The Christian doctrine of the Trinity ... holds that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as "one God in three Divine Persons". The three persons are distinct, yet are one "substance, essence or nature" (homoousios). In this context, a "nature" is what one is, whereas a "person" is who one is.
Consubstantial? Hypostases? One god in three persons? Mystery of God in himself? Are you confused yet? Did you know that God is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33)? According to the catechism of the Catholic Church:The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself.* If one can show that the trinity is false then one has also shown that Catholicism and much of the rest of mainstream Christianity is false. The trinity states that the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God. All three are supposedly the same God. Not surprisingly there is nothing Scriptural about this trinity. Encyclopedia Britannica says that neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament. So the trinity is a dogma of the Catholic Church. Let's see what the Scriptures teach...
One God, YHWH Almighty
'Hear, O Yisrael: YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is one!
TS2009 - Deuteronomy 6:4
'I am YHWH, and there is none else — there is no Elohim besides Me. I gird you, though you have not known Me, so that they know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none but Me. I am YHWH, and there is none else,
TS2009 - Isaiah 45:5-6
And YHWSO answered him, 'The first of all the commands is, 'Hear, O Yisrael, YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is one.
TS2009 - Mark 12:29
One God, the Father
for us there is one Elohim, the Father, from whom all came and for whom we live, and one Master YHWSO Messiah, through whom all came and through whom we live.
TS2009 - I Corinthians 8:6
I call upon you therefore, I the prisoner of the Master, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all humility and meekness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to guard the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace — one body and one Spirit, as you also were called in one expectation of your calling, one Master, one belief, one immersion, one Elohim and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
TS2009 - Ephesians 4:1-6
According to Paul there is only one God and Father of all, who is above all. See also 1 Timothy 2:5 and Galatians 3:20. A clear distinction is made between God the Father and Messiah the Master (I Timothy 1:2). God is the Father (John 6:27, I Peter 1:2). Father is not a part of God. The Messiah is the Son of God Almighty, the Son of the Father. Pure and simple logic and truth. No confusion.
YHWSO, the Son
[YHWSO] who is the likeness of the invisible Elohim, the first-born of all creation.
TS2009 - Colossians 1:15
'For Elohim so loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.
TS2009 - John 3:16
For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah YHWSO, who, being in the form of Elohim, did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men.
TS2009 - Philippians 2:5-7
God was never created and God was never born. His Son was the first-born of all creation, created by God the Creator. The Son of God Himself says that He is "the beginning of God's creation" (Revelation 3:14). He is the likeness of God, not God. Just like I am the likeness of my dad, but not my dad. Hopefully the concept of father and son is perfectly clear to most people.
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Catholic Immutability doctrine God is unchangeable. This is in accordance with the Scriptures (Malachi 3:6). But it grossly conflicts with the trinity doctrine which states that God is interchangeable from Father to Son to Holy Spirit or that God consists of these three different 'persons'. God is spirit (John 4:24). God's Son is spirit likewise. God's Son changed into a man (John 1:14). So the trinity obviously doesn't make sense from a scriptural point of view. Furthermore the catechism states that God is goodness. If God's Son were God then He would pronounce Himself equal to God. After being called "Good Master" the Son of God answeredWhy do you call Me good? No one is good except One — Elohim(Mark 10:18). So He clearly places Himself below God, He respects Almighty God whom He calls His Father.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be.
TS2009 - John 1:1-3
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). So before the Creation of space, matter and time God already existed (Psalm 90:2). God does not have a beginning. God is the Creator of time and not bound by it. The Word, or God's Son, was with God in the beginning. After that everything else was created by God the Creator through God's Son. See also Colossians 1:16 and Acts 2:22. Many Christians use these verses to support the absurd and irrational idea that the Son of God is God the Creator. But the word 'through' means 'by way of'. By way of the power of God the Creator. This is confirmed by YHWSO in John 5:19, John 8:28, Revelation 4:10-11 where He clearly states that He is not able to do anything without God. King David is perfectly clear Who the Creator is: YHWH (Psalms 121:2, Psalms 124:8, Psalms 134:3, etc). In Genesis 1:26 God the Creator says "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness". God did it through His Son. But how can the Word be with God ánd be God? Obviously this is not to be taken literally, but symbolically. God's Son was sent to earth on a mission from God. God's Son was God in the sense that He completely served and obeyed God. They have one mind and one purpose so to speak. See John 12:49. After His resurrection he appeared to His disciples and saidAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth(Matthew 28:18). Given by Whom? It was given to Him by God. God remains God forever. Power works from the top down. Throughout Scriptures God gives authority to earthly kings as well (Daniel 2:37). God rewarded His Son because He proved Himself worthy to be King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15). See also Hebrews 2. The Son of God is not God, but He is the Son of Almighty God the Father. Pure and simple logic and truth. This also partly explains why the Catholic authorities replaced YHWH with LORD. Whether it was done on purpose or not, it brings in confusion. And God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Satan is (Revelation 12:9).
'I and My Father are one."
TS2009 - John 10:30
Does that mean that the Son of God and God the Father are one and the same literally?
'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh,' so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.
TS2009 - Mark 10:7-8
Does that mean that man and woman are literally one and the same flesh? Of course not. It is a symbolic way of speaking. This points to the union of marriage of man and woman as it was intended to be from creation. Now let's look at the direct context of John 10:30...
