Q78 : The Importance of the Trinity

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Q78 : The Importance of the Trinity

My husband and I had been Jehovah's Witnesses for many years. We tried hard to comply with every word written by the organisation believing it was Gods channel. I really didn't think we were gullible, just faithful because much of what we learned was solid Bible truth. On the other hand we began ,over time to see teachings we couldn't accept along with an increasing authoritarianism and lack of love on the part of the elders.

We left about three years before he died and I view this as a huge blessing. We were able to study without influence and benefited greatly. I am in contact with a few who have quite strong ideas. I analyse all and appreciate the integrity shown and all say their point of view will not detract from the unity of the brotherhood, but how easy it seems that persuasion can become pressure. Never, and I can say this with conviction, will I be called anything but Christian or follow an individuals teaching above all others.

However when it comes to Bible doctrine where do we draw the line? For example, when we left the Witnesses I read much information regarding the Trinity, being prepared to change my views should I see beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is indeed Three entities in one etc. Well I came out stronger for unitarianism.

The most important thing for us was to be sure of who God and His Son were in order to have a relationship with them.

If you have time, I would really appreciate your thought on this Steve.

A78 : by Steve Lewis

One of the phrases in your letter stood out for me, and I quote it here: 'The most important thing for us was to be sure of who God and His Son were in order to have a relationship with them.' I would lovingly suggest to you that you will not be able to have a proper relationship with God and His Son unless you understand the truths of the orthodox, biblical doctrine of the Trinity. This important doctrine is one of the essential centerpieces of the Christian faith, and those who deny it must be considered to be outside of that faith.

Here is a simple statement of the Trinity: 'Within that one Being who is God, there exist three co-equal and co-eternal persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).' The doctrine of the Trinity is not a man-made tradition created by the early Church. Scripture itself clearly reveals the doctrine of the Trinity, which is summarized in six biblical truths:

  1. There is only one God (Isaiah 44:6).

  2. The person of the Father is God (John 6:27).

  3. The person of the Son is God (Titus 2:13).

  4. The person of the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4).

  5. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct and distinguishable persons (Luke 3:22).

  6. The Bible associates the three persons (God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit) in three-part patterns of unity and equality (John 14:26).

The Scripture verses given in parentheses are merely examples from a wealth of biblical support for these statements.

To specifically state what the Bible teachers at SpiritAndTruth.org believe and teach, I would refer you to the SpiritAndTruth.org doctrinal statementa, under the heading of The Godhead.

I would also recommend reading a short book on the orthodox, biblical doctrine of the Trinity. Here are some resources you might find helpful:

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