What the Bible Does Not Teach, Part 3

(See “What the Bible Does Not Teach, Part A” for an introduction to this blog.)

Important Note: All religions, without exception, train and condition their members to reject  ideas and beliefs that are outside their established doctrines. Except for a few of the cults, there is no formal plan to brainwash members. Nonetheless, the effect is the same because any criticism of the group’s core beliefs automatically triggers intense, emotional responses: “You’re a heretic; you’re a liar; you are not even a Christian.” You will experience this effect when you read a few more sentences. Your first instinct will be: THIS CANNOT BE TRUE. Your second instinct will be to leave this blog so that you don’t have to read these “lies.” You can if you chose, but you are keeping yourself closed off from the truth.

Living within the restricted belief system of a denomination creates blind spots which causes members to believe what they are told to believe, whether true or not. They have little choice since they cannot see the whole picture and since they have never been taught God’s method of understanding the Bible (Click Here to read about how to understand the Bible; it will open on a separate page).

The Bible Does Not Teach: (Continued)

9. The Doctrine of the Trinity

There are three big problems with the Doctrine of the Trinity:

a. It is not taught in the Bible as people claim.

b. It purports to separate those who believe that Jesus is the eternal God and Creator from those who do not; IT FAILS TO MAKE THIS DISTINCTION.

c. Most importantly, it completely hides the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH that every born again believer should understand.

This is what the Bible teaches: Jesus Christ is the eternal God and Creator who emptied Himself to live fully as a man so that He could be your Savior and your model for a life of faith.

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a. Neither Jesus nor the Apostles answered this question: “If there is one God but the Bible speaks of “God,” the “Holy Spirit” and “Jesus,” how does it all fit together? There are many things that the Bible does not fully explain; it is always a bad idea to fill in the gaps based on human wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Originally there were many theories put forth but the “God in three persons” teaching eventually won out. There will be no attempt to offer an alternative view because it would only be another attempt to explain something through human reasoning.

Still, there are a couple of things to consider. The first is that the formulators and proponents of the Trinity Doctrine admit that it is a “mystery.” A mystery in the Bible is something that has not yet been revealed and, therefore, cannot be understood. So, does this make any sense? “Nobody can understand the Doctrine of the Trinity but if you do not believe it as is traditionally taught, you are a heretic and an enemy of God.”

The second point is that the Bible is full of passages that use the names of God interchangeably; this fact does not bode well for trying to understand God as separate persons.

Isaiah refers to Jesus with the names that are attributed to the Father, the Holy Spirit and  to Jesus Himself.

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor (name for Holy Spirit), Mighty God (name for God), Eternal Father (name for God), Prince of Peace (name for Jesus).

Romans 8 is another example …

Romans 8:9-10 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. [10] If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

The Bible does, however, make a strong distinction between spirit and flesh. Most of the misunderstandings and false teachings about Jesus and His relationship to His Father are explained by this distinction, not by separate “persons.” When you read the Bible with this in mind, it will begin to make more sense.

John 14:28b … for the Father is greater than I.

1 Corinthians 15:28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

b. The proponents of the Doctrine of the Trinity assert that if you do not believe in the commonly held view, you reject that Jesus Christ is God. It assumes that there are no other explanations of who Jesus was when He came to this earth. Yet, they reject the simple and clear teaching of Scripture because they cannot get past their own human reasoning, “How can God stop being God?”

The Bible teaches that Jesus, eternal God and Creator, emptied Himself to become fully human while here on the earth.

Hebrew 2:7 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Because people could not get past their own human reasoning, the obvious has been overlooked and explained away. God cannot be tempted; Jesus was. God cannot die on the Cross; Jesus did.

Jesus was God for all eternity. Jesus is God. Jesus emptied Himself to live fully as a man while He was here on this earth. This is what the Bible teaches.

Hebrews 2:9a But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, …

Jesus allowed His disciples to see what was going to happen when the Father would raise Him from the dead; His glory as God would be returned to Him.

John 17:4-5 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. [5] Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

c. Finally, the most important issue is a continuation of this human reasoning dilemma of “how can God stop being God?” To answer it, the Trinity doctrine attempted to define the nature of Jesus by what is called the “hypostatic union.” It says that Jesus was “fully God and fully man” at the same time while He was here on the earth.

As mentioned in above, the Bible teaches that Jesus had to be made like His brethren in all things. Yet, the Trinity Doctrine says that Jesus was NOT like His brethren. It claims that Jesus had full knowledge and power within Himself but chose not to exercise those prerogatives. The Bible teaches that Jesus did not have power within Himself; rather, it was the Holy Spirit who came down and indwelled Jesus at His baptism who was His power to do the works of the Father.

John5:30 “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

John 8:28 Jesus therefore said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.

John 14:10b … The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

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The truth that the Trinity Doctrine hides is this: the same Holy Spirit that indwelled Jesus and was His power to do the works of God IS THE SAME HOLY SPIRIT that now lives in you and is your power to live righteously and do the works of God.

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Saying that Jesus had power within Himself has blinded nearly all Christians to the reality that Jesus Christ Himself (as His Holy Spirit) literally lives inside of the believer. People have struggled under their own power for centuries instead of understanding that they HAVE THE SAME POWER JESUS HAD – the indwelling Holy Spirit. They have all had this power within them all this time!

These are 30 verses that speak of Jesus being fully man while here on the earth; or, they speak of Jesus, the man, being indwelled by the Holy Spirit:
Philippians 2: 5-8; Matthew 12:28; Hebrews 2:17; compare Matthew 4:1 with James 1:13b; Matthew 12:18; Mark 1:10; Mark 13:32; Luke 3:22; Luke 4:1; Luke 4:14; John 1:14; John 1:32; John 5:19; John 5:30; John 8:28; John 14:10b-11; John 17:4-5; Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38; Acts 17:31;  Corinthians 15:21; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Colossians 1:15; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 4:2; 2 John 1:7.

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