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How do Trinitarians explain the almost exclusive use of singular pronouns to refer to God in the Bible?

If I might put this in simple language, the Trinitarian position is that there is one God, and he exists in three persons. It is entirely correct, grammatically and philosophically, to refer to God in ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity consisting of different persons?

General references to there being separate personages in the Godhead. Luke 3:21-22 (Matthew 3:13-17 similar story/wording) 21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also ...
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What is the earliest use of the phrase "God the Son"?

This question is complicated, of course, by the fact that we must work with translations of the original texts in order to find this wording. However, at least three second-century authors use this ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 15:27 problematic for trinitarians?

The Queen of England is greater than me in that she is my Queen and I am her loyal subject.. but we are equal in that we are both human. My father is greater than me in that he is my father, but we ...
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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?

First, I will answer the question as posed in the title. The Ascension does not make a difference. Jesus ascended bodily into Heaven, and therefore His humanity also ascended. Second, as the Father ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 15:28 disregarded by trinitarians?

That the Son (in regard to his Deity) should have a relationship with his Father, which is a matter of filial and voluntary subjection, does not mean that he is not equal in Deity to the Father. Equal ...
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Trinitarian Christianity and Numbers 23:19 - Was Jesus a man?

This is not a very good Trinitarian objection for a number of reasons. First, the incarnation occurred at a definite point in history. As the Nicene/Constantinopolitan creed states, "[He] was made man....
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If all persons of the Trinity have the same/a united will what does Jesus mean in John 6:38?

In mainstream Trinitarian theology, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have one Divine Will but Christ is true God and true Man and hence has two wills, a human will and a divine will. This was ...
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Does the divine name YHWH (יַהְוֶה) apply equally to all Persons of the Trinity? (Catholic/Nicene perspective)

For the Catholic Church and other Nicene churches (the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox, the Armenian Orthodox, the Assyrians; as well as the majority of Protestants), the divine name YHWH (...
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If Jesus is God then how could he die?

This is where the doctrine of the hypostatic union is essential. Jesus the Son of God is one person, but he has two natures: the divine nature, and a human nature. The two natures cannot be divided, ...
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How do Trinitarians explain the almost exclusive use of singular pronouns to refer to God in the Bible?

The Christian who experiences the presence of the Holy Spirit within himself, that is to say within his own spirit, experiences the fact of unity of spirit - that unity of person which joins himself ...
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Is 1 Corinthians 15:27 problematic for trinitarians?

No problem for Trinitarians at all. The context of 1 Corinthians 15:27 is actually a big problem for Unitarians. 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 [27]For he hath put all things under his feet. But when ...
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What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula?

Two early church writings can be seen to address this issue: the Didache and Justin Martyr's First Apology. Didache Early evidence for a trinitarian formula in baptism might be found in the Didache, ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to the objection that God cannot be a man based on Hosea 11:9?

Hosea 11:9 says "I am God and not a man." But it says neither "I am God and cannot become a man" nor "I am God and cannot be a man", which the OP has put in the title ...
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Who do Trinitarians believe is the Apostle Peter's God?

Peter's belief about who God is VS Him addressing one person that is God Obviously with the verses you have cited, Peter is addressing the Father, one person that is truly God, does this mean that ...
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Can Muslims be considered Muslims and Christians at the same time in the sight of God?

What are specifically Christian teachings Most religions agree with Jesus's teachings such as loving God, loving fellow human beings, forgiving enemies, almsgiving for the poor and downtrodden, ...
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How can trinitarians profess co-equality when Jesus said the Father was greater?

One of the classic statements is to be found in the words of the Athanasian Creed (which I'm finding in the 1662 Anglican Prayer Book); "Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead: And inferior ...
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According to Reformed churches, is the trinity a finalized doctrine?

Yes and no. That is, in simple terms: No, the doctrine of the Trinity is not "finalized" or "completed" – Reformed theologians regularly debate the intricacies of this doctrine Yes, the doctrine of ...
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Since St. Irenaeus was not a Trinitarian was/is he damned?

By its very nature, a dogma1 makes its deniers officially heretics (ipso facto at the least) only because of its dogmatic, unequivocal nature as taught unambiguously as the faith of the Church, by ...
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What is the difference between LORD and GOD?

The all upper-case "LORD" and "GOD" are used where the original Hebrew used the sacred name of god, YHWH (יהוה). Traditionally, that four letter name (Tetragrammaton) is not supposed to be pronounced ...
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Why do Trinitarians call the Father, the Father?

I think the simple answer is... because that's the terminology that Christ and the NT authors used. I could list verses for days; seriously, just look for "Father" in the NT (especially the ...
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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?

I’ll make two points that serve to give us grounds for strongly doubting this argument. Arguments from silence, especially in regard to the Biblical text or other ancient texts, fail because they don’...
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According to Trinitarian theology, how is Jesus God when he sits at the right hand of the true God?

Through an understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity is the best and seemingly only way to truly understand the mystery. Keeping in mind of course that it is in fact a mystery and will never truly ...
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According to Trinitarians who believe Philippians 2:6 says Jesus is God, why did Paul add the word 'form' ('morphe')?

ος εν μορφη θεου υπαρχων ουχ αρπαγμον ηγησατο το ειναι ισα θεω Philippians 2:6 [TR - undisputed] ... who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God ... [KJV] ... who, ...
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According to Protestants who hold that belief in Trinitarianism is necessary for salvation, what happens to those who assent but don't understand?

It is generally acknowledged that the precise nature of God is beyond human comprehension. God is infinite, and all humans are limited, fallible beings. He is much more than our limited understanding ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity consisting of different persons?

A huge number of scriptures could be brought to bear as evidence for distinctions between the three persons of the godhead. I'll limit myself to following Louis Berkhof's treatment, which calls ...
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Is my view of the Trinity accurate, and what is exactly the role of the Holy Spirit

The Trinity declares that there is only the One Being of God. A Divine Being is not to be confused with a human being. Also, God is Spirit. Before Jesus came to earth to born as a human, he existed ...
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Is 'pure' monotheism of more primitiveness and innateness than the Trinity is?

It must first be stated that Trinitarianism is in fact monotheism. In Trinitarian belief there is only one God. However the nature of that one God is that he exists in three persons. But it is one of ...
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From a trinitarian perspective, how do you biblically reconcile Jesus dying and Jesus being God?

The Doctrinal Position Trinitarian position usually includes the doctrine of Jesus's having two natures in one person (Hypostatic Union). Armed with both the doctrine of Trinity and the Hypostatic ...
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