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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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When did the concept of οὐσία begin to refer to God's nature?

In the NT, the Greek word οὐσία means "possession, property (substance)." To simply put, it is a thing or stuff that someone owns. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the ...
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity? (Catholic / Nicene perspective)

According to the Catholic Church (and other Nicene churches), does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity?
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What is the earliest use of the phrase “God the Son”?

Does the phrase "God the Son" appear in manuscripts or early translations (Textus Receptus, Vulgate, etc.) of the New Testament scriptures? If not, when did the phrase enter into the Christian ...
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Was Jesus in unity with the Holy Spirit? [closed]

I read this scripture: Matthew 10:5 New International Version These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. ...
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Is Jesus speaking from Himself or is the Holy Spirit speaking through Him? [closed]

When Jesus spoke, are the words recorded His own as the Messiah, or those of God delivered through Him by his Holy Spirit? How can we distinguish? Jesus and the Holy Spirit who filled Him sometimes ...
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How Can God Be A Trinity [duplicate]

It clearly says in the Old Testament, that God is one : "Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one" Deuteronomy 6:4, so how come the New Testament contradicts the Old Testament by saying God ...
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What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula?

Oneness Pentecostals and others who hold to "Jesus-name" (or "Jesus-only") baptism maintain that the trinitarian formula used by Nicene Christians and others is based on a misunderstanding of Matthew ...
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Trinitarian Christianity and Numbers 23:19 - Was Jesus a man?

In a discussion about the trinity, I was asked about Numbers. I was completely stumped. Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath ...
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Wouldn't the “spirit of Jesus” [mentioned in Acts 16:7] challenge the idea of the Trinity?

As seen here: http://www.studylight.org/commentary/acts/16-7.html ...and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; If Jesus and ...
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How has the ontological argument been used to explain the Trinity?

The basis of an ontological argument is the existence of an idea of a great God, of whom none greater can be imagined. However, we've heard many times that the human mind cannot comprehend the ...
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Is the doctrine of the Trinity the primary difference between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism? [closed]

Judaism got its root in 1st millennium BC; Islam originated in 7th century AD; Christianity took birth in the 1st century AD. Did doctrinal differences regarding the Trinity necessitate the creation ...
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Please clarify Phil 2:8-9 with reference to the Trinity

In Philippians 2:8-9 we read: He [Jesus] humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the ...
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Why is the Bible seemingly silent on the love which the God the Son has for God the Father? [closed]

I assume that each member of the Godhead loves each other member of the Godhead. God is, after all, love (1 John 4:8 and 16). The Gospels are quite explicit regarding the love which God the Father ...
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How do Catholics believe God is eternal if Jesus died on the cross? [duplicate]

The doctrine of the Trinity states that there are three Persons: God (the Father), Jesus (the Son), and the Holy Ghost. The Church also teaches that Jesus died for the sins of humanity. Jesus is 100% ...
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Are there any Trinitarian Protestant denominations that deny the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son from the Father?

Are there any Trinitarian Protestant denominations that deny the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son from the Father? By "denomination" in this context I am excluding any sects, Unitarians, ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret John 3:35?

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. John 3:35 (ESV) The Father gave the Son the following: All authority (Matthew 28:18). Life in Himself (John 5:26). Authority to ...
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How do Eastern Christians explain Jesus “sending” the Holy Spirit in John 15:26?

One of the issues behind the schism between East and West was the doctrine of the eternal procession of the Holy Spirit: does he proceed from the Father, or from the Father and Son? There doesn't ...
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What is the biblical basis for the personhood of the Holy Spirit?

According to Trinitarian theology, the Holy Trinity consists of three persons (τρεῖς ὑποστάσεις), the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who share the same essence/nature (ὁμοούσιος). What is the ...
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Are there any historical examples of Binitarianism? [duplicate]

This is a term I coined myself (and do not advocate) but within Christian history most if not all of the ways someone could be a Trinitarian heretic found historical expression. I'm wondering if there ...
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John 1:18 - “No one has ever seen God” - How do Trinitarians reconcile this scripture with the belief that the Lord Jesus Christ is God?

In John 1:18, it states θεὸν οὐδεὶς ἑώρακεν πώποτε "No one has ever seen God." Trinitarians believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God [the Son], the second person of the Trinity. That being said,...
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If God is a Trinity, are Father and Son manifestations of Divinity without being spirits? [duplicate]

If God is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, does this mean that Father and Son are manifestations of Divinity without being spirits, so that only the Holy Spirit is a spirit? Please answer ...
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The Trinity as one being of one substance [duplicate]

Is there scripture in the Bible that says that God is one being of one substance, as taught by the Nicene and Athanasian creeds and philosophies of men?
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What is the role of the Three Persons of the Godhead in creation?

