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By: Sheldon Monson
August 16, 2022
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QUESTION: Is the doctrine of the Trinity found in the Bible?

ANSWER: The doctrine of the Trinity is not found in the Bible. Nowhere in the entire Bible, is the Holy Spirit ever spoken of as a "divine Person." Rather, "It" is the power, influence, nature, character, mind, and life of God.

Notice the following frank admissions by Trinitarians:

"The Old Testament clearly does not envisage God's Spirit as a Person.... God's Spirit is simply God's power. If it is sometimes represented as being distinct from God, it is because the breath [Hebrew - ruach - Spirit] acts exteriorly" (Isaiah 48:16; Isaiah 32:15; Isaiah 63:11) (New Catholic Encyclopedia).

"The majority of New Testament texts reveal God's Spirit as something, not someone; this is especially seen in the parallelism between the spirit and the power of God" (New Catholic Encyclopedia).

"When a quasi-personal activity is ascribed to God's Spirit, e.g., speaking, hindering, desiring, dwelling (Acts 8:29; Acts 16:7; Romans 8:9), one is not justified in concluding immediately that in these passages God's Spirit is regarded as a Person..." (New Catholic Encyclopedia).

The Catholic theologian Karl Rahner admits that, in the past, theologians have been "embarrassed by the simple fact that in reality the Scriptures do not explicitly present a doctrine of the 'immanent' Trinity..." (K. Rahner, The Trinity, p. 22).

Protestant works also confess that the Trinity doctrine is not found in the Bible. Note the following:

"Although not itself a biblical term, the Trinity has been found a convenient designation for the one God self-revealed in Scripture as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It signifies that within the one essence of Godhead we have to distinguish three 'persons' who are neither three gods on the one side, nor three parts or modes of God on the other, but co-equally and co-eternally God" (Baker's Dictionary of Theology, 1979 ed., "Trinity").

"The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, and though used by Tertullian in the last decade of the second century, it did not find a place formally in the theology of the church till the fourth century" (The New Bible Dictionary, 2nd Ed., "Trinity").

The world's theologians admit that the Trinity is not even once mentioned in Scripture. A belief in the Trinity doctrine is based on human interpretation of certain biblical texts. The Trinity doctrine is an ungodly, unscriptural doctrine. Acceptance of this doctrine distorts and conceals the true nature of the Godhead.

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