found in any of the early manuscripts of the Bible. It is said to have entered the Bible as footnotes from a Bishopís sermon and was later mistaken as scripture by a scribe. This verse did not exist in early versions of the Bible, and has been removed from most modern ones.

You should not wager your salvation on the dogmas and practices of any church as you work out your own salvation (Philippians 2:12). The only doctrinal source for Christians is the Bible, and it is your responsibility to study it, and to accurately handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). When you examine the beliefs of the different Christian churches today you will find that many of them subscribe to the doctrine of the Trinity. The ones that do not subscribe to the Trinity such as the Mormons and Jehovahís Witnesses, you may find their doctrines to be in even greater error than the Trinitarians.

How can this be? Can every denomination be wrong? The Bible also provides us with the answers to these questions. Many are called but only a few are chosen (Matthew 7:14, Matthew 20:16, Matthew 22:14). Not everyone that says to Jesus, ĒLord, LordĒ will enter the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:21, Luke 13:25). People may profess to be and consider themselves Christians only to find out that Christ never knew them and that they did not possess salvation (Matthew 7:21-23).

Salvation belongs to those that actually do the will of the Father, and follow the commandments in the Bible (Matthew 7:21, John 14:21, 1 John 5:3, Revelations 14:12, Revelations 22:14). Christians are to study the scripture and put effort into their spiritual growth. We are to strive to enter through the narrow gate, because many will try to enter and not be able to (Luke 13:23). Your fate is in your own hands, and does not rest in the church you attend or the denomination of that church. Everyone works out their own salvations (Philippians 2:12), and will be judged according to their own deeds (Romans 2:6, Revelations 20:12, Galatians 6:4-5).

While working out your own salvation do so based on the scripture, and not based off of the opinions of man.

(KJV) 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

(KJV) 2 Timothy 4:2-3 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

The Apostles preached the word boldly, and they also warned us of the days to come when man would not endure sound doctrine. If you speak against common doctrines of man found in many churches such as the Trinity, you may be labeled a heretic, but have faith and remember that we will not be judged by man or the traditions of men. We will be judged by God, and as Christians the only source of our doctrine is the Bible (Revelations 22:7).

The Bible teaches that there is only one God and there is no other besides Him. In the following verses when you read the word LORD or GOD in all capital letters, the word is being used in place of YHVH, which is the proper name of God. This name is held sacred and because of this when the Tetragrammaton (name of four letters) is written in the Bible it is replaced by the word Adonai (lord), which is represented in the English Bibles by writing the words LORD or GOD in all capitol letters.  Do not confuse LORD with the word Lord used in the New Testament in association with Christ, which equates to the term Sir.

 

In the New Testament the words lord and god are also applied to people of nobility as a sign of respect for kings, judges, masters, and so on (John 10:36, 1 Corinthians 8:5).  Many people are not aware of this fact, and assume that when someone in the New Testament refers to Jesus as Lord or God as Thomas did (John 20:28); that they are referring to Jesus as if He were the same God of the Old Testament. This isnít true. They are using different words. The four-letter name of God is never used to refer to Jesus.  Jesus is given names that refer to Him as a King, exalted by God over the kings of the earth (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelations 1:5, 17:14, 19:16, Hebrews 2:8).

(KJV) Isaiah 45:5-6 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 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.

(KJV) Deuteronomy 4:35 Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

(KJV) Deuteronomy 4:39 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.

(KJV) Kings 8:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

(KJV) Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith 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.

(KJV) Isaiah 45:21-22 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

(KJV) Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

(KJV) Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

(KJV) Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

(KJV) Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

(KJV) Mark 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

(KJV) Romans 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

(KJV) Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

(KJV) 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(KJV) James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

(KJV) Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

(KJV) Matthew 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

(KJV) Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible teach that there is only one God. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that God created all things by Himself. The Bible doesnít portray Jesus and God as the same person, but states that God was the God of Jesus.

(KJV) Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

(KJV) John 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "

(KJV) Revelations 3:12 "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

(KJV) 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

(KJV) 2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

(KJV) 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

(KJV) Revelation 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

(KJV) Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

(KJV) Ephesians 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

(KJV) John 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' "

The Bible clearly teaches Jesus had a God.  The Bible also teaches that Jesus was a man.

(KJV) Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

(KJV) Acts 17:31 "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."

(KJV) 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

The Bible teaches the God created the Heaven and the Earth by Himself.

