a reply to: Akragon
Thought I would throw in my 2 cents on the trinity argument. There actually is mentions of a trinity in the Old Testament. Thought not necessarily
the one of 1st John 5:7 however.
To start with there is the book of Zechariah. Zechariah 4 states that the Lord has 2 companions. And in Zechariah 6 it was foretold that each of his
"branches" or companions would build a Jewish temple.
Then in Malachi 3:1 it is predicted that the Lord and his 2 messengers would appear at the temple.
Also in Genesis 18:1 and 2 says this.
1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself
toward the ground,
And in Daniel 12 it says this.
5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of
6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and
sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the
holy people, all these things shall be finished.
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
The one on the river was the Lord. Had it been an angel it would have corrected him.
So the point of all that is the Lord has 2 companions. Personal assistants. So technically the Lord has a trinity. Himself and his assistants.
Though what the assistants are is not explained. Angels? Archangels? Or something higher?