Skip to main content

Questions tagged [non-trinitarian]

Encompasses a variety of doctrines which are contradictory to the traditionally orthodox teachings of Trinitarian doctrine.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
26 votes
3 answers
5k views

What is the Biblical basis for disbelief in the doctrine of the Trinity?

In related form to a previous question on the basis for the Trinity, what is the Biblical basis for disbelief of the doctrine? Not all Christians (and perhaps not all branches of Christendom) hold to ...
warren's user avatar
  • 12.7k
22 votes
5 answers
3k views

What is the Biblical basis for unitarianism?

I ask this mostly in reaction to this question: What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity? From what I've seen, the majority of Christians believe in Trinitarianism, but some believe ...
beatgammit's user avatar
  • 2,708
15 votes
6 answers
12k views

What Scriptures did Arius use to support teaching that Jesus was created?

Arius probably quoted the following: Revelation 3:14: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Psalm 8:5–6: thou madest Him Proverbs 8:22–25: ...
Rosie's user avatar
  • 327
13 votes
2 answers
3k views

What problems, if any, do Mormons have with the Apostles' Creed?

As a follow-up to a previous question, I'd like to know: Does the LDS church disagree with or "reinterpret" any phrases in the Apostles' Creed? Here's the context: I'm listening to an audio series in ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
11 votes
4 answers
3k views

Do any Christian denominations believe in a "duality" rather than a trinity?

I have heard that some non-trinitarian Christians reject the concept of the trinity and say that there is only one indivisible divinity. Are there any Christian denominations that believe in a "...
user avatar
11 votes
2 answers
794 views

What problems, if any, do Swedenborgians have with the Apostles' Creed?

As a follow-up to previous questions, I'd like to know: Do Swedenborgians disagree with or "reinterpret" any phrases in the Apostles' Creed? Here's the context: I'm listening to an audio series in ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
11 votes
1 answer
720 views

From a non-trinitarian perspective, how is love explained as an attribute of God?

The Scriptures seem to assert that love is an attribute of God—that it is part of His essence that has existed from all eternity, even before there were any other creatures. For example: Anyone who ...
Narnian's user avatar
  • 64k
10 votes
3 answers
708 views

What problems, if any, do Christadelphians have with the Apostles' Creed?

As a follow-up to previous questions, I'd like to know: Do Christadelphians disagree with or "reinterpret" any phrases in the Apostles' Creed? Here's the context: I'm listening to an audio series in ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
10 votes
2 answers
923 views

Do any trinitarian Protestant traditions teach that anyone who denies the Trinity is necessarily unsaved?

The traditional understanding of the Trinity, "one God in three Persons," is a widespread belief within Christianity, but there are nonetheless many nontrinitarians who associate themselves with ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
592 views

What is the basis for the Swedenborgian view that the most common concept of God in Christianity (the Trinity) is a belief in three gods?

The vast bulk of Christian denominations, representing the overwhelming majority of Christians, subscribe to the doctrine of the Trinity, which, boiled down to its essence, is "one God in three Divine ...
Lee Woofenden's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
22k views

What percentage of self-identifying Christians believe Jesus was not God, and instead was a messenger of God?

Does such sect inside Christianity exist?
Battle of Karbala's user avatar
8 votes
6 answers
757 views

According to non-Trinitarians, why did God allow trinitarianism to become the mainstream understanding of His nature?

According to non-Trinitarians, if God's nature is not adequately portrayed by trinitarian theology, then why did God allow such an erroneous understanding of His nature to become so widespread among ...
user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
2k views

According to the Catholic Church, could a "Jesus-name" baptism ever be considered a valid baptism?

Related: What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula? According to Oneness Pentecostals and others, baptizing in the name of Jesus, instead of the name of the ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
8 votes
4 answers
1k views

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit for Non-trinitarians

This question does NOT ask the definition of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit By "Non-trinitarians" I mean those who do not believe in the personhood of the Holy Spirit such as Binitarians ...
Dottard's user avatar
  • 892
7 votes
2 answers
3k views

What problems, if any, do Jehovah's Witnesses have with the Apostles' Creed?

I'm listening to an audio series in which the Apostles' Creed is used as the framework for "Christian theology," implying that those who believe the Apostles' Creed are orthodox. However, it's ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
7 votes
4 answers
326 views

How do Nontrinitarians justify accepting the canon of Scripture but rejecting the Trinity?

Most Nontrinitarian Christians accept the 66-book canon used by Protestants. However, the canon of Scripture was defined by the Church at around the same time that the Trinity was defined by the ...
Terjij Kassal's user avatar
7 votes
3 answers
443 views

How do non-Trinitarians who do not believe Jesus is God Almighty explain how Jesus can effect atonement for all of humanity?

