Friday, June 8, 2012

Peter's and Paul's Opinion of The Trinity


In the last post we looked at a few verses from the Gospels that clearly showed us the insanity of accepting the theory of the Trinity.  Now we will move forward and look at some verses from the book of Acts and a few of Paul's writings.  

By the way, the Book of Acts is the oldest recorded history of the church.

Jesus … was a man commanded to you by God by the miracles…that God worked through him. Acts 2:22. In this verse the first thing we notice is that Jesus was a man.  Here some would say, of course, He was a man and also (a) God. The question then is, if Jesus is God, why did He not work his own miracles? The Bible says that God worked the miracles through Christ.  Christ did not work His own miracles because He was not God! 

This man, you killed him but God raised Him. Acts 2:23.  Christ needed God’s help to raise him from the dead; that being true, we see that Christ is not the omnipotent Son that the church says He is, He needed God's help. 

It might be mentioned here, as a sideline, for those who do not believe that the dead can be raised.  Since Jehovah is the originator of life (He designed human life), would He not also have a backup plan to undo death, whenever He wanted to, in the event that it might happen?  It just seems so obvious that He would have "written" that possibility into the program.

To quote Peter again, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38  

1. If Jehovah anointed Jesus, Jesus cannot be in the position of being equal with the Heavenly Father.  

2. Since Jehovah anointed Jesus with the holy spirit, it surely must be agreed that there was a time when Jesus was not anointed with the Holy spirit and therefore He is not a person of the Trinity.
  
3. A person can be by himself but he cannot be with himself, and yet these words tell us that God was with Christ; therefore the statement stands uncontested that Christ is not God.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn (highest in rank) among many brethren. Rom. 8:29.  Jehovah knew beforehand and He predestined us to become like His Son, so that Christ could be ranked the highest among his brothers. 

Christ is ranked the first with us, He is the head of our type of being, but He is not ranked in the same category as his Father.  Therefore, obviously, He is not equal to His Father as the Church leaders have been telling us that He is.

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, ... and the head of Christ is God. 1 Cor. 11:3  If Jehovah is the head of Christ how can anyone, that knows the Bible, believe that Christ and Jehovah are equal. The doctrine of the Trinity is just so absurd!

Paul continues, Now when all things are made subject to Him (Jehovah), then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (Jehovah) who put all things under Him (Christ), that God may be all in all. 1 Cor. 15:28.  Surely the equality of the Father and the Son are forever dismissed in this one verse alone.

Paul insists on a difference between the Father and the Son. He said we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Rom. 8:17.  Jehovah does not inherit anything, because all things are His, but we are joint inheritors with Christ, therefore this verse tells us that Christ is not God. 

Paul continues, That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom. Eph. 1:17  Jehovah is also the God of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and so we see that Christ is not equal with the Father.

Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant (slave), and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name. Phil. 2:6-9  In the Greek text, the word used for Christ’s life is subsisting.  The word subsisting in no way implies equality with the Father.  In fact, it is a negative word that implies poverty, just getting by.  Is this a picture of our God?

1. Notice, also, that being in the form of God means having a likeness to the nature of God.  Certainly, the Son of God would have the nature of His Father. This, however, does not necessitate equality between the two.

2. Again, notice, The Contemporary English Bible has translated verse six like this, Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God.  Then, as a footnote they wrote that the word, remain could also be translated become.  
If this translation is possible there is no strength in the argument for a Trinity in this verse.  If we accept the word become, this verse would read like this, He did not try to become equal with God. From that translation we must understand that Christ never was, nor is, equal with Jehovah!
For these same words the NIV has written, (Christ) did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.  This certainly does not say that Christ was God, it does say that Christ did not grasp for the position of equality with God. As we recall, that was a sin that Satan was guilty of.

3. If Jehovah gave His Son a name which is above every other name, that tells us simply that there was a time when Christ did not have that name of superiority, and so there is no claim for the Trinity.

This post has become quite long, but that is because there is so much in the New Testament that tells us that Christ is not equal with the Father, it is hard to stop finding proofs.