Questions tagged [trinity]

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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Is there a link between Socinianism and Sir Isaac Newton's conclusion to his Principia Mathematica (1687) where he attacks the Trinity doctrine?

This linked question What was Isaac Newton's view of the Trinity? was useful with the answer giving one quote from John Byl's article 'Newton and the Trinity' where Newton said that the great ...
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How do the Father and Son differ if they have the same particular essence?

My question assumes ousia in Christian orthodoxy means a particular (not universal) essence or form, and not a concrete instantiation (hypostasis). If the Father and Son have the same ousia, where are ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret Jesus's statement that “I live because of the Father”?

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me (John 6:57) This statement by Jesus seems to insinuate that Jesus derives his ...
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Who resurrected Jesus - the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit

In John 2:19-22 Jesus tells the Jews that he will perform a miraculous sign by raising the temple of his body in three days. In John 10:18 Jesus says he has authority to lay down his life and ...
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How can God be three persons? [duplicate]

How can God be three Persons when He is defined by thousands of singular personal pronouns, which define ONE Person?
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What does Eastern Orthodox Christians mean that the Father alone is the one God?

What does Eastern Orthodox Christians mean that the Father is the one God? I understand that Eastern Orthodox Trinitarianism differs from Unitarianism in that the former teaches three divine persons ...
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How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods?

How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods? Orthodox Christians had a different version of the Trinity in that for them the one God is the Father as ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, did God the Father ever teach or punish God the Son?

Catholics are taught to believe in the Trinity - God in Three Persons - The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If Catholics are taught to worship God "The Father" and God "The Son", ...
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Why is Jesus sitting at “God’s right hand” not “the Father's right hand”?

I have noted that some people do not believe in the doctrine of trinity, namely "three personas, one nature", but my question is not about whether the doctrine is true! This question is also ...
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How is the doctrine of the Trinity substantiated?

I have noted that some people do not believe in the doctrine of Trinity, namely "three personas, one nature", but my question is not about whether the doctrine is true! It is about how those,...
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What does it mean that Jesus, Father, and Holy Spirit are of the same nature but different personas?

To be clear right from the start: I have noted that some people do not believe in the doctrine of trinity, namely "three personas, one nature", but my question is not about whether the ...
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How is the doctrine of the trinity substantiated? [duplicate]

In an answer it was said that Jesus never says he is God or 'God the Son' as part of a trinity (reformatted): He has a God - the same (creator) God as all humans. John 5:44 -- the one and only God 2 ...
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From a trinitarian perspective, how do you biblically reconcile Jesus dying and Jesus being God?

I've heard non-trinitarians say, "The Bible says God can't die, therefore Jesus isn't God. First of all, does the Bible even say that God can't die (I assume it does, or at least it implies it). ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the “one” in “the Trinitarian God is one being in three persons”?

In the Trinity, the one divine being is three persons whereas one human being is only one person (source: Is The Trinity a philosophical contradiction?). A "being" is an independently ...
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Is William Barclay a respected theologian in mainstream Christianity?

William Barclay A prolific author of 70 books, including commentaries on each New Testament books, is a well known and often quoted scholar. However some have written articles about him and challenge ...
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The statements of the early Church Fathers regarding the doctrine of the Trinity (pre-Nicea)

In an article answering Georg Kaplan's 1 denials of the Trinitarian doctrine, Ken Temple states : Even if the early Church had never applied the title θεός to Jesus, his deity would still be apparent ...
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What role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't?

In trinitarian doctrine, what role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't / doesn't? My understanding is, that according to trinitarians: The Father is a spirit The Holy Ghost is a spirit The ...
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God the Son - where does he fit in?

The word became flesh = Jesus... ✓ Jesus is the son of God... ✓ Where does 'God the Son' fit in to this? I know he isn't mention Biblically per se, but what is the foundation for this construct? ...
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Since Trinitarians say it is wrong to use “God” and “Jesus” in a reciprocating proposition, why do they use “God the Son”?

Since Trinitarians say it is wrong to use “God” and “Jesus” in a reciprocating proposition, why do they use God the Son?
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Is a belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not three persons, but one, Modalism?

If I believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are God, but not as three persons but as one, do I believe in Modalism?
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According to Protestantism is the Holy Spirit a Spirit of a Spirit?

God is a Spirit as stated in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is described as the Spirit of God. Does this mean that the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of a Spirit? How does this relationship work? I know the ...
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If “Elohim” can refer to angels and demons, then does Jesus being called “God” really prove anything?

In arguing for the Trinity, I mentioned that Jesus was called God (Theos in Greek). The rebuttal was that Theos in the Greek is equivalent to Elohim, which can refer to angels, demons, or just about ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the use of singular word “name” in the Prayer of Sign of the Cross?

We see Jesus' instructions to the disciples at Mt 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This ...
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If the Holy Trinity is defined as three distinct faces, people or persons of God, does this not directly contradict the first commandment?

THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS ON MY FACE. One of the most common explanations I've seen floating around in the Internet is a picture: It denotes the 'Godhead'. In my understanding, heads, and ...
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Why is Jesus Christ only one person despite having two minds?

