The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

The Enigmatic Triune Being


"Being"

Because there are numerous instances in the Scriptures where God declares He is God and there is no other but Him, and the like, it is the common habit of Trinitarians to simply declare that this is the Triune Being who is speaking. We all know that singular personal pronouns such as singular "who" and singular "You", and the singular pronouns "I", "Me", "He", and "Him" are used of the one and only God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We also know that the very purpose of singular personal pronouns is to signify a single person is in view and that is why singular personal pronouns exist. But in spite of these facts, we are all expected to rather deny that singular personal pronouns signify a single person is in view, and rather demand that three persons are in view, and by some mysterious knowledge we are to insist that God is one "I", "Me", "He", and "Him" not because God is one person but because God is one being.

In the context of such declarations, I have asked Trinitarians to define the word "being" as they are using it when they insist that God is one "I" because God is one being. I have never received an answer. This is likely because the word "being" in Trinitarian doctrine is NOT a who but a what. Trinitarians commonly insist that we should not mix up or confuse "person" and "being"; we should not confuse the "who's" and the "what." But in Trinitarian doctrine "being" is not a who but a what. "Being" is a synonym for the divine ousia, substance, divine nature. And so how would it possibily make sense to insist that the one God is one "I" because the God is one what; the one God is one "I" because the one God is one divine nature. For this reason, I have personally come to the conclusion that Trinitarian apologists claim that the one God is one "I" because the one God is one being" because they want their statement to sound just like "because God is one person" without actually using the word "person." In other words, they seem to desire to use the word "being" as a synonym for the word "person" in the same way we all might interchangeably say, "human being" or "human person." And so when we all see the word "being", they hope we acknowledge this is the word used in their doctrine, "three persons, one being," without (1) noticing that the word "being" in their doctrine means "divine nature," and (2) that we somehow at the same time suppose the word "being" here is a synonym for person. In other words, they resort to the fallacy of equivocation by implicitly using the word "being" in two different ways and hope nobody notices.

"Person"

Another peculiarity occurs concerning the word "person." Somehow Trinitarians think they may insist that since the Bible never declares the one God is one person, that this somehow grants them a license them to declare the one God is not three persons but one person. But the same is true of Jesus' Father. The Bible never says Jesus' Father is a person. And the same is true of the Holy Spirit. The Bible never says that the Holy Spirit is a person. Yet, somehow Trinitarians are able to reason out that the Holy Spirit is indeed a person. And they do so by pointing to things written about the Holy Spirit, things which are also true of the one God! How did they arrive at different conclusions with the same facts? And what distinctive information do they have about the Father, facts which are not true of the one God, which tells them that the Father is a person?

Moreover, I have never been able to find a definition for the word "Person" as it is used in Trinitarian doctrine.

"Elohim"

Yet another Trinitarian oddity concerns the Hebrew word Elohim. They are sure the only reason this word could be plural is because the one name is referring to plural persons and Elohim is a word specially designed in plural form to refer to the one multi-personal God. But one must definitely ignore the Scriptural fact that (1) the word Elohim is used to refer to single individuals such as as an individual pagan god as well the fact that (2) Elohim is used to refer exclusively to a very important figure, the Father, whom Trinitarians insist is a single person.

The Mysterious God Above the Father

For Trinitarians, the one God, the only God, the one and only God, is a three person being, a three person God. The doctrine of the Trinity results in a being commonly known as "the Triune God," or "the Triune Being." This three-person-being, this three-person-God, is nowhere mentioned in the entire Bible. So Trinitarians are in the habit of treating this enigmatic figure as if He must be discovered in the Scriptures as if He is elusively hiding among its pages.

The Scriptures declare that God the Father is above all. There is nothing above God the Father. that nothing is above God the Father, "one God and Father of all, who is above all

Created: November 1, 2011
Last Updated: April 3, 2011

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