The following questions are designed to challenge some of the axioms held by modern Trinitarians. If you hold that view yet are not able to adequately answer these questions from the Biblical texts, you might consider investigating this subject further.
- If the “one God” consists of a Trinity of three co-eternal and co-equal Persons:
a) Why did Jesus say the Father is greater than Himself? (John 14:28)
b) Why did Jesus call the Father “the only true God?” John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
c) How can the Father be Jesus’ own “God?” (Matthew 27:46; John 20:17; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3,17; Colossians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 3:12)
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “
Romans 15:6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
d) Why did Paul identify the “one God” as exclusively the Father, using a lesser title (Master/Lord) for Jesus Christ?
1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
e) Why does the invisible Father alone have immortality, not the Son or Spirit?
1 Timothy 6:16 who (Father God) alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
2. If the Third Person of the Trinity is the one who came upon the Virgin Mary causing her to conceive, why did Jesus always refer to the “First Person” as His “Father” and not the “Third Person?” (Luke 1:35)
3. If “no one knows the Son except the Father,” and “no one knows the Father except the Son,” why is the Holy Spirit ignorant of both Father and Son? (Matthew 11:27)
5. Why is the source of “grace and peace” only from the Father and the Son, never from a Third Person? (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philemon 1:3; 2 John 1:3)
7. When Jesus promised to send “the Spirit of Truth” after His ascension, if this was a “Third Person,” why did He immediately say that He would not leave them orphans, but that He and the Father would be coming to them? (John 14:15-18,21-23)
8. Since “Father” and “Son” are terms used to define a familial relationship in both the OT & NT, what is the familial relationship between the first and third Persons, and between the second and third Persons of the Trinity?
9. If Jesus as Man was inherently “God” (Deity/Divinity) and thus possessed all divine qualities and powers:
a) How can Scripture claim that “in all things He had to be made like His brethren?” (Hebrews 2:17)
b) How could an immortal God succumb to death? (Hebrews 2:9)
c) How could He be genuinely “tempted as we are?” (Hebrews 4:15).
e) Why didn’t Nicodemus conclude that Jesus was “God” by His miracles, but instead concluded that God was “with Him?” (John 3:1-2)
g) Why did Jesus say that His Apostles would do the same works and even greater works once the “Spirit of Truth” came upon them? Does this mean they also became “God”? (John 14:12)
10. If Paul’s statement that “all the fullness of the Godhead” dwelled in Christ (Colossians 1:19 & 2:9) means that Jesus as Man was Himself inherently and fully “God,” then why did John state that the Apostles had received some “of His fullness” (John 1:16), and Paul prayed that the Ephesians would also be “filled with all the fullness of God?” (Ephesians 3:19). Did the Apostles and the Ephesians become divine beings?
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