"the trinity" heresy
1. Who, or what, is "the trinity"?
(note: 'The Athanasian Creed' was only settled in AD381, after centuries of argument by so-called "learned" men...and even then it was subject to further revision in AD451, which now forms the doctrine of "the trinity")
Most importantly, consider John 17:3 - "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent".
3. Was this practice followed in the time of the apostles?
The apostacy is termed "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT" in Revelation 17:5, and one of its most fundamental teachings is "the trinity". Asked to explain, its "ministers" advise that this cannot be done - it is termed "a mystery", and the reason is obvious. Kept under the bondage of fear of the unknown by this superstition, and the threat of eternal punishment by another heresy, "the immortal soul", myriads are thus turned away from the Scriptures which alone can save them. Paul wrote "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" - 2 Timothy 1:7.
4. What do the Scriptures say regarding the claim of 'The Athanasian Creed' that He (God) consists of three persons - the Father, the Son (that is, Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit?
5. Are the Father and the Son coeternal?
These passages clearly show that Jesus is neither God nor equal with God, and it is especially important to note that the words above "on the right hand of the Majesty on high" prove that Jesus is not the Majesty on high, who is God, that is, the only God - the Father. Note also that the words "being made so much better than the angels" definitely indicate a power greater than He, who actually "made" Him at His resurrection "so much better than the angels". At His birth, by the spirit of God, Jesus had been "made a little lower than the angels [that is, a man], that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man" (Hebrews 2: 9).
(we only use such blasphemous terms for the illustration of apostacy). However, we can be absolutely sure that Jesus knew that there is only one God, the Father, and that our prayers should be directed to Him, through the Saviour and Mediator, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.
7. Is the Holy Spirit a God equal with God the Father?
'The Religious Dictionary', of which Dr. Lyman Abbott, a professed "trinitarian", was one of the compilers and editors, says on page 944:
"It was not until the beginning of the fourth century that the trinitarian view began to be elaborated and formulated as doctrine, and an effort was made to reconcile it with the church's belief in one God in an attempt to solve this problem of the trinity...The trinity is a very marked feature in Hinduism, and can be perceived in Persian, Egyptian, Roman, Japanese, Indian mythologies, and in the oldest Greek beliefs..."The trinitarian doctrine with its three gods in one god was an idea that the Church of Rome took from Babylon to attract the pagans, who already had a trinity of pagan gods, while avoiding conflict with the Christians, who believed in one true God."
"The general acceptance of this doctrine since those days, and the tenacity with which it is still maintained, is based on superstitious fear instilled first by the Roman clergy, and later by the Protestant clergy, under the threat that whoever denies the trinity is doomed. And in case there anyone might consider this to be an unreasonably strong and unfounded statement, just go to 'The Common Book of Prayers' and read 'The Athanasian Creed', which explicitly states that "whoever wants to save himself must believe in the trinity and would otherwise perish forever". So this doctrine is so firmly entrenched, that Protestants promulgated it as a legacy of the 'Papacy', and one that is still held so tenaciously, that belief in this incomprehensible and unbiblical doctrine is a basic requirement of popular Christianity. Whoever does not believe it is declared a heretic."
9. Do not 1 John 5: 7 and 8 clearly teach the doctrine of "the trinity"? The text reads:
Let it be clearly understood that the word 'trinity' does not appear in the Bible. And if (as claimed by its adherents) it is such an important concept, why is this the case? But let us examine the following quotation, to see if there is any vestige of support for this self-contradictory teaching:
"For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one."
Perhaps it should be noted here that the well-informed "traditional church believer" rarely quotes this passage to support a belief in "the trinity", although it is the only place in the Bible where its adherents appear to have any shred of backing for their strange theory. Why is this so? It is because the words from "in heaven" to "on earth" (inclusive) are a human interpolation. They are not found in any of the oldest Greek manuscripts, i.e. before the 15th Century AD. The 'Jerusalem Bible', the 'New International Version', and the 'Scofield Annotated Bible' include the original text and add an explanatory note in the margin. The 'Revised Version' simply omits the spurious text. A typical note appears in Scofield: "Almost everyone agrees that v. 7 is not authentic."
