I went past a church earlier this week and noticed a sign that said "Christ is lord"

I then remembered about someone blabbering on about the trinity at university.

but then again I've always known Christianity, Judaism and Islam as monotheistic religions.

From what I've been told: Trinity = Father (God), Son (Christ), Holy Spirit.

How does 3 = 1? or vice versa

Why do some Christians say Christ is "Lord", this doesn't make any sense. Is he the son or the father? surely you can't be both. If Christians believe that Adam was born without a father or mother, why must Jesus have to have a father?

I didn't look through the Bible because there's so many versions and naturally they'll contradict each other.

Sorry for my ignorance but ultimately I don't see how Christianity can be considered as a monotheistic religion if the trinity is to believed, so why is Christianity considered monotheistic if there's a trinity?


This is not a duplicate of that question "What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?"

Clearly one asks for the doctrine of the trinity while my one questions how can Christianity be monotheistic if it involves a trinity.

  • I'm not asking what the trinity is.. or the doctrine of it BUT does believing in the said trinity go against monotheistic views supposedly held by Christians? – isif Jul 5 '13 at 13:10
  • What makes you think the different translations of the Bible will contradict each other on something like this? – Joe Jul 5 '13 at 14:34
  • Versions not translations. I'm sorry if the question hurt your feelings.. – isif Jul 5 '13 at 14:37
  • And also translations are known to be weak and I'm not gonna spend the next 6 yrs of my life learning Aramaic. – isif Jul 5 '13 at 14:41
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    Unfortunately, you won't get an answer which reinforces your incorrect preconception, and you seem reluctant to accept that it's incorrect. The three Persons of God are three distinct manifestations of the one God (if you like); but even that is incomplete. There are 1500 years of scholarship to cover (which isn't possible in a comment, but the answers here and on the other question are a very good start). I'm done. – Andrew Leach Jul 5 '13 at 17:15

There is a ton of material on this on the web.

The crux of your confusion, is your belief that you know everything - I mean this in philosophical sense, not trying to attack you.

The answer is - no it does not, because we do not believe we have a full understanding of what is means to be one entity. Jesus claimed he was one with God, he proved his divinity (as Christians believe) so his words must be true.

the concept of trinity, is our limited understanding of the nature of ONE GOD. Same as when genesis says that husband and wife will become one-flesh. ONE-ness in this sense is more then just out concept of number one.

Let me give you an example - when light was studied, it was found to be a wave and a particle. A contradiction many thought. Others, rightly assumed it was only an apparent contradiction because they recognized that they did not know everything.

You wrongly extrapolate your understanding of the physical world, and apply it to all of reality.

  • I never said I know everything, if I did I clearly wouldn't be asking this question. "There is a ton of material on this on the web" is against the Stack Exchange model. What do you mean exactly by "one with God" ? If he is "WITH" not a son of or IS god, then why is he in the trinity? and surely the inclusion of him in it is polytheistic is it not? – isif Jul 5 '13 at 13:35
  • and if Jesus is God or the son of God, why did he feel the need to pray and to whom did he pray? – isif Jul 5 '13 at 13:38
  • Also Jesus was born, God cannot be born? – isif Jul 5 '13 at 14:39
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 - "For God is not a God of confusion but of peace" – isif Jul 5 '13 at 15:06
  • @isif stack exchange model, is not for question that can only be answered by an essay or a book. for such questions, all I can do, is point your in the right direction. There is no way to summarize something like this. you must do your homework and research the issue. In your comments, there are a lot of questions that would need to be address and you clearly don't know much on the topic ( I am NOT trying to attack you! ) and I would suggest that you must dive into theology a bit more before you are able to dive into this question. NOT trying to attack you, please believe me – Greg Balajewicz Jul 5 '13 at 15:18

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