 

(KJV) Isaiah 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

 

(KJV) Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

(KJV) Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

(KJV) Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

 

The Bible teaches that God created the Heavens and the Earth by Himself. One of the main paradoxes that Trinitarians face comes from verses that seem to allude to Jesus taking part in the creation of the earth. Trinitarians reason that if Christ played a role in creation, yet the Bible says that God created everything by Himself then Christ must in some unexplainable way be apart of the one true God. This misconception comes in a large part through the first few verses of John where modern Bibles personify the logic of God (logos) and attribute it to Jesus as being a second pre-existent being.

 

Trinitarians read the opening statements of John and fail to see the word as Godís foreordained plan, and read into it the concept that Jesus must somehow have pre-existed His own birth. This leads them the think that if Christ existed before the world then He must also be God or somehow co-equal to God. They then make up even more man-made terms to attempt to explain their new concept such as, ďeternally begottenĒ, ďco-equal and co-eternalĒ, ďincarnationĒ, ďgodheadĒ, ďtrinityĒ, ďtri-unityĒ, ďgod in the fleshĒ, and ďgod-man (100% god and 100% man at the same time)Ē. None of these aforementioned terms are Biblical or supported by scripture. They are all man-made concepts, which stem from trying to rationalize an error in translation/interpretation.

 

Pre-existence is not a Biblical concept, but Predestination and Foreordination are taught in the Bible.

 

(KJV) Revelations 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

(KJV) John 12:27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

 

In the above verses it is clear that Christ was foreordained to be crucified and to die for the sins of the world. He was not actually slain before the world began, but He was destined to be.

 

(KJV) 1 Peter 1:20-21 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

 

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

 

(KJV) Matthew 25:31, 34 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 34 "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

 

(KJV) Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 

(KJV) Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

 

(KJV) Ephesians 3:11 according to the eternal purpose, which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

 

The concept of predestination is clearly taught in the Bible, but many of these passages can lead to confusion when someone doesnít apply discernment to them. Now we will take a closer look at the verses that lead Trinitarians to believe that Christ jointly created the world.

(KJV) Colossians 1:16-20 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: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

The above verses seem to imply that Christ was the creator when you first read them, but an important concept that you need to apply when interpreting scripture is that the Bible does not contradict itself. Whenever you read the Bible and you find an apparent contradiction, it usually stems from a lack of understanding of the scripture. If something doesnít make sense it may just be that you need to see how it relates to other verses in the Bible, in order for you to grasp the true or complete meaning. If something doesnít make sense to you then you need to use other verses to ascertain the true meaning.

(Note: If you donít find the answers in the scriptures then you need to research that particular verse further, and see if it is translated correctly, or if it even existed in previous Bibles. Reading the same verse in multiple versions of the Bible may help you to determine the correct meaning by seeing how others have translated it. You can research it even further by translating it yourself out of the original language.)

If you truly want to understand the scriptures then you must diligently study them to find the answers (2 Timothy 2:15, Luke 15:8, Hebrews 11:6, John 5:39, Matthew 7:7). If you do not understand something in the Bible then it is not acceptable for you to simply make up your own interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). Scripture needs to be understood by comparing it to other scripture. Having a superficial understanding of the scriptures and then filling in the rest with your own rationalizations will prevent you from ever understanding the Bible.

I have witnessed many Ministers and Christian writers do a great deal of damage to people (and the faith) by not understanding the scriptures, and making up their own rationalizations to answer questions they donít understand. I personally know of a situation where a baby died, the family went to the church for comfort, and an ignorant pastor told the parents that it must have been their fault; that one of them must have been sinning and God was punishing them because of this. Those people never again attended church.

Another example has to do with prayer. John 14:14 states, ďIf ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.Ē Christians are promised that if they ask anything in prayer then it will be done. The problem occurs when Christians ask for things and do not receive them. For example if a child is dying of cancer the childís parents will likely be praying for a miracle. If their prayers are not answered they can lose their faith because of a lack of understanding of the scriptures. If they go to an ignorant pastor they may receive answers like, ďmaybe you have not been evangelizing enough or perhaps you are not living a life that is pleasing to God.Ē It is very damaging to the faith when pastors donít know the answers and attempt to cast the blame on the questioner. The answer to this question is given in the Bible; you just need to relate the verse (John 14:14) to other similar verses to it in order to gain a complete understanding of the subject. The Bible later says, ďAnd this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth usĒ(1 John 5:14).

Christians are promised that they will be given anything that they ask for (in Jesusí name) as long as it is in accordance with Godís will. This is why you can pray for something and not receive it. When a Christian prays for a miracle and doesnít receive it, they donít need an ignorant pastor to place the blame on them. They need a wise pastor to explain to them how the will of God works, and why their prayers were not answered. The answers to all of these questions are found in the Bible. The Bible makes many promises, but along with them there are often conditions that need to be met. For example you receive the Holy Spirit at baptism (Acts 2:38), but you must also ask for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13) and you must obey the commandments (Acts 5:32) in order to receive this promise.

