posted on May, 6 2003 @ 06:59 PM
In defense of the Trinity concept for the truth resistors...
"Some critics of the Trinity doctrine claim that since the word "trinity" is not found in the Bible, it isn't true. Furthermore, some assert that
if God wanted us to believe in the Trinity He would have stated the doctrine clearly. First of all, it is illogical to claim that since the word is
not found in the Bible, its concept is not taught there. This kind of question demonstrates a strong prejudice against the teaching by the one who
asks it and restricts a person's ability to accurately examine God's word. Instead, the person should look to God's word to see if it is taught or
not. Second, there are many biblical concepts that people believe in that are not found in the Bible. For example, the word "bible" is not found in
the Bible either, but we use it anyway. Likewise, the words "omniscience," which means "all knowing," "omnipotence," which means "all
powerful," and "omnipresence," which means "present everywhere," are not found in the Bible either. But we use these words to describe the
attributes of God.Following are other words that the Bible does not use but the concepts are mentioned.
Atheism is the teaching that there is no God. "The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1)
Divinity which means divine quality or godlike character. Yet, we speak of the godlike quality of the Lord God. See Psalm 139.
Incarnation which means the word (God) who became flesh. Yet, this is definitely taught in the Bible (John 1:1,14).
Monotheism is the teaching that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:8).
Rapture is the teaching that the Christians who are alive when Jesus returns will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Thess. 4:16-18).
So, to say that the Trinity isn't true because the word isn't in the Bible is an invalid argument. Furthermore, to say that if God wanted us to
believe in the Trinity He would have clearly taught it in scripture, is also an invalid argument. Something does not have to be clearly formulated in
the Bible to be valid. Not all things taught in the Bible are perfectly clear. Take a look at the book of Revelation. It contains many things that
are cryptic that must be interpreted after examining all of the Bible. Even then, there are disagreements as to what some things mean. Yet, we know
that the truths there are true whether or not we discover them. Nevertheless, there are scriptures that demonstrate a Trinitarian aspect.
Matt. 28:18, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
2 Cor. 13:14, The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Eph. 4:4-7, There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. 7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ?s
Jude 20-21, "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit; 21keep yourselves in the love of God,
waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life."