The Trinitarian God – Part Five

In this installment of my series on the Christian Trinitarian doctrine, we will look at objections that skeptics have using the Bible itself.

When we look more closely I believe we find that most of these objections are taking Bible passages out of context and do not reflect the message of the Bible in context. 

The following three videos from InspiringPhilosophy clear up a lot of confusion about the Trinity and refute the common arguments from Unitarians and atheists who claim that the Bible does not teach Trinitarian doctrine. For your convenience and reference, I will list the objections that each video clip deals with before the clip.

Refuting Objections to the Trinity (Part One):

1.) That Wisdom in Proverbs 8 is speaking of Christ, therefore He was created and cannot be God.
2.) That Acts 20:28 teaches Modalism (one God who takes on the form of the Father, Holy Spirit, and Son at different times).
3.) Objection to the claim that the Angel of the YHWH in the Old Testament is the person of Christ, yet in the New Testament the angel of the Lord is referring to ordinary angels.
4.) That Jesus is called “the firstborn.”
5.) That Jesus prays to the Father, so was Jesus praying to Himself?
6.) That Jesus says that the Father is greater than Him in John 14:28.

Refuting Objections to the Trinity (Part Two):

7.) That Jesus denied being good and God from His statement, “Why do call me good? No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18)
8.) That, according to Jesus’s prayer in John 17:3, if Jesus is calling the Father the “only true God,” then He cannot be the only true God.
9.) The argument for modalism from Matt.12:32, saying that if Jesus is equal to the Holy Spirit, then shouldn’t a sin against Jesus be unforgivable as it is against the Holy Spirit?
10.) That 1 Timothy 2:5 claims that Jesus is only a mediator between God and humankind and not God himself.
11.) That because 1 John 4:12 states that no one has ever seen God, we have not seen God in Jesus either.
12.) That, in John 1:1, it’s not saying that the Word was God but “a god.”
13.) That, in Revelation 3:14, Jesus is identified as the beginning of God’s creation.

Refuting the Objections to the Trinity (Part Three):

This video continues by refuting additional verses Unitarians and skeptics often use to argue that Jesus cannot be God.
– Numbers 23:19 (“God is not a man”…so Jesus, the man, cannot be God)
– Psalm 2:7 (Jesus had a beginning because the Son was “begotten” in time)
– Psalm 110:1 (That “Lord” (Adonai vs. Adoni) only meant a created being)
– Isaiah 9:6 (Modalist claim that Jesus is the Father)
– Micah 5:2 (that the Messiah has finite past and point of origin)
– John 10:34 (Jesus says “You are gods,” so He’s not claiming deity)
– 1 Cor. 8:6 (“One God” and Lord Jesus, which means Jesus is not God)
– Hebrews 1:1-2 (That God didn’t speak to us through the Son in the Old Testament)

I will conclude my series on the Trinity next time by sharing my thoughts about why this doctrine is so important.

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to The Trinitarian God – Part Five

  1. Well done, Mel.

    It’s kind of funny in an ironic way, these are the two things that really cement my belief and understanding of the trinity, “That Wisdom in Proverbs 8 is speaking of Christ, therefore He was created and cannot be God.” I read the precise opposite in Proverbs 8, Christ was there before the beginning, before the world was formed, like brothers we were brought up together.

    Then we have, “That Jesus denied being good and God from His statement, “Why do call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Love that passage too, so many beautiful applications, but one is Jesus declaring His divinity, as if to say, think about what you are saying, “Who do you say I am?” I am that I am. 🙂

    “I will conclude my series on the Trinity next time by sharing my thoughts about why this doctrine is so important.”

    I look forward to reading that. I’m curious about what you have to say.

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