Non-Trinitarians who do not believe Jesus is God Almighty include Unitarians, Socinians, Arians, Jehova's Witnesses, etc. This would not include, supposedly, Modalists and LDS/Mormons. The idea of ...
user avatar
7 votes
2 answers
594 views

On what basis was Jesus’ death sufficient for redemption according Non-Trinitarians who maintain that Jesus was not eternal God as God the Father is?

To Peter Turner’s point A) Scripture is the source that says blood was necessary and that blood was sufficient, question revolves around why a Non-Trinitarian Jesus has sufficient worth to save ...
Autodidact's user avatar
  • 1,123
6 votes
1 answer
2k views

Other than non-Trinitarian, what terms are there for Christians who don't believe in the trinity?

Back story: I've been looking for Christian churches in my city that don't believe in the trinity. Research: I tried web searches for related words such as 'non-Trinitarian', 'Unitarian', '...
Hamman Samuel's user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
575 views

What Scripture passages do Latter-day Saints use to refute the Trinity?

If I am not mistaken (but do correct me if I am), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate beings, i.e. three separate Gods. What ...
Joey Day's user avatar
  • 569
6 votes
3 answers
3k views

Is there any historical evidence of Early Church Christians denying the divinity of Jesus during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD?

I'm essentially asking the counter-question to this one. Is there any historical evidence of Early Church Christians (post-New Testament) openly denying the divinity of Jesus in the 1st and 2nd ...
user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
436 views

How do non-trinitarians respond to the argument that God is love necessitates the eternity of the Son? [duplicate]

A common argument for the Trinity (or at least the eternity of The Son) is that God is love, For if there be a being without beginning, existing before all things, was He loving when there was ...
למה זה תשאל לשמי's user avatar
5 votes
5 answers
3k views

How do Trinitarians respond to passages in the Bible that seem to clearly distinguish between God and Jesus after his ascension?

Dr. Steven Nemes writes in the article The revelation which God gave Jesus, after quoting the opening line of Revelation The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what ...
Only True God's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
1k views

What do non-trinitarians mean when they call Jesus the "Son of God"?

On a different question I got an answer and some comments. One of which said: Generally, when a Christian says that Jesus is the "Son of God" they are referring to the doctrine of the Trinity, ...
Rehan Ullah's user avatar
5 votes
4 answers
853 views

Are there any known non-trinitarian apologists in the Anglican communion?

I understand that the Anglican Church is trinitarian in belief. However, are there any known non-trinitarian apologists in the communion? Any information both historical and present-day would be ...
David's user avatar
  • 417
5 votes
2 answers
1k views

What was the stance of Arius on John 1:1?

Introduction Arius believed that Jesus was a creature, a created god. What did he write about John 1:1? Or if there is no such extant manuscript, how would he interpreted ''the Word was God'' in John ...
R. Brown's user avatar
  • 6,471
5 votes
2 answers
432 views

How do non-trinitarians interpret Philippians 2:5-8?

Philippians 2:5-8 (NRSV): 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied ...
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
101 views

How do deniers of the personal pre-incarnate existence of the Son of God interpret John 3:31-32?

He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and ...
Mike Borden's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
542 views

How do those who hold Trinitarian doctrine existed from the earliest days of the church explain the lack of debate about it in the New Testament?

Jeff Deuble in Christ Before Creeds says (p. 33-34) The significant controversies about the Messiah that were strongly contested in the New Testament were: his death by crucifixion, his resurrection, ...
Only True God's user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
1k views

What problems, if any, do Oneness Pentecostals have with the Apostles' Creed?

As a follow-up to previous questions, I'd like to know: Do Oneness Pentecostals disagree with or "reinterpret" any phrases in the Apostles' Creed? Here's the context: I'm listening to an audio series ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
4 votes
5 answers
1k views

If you do not believe the Holy Spirit is a person, then what is it? What do Bible verses that reference the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of God mean?

Question: If you do not believe the Holy Spirit is a person, then what is it? The Bible includes over 100 verses that mention the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God or just the Spirit. Here are four ...
Kurt Brouwer's user avatar
4 votes
6 answers
480 views

How do non-trinitarians reconcile Jesus' claims to be God, and the Father to be God, with the requirement for monotheism?

John said the Word was with God and was God (John 1:1), and the Word became flesh (John 1:14)—Jesus. Jesus said "Before Abraham was I AM" (John 8:58)—Jesus' claim to be YHVH. Jesus ...
scm - Personal Friend of Jesus's user avatar
4 votes
6 answers
579 views

From a non-Trinitarian perspective, how would you show that the Bible does not teach that the Son is equal with the Father?