Making up new philosophies such as god-man or incarnation, and introducing completely new concepts will not bring you to the truth. Scripture must be understood by examining other verses to provide you with a more complete understanding of the subject. For example in the book of John it says, ďthe Word was GodĒ, and also states that the purpose of Johnís writing was so that you would believe that Jesus was ďthe Son of GodĒ (John 20:31). The Bible does not contradict itself; it just requires you to examine the scriptures more closely to ascertain the correct meanings of the verses.

           An important thing to note when reading the verses that refer to Christ as playing a role in creation is that the verses around them are usually referring to Christís role in salvation. They refer to Christ as being the first born of the dead, having reconciled mankind to God through His death and resurrection, which was foreordained from the beginning of the world (Revelation 13:8, John 12:27). Christ plays a role in creation in that through His sacrifice sinners are able to become a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and be reconciled to God. You also need to recognize the possibility of these verses referring to the New Heaven and New Earth that are going to be created in the future (Revelations 21:1-5) according to Godís predetermined plan (logos).

The New Heaven and the New Earth will come down from God as a bride adorned for her husband (for Him). The Bride is the Church which consist of all those that have become new creations through Him. Christ is the bridegroom and the New Heaven and Earth represent the Kingdom that His father has prepared for Him since the foundations of the world (Revelation 1:5). All things were created by Him (1 Peter 1:21) in that the church members are New Creations (2 Corinthians 5:17) through His blood (Romans 5:9, John 3:17), and the kingdom is prepared for Him by His father. These concepts will become clearer as we take a closer look at what by Him and through Him refer to.

(MKJV) 1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.

 (KJV) Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 

(KJV) Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

 

There is only one God, and we exist for Him. We are reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we live through Him (in our future state). God gave us life at the foundations of the world, but it is through Christ that we are offered eternal life.

(KJV) Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

(KJV) 1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

Above are two examples of how we as Christian exist BY HIM. Christ justified us allowing our sins to be forgiven, and He delivered Godís message and grace to us.

(KJV) Hebrews 1:2-3 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

(KJV) Hebrews 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  

(KJV) Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

The above verses state that by Christ, God made the worlds that He appointed Christ to be the heir of. Hebrews 2:5 clarifies what created worlds are being referred to. They are the worlds to come (the New Heaven and New Earth). Christ is credited as being the creator or these worlds because Christ is of central importance to Godís plan, and has been since the beginning (John 1:1, Acts 15:18). Christ is the glue that holds everything together (Colossians 1:17). Christ is the great mystery that was kept secret since the world began. Christ delivered Godís message to the world and fulfilled Godís will. It is through Christ that our sins can be forgiven, and that we may exist in the worlds to come (Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:27, 1 Timothy 3:16).

 

(Note: in Hebrews 1:2 when it states, ďby whom also he made the worldsĒ the word used for World is Aion which means; the ages, period of time, or eternity. This is a different word than the one used in Hebrews 1:6 where the first begotten comes into this world Oikoumene (the physical world that we live in) . Oikoumene is also the word used for World in Hebrews 2:5. Aion is used in Hebrews 6:5 to refer to the world/eternity/times to come. Hebrews 1:2 could be interpreted to mean that Christís life influenced the ages or the times from then on, but whatever the case Christís life has a direct impact on our eternities.)

(MKJV) Romans 16:25-27 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen

           Christ is the centerpiece in the great mystery of God, which was kept secret since the world began. It is only through Christ that God was preached to the gentiles, and now all nations can be reconciled to God through the sacrifice of Christ. Christ is the one that revealed Godís message to the world, He is also the one that reconciled us to God, and allowed our sins to be forgiven. If it were not for Christ, only the descendants of Jacob would know who the true God is. Christ is the door (John 10:9) and is the only way to the Father. We can only come to the Father by Him or through Him.

(KJV) John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

(KJV) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(KJV) Hebrews 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

 

Hebrews 2:8 (above) is speaking of predestination. God has already given Christ all power and authority in heaven and on earth, but we do not see it as of yet. We will see it at the second coming, and in the kingdom to come. In the Bible future events are sometimes spoken of in the past tense. Events that are going to happen are spoken of as if they have already happened. This is because the events are already set in Godís plan (Acts 15:18), and will not change. For example John 1:10-13 speaks of everything that Christ would do according to Godís plan in the past tense as if it had already happened, and then in the following verse speaks of Christís birth.

