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The Trinity : Is God Three-In-One?

The Trinity : Is God Three-In-One?

by David C. Pack

Is God a “trinity”—three persons in ONE BEING? Almost all professing Christians answer “yes.” Long the litmus test of traditional Christianity, the triune god is deemed a MYSTERY, unable to be understood.

Other questions arise: Does the sacrifice of Christ fit with the “three-in-one” god? How did Jesus—a third of one being—“extricate” Himself from the Father and the Holy Spirit to die as Savior?

Millions assume the Bible proves the trinity. But does it? If God is not a trinity, what is He? Have scholars, theologians and Bible students missed anything?

Here, made PLAIN, are the FACTS of history—and what the Bible really teaches about what and whom is its AUTHOR!

 

I – Introduction

 

The subject of God is mysterious, confusing to almost all. Yet the single most important knowledge in the universe would be that of the true God. What could be more important than which god one worships? Millions, indeed billions, have asked WHO and WHAT is God? This all-important question has confounded man for millennia.

He has still not found the answer!

With the explosion of new and different brands of Christianity, confusion about God has not lessened in the modern age. And the so-called “great religions” of the world have only made it worse. Yet, correctly identifying the true God is the central issue towering over EVERYTHING in life. It is at the core of all that is truth. For those who believe that God authored the Bible—Christians!—the question comes into sharper focus. Who and What is the God of the Bible?

Millions of professing Christians believe in, speak of and weekly sing about God as a “trinity”—“Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Acceptance of this god has become perhaps the greatest litmus test of orthodox or traditional Christianity. But is the Bible’s God a trinity—three persons in ONE BEING? Can this be proven? Or is God a Family—and can this be proven? If the “trinity god” is false—if it is not the God of the Bible—it must be rejected. In its place must come an understanding of the true God.

Which Is Better?

Consider this question. Which would be better: having correct understanding of every single doctrine in the Bible, but having neither true knowledge of nor contact with the God who inspired it?—or, having absolutely no knowledge of a single Bible truth on any subject except the nature and identity of the true God, and contact with Him?

Let’s consider further. The Bible is filled with hundreds of separate doctrinal truths: the gospel, salvation, baptism, identity and location of the true Church, the name of that Church, whether one should keep holy Saturday or Sunday, whether one should observe the annual festivals of Leviticus 23 or various humanly-devised holidays, financial laws, the purpose of marriage, principles of proper childrearing, punishment in the afterlife, the nature of repentance and conversion, the unpardonable sin, dietary laws and health, healing, scores of prophetic truths, the law of God, the role of Christ, and many, many more. I ask again: Would it be more important to understand all these Bible truths while at the same time lacking the knowledge of who is the true God—or to know nothing of them, but to have direct contact with the God who recorded them?

Think! If one knew and was worshipping the TRUE GOD, he would automatically be led into all the right knowledge offered by that God, revealed only to those who have a relationship withHIM. This would happen relatively quickly after entering into such contact. The true God would not leave one in ignorance about exactly how He was to be worshipped—in other words, knowledge of all the many truths contained in His Word.

The knowledge of the true Plan of God, the location of the true Church and Work of God—and every other divinely-revealed point of understanding—flows from being in direct contact with the right God. On the other hand, possessing all of the knowledge about every Bible doctrine would be utterly useless if one was worshipping the WRONG GOD! Mere knowledge of true doctrine would not necessarily, and certainly not automatically, lead a person to the God who authored it, and thus his religion would be in vain.

God must reveal Himself to any who come to know Him! He must distinguish Himself from all other supposed gods or deities. Set aside all personal bias and see if He is revealing Himself to you.

II – FOUNDED ON FALSE KNOWLEDGE

Have you ever asked why people believe as they do?—why have so many come to accept the doctrines they hold as having come from the Bible? Why have YOU believed and accepted the things that YOU do? Most who consider themselves Christians have carelessly assumed from childhood the answer to the greatest question they could ever address—that is, do they have, and are they worshipping, the RIGHT GOD?

