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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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According to Trinitarians, what does it mean that God is invisible? [closed]

I quote from an answer to BH.SE question Did the disciples 'see' Jesus (John 20:20) in the way Job 'saw' God (Job 42:5)? We have the Bible teaching that: No one has seen God the Father John 1:18 - ...
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How do Unitarian see the Problem of sharing YHWHs Honor with the Son? Isaiah 48:11 and John 5:23

In Isaiah 48:11 we see that the Father YHWH does not share his Glory/Honor with anybody. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not ...
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From whom or what did Arius learn his theology?

Where did Arius learn his theology? Did he rely on specific theologians that wrote before him? Origen? Clement of Alexandria? Lucian of Antioch? Were his ideas based on the Bible or on Greek ...
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Why is it significant that Arius taught two Wisdoms? Was this a deviation of some kind?

Both Athanasius noted that Arius taught two Wisdoms. Athanasius wrote that in Arius’ theology, “There are … two Wisdoms, one God's own who has existed eternally with God, the other the Son who was ...
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Should a Protestant accept the Nicene Creed? [closed]

In chapter 24.1 of his authoritative book on the fourth century Arian Controversy - The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God - Bishop RPC Hanson discusses how the various parties in that ...
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According to Trinitarian theologians, why is Christ distinguished from God at 1 Corinthians 11:3 as a man is distinguished from Christ?

1 Corinthians 11:3 is But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. It seems we have 3 distinct beings in the ...
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Did the early church believe that Jesus was uncreated?

Among the early church there was a dispute on the nature of Christ, with some Christians claiming that Jesus was not only God but was uncreated and some like Arius believing that Jesus Christ was ...
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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 ...
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Given that Jesus can read minds. Why did God need to observe external behavior to know what was in the heart?

Given that Jesus can read minds. Why did God need to observe external behavior to know what was in the heart? In Mark 2:8 it reads And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so ...
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How do those who hold Jesus = God in the Trinitarian sense account for Paul's reticence to state this clearly and consistently?

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul says (Ephesians 6:19-20) Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the ...
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According to Trinitarians who believe Philippians 2:6 says Jesus is God, why did Paul add the word 'form' ('morphe')?

Philippians 2:6 is "Ὃς ἐν μορφῇ Θεοῦ ὑπάρχων οὐχ ἁρπαγμὸν ἡγήσατο τὸ εἶναι ἴσα Θεῷ" "Hos en morphe theou hyparchon ouch harpagmon hegesato to einai isa theo" In his talk ...
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According to Trinitarian theology, how is Jesus God when he sits at the right hand of the true God?

Jesus claimed a lot of times that he was God and am going to quote some verses inexplicitly in the Holy Bible where he claimed that title. John 8:57: He was with the Pharisees and the Sadducees and ...
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How can the hypostases be distinct? (Identity Trinitarianism)

NOTE: This question is aimed at those who hold a particular view of the Trinity. If you do not hold the view I am referring to, then this question is not directed torwards you Thomists and other ...
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How do Trinitarians deal with this contradiction regarding the Creator?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If a trinitarian is asked which God is being referred to, which God created the heaven and the earth at the beginning, MOST, if not ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians deal with the fact that the early church accepted the divinity of Christ?

This question is slightly related to How do Unitarians respond to quotations from Ignatius of Antioch that seem to show Ignatius believes Jesus is God? but I think I am presenting a unique challenge. ...
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Jesus' Soul and Spirit?

What is the difference between soul and spirit? When Jesus was made flesh he had human and divine natures. Being human, he had a human soul too. But In nature he is God. God is spirit. Does anyone ...
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Can you help me solve this theological puzzle over 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, several other texts ...
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In the Trinitarian view does Matthew 11:27 indicate the Holy Spirit does not know the Son?

Matthew 11:27 Young's Literal Translation 27 `All things were delivered to me by my Father, and none doth know the Son, except the Father, nor doth any know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom ...
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If a non-believer asks a Trinitarian Christian to explain John 14:10, how might the latter oblige?

We see Jesus telling in John 14:10 the following: Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father ...
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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 ...
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Who do Trinitarians believe is Paul's God?

Premise 1Cor 8:6 KJV But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Romans 15:6 NASB so that ...
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Who do Trinitarians believe is the Apostle Peter's God?

Who do Trinitarians understand Peter's God to be? Premise Acts 3:13 NKJV (Peter speaking) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His servant Jesus, whom you delivered ...
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According to the triune concept, at what point does this logically structured statement become NOT True?

According to the concept of the Trinity, where does this logic fail? There is One True God, YHWH The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is YHWH. Jesus declares the 1 God to be the God of Abraham, Isaac,...
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Does the Personalistic Norm apply to Divine Persons?

St. Pope John Paul II would be wont to say: "the person is a good towards which the only proper and adequate attitude is love." but in this sense, does "person" equally apply to ...
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How would I juxtapose between the unity of God (Shema) in Deuteronomy 6.4 and the concept of Trinity in the Old Testament

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
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According to Trinitarians, who is seated on the Throne and who takes His scroll from His right hand, in Rev 4 and 5?

In Revelation 4 we see the Lord God Almighty sitting on the throne of heaven, who is described as the Creator of all things: Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; ...
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According to the concept of a triune god, who is the begotten "son" in Psalm 2 and what happened on this "day"?

