The Triune God
One of the most controversial doctrines of the Christian faith is the Trinity which postulates that God is three persons referred to as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are said to be three persons, but together one God with each co-existing simultaneously and each 100% God with all the attributes of the Almighty God. They are not the one God revealing himself at different times in different ways e.g. one time as the Father, another as the Son, and still another as the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the three are not merely in agreement with each other nor merely united in one purpose; they are the One God who exists from everlasting to everlasting.
The Bible Portrays the Father as God
The Father is considered God by Jesus and all the New Testament writers.
The Bible Portrays Jesus as God
Isaiah 9 says the Messiah would be referred to as the Eternal Father and Mighty God.
The Gospel of John begins by calling Jesus the Word of God who was God and became flesh.
Jesus raised the dead, healed birth defects, cast out demons, and rose from the dead. He often referred to himself as equal to God the Father saying, "I and the Father am one," and "I am the way, the truth and the life."
Paul the Apostle referred to Jesus as God in Romans.
In Revelation Jesus refers to himself as the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End of all things.
The Bible Portrays the Holy Spirit as God
Jesus told his listeners that the only forgivable sin was blasepheming the Holy Spirit as such intimating that the Holy Spirit was equal to God.
In Acts 5, Peter told two rouge disciples that lying to the Holy Spirit was equivalent to lying to God.
The Holy Spirit was active in the creation act mentioned in Genesis.
2 Timothy 3:16 says all Scripture was inspired by God. The author of Hebrews said that the Holy Spirit spoke scripture and Peter said it was the Spirit which inspired the Scripture writers (Hebrews 3:7 and 2 Peter 1:20,21).
All Three are Active in the Creation of the World
Genesis 1:1, 2 tell us that God created the heavens and the earth and that the Spirit of God was involved in shaping the earth out of chaos.
The Gospel of John Chapter 1, Colossians Chapter 1 and Hebrews Chapter 1 say all things were made through God the Son, Jesus Christ.
New Believers Baptized into One Name
Before ascending back into heaven, Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize new believers into the singular name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Is it possible for One Being to Be Three, Be in Three Places at Once, and Retain Full Capacity?
[The following explanation is merely a logical argument stating that it is possible for one being (like God) to split himself up and exist in three places at once. It is not meant to say exactly how God exists as three persons at one time.]
The answer to this question is directly related to the nature of that being. If a being is infinite and has infinite capacity then it is indeed possible for that being to personify aspects of itself e.g. its word and its spirit with all three divisions retaining the original capacity of the one. This is seen in the mathematical definition of infinite which is 1-1=1.
For instance, let's say there is a library with an infinite number of books and that half the books are yellow and the other half, blue. By definition of the idea of "infinite," even if you took out all the blue books, the same amount of books would remain. (You would still have an unlimited number of books). Likewise, if a being has an unlimited capacity even if that being split itself into three or more parts, each part would retain an unlimited capacity.
How can one being in three places at one time?
This question cannot be answered in our three or four dimensional reality. However, what if there was more than three or four dimensions? It is interesting that modern astrophysicists now postulate as many as 10 or 11 dimensions. In fact, anyone who believes in the God of the Bible has to accept the notion of a minimum of five dimensions. Peter said that to God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day. This means that God is not confined to our space time continuum.
If then, God is an unlimited being and if he chose to personify his word and his spirit, he could do so without any reduction in capacity. Furthermore if he was not confined to the four dimensions of space and time, he could present himself in different places at seemingly the same time by taking advantage of extra dimensions.
Is this exactly how God exists as three persons? We could not say for certain whether it is or is not? We can only say that it possible for an unlimited being who exists beyond our four dimensional reality to do so.
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on February 20, 2014:
Thank you Bishop Hayes for sharing your video. I will take a look at it and give you my feedback. All the Lord's very best to you...
Jerry Lynn Hayes Sr from Texas City, Texas on February 19, 2014:
Great article ecoggins, This is a topic that is close and dear to my heart. Thank you for ` asking the hard question and addressing it. If I may take the liberty I would like to share a short 7 min video with you. Christianity is THE monotheistic faith of the world. (I am not considering Judaism nor Islam). The Christian monotheism has taken two forms in the history of the Lord's church: 1. Modalism, and 2. Trinitarianism. In this short video I humbly offer an introduction to this two great faiths. I would like to hear your response. Again, thank you so very much. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ7LI-NBrxI
Insane Mundane from Earth on December 24, 2011:
In reply to your response: And this doesn't happen now?
Questions and questions, ahh, as it never ends, which is totally fine. Now tell me, was the God of the Old Testament kind? I'm not trying to be intrusive or anything, but the "God" of the Bible is one confused, boisterous, loquacious being, to say the least! Anybody with any type of sound reasoning, rationale, logic, or common sense, will realize such things. Once again, cheers and many thanks for this humorous hub! God bless!
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on December 24, 2011:
In the Old Testament, God established himself as a God of righteousness and justice. In the case of the Old Testament times, if one has the power to do something about it, what should he do if he found out that authorities in another country or region were sacrificing children (burning them alive) on a regular basis? What should they do if they realized that violent men were overwhelming women, children, and even weaker men and raping them at will?
