This morning, Resurrection Morning of 2012, I had two Jehovah’s Witnesses arrive at my door to share the story of Jesus with me, since everyone is gone to Church who are devout Christians, I suppose. Their visits are usually on Saturdays.
While I admire their willingness to witness to their beliefs I cannot embrace some beliefs that are seriously erroneous according to the Holy Bible.
These encounters never are successful for anyone unless there is some seed thought planted which may in the future grow revelation knowledge by the Holy Spirit.
We discussed the problems I have with their unquestionably errant beliefs regarding “who” Jesus is in fact and “who “He is not; about His resurrection in a body, and not as only a spirit; about their doctrine on Hell or rather the lack thereof; and about the Trinity, and that is where they left. She would not discuss the Trinity and flatly rejected that there is such a thing.
In fact the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible. But the concept is there many times in the First and New Testaments.
I recall a discussion between several Bible Class participants during which there was heated debate on the subject of the concept of the Trinity. The point was made that Sigmund Freud could conceive of a “trinity.”
One of the nay-Sayers retorted that he knew the speaker was crazy because Freud was an atheist.
The reply was brilliantly true when the speaker replied, “And what do you call the one psyche to which Freud referred as he split it into Id, Ego, and Super-Ego?”
Indeed, Freud did call the one comprised of the three. Freud had the concept.
If Freud had gone to the Scriptures he would have found the concept there presented to us about ourselves. We are taught that we are a trinity, although the word is never used. What we are told is that we have a body, a soul, and a spirit.
The Bible says that when a man dies “the spirit returns to God who gave it.” Jesus said that we must reverence God Who is able to destroy both body and soul in Hell. (This is one reason why I do not believe that there are any true atheists; God has given us a spirit from Him and when we die it returns to Him. There is in every man a knowing of God.)
To reject the concept everywhere taught in the Scriptures that God is a triune Being because we cannot conceive of such a three part oneness, is silly at its core. We call a tripod, which is one object, a tripod because it has three legs.
Further, to reject the doctrine of “Trinity” is to deny what the Scriptures teach and to suppose we certainly understand everything about everything, when in fact we know that we understand next to nothing about our universe and the realms of reality which we call “other dimensions” and “the spirit world.”
It always settles out that we must believe what the Bible teaches, and live our lives from that perspective whether or not we “understand" it fully. That is called FAITH.
This article would get too long to present all the texts that refer to the Trinity of God, who is ONE God; I am presenting a couple of them, but they are numerous throughout the Scriptures.
Genesis 1:26 “God said, let US make man in OUR own image.”
Jesus in speaking to His Disciples said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” In that saying He said that He was God existing prior to Abraham as I AM.
In the Isaiah Chapter 6 account of the commissioning of Isaiah God asks the question, "Whom shall WE send and who will go for US?"
This concept is repeated many times in the New Testament and in the First Testament.
Matthew 3: 16, 17: refers to the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordon River and speaks of God’s voice coming from Heaven while Jesus is in the water on earth, and of the Holy Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. This is the account of the initiation of the ministry of Jesus Christ on this earth and all three of the One God is present.
We have incomplete and unreliable knowledge of what IS and what in truth exists, to permit us to deny what the Scriptures teach as fact.
Suffice it to say that we do have earthly examples that permit us to understand the concept. We likewise have sufficient texts of Scripture to convince us that God is a Triune Being.