'My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. And no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. 'I and My Father are one." Again the Yehudim picked up stones to stone Him. YHWSO answered them, 'Many good works I have shown you from My Father. Because of which of these works do you stone Me?" The Yehudim answered Him, saying, 'We do not stone You for a good work, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself Elohim." YHWSO answered them, 'Is it not written in your own Torah, 'I said, 'You are elohim" '? 'If He called them elohim, to whom the word of Elohim came — and it is impossible for the Scripture to be broken — do you say of Him whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of Elohim'?
TS2009 - John 10:29-36
The Son of God begins by clearly saying that God is greater than all, so also greater than His Son. See also John 14:28. God is Almighty (Isaiah 13:6) and there can only be one Almighty God. God is the Most High (Psalms 91:1). There can only be one Most High. Also here He makes a clear distinction between the Father and the Son. In Psalms 82:6 even mortal men are called gods, but that obviously doesn't mean they are equal to God. It is spoken figuratively in the sense that human beings can have leadership positions over other people. Here we also see that the context is important. To be one with the Father is clarified by the Son of God Himself when He said "no one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son" (Luke 10:22). He also said "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Read also John 17. There can be no doubt.
The Council of Florence in 1438 explains: "The Holy Spirit is eternally from Father and Son; He has his nature and subsistence at once (simul) from the Father and the Son. He proceeds eternally from both as from one principle and through one spiration. ... And, since the Father has through generation given to the only-begotten Son everything that belongs to the Father, except being Father, the Son has also eternally from the Father, from whom he is eternally born, that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Son."
According to Catholic doctrine the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son. However...
'But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you.
TS2009 - John 14:26
If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father from heaven give the Set-apart Spirit to those asking Him!
TS2009 - Luke 11:13
According to God's Son the Holy Spirit proceeds from Almighty God the Father, not from His Son.
King James PerVersion
Compare the following translations of the same verse. Here's the King James Version...
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
KJV - 1 John 5:7-8
Here's The Scriptures 2009...
For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
TS2009 - 1 John 5:7-8
The English Standard Version...
For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
ESV - 1 John 5:7-8
The New International Version...
For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
NIV - 1 John 5:7-8
The first one is the translation of the King James Bible. It is called the "Comma Johanneum" and it is known thatThe Greek linguist Erasmus did not include this longer ending in his earlier editions of the Greek New Testament, yet included it in later editions (beginning with the third edition) after pressure from the Roman Catholic ChurchandThe presence of the Comma Johanneum in Greek manuscripts is actually quite rare until the 15th century A.D. It is primarily found in Latin manuscripts.The other versions shown of these verses are more literal translations from the original text. Obviously the authors of the King James Version changed the Word of God to fit with the Roman Catholic trinity doctrine. Even the NIV, which is often attacked by so-called "King James Only" fanatics, does a better job at this. It has a footnote saying that it is "not found in any Greek manuscript before the fourteenth century". The New King James Version is slowly catching up with truth and has the footnote "Only four or five very late manuscripts contain these words in Greek" *. The original verse has nothing to do with the trinity but was abused to fit with that dogma. This is further shown by the previous verse, the direct context, in 1 John 5:6. The Scriptures do not support the trinity doctrine. Then where does this idea of a trinity come from?
The unholy trinity
In royal historical inscriptions the kings often invoke the gods in threes, though they never call any one three a triad or trinity. It seems as if this arrangement of gods in threes was assumed to be of divine origin. In the Fourth Tablet of Creation, one triad “Anu-Bel-Ea” is actually mentioned, and in the Fifth Tablet, another is indicated, “Sin-Shamash-Ishtar.” In these triads Anu represents the sky or heaven, Bel or Enlil the region under the sky and including the earth, Ea the underworld, Sin the Moon, Shamash the Sun, and Ishtar the star Venus.
Anu, Enlil and Enki likely form the earliest Babylonian trinity. Enlil is often regarded as the son of Anu, which coincides with the Catholic Father-Son part of the trinity. Sin, Ishtar and Shamash form a later Babylonian trinity. Sin was the father of Shamash *. Babylon is regarded as the culprit of all subsequent religions in the world. There is a long list of triple deities worshipped all over the world throughout history. In Hinduism we find Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and others. In ancient Egypt we find Osiris, Isis, Horus, and more. In ancient Greece we find Zeus, Athena, Apollo and others. In ancient Rome we find the Roman Capitoline Triad of Jupiter, Juno, Minerva, etcetera. Rome is of course where the Roman Catholic Church has its direct roots. The Catholic trinity is more of the same. In the photo above of Romeo Celleghin's fresco at Holy Trinity Church near Cleveland, Ohio, we can see the typical suns and halos in the Christian images which point to pagan sun worship. Also note the eight-pointed stars of Ishtar in the ceiling. These symbols can be found throughout the Christian world. See also Idolatry. Catholicism and mainstream Christianity in general are drenched in paganism.
J. Gwyn Griffiths - Triads and Trinity
Bible Research - The Trinity: Fact or Fiction?
United Church of God - Is God a Trinity?
Christian Monotheism - Why the Trinity Doctrine Doesn't Make Sense: Five Reasons
Sean Finnegan - Five Major Problems With The Trinity
Jim Haeffele - Is God a Trinity? Part 1 + Part 2
Jeff A. Benner - John 1:1 from an Hebraic perspective
William W. Combs - Errors in The King James Version?