Most come into adulthood having accepted without question what they heard, read or were taught in Sunday school. They are unwilling to challenge what their peers have also accepted without question. Strangely, such people often vigorously defend their beliefs, feeling no need to examine PROOF of why they hold them—or to consider how they came to such beliefs. Human nature wants to follow the crowd. And this has been the case with virtually every popular teaching, tradition and practice found in orthodox Christianity—even though all have been taken almost entirely from paganism, false customs and human reasoning. This is why the masses have followed a god conceived and developed outside the pages of the Bible.

Incredibly, I have even seen those who knew the true God become willing to carelessly exchange Him for another god as easily as taking trash to the dumpster. Yes, throughout history, many who have known the true God of the Bible have been willing to blur and even lose altogether the knowledge of who and what He is.

Source of Deception, Confusion

The apostle John described the devil as having “deceived the whole world” (Rev. 12:9). Satan’s goal has been to keep man from a relationship with his Creator. The apostle Paul called Satan “the god of this world” who “has blinded them which believe not” (II Cor. 4:4). Is it strange to think of the devil as this world’s GOD? Does this seem impossible to believe? Yet there it is in your Bible. As arch-deceiver, the devil would most want to blind mankind to the identity of the true God. In fact, you will learn that Satan is the author of the trinity doctrine—that this false god is a counterfeit—a substitute deity—designed to deceive millions into unwittingly worshipping him, while thinking they are serving the God of Christianity and the Bible. (This book does not capitalize “trinity,” as is normally done.)

The highly educated of this world ought to know WHO God is! But they do not, because this is spiritual knowledge, DIVINELY REVEALED by the very God these scholars and educators have been unable to discover on their own—and Whom they could never discover on their own.

These modern educators have been steeped in the false understanding of the theory of evolution. Because they have believed this fable, they have taught it to millions of unsuspecting minds, and conditioned those minds to reject God’s revelation of Himself at the very beginning of Genesis. Then, having rejected the Creation account of Genesis, inspired by the God of the Bible, these have become blinded to the identity of the true God—leaving them utterly unable to find their way out of the maze of confusion they have created for themselves. Evolution has taught them self-reliance, and ultimately cut them off from the knowledge that would have freed them from ignorance in all the most important matters of life. There they sit, without answers to life’s greatest questions. Because intellectual vanity—plain pride!—would not let them seek a power greater than their own minds, these have literally trapped themselves in confusion, with no idea where to turn for light.

The Unknown Book

If the Bible is as it has been called—“The Book that nobody knows”—then the One who authored it is truly the God nobody knows! Not what He intended, this God has remained concealed from a humanity willing to follow no end of humanly devised deities, including a “mystery god” that cannot be understood.

A world-famous evangelist declared of the trinity, “When I first began to study the Bible years ago, the doctrine of the Trinity was one of the most complex problems I had to encounter. I have never fully resolved it, for it contains an aspect of mystery. Though I do not totally understand it to this day, I accept it as a revelation of God…To explain and illustrate the Trinity is one of the most difficult assignments to a Christian.”

How true! With at least 10 recognized versions of the trinity, no wonder it cannot be understood.

Mystery books are often bestsellers. Everyone seems to like the proverbial “Whodunit?” Mysteries in which a crime was committed involve several critical elements that must eventually come to light—perpetrator, witnesses, weapon, motive and other evidence. When this happens, there is satisfaction and excitement. Who would read a mystery book or watch a mystery movie knowing in advance it was not going to be solved in the end?

But the mysteries of men’s religions always remain mysteries. In the end, they are never explained—never SOLVED—and followers are told they must accept this. This is no truer than when it comes to the concept of a triune god. Why would billions of people accept—and for a lifetime—a mystery about God, when they would not accept this of a mere book or movie?

Yet they do.

