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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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What is a formal ontological definition of the nature of God according to the doctrine of the Trinity?

What is a formal ontological definition of the nature of God according to the doctrine of the Trinity? Are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ontologically independent entities, each one being ...
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How do non-trinitarians reconcile Rev. 22 verses 6 and 16?

Jehovah's Witnesses, as one non-trinitarian example, claim that Revelation 22:13 is a reference to Jehovah God and not Jesus: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and ...
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How do Jehovahs Witnesses Interpret Revelation 1:17&18…who is this text referring to, and what contextual evidence substantiates the interpretation? [closed]

All passages below are quoted from the Watchtower Online New World Translation...so i make the assumption that it is the latest edition of the scriptures according to Watchtower and therefore ...
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When Christians say “the Lord” in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

It's very common to hear Christians say "Lord" or "the Lord" in different contexts: everyday conversations, prayer, testimonies, sermons, etc. Some example sentences that come to ...
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According to Trinitarianism, should prayers always be directed at one Person at a time, or can we pray to the whole Trinity simultaneously?

According to Trinitarianism, is it valid to pray to God "in general" (the whole Godhead) without specifying the Person (Father, Son or Holy Spirit), or should we always be explicit about ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Was Isaac Newton a Heretic?

(Related to Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic?) Most know Sir Isaac Newton as the person who discovered gravity when he observed the fall of an apple or his discovery of light being a particle, but few are ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the term “the Son”: in the Sign of the Cross as well as in Matthew 28:19?

We read at Mtt 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. In the Sign of the Cross we take the name of ...
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What is the biblical basis for praying to the Holy Spirit?

There is a question about praying to Jesus already, but I noticed there is no question about praying to the Holy Spirit. What is the biblical basis for praying to the third person of the trinity?
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In Hebrews 1:10 Jesus is being addressed as the Creator which is God himself in Genesis

Hebrews 1 is a chapter that is addressed to the Son, which is Jesus himself. But one interesting verse addresses Jesus as the Creator, this is verse 10: And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of ...
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Hebrews 1:8 God addressing Jesus as God

In Hebrews 1:5-13, it was a first person point of view that God is speaking. In verse 8, you will see this time that God is addressing the Son - which is Jesus himself. But of the Son he says, “Your ...
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How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12?

How do Unitarians explain Hebrews 1:10-12? 10 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear ...
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Why does the apostle John write far more clearly about the deity of Christ than seems to be the case in the other gospel accounts?

He starts with a most powerful declaration of the One who became Jesus in the flesh as having being God in the beginning, see John 1:1-14. But from there on in, similar expressions of deity come thick ...
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Did God create Jesus' soul?

This is one of a series of questions I have regarding the Christian notion of the Trinity. Assuming Jesus soul was created, and that Jesus has a free will of his own, then any God-like attributes ...
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What is the biblical basis for switching between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as recipients during prayer?

I've noticed that some Christians seem to switch the recipient of their prayer as they pray. For example, they may begin their prayer by addressing the Father, but at some point they suddenly switch ...
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Why is 1 Corinthians 15:28 disregarded by trinitarians?

International Standard Version: But when everything has been put under him, then the Son himself will also become subject to the one who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. The ...
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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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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? [closed]

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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