The doctrine of the three-personhood of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; who, though existing in three distinct persons and work towards different arenas, are the same God, of the same mind, and the same purpose.

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Praying to people outside the Trinity

I understand that the Roman Catholic church direct some prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus. For me it would be strange to address my prayers to anyone outside the Holy Trinity. Do Catholics pray to ...
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What is the doctrine of the Trinity?

What is the doctrine of the Trinity as defined by Christianity? Obviously there are three entities involved: God the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but is there more to the definition?
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which is more important. Unity [on hold]

What is more important than believing in the Trinity for Christians to be united or what does God require for people to relate to him and love him and one another, that Christians can encourage each ...
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If Jesus is God, who/where does Jesus pray to?

I realize that some of Christianity believe God and Jesus to be one being, whereas some believe them to be separate and distinct beings. I come from the background of the latter group, which reasoning ...
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Is the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of “the Monarchy of the Father” consistent with the Athanasian creed?

Background: this particular question arose from considering the implied ground of the following question: Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the ...
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Why does Jesus have to be fully God and fully man? Is it not sufficient to be the son of God and fully man?

First of all I do see that a form of this question has already been asked and answered. Why does the Messiah have to be God? This question is more specific though and I would appreciate it if the ...
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Is the concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) three Gods or One?

I don't understand the concept of God in Christianity. Based on what I do know, there is God, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit -- doesn't this add up to 3 Gods? In Christianity, is there there One ...
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If Jesus was God, then why did he pray?

I don't know much about Christianity so I was watching this video: Is Jesus God? I was stunned by the following things: At the start of the debate Stanley Sjoberg says Jesus is the Son of God. Near ...
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What does it mean to be an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ?

Romans 8:16-17 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be ...
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What does R.C. Sproul mean by 'essence' of God?

R.C. Sproul discusses and defends the Trinity in this book, What is the Trinity? He explains that God is one essence, composed of three persons, and that the existence of three persons in one essence ...
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Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father?

Is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father? It's a pretty simple question, so I don't really know if there is much I can add to the body.
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How do Trinitarians explain verses where Jesus claims to have a God?

According to orthodox trinitarian doctrine, the Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is co-eqaul, eternally begotten, not made. With that in mind, how could Jesus have a ...
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Who did Abraham worship? [closed]

1) How did Abraham worship God? Isn't it a bit inconsistent, since Abraham would not worship Jesus, as technically he is the ancestor of him. So, who did Abraham worship? 2) If he didn't worship ...
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Trinity (Christians) = Trimutri (Hindus)?

I have heard about the concept ot Trimurti in Hinduism Wiki. One for construction (Brahma), one for protection (Vishnu) and one for destruction (Shiva). And somehow I feel it is related to Trinity in ...
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Why is rejection of the Trinity heresy, and not just wrong?

There are plenty of instances where Christians systematically believe something false and directly contradicting biblical teachings, yet they are not deemed to be so errant as to disqualify them from ...
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Into whose name should Christians be baptised?

Jesus said, "...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." However, the early church apparently baptised in the name of ...
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Did early church fathers understand the doctrine of trinity?

Many historians and religious scholars ... attest to the influence of Greek or Platonic philosophy in the development and acceptance of the Trinity doctrine in the fourth century. ... the ...
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If God is one then why is belief in God insufficient?

The title is a bit misleading since it's limited in characters so I'll try my best to explain: Christianity teaches (at least many forms do) that one must attain salvation through acceptance of ...
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Did Jesus teach the Trinity? [duplicate]

Did Jesus teach the doctrine of the Trinity? And by teaching I mean giving a lesson to someone regarding the subject matter.
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From a Trinitarian perspective, does the term 'only begotten Son' make sense outside of the concept of the incarnation?

From a Trinitarian perspective, does the term 'only begotten Son' make sense outside of the concept of the incarnation? If so, how? If not, why not? The Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed states (in ...
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Did Ignatius believe in the doctrine of Eternal Generation of the Son?

Ignatius wrote in A.D. 110 that Jesus was gennetos kai agennetos meaning “begotten and not begotten.” Did Ignatius believe in the doctrine of Eternal Generation of the Son? Why did he say that Jesus ...
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To understand the “The Bible is the Word of God”

According to the Trinity. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from Latin trinitas "triad", from trinus "threefold")1 defines God as three consubstantial persons,2 expressions, or hypostases:[3] ...
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Is there a hierarchy in the Trinity?

It seems that there is some form of hierarchy within the Trinity. For example, these passages seem to indicate that the Holy Spirit is subservient to the Father and Jesus: John 14:26 (NIV) ...
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Why is Jesus so important and not the whole trinity? [closed]

Why is Jesus so important even if he is only part of the trinity?
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Where did the idea of the Trinity come from? [duplicate]

As noted here about 1 John: The passage is called the Johannine Comma and is not found in the majority of Greek manuscripts. Which implies that this has been recently added to scripture. It ...
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Philo of Alexandria and logos

Philo of Alexandria (20 BC – 50 AD), a Hellenized Jew, used the term Logos to mean an intermediary divine being, or demiurge. Philo followed the Platonic distinction between imperfect matter and ...
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Does the Holy Spirit's procession from the Father and Son infringe on the co-equality of the Trinity?

