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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 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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If Jesus is God then how could he die?

According to trinitarian theology, Jesus is both 100% man and 100% God. It is said that Jesus, being 100% God, died. Therefore, God died. I know that 1/3 of God did not die, because that would be ...
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What is the meaning of 'is' in the context of the Trinity?

The Philosopher Gottlob Frege distinguishes between four different meaning behind the word 'is': 1) 'is' as in identity; Saul is Paul. 2) 'is' as in predicate; Paul is Christian. 3) 'is' as in ...
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Do the Taylor Brethren use the term 'Trinity' in a specialised way?

In 1890, the Brethren movement split into two, one section led by F E Raven (the cause of the split) who was then succeeded by James Taylor Senior, who also held at least some of Raven's views. Raven ...
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Does the Bible ever refer to Jesus Christ as “God”? [duplicate]

I believe Jesus Christ is God and that He is also called God in the Bible. Hebrews 1:8 is always my first choice as the proof of this. Heb. 1:8 says, "But unto the Son He saith, 'Thy throne, O ...
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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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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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Is Trinitarianism Biblical or pagan? [closed]

Is the concept of Trinity from the Bible? If it is then should I as a Muslim conclude that Bible does not uphold the unity of GOD, rather teaches 'tritheism', as the Bible says "Three are witness in ...
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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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If Jesus is God, who/where does Jesus pray to?

I realize that some of Christianity believe God and Jesus to be one being, whereas some believe them to be separate and distinct beings. I come from the background of the latter group, which reasoning ...
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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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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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Has any scholar argued that the Trinity doctrine solves the “best possible world” and “divine freedom to create” objections?

Quoting the wikipedia article, "The claim that the actual world is the best of all possible worlds is the central argument in Leibniz's theodicy, or his attempt to solve the problem of evil." It is ...
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The Trinity before the birth of Jesus

If Jesus was born at a certain date in history, do trinitarian Christians believe that the Trinity did not exist before that date? Alternatively, is some sort of incorporeal Jesus believed to have ...
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Perfect relationship between Trinity and other relationships in heaven - Catholic

My question can sound like a question out of blue, but I am going to ask it anyway. We can come up with many different descriptions of so called "perfect relationship", but for Christians the best ...
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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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Does the Chalcedonian Definition mean Christ has two minds?

In the seventh century two Christological doctrines were determined to be un-orthodox and in contradiction to the Chalcedonian Definition: that Christ has one "energy", and then that Christ has one ...
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How is the Trinity compatible with divine simplicity?

Divine simplicity is the doctrine that God has no parts/composition. It implies that God is equivalent to his attributes and his attributes are equivalent to each other. So God is love and God is ...
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Are the Word and Spirit also called God because the Father isn't made up of parts in accordance with the the doctrine of the Trinity? [duplicate]

Do Christians worship the Word and Spirit as God too because the Word and Spirit are inseparable attributes of the Father and because the Father isn't made up of parts? Actually I am just trying to ...
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According to Trinitarians, did the human Jesus worship the divine Jesus?

According to Trinitarians, did the human Jesus worship the divine Jesus?
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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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Did Ignatius believe in the doctrine of Eternal Generation of the Son?

Ignatius wrote in A.D. 110 that Jesus was gennetos kai agennetos, meaning “begotten and not begotten.” Did Ignatius believe in the doctrine of Eternal Generation of the Son? Why did he say that Jesus ...
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How is the trinity all God but also distinct? [duplicate]

In an answer to If Jesus is God the Father, did God the father die on the cross when Jesus died? it is pointed out that: to summarize the Trinity: The Father is God The Son is God The ...
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How do we know that the Holy Spirit is God?

I know that as Trinitarians, we believe that God exists as one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That God the Father is God is patently obvious from the ...
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What is the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity in the Book of Mormon?

The Community of Christ – formerly the "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" – is a rather unique branch of Christianity in that it stems from the LDS Church, recognizing the Book ...
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To understand the “The Bible is the Word of God”

According to the Trinity. The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (from Latin trinitas "triad", from trinus "threefold")1 defines God as three consubstantial persons,2 expressions, or hypostases:[3] ...
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How is Matthew 24:36 explained by trinitarians?

