How is the Trinity not tritheism?


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The doctrine of the Trinity is at the very center of the Christian faith. That God is triune in nature is affirmed not only in Scripture but also in the early ecumenical creeds of the church-specif...

July 01 2013 10 responses Vote Up Share Report

Q jcryle001 JD Abshire
1 Timothy 3:16 " And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory."

Yes, mysterious and incomprehensible.
The clearest example of God's Triunity is found in Luke 3:21-22 " Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."

We see Christ praying, the Holy Ghost descending and the Father speaking.

March 19 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Salem Markus Purba
Well, God is Spirit (Genesis 1:2) and the Words of God is Spirit (John 6:62-63), and the Word was God (John 1:1-5).

"For God so loved the worlds that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth, (John 1:14).

The Son of God became the Son of Man (John 6: 27; 62) so the Man may be enabled to come and to communicate with God (John 6:65) as a children of God (John 1:10-13) we, believers and followers of Jesus communicate with God in a Father and Son relationship.(Mathew 6:9; 7:11)

So, the Trinity is not tritheism, but the ways of God to save the world; it is a doctrine, confession and declaration of Christian's belief, stated in the creeds as a children of God.

April 05 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Image41 Ezekiel Kimosop
Tritheism is the doctrine underlying the belief that the three persons of the Trinity are three distinct deities that are independent of each other. This essentially implies that a religious group subscribing to the trinitarian doctrine is presumed by its critics to worship three deities rather than one God. 

The Bible proclaims in a number passages of Scripture that the God of Israel is one God (cf. Exodus 20:3-6; Deut. 6:4). The Christian faith is therefore a monotheistic religion. 

The tritheism claims are often centered on the misrepresentation of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity that affirms the revelation of God in three divine persons who eternally co-exist as one God. This doctrine is fairly complicated and this may partly explain the confusion that may arise in its articulation. 

I disagree with the view that the doctrine of Trinity presupposes tritheism in Christianity. Whereas there remains a residual mystery behind the theological comprehension of the Trinity doctrine, the doctrine does not of essence affirm the tritheism notion. The unity of the Godhead in Scripture affirms the oneness of God even in His trinitarian revelation. Jesus taught the He and the Father are One (John 10:30). He was sent of the Father and the Holy Spirit took His place when He ascended to heaven. 

None of three divine persons in the Trinity acts independently of the other two and all three affirm the divine essence and unity in the Trinity. The Holy Spirit speaks for both the Father and the Son (Rev. 2-3). The Father affirms the divinity of the Son (Luke 9:35). The Son submitted to the Father in his incarnate coming and his redemption works (Philippians 2:1-10) and the Son affirms the divinity of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32). We learn from Scripture that lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God (Acts 5:3-4). 

My view is that no passage of Scripture explicitly or impliedly suggests that the tritheism model applies to the Christian faith.

November 16 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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