Psalm 2 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee I'm defining this word as I will ...
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Jesus says, that God the Father is a Spirit AND Paul says, That there is 1 Spirit. How do trinitarians understand who or what the Holy Spirit is?

Premise Jesus tells the woman at the well to worship the Father in Spirit and Truth. John 4:23-24 King James Version 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians explain the use of the singular in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17?

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 is "16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who by grace has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and ...
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Are WLC's arguments against Relative Identity Trinitarianism valid?

In his book Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, William Lane Craig offers three arguments against Relative Identity. The first argument regards the alleged "spurious" nature ...
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Trinity as God in Three Persons or Manifestations? [duplicate]

Where does scripture support the Holy Spirit is a Person? Where in scripture is it essential-for-salvation to claim God is in Three Persons? How does the claim of 'God in Three Persons' reconcile the ...
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Why does the Book of Revelation allocate such a subordinate role to the Holy Spirit?

Revelation’s visions often put the Son with the Father, but the Holy Spirit is generally absent. For example: RECEIVING THE BOOK OF REVELATION “GOD” gave the visions of Revelation to “JESUS CHRIST” ...
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How do those who believe Jesus was eternally the Son explain Jesus being chosen?

Luke 9:35 is And a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, whom I have chosen. Listen to Him!” The concept of 'choosing' entails a chronological sequence of events, where one is ...
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Why don’t the baptisms in Acts use the trinitarian formula? [duplicate]

At the end of the book of Matthew, we see Jesus’ command for baptism in the name of all three persons of the trinity: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of ...
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How do Trinitarians understand the phrase 'image of God' as in Colossians 1:15?

Colossians 1:15-20 is often cited by Trinitarians as evidence that Jesus is God, because they tend to believe it is describing Jesus as creating all thing and holding all things together in an ...
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Emanuel Swedenborg's view on Trinity

This wiki page says that: Emanuel Swedenborg explained in his theological writings how the Divine Trinity exists in One Person, in One God, the Lord Jesus Christ, which he said is taught in ...
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Are there different Trinitarian foundations?

I read with interest a comment on CSE recently that stated- Scoping the question to Trinitarians in general may open the door to doctrines that may have some biblical basis, but are mostly based on ...
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Do Trinitarians believe Jesus has (or had) two centres of consciousness?

I recently read a pastor talking about how while Jesus was a baby in the manger, he was simultaneously keeping the entire universe running. Yet a baby consciousness is very different, presumably, from ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians explain 1 Timothy 3:16, which says "God was manifest in the flesh"?

1 Timothy 3:16 seems like a pretty straightforward knock-out punch for Trinitarianism. "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh[.]" (KJB) ...
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According to Trinitarians, can beings other than God take on other natures?

The standard Trinitarian position is that a 'person' of the Triune God 'took on' or 'added' a human nature. So once that occurs, this person has both a fully human and a fully divine nature. This ...
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How to express the Trinity in terms of category theory

I've recently been studying category theory (mathematics), in which the relations between objects are generalized to a very abstract level. I was wondering therefore if the relations between the ...
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How do those who interpret John 10:30 as a claim to full divine equality by Jesus also interpret John 10:29, which says the Father is greater?

John 10:30 is a common proof-text for Trinitarians and others who assert Jesus' equality with the Father. It is "I and the Father are one." at which the hostile Jews around him pick up ...
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According to Trinitarians, does Tuggy get Jesus' argument at John 10:33-36 right?

Dale Tuggy, a Biblical Unitarian, more formally presents Jesus' argument at John 10:34-36. "34 Jesus replied, “Is it not written in your Law: ‘I have said you are gods’? 35 If he called them ...
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Has any trinitarian these days ever come across an argument for proof of the deity of Christ that goes like this:

If X saves, X must be God. Jesus saves. Therefore, Jesus must be God. All the trinitarian books / articles / sermons I’ve ever come across have never attempted such a simplistic way of reasoning ...
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According to Trinitarians, can a Person of the Trinity add a new nature whenever He wants to?

According to Trinitarians, the Second Person of the Trinity 'assumed' or 'took on' a human nature at incarnation. Do Trinitarians hold that the Second Person of the Trinity (or any Persons) can ...
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What is the scriptural basis for the belief that a man is not capable of being the Saviour?

Mike Borden provides a thought-provoking answer to the question According to the Protestant denominations that hold to the doctrine of clarity of scripture, is Trinitarianism clear?. He says that ...
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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, ...
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In the New Catholic Bible, is Isiaiah 9:5 speaking about Jesus, and who is the Wonderful Counsellor?

I have a question for Trinitarian Roman Catholics as to who Isaiah 9:6 (New Catholic Bible) is describing, and who the Wonderful Counsellor is. Isaiah 9:5 New Catholic Bible 5 For a child has been ...
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What arguments does the Catholic Church use to require Trinitarian intent on the part of the baptizer for a 'valid' baptism?

It looks like the 'intent' of the baptizer requires some sort of assent to Trinitarian beliefs in order for a baptism to be considered valid by the Catholic Church (see Would a person baptized by a ...
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According to Catholicism, how can the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son if it is God?

Given the Filioque (the idea that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son), how can the Holy Spirit be considered God? Given that God is necessary, it seems to me that the Filioque ...
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