Is Trinitarianism Properly Defined as God Existing In or As Three Persons?

For the past 35 years, I have been a student of church and para-church doctrinal statements, also called creeds. These statements, which usually consist of numbered articles, almost always contain an early article about the traditional church doctrine of the Trinity. I have observed in these creeds that the most common method of defining the doctrine of the Trinity goes something like this: "The one God exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." What churches mean to say by this … [Read more...]

Jesus Said He and His Father Are One. He Meant God’s in Him to Get All Things Done

Most Christians think Jesus claimed to be God. Ask most of them who know their Bible, “Where does the Bible say Jesus claimed to be God?” and they’ll likely answer, “He said it in John 10.30: ‘I and the Father are one.’” The word in the Greek New Testament (NT) here translated "one" is hen, which is the numeral "one" and can mean "unity." But that is a far cry from saying straight out, “I am God,” or the like. One is struck with the thought, “Is that the best evidence Christians can muster to pro … [Read more...]

Christ’s Enemies Claimed He Said He Was God. But He Only Said, “I’m the Son of God.”

Most Christians think Jesus claimed to be God. Ask most of them who know their Bible, “Where does the Bible say Jesus claimed to be God?” and they’ll likely answer, “He said it in John 10.30, ‘I and the Father are one.’” But that is a far cry from saying, “I am God,” or the like. One is struck with the thought, “Is that the best evidence Christians have for Jesus claiming to be God? If so, maybe he never made such a claim.”This is a very important issue for Christians. Most assert that a pers … [Read more...]