If the trinity represents the true God, we could ask: Why is there such widespread confusion and division—such disagreement—about God? Why is the subject of God not clearplain!—to the common man? The Bible declares, through the apostle Paul, that “God is not the author of confusion” (I Cor. 14:33). God never wants His servants to be confused. Why then have so many been willing to accept without question this confusion about God? So many say, “God just doesn’t seem real to me.” But they seem willing to let Him remain this way. Not only do the masses stand in ignorance of life’s most important knowledge, including the identity of the true God and correct understanding of the many truths that He teaches, most do not appear to care. Billions do not even seem to want to know—to want to solve the mysteries of God and His Word. Strangely, they seem willing to read a mystery book knowing in advance the mystery will not be solved.

All of this said, you may have some difficulty understanding parts of this book. But that will actually be good! Remember, the trinity god is deemed unable to be explained or understood—a “god” that makes no real sense.

Therefore, the more in-depth parts of this book—those that go deeper inside the idea of the trinity—might be hard to follow. Speaking of Russia before World War II, former Prime Minister of Britain Sir Winston Churchill accidentally offered the best description of the trinity: “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside anenigma.”

All Bible mysteries can—and should—be understood! What would be the point of God recording the many statements about Himself in His inspired Word so that no one could ever grasp their meaning—never comprehend them? More than any other doctrine, God desires His servants to be able to differentiate Him from all other gods.

This means knowing how to identify and separate Him—the true God—from the endless array of false gods within men’s religions.

You will see the baffling “mystery” of the supposed trinity god SOLVED in this book! It will beproven to be a fiction of men—and no part of the Bible’s teachings.

Coded Book

The Bible is a coded book. It is written as a kind of jigsaw puzzle creating a series of smaller pictures within an overall picture that only becomes clear in meaning when one properly pieces together all passages on a subject. Isaiah 28:10 describes God’s Word as written “here a little, and there a little…” This is the way we will study this subject. Also, we must let the Bible interpret itself, and you will see this throughout the book. Because professing Christianity has not understood these two things—either of them—it has remained deceived, led by the counterfeit god of this world, who has substituted himself in place of the true God.

Again, mankind has been deceived about God’s AWESOME PURPOSE for it. Notice what Paul records: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him” (I Cor. 2:9). Here comes a crucial early fact. Paul goes on to explain how men can understand the truths and mysteries of God. Notice: “But God has REVEALED THEM [spiritual things] unto us by His Spirit…” (vs. 10). Note that spiritual knowledge is not revealed by any supposed third Person of the trinity, called the Holy Spirit. Only “God” reveals the truth of the Bible to those He is calling (John 6:4465)—and He uses His Spirit to do it.

Counterfeit Church

You will learn that the teaching of the triune, “three-in-one” god comes from the great false UNIVERSAL RELIGIOUS SYSTEM, described in Revelation 17:5 as “Mystery Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” This “woman church” has used the trinity to infiltrate and deceive all of traditional Christianity. You will learn this. Originally introduced with much controversy, she has been able to successfully use this teaching to limit God to a supposed three persons.

This seduction includes what the Bible calls “another Jesus” (II Cor. 11:3-4), who is the centerpiece of “another gospel” (same passage) that replaces the true gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the KINGDOM OF GOD. All this deception in turn comes from “another spirit” (also same passage)—called by John “the spirit of error” (I John 4:6). This spirit is that of the god of this world—active throughout this world’s “churchianity.” The kingdom of God—Christ’s message—offers the only real future for a world otherwise without hope. Only the arrival of God’s soon-coming, world-ruling SUPER GOVERNMENT will solve humanity’s worst problems, troubles, evils and ills.

Most assume the word trinity is in the Bible. Yet this word is nowhere in Scripture. The term and its meaning—like the words triunethree-in-one, etc.—are all inventions of men. With this cobbled-together god, the God of the Bible has literally been excommunicated from the world of supposed Christianity!

WHO and WHAT then is God? This volume pulls back the veil concealing the true God from mankind and introduces Him to you. It explains the origin and history of the trinity—and will cover the principal scriptures cited to supposedly “prove” it. It exposes the logic—actually theillogic—of trinitarian theology. It will explain the nature and role of the Holy Spirit. It will also answer, “Who and what was Christ?”—and is the Christ of the Bible the same as the one worshipped in modern Christendom? And it will bring absolute proof— the TRUTH—from God’s Word about the real nature of the God of the Bible and Creation. This will open the door to God’s true plan for mankind.

