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The Trinity on Trial An in-depth examination of a doctrine

God: One Person

Does the Bible reveal that God is one person? Yes it most certainly does. Trinitarians will often claim the Bible never says God is one "person." You need to ask them what the Hebrew or Greek word for "person" might then be. Here is what they don't tell you. The Scriptures never says that God the Father, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit, or King David, or Moses, or Noah, or Adam, or anyone else in the entire Bible, is a "person" either. This Trinitarian claim is highly misleading because it suggests that since God is never described as a "person" then there is no reason to believe he is one person. But "person" is an English word and the Bible is not written in English. So of course God is not described as a "person" in the Bible. Neither is anyone else. We must then ask ourselves what word a Hebrew or Greek speaking person would use that indicates the same thing as the English word "person."

God: One Soul

The Hebrews and Greeks did indeed have a word for a person. It is the word we most often see translated as "soul." When the Bible talks about souls it is a reference to persons. For example, Peter says eight souls were saved through water he means eight persons were saved through water. When Luke writes that three thousand souls were saved he means three thousand persons were saved.

The Bible indicates God is a soul. He is a person.

Old Testament - Hebrew: nephesh

And I [Yahweh] will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My soul. (1 Samuel 2:35).

Yahweh tests the righteous and the wicked, and His soul hates him that loves violence. (Psalm 11:5).

There are six things which Yahweh hates, seven which are an abomination to His soul. (Proverbs 6:16).

[Yahweh]: Your new moons and your scheduled feasts My soul hated. (Isaiah 1:14).

[Yahweh]: Behold, My servant-son, whom I uphold, My chosen one in whom My soul approves.

Shall I [Yahweh] not punish these people," declares the LORD, "And on a nation such as this shall My soul not avenge itself? (Jeremiah 5:9; cf. 5:29; 9:9)

[Yahweh]: Be warned, O Jerusalem, lest My soul be alienated from you. (Jeremiah 6:8).

I [Yahweh] have given the beloved of My soul into the hands of her enemies. (Jeremiah 12:7).

Have You [Yahweh] completely rejected Judah? Has Your soul abhorred Zion? (Jeremiah 14:19).

Then Yahweh said to me, "Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My soul would not be with this people. (Jeremiah 15:1).

I [Yahweh] will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. (Jeremiah 32:41).

[Yahweh]: And she uncovered her harlotries, And she revealed her nakedness, and My soul turned away from her as My soul turned away from her sister. (Ezekiel 32:18).

The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his own soul. (Amos 6:8).

New Testament - Greek: psyche

[Yahweh]: Behold, My servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul is well pleased. (Matthew 12:18).

[Yahweh]: But my righteous one shall live by faith and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:38).

What an unusal way for a three person God to refer to himself. Do Trinitarians really expect anyone to believe these are references to a three person being? No they are the words of one person, one soul.

God: One "I," One "Me," One "He," One "Him."

In the Bible, God is profusely referred to with the personal prounouns "I", "Me", "He", "Him" and "You." He refers to himself in this way and inspires his prophets in this way. These are terms that we use to identify a single person. And this is something God knows. Is God not being a bit deceptive toward us by using these terms if indeed he is not one person but three?

In addition to this, we find that the Father says in Deuteronomy 32:6-39, "there is no God besides ME." Is this not clear enough? And further we find God is the Father of Israel his firstborn? A three person father? God portrays himself anthropomorphically as one person who has a heart and eyes and hands and feet and goes for walks in the Garden of Eden. Three persons? And God sits on a throne in heaven? Three persons?

Jesus' one and only God

Was Jesus' God a three person being or a one person being? He did say, "my Father and your Father, my God and your God." Is it not clear that Jesus' Father was his God and his Father alone? Are we to actually believe that Jesus' one God was a three person being? And he did say that his God is our God. Is it not clear that our God then is one person, Jesus' Father?

God is a soul, a person, and He identifies himself as such in the Bible. Jesus identifies his one God as his Father. This God is an "I" and "Me" who, specifically identifying himself as the Father of Israel, declares "there is no God besides me." Just how again do these facts result in a three person God?