"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one"...Yeshua
'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.' - Hosea 4:6
The central doctrine in nearly all of Christianity, is the trinity doctrine. This states that there is one god, consisting of three unique persons, god the Father, god the Son, and god the Holy Spirit. But is this doctrine actually taken from the Bible, or from paganism?
History of the Trinity
All major heathen religions of the past and present have a trinity (3 in 1) god, as shown below. This does not include the endless triad (3 separate) godheads (Osiris/Isis/Horus, Zeus/Poseidon/Hades, Baal/Ishtar/Tammuz...).
Egyptian - Amun/Re/Ptah
Phoenician - El/Baal/Yamm
Sumerian - Anu/Enlil/Enki
Akkadian - Anu/Bel/Ea
Hindu - Brahma/Vishnu/Shiva
Taoist - Yu-ch'ing/Shang-ch'ing/T'ai-ch'ing
Buddhist - Shakyamuni/Amitabha/Bhaisajya Guru
Wiccan - Maid/Mother/Crone
Symbols of the Trinity
The triqueta is the symbol most often used to represent the Christian triune god; though most people recognize it from pop culture sources such as Charmed, as the triqueta is also commonly used in witchcraft to represent the triune goddess. The Holy Bible and the Book of Shadows therefore share the same esoteric symbol.
The trident is an ancient symbol not only used to represent the trinity of Christianity, but the trinity of Taoism as well, called the Pure Ones. Mythology also tells us this powerful weapon was carried by the Greek god Poseidon, the Hindu god Shiva, as well as our adversary Satan. Ironic that the object carried by Satan happens to represent the triune god of Christianity. Read below to find out who this triune god is.
Fleur de Lis
The fleur de lis is an ancient symbol often found on royalty to symbolize divine rulership as it represents the trinity/triune god of Christianity. But it represents the gods of many ancient pagan cultures as well. As shown below, this trinity symbol is commonly found in Christian churches and pagan temples alike. It's adorned on the Egyptian goddess Isis and the Aztec/Toltec/Mayan serpent god Quetzalcoatl.
Regarding the latter, the story goes, when Cortes arrived in Mesoamerica he had the fleur de lis on his helmet. Being one of the symbols of their feathered serpent god, the Aztecs welcomed him thinking he was the fulfillment of Quetzalcoatl's prophetic return. This in turn led to the end of their empire. If you look closely at his image you'll see him holding his other sacredsymbol the encircled cross, for more on this check out mark of the beast.
Eye in the Triangle
Quoted directly from Wikipedia.. "In Renaissance European iconography the eye surrounded by a triangle was an explicit image of the Christian Trinity. The Eye of God in a triangle is still used in church architecture and Christian art to symbolize the Trinity..."
Many of you familiar with masonic symbolism know what/who this symbol actually represents, which will be discussed below under The Triune God.
Trinity in Scripture
Scriptures used to support the trinity
'And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. - 1 Tim 3:16
This is one of the most commonly used passages to defend the trinity doctrine. The KJV states 'God was manifest in the flesh', while most other Bibles state 'He was manifest/revealed in the flesh.' Using Strong's Concordance or Interlinear you will find that neither translation is correct. The original Greek used in this passage is Hos meaning who.. 'Who was revealed in the flesh'. Who is referring to the mystery of godliness (piety). Yeshua, the Son of God, is the mystery of godliness.
While it's true that the KJV is usually more accurate in its translation than most other English translations, even it is flawed, sometimes in extremely important passages. And the whole Christian religion has based one of its most fundamental doctrines, the trinity, on errors such as this.
'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost' - Matt 28:19
Here's another passage often referenced to try to prove the trinity because it mentions all three. While it mentions all three, it does not say that they are one. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are baptized to seal and proclaim this. We are accepting all three, God the Father, His Spirit, and His Son into our lives. It does't say that we're being baptized under a triune god.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1
This one was a stumbling block for me. While I was discovering so many Scriptures which clearly refuted the trinity doctrine, I still desperately held on to it because of this one passage in John which very clearly states that the Word (the Son) was God. It wasn't until I discovered the original Greek wording, which exposed yet another KJV mistranslation, that I was able to finally accept the trinity as false. The original Scripture can be found using the Greek interlinear. And it states.. 'the Word was with God (Ton Theon), and the Word was a god (theos). In Greek, Ton Theon means the Supreme God, while theos means a god. The Son was begotten of God, so he is still divine in nature (a god/godlike). But He is not the Supreme God otherwise it would state that He was Ton Theon instead of theos.