I think this question haven't been asked yet here. The teaching of Chalcedonian Christianity (including the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant churches) is that Jesus Christ exists as one ...
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How can Jesus (the word become flesh) have a God? Does God have a God? [duplicate]

All these verses (and many more) say he does.John 5:44 the one and only God. John 17:3, 2 Cor 1:3, Eph 1:3, Col 1:3, 2 Cor 11:31, Rom 15:6, Rom 1:7 the God of our Lord Jesus. 1 Pet 1:3 Heb 1:8-9 God ...
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What does The Father do?

It seems like such a basic question: what does the Father do? It is said that the Holy Spirit is the life-giver and speaks through the prophets and everything is made through the Son, Jesus, and Jesus ...
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Why does Jesus refer to Himself as something distinct from God?

This question is addressed to people of trinitarian sects. If Jesus is part of a trinity, why are there so many examples of Him referring to Himself as something distinct from God? Some examples are ...
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If “God” is a Trinity, where in the Bible does the word “God” refer to the Trinity? [duplicate]

There may be places where the word is ambiguous. What I am looking for is one example that must be all three.
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Were the Jews right in accusing Jesus of claiming to be God? [duplicate]

I was once asked this question by a Jehovah Witness to prove if the Jews understood that Jesus was claiming to be God. I affirm that they did while the Jehovah Witnesses deny it. Related question ...
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Was the Trinity looked upon by John of Damascus and Gregory of Nyssa as a combination of Jewish monotheism and pagan polytheism?

John of Damascus says "of the Greek we have the distinction of hypostases.". That is adding Greek doctrine to "Christianity." When John says "we have" something "...
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Is 1 Corinthians 15:27 problematic for trinitarians?

Bible hub has several translations of 1 Corinthians 15:27. NKJV reads For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all ...
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Is the Greek word Protoktistos used anywhere in the Bible?

Arguing against the teaching that Jesus is a created being, some point out that calling him the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15) does not mean the first created. The trinitarian will often ...
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What is the official Catholic view of a feminine element within the Trinity?

A recent question on Christianity Stack (about monotheism and the Trinity) suggested that since Christians present the Trinity as a “family” it must contain a feminine element. This came as news to ...
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What is the Anglican and Episcopalian basis for viewing the Trinity as a family and should contain a feminine element?

A recent question on Christianity Stack (about monotheism and the Trinity) suggested that since Christians present the Trinity as a “family” it must contain a feminine element. This came as news to ...
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Is 'pure' monotheism of more primitiveness and innateness than the Trinity is?

I know that it is shocking for Trinitarians to ask this question, but it seems to me that monotheism, pure monotheism is more primitive. While Trinity is of less primitiveness and of less common sense....
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How are John 17:3 (the Father being “the only true God”) and John 14:6 (Jesus being “the truth”) reconcilable?

I was wondering if there was a hidden meaning to John 17:3. In John 17:3 Jesus calls Father the only true God, but in John 14:6 Jesus says that He is the Truth. You can't have a "True" God without ...
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Where did the trinity concept come from? [duplicate]

When I read the bible I see God and His Son as distinctly separate beings. Son sits next to Father. Son prays to Father. Yada yada. How can they be the same person? And when I read the bible I ...
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Trinity, is the son of GOD, GOD himself/itself? [closed]

I understand that Jesus is son of GOD. The scripture is clear on that one. Jesus did lots of things that only GOD can do. We revered Jesus as God (not all caps). But is he also GOD, the father (all ...
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Do the reformed theology adherents believe that a believer should not “converse with” or “pray to” or worship the Holy Spirit?

I was in a Reformed house church and heard them making a statement of faith after the meeting. In that, they wrote that only the Father and the Son are to be worshipped and prayed to. They believed ...
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Are there different views on the nature or/and understanding of the Trinity among Trinitarians?

I think I've heard people describe the doctrine differently, maybe because they do not fully grasp the so-called "mystery". I've heard someone make an argument for the Trinity while maintaining the ...
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How do Trinitarians explain the Athanasian Creed saying that the “one God” is the Trinity rather than the Father as in the Nicene Creed?

In Scripture and the early Creeds, "one God" is used primarily to refer to God the Father: 1 Cor 8:6 (NIV): yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for ...
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Why did Jesus address Yahweh as God at the Cross?

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus addressing Yahweh as 'Father'. But we see at Matt 27:46 Jesus addressing the Father as `God': "And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,...
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Is there a concept of a theological quadrilemma with regard to the person and divinity of Jesus Christ?

One well-known trilemma considered a proof of the divinity of Jesus is most commonly known in the version by C. S. Lewis. It proceeds from the premise that Jesus claimed to be God, and that therefore ...
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Did Jesus have a physical body before his incarnation?

According to the doctrine of the trinity the Son is eternal. Is this in reference to his divine nature only or the physical and divine? If it is both physical and divine, then did the body shrink ...
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What is the Trinitarian explanation or interpretation of Proverbs 8:22 [duplicate]

Prov 8:22 (NKJV) says about Wisdom: The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. And John 1:1 reads: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and ...
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What is the difference between LORD and GOD? [closed]

I need to understand whether GOD and LORD is the same or different.
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How do Trinitarians explain John 17:3?

Unitarians use John 17:3 to affirm their faith that the Father alone is the only true God. They would say that this is the strongest evidence that there is only one person who is true God. Thus, the ...
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Is Trinity A Roman Empire Construction? [duplicate]

Please do not take offence at my question but for the life of me I cannot pin point where I read or heard the statement that the Roman Empire came up with the idea of Trinity to stop fighting between ...

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