Some say that in order to be a Christian you need to believe in The Trinity. But I wonder how many people have truly used the scriptures to delve into the mysterious, non-biblical idea. The belief that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one God, yet 3 separate personages yet the same being is confusing to say the least. It’s necessary to understand that the concept of the Trinity is based off interpretation of scripture by leaders of the early Christian church. Even when talking with friends of mine they don’t even understand the concept enough to explain it to me clearly.
They try to explain that Jesus is different from God but yet the same. I feel even more confused and wondering what they believe after.
The scripture that many use to support the idea of the Trinity is John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
With the understanding that the Word is Jesus this makes perfect sense. In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God and Jesus was God.
Another scripture that is used to support the Trinity is John 10:30
Jesus said: “I and the Father are one.”
One can also mean one in purpose and unity. Jesus clearly wasn’t telling us He and the Father are one personage.
On the other hand, scriptures used to show that the Trinity is a manmade idea is simple. If you are Christian and you don’t believe in the Trinity you believe in something similar yet very different. You believe that God the Father is the father of our spirits, that Jesus is the literal Son of God and as such is a God who suffered for our sins and rose up again so that we too will be immortal, and that the Holy Spirit is a God who is a Spirit who can visit and comfort and teach us.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” -Genesis 1:26
Notice how God says let us make man in our image, after our likeness. God is not talking to himself. God’s not schizophrenic, with multiple personalities. God is speaking to another in the process of the creation. God was speaking to Jesus Christ who helped in the creation. What a beautiful and simple truth that is.
Another instance that shows that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are 3 distinct Gods is in Matthew 3:16-17
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Here we see that when Jesus was baptized he went in the water and the Spirit descended like a dove and God spoke to all those present identifying how he was proud of His Son. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are in 3 different places at the same time.
There is even more plain evidence that God is not the same being as Jesus. The Great Intercessory Prayer in John chapter 17.
“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee…O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”
This shows that Jesus prays to God the Father. Jesus wasn’t speaking to himself. He was praying to His Father as a child speaks to his Father.
The examples continue. When Stephen, one of the apostles, was being stoned for preaching about Christ he said in Acts 7:56
“Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”
Jesus standing on the right hand of God. I cannot stand next to myself just as God can’t stand next to himself. Truth is simple and it sits well with the soul.
I pray we can know God for who He is as our loving Father in Heaven who we can rely on and look to for guidance.