There are other Scriptures which use the word theos as separate from Ton Theon... 'Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?' - John 10:34. Here is uses the plural 'theoi'. The OT Hebrew also differentiates between the two.. elohim (god) and elohim Yahweh (the Supreme God).
Once I found the original wordage, this passage finally made sense to me (because how could the Word both be with Himself and be Himself?) and it finally got me over this final stumbling block, leaving no more scriptures left seeming to support a trinity.
"I and the Father are one." - John 10:30
This is not saying that they are the same being. It is saying that they are united as one, just as we are united with Christ (Romans 6:5). Yeshua also says in John 14:9-10... "He that has seen me has seen the Father... I am in the Father and the Father is in me". Again He's telling us that they are one, though he's not saying that they are the same. Another example is Genesis 2:24... Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." A husband and wife become one in spirit, yet are still two distinct individuals.
'Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.' - Matt 1:23
Yeshua told us in John 14:10 that the Father is in Him. Therefore when the Son of God was with us, God Himself was with us.
'For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.' - Col 2:9
This is another verse is used to claim that Yeshua is God. It does not say nor mean that. It says the godhead, or more accurately translated, divinity, dwells in Him, which is confirmed by John 14:10.. "the Father is in me". And in Eph 3:19 we're told that we also can be filled with the fullness of God... 'And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God'. Does that mean that we are the supreme God? Of course not. It means that though Christ's love, God can alsodwell in us to the full extent (all the fullness) just as He dwells in Christ.
Scriptures debunking the trinity
‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.’ - 1 Cor. 8:6
This is extremely clear... We have one God, the Father. It does not say that we have one god made up of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This (pagan derived)concept is not only unBiblical but antiBiblical because Scripture tells us that God is solely the Father.
'Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.' - Mark 12:29
Yeshua is telling us three things in this verse...
1. He is telling us by 'Hear, O Israel' just how important this is for us to know
2. By His wording of 'our God' instead of 'your God" He is telling us that the Heavenly Father is Yeshua's God as well ours, which wouldn't be possible if He were God Himself. He couldn't be His own god.
3. He is telling us not that we have one god, but that our God is one. He consists of one person, not three.
'And the scribe responded unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for God is one; and there is none other but he." - Mark 12:32
The KJV translates the above passage to say "for there is one God" but this is another mistranslation which is revealed using eitherthe Strong's or Interlinear. The original Greek (which most other Bibles translate correctly) states 'for God is One'.
These above scriptures clearly state that God is one person, not three, but one, the Father.
Here are some others depicting God's true sole nature:
- Matthew 3:16-17; 8:29; 11:27; 12:18; 14:33; 16:16-17; 17:5; 27:54
- Mark 5:7; 15:39
- Luke 1:32; 1:35; 8:28; 9:35; 10:22
- John 1:13; 1:18; 1:34; 1:49; 3:16; 5:19-23; 5:37; 6:40; 6:69; 8:18; 8:42; 10:15; 10:36; 11:4; 12:49-50; 14:13; 14:23; 14:28; 16:17; 17:1-16; 20:17; 20:31
- Acts 2:22-24; 3:13; 3:26; 9:20
- Romans 1:4; 5:10; 8:29
- 1 Corinthians 11:3; 15:28
- 2 Corinthians 1:19
- Galatians 4:4
- Philippians 2:9
- Colossians 1:13
- 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
- 1 Timothy 2:5
- Hebrews 1:2; 2:9; 4:14; 5:7-8
- 1 Peter 1:3
- 2 Peter 1:1-2
- 2 Peter 1:17
- 1 John 1:3; 2:22; 3:23; 4:10; 4:14-15; 5:11-12
- 2 John 1:9
- Revelation 2:18
The Triune God
As Scripture repeatedly tells us, our true God is not three but one, the Father Yahweh. So who then is this triune god that has been worshipped under many different name through many different religions, who's represented by the eye in the pyramid, the triqueta, the trident and the fleur de lis?... Lucifer