The following is intended to correlate to classical scholastic terminology, such as: Nature = essence, as in "the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all have the Trinitarian 'nature' of God." Person = ...
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How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? [duplicate]

How to prove that Jesus is true God using the Bible alone? Christians love the Nicene Creed and it is a product of Christians who faithfully preserves and contends for the faith that was once and ...
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Can Trinity be taught only from Bible? [duplicate]

Is it possible to teach the concept of Trinity directly from the words of Bible (or sayings of Jesus), without any interpretation or explanation? Here interpretation or explanation excludes literal ...
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Was Modalism (or “modalistic language”) ever considered to not contradict orthodox trinitarian beliefs?

I'm reading Pelikan's first volume of The Christian Tradition, a History of the Development of Doctrine. In this section called "The New Prophecy" in chapter 2 (page 104 in my edition), Pelikan ...
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What is the theology of the Semi-Arians?

What I know from history books is that Semi-Arians held to the neutral theological position of homoiousians against both strict homoousians and anomoeans. However, I found a very scant knowledge ...
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Why do God and Jesus seem so different?

God destroyed the world with a flood, destroyed all the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, gruesome sacrifices, laws for stoning people, Jericho, requesting the sacrifice of Abraham's son, the sacrifice of ...
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Does Jesus's soul exist before his incarnation?

I am referring to the following clause ( clause III) in "The Anathematisms of the Emperor Justinian Against Origen" If anyone says or thinks that the soul of the Lord pre-existed and was united ...
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How does Western Christian theology explain the doctrine of the Filioque within the context of the Old Testament?

I'm doing a pseudo-superficial scriptural study of the Nicene-Constantinopalitan Creed and how it differs from the Latin addition of the Filioque. The Caroligian theologians mainly used the Gospel of ...
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How can the Son not know what the Father knows?

Matthew 24:36 (NLT) Mark 13:32 (NLT)  36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father ...
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The Trinity before the birth of Jesus

If Jesus was born at a certain date in history, do Christians believe that the Trinity did not exist before that date? Alternatively, is some sort of incorporeal Jesus believed to have been in ...
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Is Mary, “Mother of God”, the mother of the Son or of the whole trinity?

I find the title "Mother of God" for the Virgin Mary confusing. It is clear that she was the mother of Jesus, the Son. But the title suggests (indeed, not literally, but still) that Mary is mother of ...
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If Christ is considered the 'Son of God' then how is He a part of a Trinity?

Note: This is in NO way a troll or a poke at any faith that believes in the doctrine of the Trinity but rather is simply a question for clarity. There are several passages within the bible that ...
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To whom should we pray? To the Father or the son Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

While praying how should we pray? Should we praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and to whom should we ask? To the Father or the Son or the Holy Spirit? John 14:14 (ESV) says If you ...
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Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity

The word/term "trinity" is never used in the Bible. However, most Christians believe that God exists as three persons in one God-head. This question has two parts: What is the Biblical basis for ...
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Why is Mary's child will be called “ God's Son” if he is already God's Son?

The Trinity is biblically true, that is, there exists an eternal triad ( Matthew 28:19). But Luke 1:35 suggests somewhat that Mary's offspring will be called "God's Son" not because he is as such ...
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Did Jesus say “worship me, I am God” [duplicate]

Is there a verse in the Bible states that Jesus himself said to his people that he is God and must be worshipped?
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Why do Christians worship Jesus? [closed]

How can God be the father and the son and then die like a human? Why do Christians worship Jesus when he had never told anyone to worship him when he was on Earth? If he wanted people to worship him ...
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Why is it important for people who believe in Trinity that Jesus is God?

I've heard a lot of discussion lately about whether Jesus is God, or not. I know there are arguments for Trinity, and arguments against. But I am wondering, why is it so important for those who ...
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What do the Apologists mean by three persons as “one in nature” if the Son and Spirit are not eternal?

The christology of the Apologists is known to be the Logos Christology. Their teaching is summarized as follows: Logos endiathetos - eternal reason within God Logos prophorikos - the spoken word of ...
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Why did the Apologists adopt Stoic Philosophy of the λόγος?

The Greek word λόγος is a prevalent concept in the first century Greco-Roman world. It has many meanings like divine principle, reason, word and revelation. All of these views regards the λόγος as ...
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What is the basis of the view that Jesus was separated from the Father and Holy Spirit upon death?

From my limited understanding of this matter, some people believe that Jesus was in some sense separated from the Father. This has come up in the context of discussions of the indivisibility of the ...
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Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Or when did the Trinity come into being?

Was Jesus present at the beginning of time? Is there any indication in the Bible about when the Trinity came into being? Or, put another way, whether Jesus existed at the beginning? Did the Trinity ...
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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Does God have the capacity to sin? Can God sin?

To clarify, this question is not asking for a "justification" of those times, described in the Bible, when God struck someone dead. Life is His to take. the question is also not asking strictly ...