The 'Companion Bible' says on page 1876: "Omit all the words from 'in heaven' to 'on earth', verse 8 inclusive. Those words were not found in any Greek manuscript from before the 15th century AD. They were seen for the first time in the margin of some Latin copies. From there they were incorporated into the text." The Roman Catholic (Vulgate) version in Latin was the vehicle by which heretic translators introduced their devilish doctrine of "the trinity". Possibly the earliest extant copy of this deception is today preserved in the aptly named 'Trinity College' in Dublin, where such superstitious nonsense is interwoven into daily life. We thank God that this evil has been exposed for all the world to see (if they want to).
'The [Roman Catholic] Bible for Latin America' expresses the passage in this way: "There are, then, three who bear witness: the Spirit, the water and the blood, and the three agree in the same". The 'New King James Version' renders the text like this: "Because there are three who bear witness: The Spirit, the water and the blood. And these three agree." Neither Dr. James Moffatt, nor Farrar Fenton, nor Dr. R. F. Weymouth, nor Dr. Robert Young, include this text in their translation. Such words do not appear in the oldest Greek manuscripts, namely, the Vatican Manuscript No. 1209, nor the Sinaitic Manuscript, nor the Syriac. They are not found in any of the Arabic, Ethiopian, Coptic, Sahadic, Armenian or Slavic manuscripts.
The text is best rendered (without the interpolated words): "For there are three that bear record: the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree to the one thing". That one thing has already been set out fully by John in v5 & 6 - i.e. that "Jesus Christ is the Son of God", who "came by water and blood", and "the spirit beareth witness, because the spirit* is the truth" (*there is no capital letter in the original text…'spirit' is not a person - it is simply the power of God - and where it is used for a specific purpose, such as the conception and the birth of Jesus "the Son of God" (Luke 1:30-35) - or the bestowal of the ability to speak in foreign languages on "the day of Pentecost" (Acts 2:1-4) - it is termed 'holy spirit')…link to 'spirit'. It is evident that the original text has been grossly corrupted, & the reason is obvious. This interpolation is similar to another in Matthew 28:19 - see the exposé of this fraud below.
10. What can be said about Matthew 28:19 as it still appears in some translations today? To those of a previous belief in "the trinity" it may encourage them in their belief. The text says: "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."
1. However, we find that this passage is an unauthorized human interpolation, and it is not found in the manuscripts of the first three centuries. Therefore it is a forgery, and it must have been perpetrated from the 4th century on. This text is similar in intention to that dealt with above in 1 John 5:7-8. In all the other cases where baptism is mentioned in the New Testament, it is shown to have been performed in the name of Jesus (see below).
2. Historical evidence tells us that the manuscripts which existed in the first three centuries have been lost or destroyed. Nevertheless, Eusebius of Caesarea, who was born approximately in 264 and died in 340 AD, had access to the famous library of Pampilos in Antioch. He wrote the following: "On the teaching of his sermon sent to all nations, Christ...told them: Go and make disciples in my name" (Eusebius, "Ecclesiastical History", Book III, chapter 5, page 77).
3. Biblical Evidence. This 'trinitarian' phrase does not occur in any other passage in the Bible, and no apostle baptized in the name "of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". This means that: Either the apostles were disobedient to a direct command of the Lord Jesus, or Jesus never commanded that they baptize in the name of "the trinity". In every other instance where baptism is recorded in the New Testament, it is always shown to have been performed in the name of Jesus. See the following passages:
(1) Acts 2:38 - "And Peter said to them: Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins."
(2) 8:16 - ""only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
(3) 10:48 - "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord."
(4) 19: 5 - "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
(5) Romans 6: 3 - "so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ."
(6) Galatians 3:27 - "For as many of you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."
So the original text of Matthew 28:19 did not contain the 'trinitarian' phrase.
What does this mean? It is overwhelming evidence that "the trinity" does not exist.
In 1960, the British and Foreign Bible Society published a Greek Testament. In Matthew 28:19 the phrase "in my name" is given as an alternative reading, and Eusebius is cited as an authority concerning doctrine in the early assemblies of believers.
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