Taking a Look at the Trinity/Binity
The biggest thing causing division among claimants to Christianity is whether Jesus is God. Certainly this should be very important for all of us to consider. What we believe about God and Christ can have a profound effect on our relationship with God and our eternal salvation as it relates directly to the salvation message and who or what we perceive God to be.
Could you say you know someone if you have fundamental information about them completely wrong? For example, if you say you know a certain man whom you identify as being black, but he is in fact white, would anyone believe that you actually know him? (Matthew 7:21-23 [par|int])
What I seek to show the reader in this refutation against the Trinity and Binity doctrines is that no matter what model one holds to regarding the Trinity or Binity, (Often misstated as "Duality",) it takes scriptures out of context, spurious texts, faulty logic and forced translations to establish the doctrine, shoehorning it into the Scriptures, instead of reading the unadulterated Scriptures at face value. For example, there is no room at all for a Trinity or Binity at John 17:3 [par|int]. It means the same in the context as it does alone. Also, at Isaiah 41:4 [par|int] Jehovah himself said that he had never revealed himself differently and never would, but was exactly the same as he had revealed himself from the very beginning.
There is no denying that the Bible is used to attempt to support the doctrine of the Trinity, but it has also been used to support racism, sexism, wars, and many patently false doctrines. The situation is so bad that even people who have never read the Bible believe the Bible can be interpreted any way one wants to. Even many claiming to read the Bible and love God believe that way. However, just because someone can choose to forcefully interpret a scripture does not mean that is what the scripture means.
The scriptures were certainly written with specific ideas in mind, so interpreting scripture is all about understanding what the writer — Jehovah God — intended to write. The internet has taught us all that written words are easily misinterpreted, so that it is important to understand what the writer of a message actually meant. That understanding is based upon knowledge of the writer and past experience with him, the subject under discussion, and immediate context of the words, before jumping to conclusions about words wrenched from their context, or putting words into his mouth based upon "reading between the lines". Jehovah God, just like any honest and forthright individual, speaks clearly about himself and his purposes.
Those who are faithful "know Jehovah", not because of some feeling or claimed "divine inspiration", but because of knowledge they acquire from the Scriptures, from God's own words. (Acts 17:2, 3 [par|int]; Romans 12:1 [par|int]; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 [par|int]; Hebrews 4:12 [par|int])
What is Needed for Proof One Way or the Other?Trinitarians and Binitarians try presenting many "proofs" to support their doctrines, but as I will show, all of them fail to do what they are intended to do.
The same standard of evidence should be held to proving the Trinity as to proving God's singular personage and vice versa. Without such evidence, the Trinity falls apart. Courts hold a high standard of evidence to prevent convicting the wrong person. Convictions acquired on weak circumstantial evidence, even mounds of it, have been thrown out on appeal because the case was not based on established rules of evidence. Likewise, we should hold a high standard of evidence to protect ourselves from false doctrines.
You are the judge here, and you must judge fairly or be judged for rejecting the salvation of Jehovah based upon superstition and pre-determined bias of a religion rather than the Scriptures. Paul quoted Isaiah 29:14 [par|int] this way, "I will make the wisdom of the wise men perish, and the intelligence of the intellectuals I will reject." ( 1 Corinthians 1:19 [par|int]) Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the Kingdom of the heavens." (Matthew 18:3 [par|int]) And regarding the apostles, the Sanhedrin referred to them as "uneducated and ordinary". (Acts 4:13 [par|int])
So accepting the simple truths of the Bible is required to understand the salvation message, while the wise and intellectual ones try to turn it into something too great for common people to grasp or explain. In fact, Jesus said of such men, "Woe to you, scribes and [Teachers], hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in." (Matthew 23:13 [par|int])
Required Proof of the Trinity/BinityThere is no clearly defined statement in the Scriptures that proves that God is three consciousnesses in one, thus the controversy. So in the absence of a clear statement that God is a Trinity, the first thing needed is to prove, beyond doubt, that Jesus is God. That alone would prove the Binity. (If you claim to believe in the Trinity or Binity, but do not believe that Jesus is God, then you do not actually believe in the Trinity or Binity.) What is required to establish that claim? A direct statement that Jesus is God or a demonstration that all things attributed to God can also be attributed to Jesus equally. Simply by establishing this, you prove that the Father, Jesus and the holy spirit are all God. However, there is one more thing required.
There is also no question of the holy spirit's direct association with God. Occasionally the holy spirit is referred to, synonymously, as Jehovah or vice versa. (Ezekiel 11:5 [par|int]) So the second thing needed to prove the Trinity is that the holy spirit is an intelligent independent consciousness that is also God just as Jesus is an intelligent independent consciousness that they claim is also God. What is required to establish that claim? A clear statement that the holy spirit is an intelligent independent being. Now we know that the holy spirit is not Jesus because Jesus was "compelled by holy spirit" and "filled with holy spirit" and that the holy spirit settled upon him in bodily form like a dove at his baptism and then guided him into the wilderness. So, if they are both God, then they must be separate personifications, or separate consciousnesses, of God to prove the Trinity.
The Other SideInversely, we who have the non-Trinitarian/non-Binitarian viewpoint must also seek to provide proof that God is not a Trinity/Binity in the absence of a clear statement that "God is not a Trinity" (or Binity). Just as Trinitarians must prove that Jesus is God, we must prove that Jesus is not God. Likewise, just as the Trinitarians must prove that holy spirit is a distinct consciousness, those of us who believe otherwise must prove that holy spirit is not a distinct consciousness. If neither side can prove their viewpoint, then it is a stalemate and it cannot be proven either way and thus becomes a matter of preference and nothing else, in which the claim that the Trinity is the sole defining tenet of Christianity would be proven a fabrication. So in order for that claim to be proven true, the Trinity must be proven true beyond doubt.
Below, I show that neither has been established, but I prove from the Scriptures alone that Jesus is God's Son and only God's Son, not God himself. nor equal to God, and that the holy spirit is not an independent consciousness, but is simply God's active force, as wind or breath, the means by which God interacts with his creation. A mode of operation, if you will.
Now let us consider the ancient history and reasoning of the doctrine of God as Christ as well as the salvation message through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Go to Part 2: A Brief History of the Trinity/Binity Doctrine