The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

Luke 1:35

You are great, O YAHWEH God for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You.



Proof of the Trinity Error

David, who is speaking to God the Father, declares there is none like God the Father and there is no God besides God the Father.



The Evidence

1. God makes a promise to David

YAHWEH also declares to you that YAHWEH will make a house for you. "When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me. When he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever." (2 Samuel 7:11-16; see 1 Chronicles 17:11-20).

2. David's Son Jesus

The Hebrews writer identifies the descendant of the promise made to David as David's son Jesus of Nazareth:

When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs. For to what angel did God ever say, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"? (Hebrew 1:3-5).

Note also that God promised David that his son will sit on his throne forever, "I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever" (7:13). This is also confirmed by the New Testament writers as referring to Jesus:

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever and of his kingdom there will be no end." (Luke 1:32-33).

Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David. (John 7:42; see Romans 1:3)

He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, `'I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all My will.' From the seed of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus. (Acts 13:22-23; see. v.34).

3. David's Son Solomon

David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for YAHWEH shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it." So David made ample preparations before his death. Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for YAHWEH God of Israel. David said to Solomon, "My son, I had intended to build a house to the name of YAHWEH my God. But the word of YAHWEH came to me, saying, `You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me. 'Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.' Now, my son, YAHWEH be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of YAHWEH your God just as He has spoken concerning you." (1 Chronicles 22:5-11).

Yet, YAHWEH, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father's house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. Of all my sons (for YAHWEH has given me many sons), He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of YAHWEH over Israel. He said to me, 'Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him. I will establish his kingdom forever if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as is done now.' So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of YAHWEH, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of YAHWEH your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever. As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act." (1 Chronicles 28:4-10).

4. Solomon, Jesus, or Both?

In the Bible, Old Testament persons and events were typologies of things to come in the future. Both David and Solomon are such figures.

Notice what 2 Samuel 7:14-15 says:

I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me. When he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men.

Such statements are good enough for Trinitarians to reject the testimony of the Hebrew's writer that this passage is referring to Jesus. However, we are explicitly told by the Hebrews writer that 2 Samuel 7:14 does in fact refer to Jesus. If one took the same approach with Isaiah 7:14-16 should we also reject Matthew's testimony that this particular passage refers to Jesus?

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

One would need to resort to blatant hypocrisy to claim this kind of language rules out Jesus in 2 Samuel but the very same kind of language does not rule out Jesus Isaiah 7.

These statements are made to refer to the contemporary figure in question, Solomon in 2 Samuel, and Hezekiah in Isaiah 7. Again, we must remember that these verses indeed intended to refer to the contemporary figure in question. But that does not mean they do not ultimately refer to Jesus. There are many, many typological prophetic images of Jesus in the Old Testament such as Isaac and Joseph, etc. The prophetic nature of these realities is that Jesus is pictured in them like an imperfect reflection in a bronze mirror. Such men are Messiah figures but all short of the perfection that was ultimately found in the man Jesus. Moreover, David is told that the son in question would establish the throne of his Kingdom forever. That reality is only true in Jesus, the son of David and Solomon.

The NT writers tell us plainly that this promise to David applies to Jesus, and not just to Solomon, and we must not reject their testimony but accept their testimony and nullify the word of God for the sake of a tradition.


5. Solomon or Jesus: Same Result Anyway

If one wants to argue this verse only applies to Solomon, the person in question will be a father to Solomon and Solomon will be a son to him. Who could that be but God the Father? It is absurd to claim a Triune being will be Solomon's Father. In the same way, Christians regard God the Father to be their Father when the Bible says they are "sons of God" and that he is their Father. Hence, no matter how you slice it and dice it, the one God making this promise to David here is God the Father and only God the Father.


6. David then responds to the speaker

Then David the king went in and sat before YAHWEH, and he said, "Who am I, O YAHWEH God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O YAHWEH God, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O YAHWEH God. Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O YAHWEH God! For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know. For this reason You are great, O YAHWEH God for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods? For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O YAHWEH, have become their God. Now therefore, O YAHWEH God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken, that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, `YAHWEH of hosts is God over Israel' and may the house of Your servant David be established before You. For You, O YAHWEH of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, `I will build you a house'; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You. (2 Samuel 7:18-27)

Yahweh promises David that He, Yahweh, will be a Father to David's descendant, and David's son will be a son to God, that is, a son of God. Jesus is that son of David. Jesus' God was his Father alone. Then David responds to his God and we are explicitly told this response is concerning what he had just heard from God in this promise and we see clearly in verse 22 that David identifies the Father of Jesus as the only God and that there is none like God the Father and there is no God besides God the Father.


6. Solomon or Jesus: Same Result Anyway

If one wants to argue this verse only applies to Solomon, the person in question will be a father to Solomon and Solomon will be a son to him. Who could that be but God the Father? It is absurd to claim a Triune being will be Solomon's Father. In the same way, Christians regard God the Father to be their Father when the Bible says they are "sons of God" and that he is their Father. Hence, no matter how you slice it and dice it, the one God making this promise to David here is God the Father and only God the Father.



Conclusion

We are compelled to conclude that that Yahweh is here necessarily identified as God the Father since the promise "I will be a Father to him and he will be a Son to me," is a reference to Jesus according to the writer of Hebrews. When David responds, the context tells us explicitly that David is responding to the one who made this promise to him. And in response to the one granting this promise to David, he declares that "there is none like him" and that "there is no God besides Him." David is necessarily responding to God the Father. That excludes everyone but the Father.

Created: July 16, 2012

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