(MKJV) Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

(KJV) Hebrews 7:24-25 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

(KJV) Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

(KJV) 1 Peter 1:19-21 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

It is by Christ that all nations can believe in God, and it is through Christ that we have access to God.

(MKJV) Ephesians 3:9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

(MKJV) Ephesians 3:11-12 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

            Not all Bibles contain the words through Jesus Christ in them (Ephesians 3:9), but simply state that God created all things. Regardless of their inclusion, the verses before and after this verse are referring to the salvation that comes to the gentiles (Ephesians 3:8) through the foreordained purpose in Christ (Ephesians 3:11); that gives us access to the Father (Ephesians 3:12).

(KJV) Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(KJV) Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

(KJV) Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

            Christians are a new creation in Christ. We are the workmanship of Christ. We learn about God and receive forgiveness only through the work of Christís life, which God had foreordained according to His eternal purpose. We become a new creation by following Christ; created by following the example that Christ has set for us.

(MKJV) John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

(MKJV) John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

(KJV) John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

(KJV) John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

             The above verses are taken from the beginning of the book of John. Johnís introduction is very confusing and even more so when you interpret the word Logos as Him instead of Logic. Johnís introduction encompasses Godís entire plan from conception to fulfillment, and speaks of it all in the past tense. Verse 12 speaks of Jesus giving those who received Him the power to be called sons of God, yet Jesus is not stated as even being born until verse 14. These verses are not stating that Jesus pre-existed His birth, and was either received or denied in some other spiritual realm. These verses speak in terms of foreordination or predestination. Another thing to realize is that when John wrote his gospel all of these things had taken place or had previously been revealed to him (John). When John writes of Jesus being in His fatherís bosom (John 1:18) he is very likely referring to Jesus after His death and resurrection (Luke 16:21), but in the following verse He recaps the actions of John the Baptist first revealing Christ (John 1:19).

            John writes of the history of Jesus from His eternal purpose in Godís plan, to His mission, to His birth, and then starts over. This is written in the same fashion as the book of Genesis; where chapter one tells the story of creation, and chapter two retells the story in more detail. In Johnís introduction he jumps around between past, present, and future and does this multiple times. The Word in John 1:1 and John 1:14 are both referring to Christ because Christís purpose was to deliver the message of God to the world, so that it might be saved through Him.

The Word in John 1:1 is referring to Godís foreordained plan (mystery) kept secret since the beginning of the world, but would be revealed to the world through Christ (Hebrews 1:2, John 1:14). Christ is Godís word (message/purpose) made flesh. Christ was born to reveal this mystery to the world, and to fulfill Godís purpose in Him (Luke 14:43, John 12:27, Acts 2:23, Ephesians 1:9). There is no doubt that Johnís gospel adds confusion to the Bible, but the answers to the questions posed by it are to be found in the Bible, and not created in the assumptions or rationalizations of men.

(KJV) John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 

            The world is saved through Him (Godís son).

 

(KJV) John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

(MKJV) Acts 2:22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know

            God performed miracles through Christ, and delivered His message by Christ. God used Christ in the same way that He used Moses in the Old Testament to deliver His message, and then confirmed it through miracles so that the people might be saved.

(MKJV) Romans 1:5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name,

(MKJV) Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

(MKJV) Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

            Through Him we received grace, all nations are now able to be obedient to the faith, and we are justified and saved from wrath through His blood.

(MKJV) Ephesians 2:18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

(MKJV) Colossian 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

(MKJV) Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

(MKJV) 1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

(MKJV) Romans 5:21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(MKJV) Galatians 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

             Through Christ we have access to the Father. We are saved through Him, and through Him have life. Christians have the power to be called sons of God through Him (John 1:12, Galatians 4:7).

(MKJV) 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

             Through Christ, Christians become a new creation. We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, and God is going to make all things new.

(KJV) 2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

(KJV) Revelations 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

(KJV) Revelations 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

            By taking a deeper look at the verses that seem to imply that Christ played a role in creation; it becomes clear that the role Christ played has been planned out (purposed) by God since the beginning. It has to do with His work of spreading the gospel to all nations, and reconciling the world to God so that we might be partakers of the kingdom to come. This is the conclusion that I have reached by examining what exactly by Him and through Him are referring to. You do not have to believe me or take my word for it, but if you are going to come up with a different interpretation then it needs to come from the scriptures and not from your own imagination. Christians are to prove all things by accurately handling the word of truth. You donít need to make up any new concepts, or create new terminology to explain the scriptures; you need to study the Bible more closely.

 

(KJV) Galatians 1:9-11 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

   

            We are to follow the Gospel preached by the Apostles, and not the doctrines of men.