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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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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How can the Son not know what the Father knows?

Matthew 24:36 (NLT) Mark 13:32 (NLT) 36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” Now ...
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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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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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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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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 it is possible to be one God in three persons (Jesus, Holy Ghost, and God the Father)?

1)”Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy 6:4 2)And the Word( Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the ...
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What is the doctrine of the Trinity?

What is the doctrine of the Trinity as defined by Christianity? Obviously there are three entities involved: God the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but is there more to the definition?
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Jesus rejects equality with God - How does this statement reconcile with traditional teachings? [closed]

What does this mean Jesus rejects equality with God? I was always taught Jesus and the Father where separate but equal? Did they mean to say separate but both God but not equal? Well I know of at ...
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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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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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Can orthodox Trinitarians say, “God died on the cross”?

In the council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) the question of whether or not Jesus' mother Mary should be referred to as the "Mother of God" or the "Mother of Christ" was debated. On the orthodox (Mother of ...
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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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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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What will happen to the Trinity when the Bride of Christ is revealed?

Are there any Christian teaching that address What will happen to the Trinity when the “Bride of Christ” is established, will it then be a Quadrinity? Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of ...
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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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What is the Biblical evidence that there are ONLY three persons in the “Trinity”?

(This is a followup to the various answers for the question What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity?) The specific concept of 'trinity' isn't specifically spelled out in the Bible. ...
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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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According to Catholicism, did Moses believe in the Trinity?

According to Catholicism, did Moses, and especially the Jewish people during his time, know that God is triune?
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Does 1 Corinthians 8:6 prove Unitarianism?

yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all , things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV To ...
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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 didn’t the disciples baptize using a Trinitarian formula as commanded in the Great Commission?

If the Mathew 28:19 (and the Great Commission therein) is considered an authentic verse, why aren’t there any instances in the NT where the apostles actually baptized someone using the Trinitarian ...
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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 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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According to Protestants, what is the biblical basis of Jesus being “one substance with the father”?

The only place in scripture where the relationship of the substance of Jesus with the substance of God that I can find in the scriptures is To the Hebrews:1:3 which actually says that they are of ...
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How was the idea of homoousion developed, and when was this term used prior to the Nicean Council?

According to the Nicean Creed, Jesus Christ is said to be: Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten and not made; of the very same being (ὁμοούσιον) of the Father, by Whom all things came into ...
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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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Are there any commentaries from Trinitarians that explain why the Holy Spirit doesn't have a throne/receive worship in Revelation?

For being a co-equal member of the Godhead, it would appear that the Holy Spirit is, for all intents and purposes, absent from the major points, events, and these visions held in Revelation. For ...
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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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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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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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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God?

What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about the nature of God and, specifically, Jesus? A common Christian belief is that God is One in Three co-equal, co-eternal Persons--the Father, the Son, and the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity?

The word/term "trinity" is never used in the Bible. However, most Christians believe that God exists as three persons in one God-head. This question has two parts: What is the Biblical basis for the ...
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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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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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Did St. Paul know the doctrine of the Trinity?

Did St. Paul know anything about the doctrine of the Trinity (3 Persons in 1 God) but ran out of ink to fully explain it? Or would the Trinitarian doctrine of the Athanasian Creed, for example, have ...
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Is the Christian concept of the Trinity influenced by Philo's philosophy?

Philo, the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived at the same time as Jesus (albeit in Egypt) and during the time of the early church, taught a trinity very similar to what the Scriptures teach ...
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Philosophical proofs that God must be triune? [closed]

I have heard that many philosophers wrote that God must be triune. What were their arguments? What are some references regarding this topic?
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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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Does Catholicism teach that Trinity is reflected in Man?

This question is highly related to, but not exactly a duplicate of Does Roman Catholicism teach that man is body and soul (bipartite) or body, soul, and spirit (tripartite)? The answer to the ...
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If we say “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit” can we say “God, God, and God”?

God is said to be "the triune god". He exists as "the Father" (who is God), "the Son" (who is God), and "the Holy Spirit" (who is God). Since Jesus is "the son of God", then the Father is ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, what does "proceeds' mean in the Nicene Creed?

The Nicene Creed says: We believe in one God,the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, ...
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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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Is Mary, “Mother of God,” the mother of the Son or of the whole Trinity?

I find the Catholic title "Mother of God" for the Virgin Mary confusing. It is clear that she was the mother of Jesus, the Son. But the title suggests (indeed, not literally, but still) that Mary is ...
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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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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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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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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 is the theology of the Semi-Arians?

What I know from history books is that Semi-Arians held to the neutral theological position of homoiousians against both strict homoousians and anomoeans. However, I found a very scant knowledge ...
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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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