The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

The Contradiction List

When you hope nobody notices.


This is a new page and a running list. Many, many more examples will be added as time permits.



Contradiction: The word "only" does not qualify the word "Father" at John 17:3

When Jesus refers to his Father as "the only true God," the Trinitarian response is to insist that the word "only" qualifies the word "God" and not the word "Father." Therefore, Jesus is not excluding all but the Father. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are ALSO the "only" true God. The implied argument here is that if Jesus had indeed said, "Father... "only You are the one true God," then everyone else would indeed be excluded.

Where They Contradict Themselves

Trinitarians contradict themselves at Matthew 24:36 where the word "only" does qualify the word "Father" and they deny that the word "only" here excludes everyone else from being omniscient and they continue to insist Jesus is also omniscient.


Contradiction: One Must Never Confuse "Person" and "Being"

A common insistence of Trinitarians is that one should never confuse person and being. Put another way, one should not confuse the "who's" (persons) and "the what" (being, divine nature/ousia/substance). Put another way again, one should not confuse identity with nature.

Where They Contradict Themselves

While Trinitarians insist one should never confuse or conflate "person" and "being" they do it all the time. One clear example of this is when they insist that the one true God of the Bible is a singular "Who," "I," "Me," "He," and "Him" is "because the one God is one being." Here they convert nature ("what") into an identity ("who"). This also effectively turns Jesus into two "I's" and two "He's" since one I is Jesus' person and another "I" is Jesus divine nature/being.


Contradiction: We do not believe in Three Gods but One God

A common insistence of Trinitarians is that they do not believe in three Gods but in one God. The implication here is that the Father is not a God, the Son another God, and the Holy Spirit another God, whether or not one says these three Gods altogether constitute one God.

Where They Contradict Themselves

In Trinitarian doctrine, the Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit, and the Son is not the Father or the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son. Each of these three identities is definitely not the other by identity. However, God the Father alone is a God in his own right apart from anyone else: He is the God of the man Jesus. To claim you do not believe in three Gods while at the same time claiming one person is not the other, necessarily means that Trinitarians are found in a contradiction because this implies that none of the three are by themselves a God of anyone. However, the Father alone is the God of the man Jesus. In other words, they do believe that at least one of these three is a God in his own right apart from the other two.

Contradiction: A Definite Article at John 1:1c would exclude the Father

Assuming that the Word/Logos of John 1:1 is the person Jesus, several prominent Trinitarian scholars read that John is saying, "Jesus was God," and have insisted that the definite articles is missing at John 1:1c for a reason and that reason is that if John had used the definite article, "the word was THE God," this language would have made "the Word" and "the God" identically equivalent and co-extensive and John would have been saying ONLY Jesus is God and John would have been excluding God the Father.

Where They Contradict Themselves

Jesus himself identifies the Father as THE only God at John 5:44 and identies the Father as THE only true God at John 17:3. By their own argument Jesus has just excluded the Father by referring to the Father as THE God and not only THE God but the ONLY God, and not only the ONLY God but the only TRUE God.

Even further, these same scholars also insist Thomas is blessed by Jesus for identifying Jesus as THE God at John 20:28. By their own argument, Thomas has just excluded the Father by identifying Jesus as THE God.


Contradiction: A Definite Article at John 1:1c would have identified Jesus as the Father

Assuming that the Word/Logos of John 1:1 is the person Jesus, several prominent Trinitarian scholars read that John is saying, "Jesus was God," and have insisted that the definite articles is missing at John 1:1c for a reason and that reason is that if John had used the definite article, "the word was THE God," this language would have made "the Word" and "the God" identically equivalent and co-extensive and John would have been saying ONLY Jesus is God and John would have been identifying Jesus as God the Father. (Note: Some of these scholars have made this particular claim as well as the above claim #1 although they are not the same idea.).

Where They Contradict Themselves



Contradiction: The Holy Spirit is a singular person because singular personal pronouns are used of the Holy Spirit

Trinitarian apologists commonly argue that the Holy Spirit must be necessarily understood as a separate third singular person because singular personal pronouns are used of the Holy Spirit.

Where They Contradict Themselves

In Scripture verses where the one true God indicates he alone is the only true God and there is no one else, Trinitarian apologists completely deny that the use of singular personal pronouns to refer to the one true God indicate that the one true God is a singular person.



Contradition: The Holy Spirit is a singular person because the Bible indicates the Holy Spirit has the attributes of a single person.

Trinitarian apologists commonly argue that the Holy Spirit must be necessarily understood as a separate third singular person because the Bible describes the Holy Spirit with the attributes of a single person.

Where They Contradict Themselves

In Scripture verses where the one true God is described in terms having the attributes of a single person, Trinitarian apologists completely deny that the having the attributes of a single person with respect to the one true God indicates that the one true God is a singular person.



Contradiction: The word monogenes at John 1:18 does not mean "only begotten" but simply "one of a kind."

In order to avoid the implication of having two Gods at John 1:18, a begotten God, and an unbegotten God, Trinitarians have reinvented the definition of monogenes.

Where They Contradict Themselves

While Trinitarians insist that monogenes does not mean "only begotten" they turn to verses like John 3:16-17 and 1 John 4:9 which refer to God's "only begotten (monogenes Son" and then do accept that it means "only begotten" in an attempt to demonstrate that Jesus was begotten in eternity "before all ages."



Contradiction: The one God is not one person.

Trinitarians can be often found to be insisting the one God is not one person.

Where They Contradict Themselves

Paul identifies the one God as one person, the Father, at 1 Corinthians 8:6. At this point, Trinitarians change their claim and shift their definition of the one God.



Contradiction: Titus 2:13 cannot be referring to Jesus as "the GLORY OF" the Father because Jesus is nowhere else described as the glory of God the Father.

While this claim isn't even true, Trinitarian apologists contradict themselves with their own line of reasoning.

Where They Contradict Themselves

The word eulogetes is never once used to refer to anyone but God the Father. Trinitarians nevertheless now ignore this fact, and their own line of reasoning at Titus 2:13, and insist that this word is being used to refer to Jesus at Romans 9:5. This claim also qualifies for the Hypocrisy List.



Contradiction: At 1 John 5:20 "Jesus Christ" is the "nearest antecedent" for the word "This."

At 1 John 5:20 John says, "THIS is the true God and eternal life" and Trinitarians insist the true God in question is Jesus Christ because this is the "nearest antecedent."

Where They Contradict Themselves

At Hebrews 1:13, we read, "To which of the angels did HE ever say?" What is the "nearest antecedent?" Trinitarians abandon their claim for 1 John 5:20 and claim the antecedent to the word "HE" in verse 13 is not the subject of verses 10-12 but the subject mentioned way back in verse 8. This claim also qualifies for the Hypocrisy List.



Created: March 18, 2011
Last Updated: March 18, 2011

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