Insane Mundane from Earth on December 24, 2011:
I liked your title "Does God suffer from a Multiple Personality Disorder?" Ha! When comparing the Old Testament to the New Testament, one may also end up asking: "Is God Bi-Polar?" LOL! Thanks for the good laugh, as this was very amusing to read. Happy holidays; cheers!
Man from Modesto from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California) on December 19, 2011:
I think the summary of this article, the underlying point, is the same as in a similar hub I wrote a while back: People have their unique denominational jargon, and can argue with others when they actually agree on principle beliefs. The difference is in the terms they use. I also propose that much of this division is intentionally created by dark forces which have crept into the church. Here is the hub:
Also, do some research on the symbol posted at the head of this article. Jesus never sketched anything like this. In fact, this is a very popular satanic symbol. It was added to the Scoffield Bible c. 1901, when satanists bought the copyrights. If you round off the points a bit, you can see the 3 sixes it hides.
Voted up and across!
lionswhelp on April 04, 2010:
The Bible is of no private interpretation, 2 Peter 1:20-21. For it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Don't worry though, God will someday save you whether you like it or not. We hope you will like it. You sound like one of the scoffers mentioned in 2 Peter 3:1-9. God is long suffering with you also. Not everyone is called at this time and even of those called now do not really understand everything the way they should,for mamy are called but few are chosen, Matthew 20:16. God the Father determines who is called. You can knock as hard as you want but if God hasn't called you yet, it must not be your time. You can still ask seek and knock because it is still the Father's will that you will be called at sometime. If you show an interest God might open your mind now. God knows who you are already and you might not be ready yet but don't give up.
ecoggins (author) from Corona, California on December 03, 2009:
opinion duck, thank you for your insights. I appreciate the time you took to share your ideas.
opinion duck on December 03, 2009:
I am closer on your political views than in your religious views.
I believe that the bibles were created and written by man for man, and there appears to be no divine connection. The bibles are not self authenticating but the use of Faith by its believers is supposed to bypass authentication.
The bibles although very well written are vague and open for many different interpretations. The Trinity, I believe created by the authors of the New Testament to give credence to make it follow the Old Testament. That is to give it credibility as a bible.
Even the Jews that were the original followers of the Old Testament, didn't embrace Jesus and the New Testament. The Jews were there at the time of Jesus and yet they passed on him.
The Old Testament talks about a Messiah, but prophets and Messiahs are not valid. If God knows how something is going to turn out, then there is no point in playing the hand.
What is clear, is that people, since recorded time have not changed for the better. In fact, they may even be worse today.
I am neither atheist nor agnostic, but I am not a believe of the Gods of the Bibles.
I consider the possibility of Evolution or a Creator as the reason for our being here.
BTW, even if the bible Gods exist, there is no real reason for the creation or existence of a Trinity. Worshipers, don't need to know the mechanics of God, just that one exists.
In the Garden of Eden, there was only one God. That God spoke or communicated to Adam and Eve. There were no good Angels in the Garden, but there was a Devil of an Angel. The God of the Old Testament was harsh and punished beyond the action of Adam and Eve. Consider that Adam and Eve had no experience and they were created at some age beyond infancy. It was not fair to treat them as if they had much understanding and especially when it was an outside force that instigated the disobedience. It was unfair for God to taint the Garden, a garden containing a pest is not a perfect Garden of Eden.
Anyway, without referencing the bibles, what evidence is there that God exists?
The God of the Old Testament and Jesus of the New Testament have not been present since Jesus died or disappeared 2000 years ago.
Allen Werner from West Allis on November 25, 2009:
I believe trinity is simply a 'mysterious' belief for those that don't want to accept a heirarchy of authority. The Father, Yahweh, the name hidden by the priesthood (John 5:43) sent His Only Begotten Son into the world to save it. The Son accepts the fact that He is the Son and not the Father (John 6:38). He understands and teaches us that obedience to the will of the Father is a choice we must make(John 10:17-18). The Holy Spirit on the other hand is the will and comfort that speaks directly to a person's spirit man, not the carnal man. In the OT, the Holy Spirit had to be given to people by Yahweh. King Saul is a perfect example of one who had it, denied it, and lost it. He was in spiritual grief the rest of his life. We living in the time of the NT, can ask for the Holy Spirit, request it in our lives. The veil truly has been torn.
Lastly, we also are part of the godhead, for if He is in the Father and the Father is in Him - then as John 15:4 states, We are in Him, as He is in us. It's not magic, and it's not a mystery. It is beautiful as it is written.
Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on November 25, 2009:
ecoggins - Very well presented & informative. I often say that if our finite minds could fully explain & comprehend an infinite God, then he would not be God.
There is mystery in God, but we humans in our arrogance demand answers that fit our extremely limited understandings.
Thank you for writing this Hub.
Sanctus Vesania on November 25, 2009:
Do you not find it just the least bit strange that when asked about the trinity; pro-trinitarians can only say that, "We don't know, really, it's a complete mystery."