In Matthew 24:36 Jesus is quoted saying, that even he does not know when the end of the world will come, only God (the Father) alone. I'm interested in how the major trinitarian denominations explain ...
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How do monothelites explain Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane?

...monothelitism is the view that Jesus Christ has two natures but only one will. - Wikipedia In the garden, Jesus prayed: Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but ...
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How does Jesus' pre-incarnational existence relate to oneness pentecostalist godhead doctrine?

I've watched a few Youtube debates on trinitarianism vs unitarianism and the trinitarian apologists invariably try to prove Jesus "backwards" eternality (that he existed before the incarnation). But ...
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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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How does the Trinitarian defend this argument from a JW?

Upon discussing the relationship of Father and Son (the Trinity) with a Jehovah's Witness today; they disagreed (of course) with the understanding that the Trinity doctrine holds the Father and Son as ...
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Why is blasphemy against the Son or Father forgiven but blasphemy against the Spirit isn't forgiven? [closed]

Matthew 12:31–32 (RSV) 31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever says a word against the Son ...
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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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What is the basis of the view that Jesus was separated from the Father and Holy Spirit upon death?

From my limited understanding of this matter, some people believe that Jesus was in some sense separated from the Father. This has come up in the context of discussions of the indivisibility of the ...
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Why must the hypostatic union be viewed as taking place at Jesus' conception?

What are the reasons why Trinitarian orthodoxy holds that the Word had to make his hypostatic union with the man Jesus Christ at the point of his conception in Mary's womb rather than later at his ...
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Did JWs believe in trinity and immortality of the soul before they got their own Bible?

This is a question about the Bible translation called the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT) that was produced by Jehovah's Witnesses as a complete Bible first in 1961, and about its ...
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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 do Trinitarians explain the Father granting life to the Son (John 5:26)?

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (John 5:26, NIV) How do trinitarians explain the fact that the Father has granted life to the Son?
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Why does Jesus have to be fully God and fully man? Is it not sufficient to be the son of God and fully man?

This is a follow on from the question Why does the Messiah have to be God? Fully Man: I agree that Jesus had to become man, I believe this is VERY well supported in the bible. Hebrews 2:17-18, ...
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What does it mean for the Spirit to only speak of what he hears? (trinitarian perspective)

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he ...
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What is the origin of the Doctrine of Trinity?

My understanding is that "Trinity" is not is not used in the Christian Bible to define the three hypostases: God, Christ, and Holy Spirit. What then is the historical origin of the Doctrine of the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity consisting of different persons?

In What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity? we have explored the biblical basis for the doctrine that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. However, what ...
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How do trinitarians interpret John 8:58?

In John 8:58 Yeshua says: Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (KJV) If I'm not misunderstanding, and based on commentaries I've read, trinitarians ...
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What do the Nicene, Apostles, Chalcedonian, Creeds add to the concept of God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost that is not found directly in the Bible?

There were opposing views especially on the nature of God and His relationship to Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. That was in part the reason for the councils. To try to unify the church and come to ...
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Is there a hierarchy in the Trinity? [closed]

It seems that there is some form of hierarchy within the Trinity. For example, these passages seem to indicate that the Holy Spirit is subservient to the Father and Jesus: John 14:26 (NIV) But ...
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In Trinitarian theology who created the world? [closed]

Did the father create the world by himself by fiat ("Let there be and there was...")? Or, Did the father order the son to create the world and the son did the work (where "Let there be..." was a ...
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Why is rejection of the Trinity heresy, and not just wrong? (Protestant perspective)

There are plenty of instances where Christians systematically believe something false and directly contradicting biblical teachings, yet they are not deemed to be so errant as to disqualify them from ...
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In John 20:17 does Jesus have a God? [duplicate]

John 20:17 says that Jesus has a God. I have looked it up in every translation. it says "Jesus said to her "touch me not;for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto ...
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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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Is there any biblical justification for referring to God as Mother?

On one occasion, I heard someone prayer, "To God, our Father and Mother." In The Shack, the Trinity is represented as three persons, where God the Father is a woman. Is there any biblical ...