Genesis 1:26, New International Version (NIV) reads: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, ...
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How was Jesus the Seed of David if Jesus is God who created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam?

How is Jesus the Messiah, the seed of David, if Jesus is God, and God created Man (Adam), and David is the seed of Adam? This is a never-ending circle, and can't physically be possible. We are told in ...
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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 ...
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How does the Swedenborgian Church explain passages where Jesus talks/prays to the Father?

One of the key points in the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is that the traditional understanding of the Trinity - three persons in one God - is mistaken. Instead, God is seen as having ...
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According to Catholicism, why do we worship Christ?

According to the Catholic understanding of Christology, Worship and the Trinity; would it be accurate to state that we worship Jesus because He is the Person who is the 2nd Person of the Trinity? ...
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Have any Christian thinkers expressed the idea that the trinity can be proven independently from Scripture?

It is widely understood among trinitarians that the doctrine of the trinity is best seen through special revelation, particularly the scriptural accounts of the incarnation of Christ. But have there ...
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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 ...
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Are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit explicitly identified as “persons” in any writings directly associated with the Nicene Creed?

Neither version of the Nicene Creed (325 or 381) contains the word "person," in the singular or in the plural. Are there any extant writings that came out of, or are closely associated with, either ...
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Was Jesus' human nature included in the Trinity?

Since Jesus had two natures, one divine and one human, is human nature included in the Trinity, or just the divine nature? What did the early Christians and the traditions have to say about this?
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What was Isaac Newton's view of the Trinity?

The Trinity is a complex topic and I know Isaac Newton studied deep into it, and that his views were somewhat contrary to mainstream doctrines taught today. So I was curious what his view is, and what ...
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What does the phrase “God of God” means in the Nicene Creed?

What does the phrase "God of God" means in the Nicene Creed? We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of ...
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When was the word “trinity” first applied to God in Christianity?

The word "trinity" does not occur in the Bible. When, in early Christian writings and creeds, was the word "trinity" first used in reference to God? After that first (known) occurrence, what are ...
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In what ways did orthodox trinitarianism diverge from Tertullian's proto-trinitarianism?

Tertullian is well known as the first Latin writer to use the word "trinity" (trinitas) and as a proponent of trinitarian doctrine in general. But there were many trinitarian controversies between his ...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church dislike the idea that the Spirit proceeds from the Son?

In studying the Orthodox doctrines I have noticed that there is controversy about the nature of the Spirit and that the word 'filioque' is tossed around. What I am wondering is, what is the ...
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When in the development of trinitarian doctrine was the word “persons” first applied to God?

In the Bible, the word "persons" is not used in reference to God, nor are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit called "persons." When, in early Christian writings and creeds, was the word "persons" (...
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A Catholic uncertain of the trinity [closed]

I struggle with my church's (Catholic Church's) teaching of the Trinity. I have no doubt that Jesus is the Son of God sent to bring us to the Father and to atone for the sin that separates us from ...
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What does the Nicene Creed mean when it says that the Father and the Son are of the same substance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed says: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] ...
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What is the name of God in the Bible, Quran and Talmud? [closed]

I listened to the Muslim prayer. They pray to god of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus. I was wondering if this is the same god as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Also, is this related ...
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When did the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) adopt the doctrine of the Trinity?

The Community of Christ–formerly known as the Reformed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS)–is a schism of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). They separated from the ...
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What is the Christological difference between the early Church fathers and the Arians?

There is a debate on whether or not precursor to Arianism can be found among the earliest church fathers before the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea. Among the early Christian authors whom the early ...
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What is the substance/nature of God based on Trinitarians? [closed]

Trinitarians believe that there is one substance of God subsisting in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. My question is what is this substance/nature of God based on Trinitarians? ...
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Did Karl Barth confess an orthodox doctrine of the Trinity?

Karl Barth (1886–1968) is considered noteworthy for allegedly "recovering the doctrine of the Trinity in the 20th century." He is considered a reformed theologian, but his views are generally not ...
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Is Genesis 18 regarded as a Theophany of the Trinity by any denomination?

Abraham addresses the three visitors as LORD. Is there any group of Christians that understands this as a theophany of the Trinity? Genesis 18:1-2 NASB 1 Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of ...
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According to Catholic theology, why does God have an only Son?

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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According to Catholic theology, why are there two and only two processions in the Godhead? [duplicate]

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?

Revelation 22:3 in the King James Version: 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: To me this appears to ...
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How do Trinitarians reconcile Jesus is a spirit?

From my understanding of the Trinity (please correct me if I am wrong), the Trinity is God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three separate beings (or personalities) but one God. They ...
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The difference between how the Holy Spirit and Son “proceed” from the Father

The Nicene Creed states that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father: and [we believe] in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and life-giver, who proceeds from the Father. καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, ...