See below for a more precise definition of the question. Two Views among Evangelicals Ted Peters says that if anything, contemporary mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic trinitarian thinking is “...
Andries's user avatar
  • 1,718
4 votes
1 answer
2k views

Which groups believe that Jesus is a Created Being?

This question refers to people who believe that Jesus is a Created Being. Who are these people? Which groups who identify as Christian teach that Jesus was created? I'm guessing they're not ...
Peter Turner's user avatar
  • 34.4k
4 votes
2 answers
311 views

In what way has belief in the Trinity decreased? [closed]

I have heard that over half of Protestants do not believe in an earlier theological conception of the Trinity. I have heard that this is especially true of Evangelicals, and that they consider the ...
James Emersen's user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
506 views

Do any church writers compare or contrast Jesus and the burning bush?

From the Wikipedia article on Oneness Pentecostalism, Oneness theology specifically maintains that God is absolutely and indivisibly one. It equally proclaims that God is not made of a physical ...
Andrew's user avatar
  • 8,151
4 votes
3 answers
463 views

How do deniers of Jesus' divinity explain that the angel at Revelation 22:9 did not include Jesus in the list of beings that can be worshipped?

Note: this is an adaptation of a question asked on Hermenutics.SE. Check it out if interested in answers from different viewpoints. When John fell down to worship the angel that had just showed him ...
user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
217 views

If the one born in Bethlehem was ‘a creature’ (as says Arius) and yet did not sin, then why was the first humanity (Adam) not so created?

Addition after Comment : The title header does not provide sufficient space to word the question without ambiguity. Thus : If the one born in Bethlehem was ‘a creature’ (as says Arius) and yet did not ...
Nigel J's user avatar
  • 25.8k
4 votes
2 answers
220 views

How do deniers of Jesus' preincarnate existence interpret John 17:5?

`And now, glorify me, Thou Father, with Thyself, with the glory that I had before the world was, with Thee; [John 17:5, YLT] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
144 views

What is the earliest known argument that John 1:1's 'beginning' refers to a new beginning?

Laelius Socinus argued in Brevis explicatio in primum Johannis caput that the "beginning" (arche) in John 1:1 refers not to a Genesis beginning, but rather a new beginning related to Jesus' ...
Only True God's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
328 views

For those who deny the deity of Jesus Christ how do you explain Isaiah seeing Christ/Messiah with his physical eyes at Isaiah 6:1?

Isaiah 6:1, "In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted with the train of His robe filling the temple." This is confirmed by the Apostle John ...
Mr. Bond's user avatar
  • 5,873
4 votes
3 answers
428 views

What is the biblical basis against the personhood of the Holy Spirit?

Someone already asked a question seeking the biblical basis for the personhood of the Holy Spirit, but it seems that no one has asked a question yet seeking the opposite. Thus, in order to fill this ...
user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
89 views

What is the earliest clear and unambiguous post-NT denial of the Holy Spirit's personhood in Christianity?

Essentially the opposite of this question: What is the earliest recorded post-NT instance of a clear and unambiguous denial of the personhood of the Holy Spirit? When was it claimed for the first ...
user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
124 views

According to those who deny a pre-incarnate personhood of Christ, who or what considered/thought/accounted in Philippians 2:5-6?

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: - Philippians 2:5-6 Various translations render "hegeomai&...
Mike Borden's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
811 views

How do nontrinitarians view Jesus? (overview) [closed]

What is an overview of how nontrinitarians view Jesus?
SpiderRico's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
98 views

Who is the pardoning authority for Sin against the Holy Spirit? [closed]

In Mtt 12:32-33, Jesus speaks about the Sin against the Holy Spirit. He elaborates that blasphemy against the Son of God will be forgiven, but that against the Holy Spirit will not be. Now, ...
Kadalikatt Joseph Sibichan's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
349 views

How do non-Trinitarian denominations perceive supposed contradictions between John 1:1 vs John 1:14?

John 1:14 is generally used to say that "God" became "flesh" based on the understanding that "the Word" addressed in John 1:1 refers to God. However, other texts of ...
Biblasia's user avatar
  • 1,688
3 votes
2 answers
360 views

How do non-trinitarians interpret John 14:26?

John 14:26 (NRSV): 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. My impression as I read this ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
265 views

What word describes the heresy of "Jesus is the Son of Himself"?

Preface This question is the result of a personal thought experiment and is for curiosity sake. I do not profess nor believe the following statement. Background Those who believe in the ...
isakbob's user avatar
  • 596
2 votes
2 answers
737 views

What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Trinitarian belief is “not” required for salvation?

What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Trinitarian belief is not required for salvation? The Athanasian Creed states "And in this Trinity, no one is before or after, greater or less than ...
Only True God's user avatar