You will be stunned at what you will learn. The subject is compelling and unlike what you might expect with one that appears to be esoteric or only able to be understood by scholars and intellectuals. In fact, you may also find yourself wondering how anyone could possibly believe the trinity—so easily seen to be wrong, and of pagan origin.

The Hardest Thing

The most difficult thing for any person is to admit being wrong. Unlearning false knowledge and learning true knowledge in its place is not easy. This can sometimes be a painful, even shattering experience. But, you must set aside all bias when reading this book. If you enter it with an open mind, once the evidence is laid out, you will be able to make a clear choice. This means you must be willing to confess mistakes about beliefs and convictions, which in this case may have been held for a lifetime.

The book of Acts describes those of the Greek city of Berea as “…more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (17:11). These new converts were open-minded—but they wanted PROOF. In all points, they turned to God’s Word as their sole source of truth.

God commands every Bible student regarding every Bible doctrine to, “PROVE all things; hold fast that which is good” (I Thes. 5:21). Nowhere does God ever state, “Just trust me.” He wants people to stand on the firm rock of Scripture on all matters. Further, Paul told the Romans, “PROVE what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (12:1-2).

Such proof would surely include proving who and what is God. But first the stage must be set, and this will take time.

NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME

Everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments. The famous half-century-year-old movie of the same name is rerun every spring in connection with the celebration of the ancient supposed Christian tradition of Easter. Many millions have come to know the Hollywood version of the Bible account of the receiving of the Ten Commandments.

America has been embroiled in a legal battle over whether its constitution—requiring the separation of church and state—allows for God’s Law to be displayed publicly in courts and government buildings. But Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia summarized it best when he said, “Probably 90 percent of the American people believe in the Ten Commandments and 85 percent couldn’t tell you what the 10 are.” How many could evenparaphrase five of them is another question.

Therefore, largely lost in this astounding account in the book of Exodus is the all-important First Commandment, establishing which God it was Who gave these laws to ancient Israel in the wilderness. This commandment must be firmly established in your mind from the outset of the book. I repeat: This lies at the heart of all religion.

Moses recorded God’s words: “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex. 20:3).

If the Bible is the inspired INSTRUCTION BOOK of an all-wise and all-powerful Creator—the only true God in the universe—His first command could hardly have been otherwise. No true God could want other gods worshipped in His place.

Now God’s second, longer command: “You shall not make unto you any graven image, or anylikeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORDyour God am A JEALOUS GOD” (vs. 4-5). This commandment is a broad, sweeping and explicit prohibition covering every form of false worship involving every kind of supposed “god”—and representation of such—that human beings with creative imagination could invent. Like any parent whose children went home to a different house and to different parents after school, the Parent who made all human beings—His children—would be jealous if they went after idols and false gods.

God’s Third Commandment is tied to the first two. It describes the careful reverence with which God wants His name to be used at all times: “You shall not take the NAME of the LORDyour God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His NAME in vain” (vs. 7). The meaning here is that when people even reference the true God, they should be very careful (Psa. 111:9). They should think about the purpose—the reason—for which they mention God’s most holy name.

The Fourth Commandment is also tied directly to the identity of the God of the Bible: “Remember the SABBATH day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the SEVENTH DAY is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (vs. 8-11).

The world has discarded observance of the seventh-day Sabbath in place of Sunday, the first day of the week. This extraordinary command, given for a vital purpose, creates a special problem for the evolutionist—even the one who professes to believe in God, including the God of the Bible.

Here is how: God expects all His servants to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. Why? So they would never forget which God it was Who “in six days” created—the context means “re-created”—“heaven and earth,” and who sealed this by resting on “the seventh day.” In this way, the God who authored the Bible directly ties the Ten Commandments to Creation, which, in turn, leaves no room for His servants to drift into worshipping other gods. By observing the Sabbath every seven days, the adherent is forced to be cognizant of the sole God of Creation.

God leaves no room in His first four commandments for other gods or wrong forms of worship. He expects to be worshipped as He is, including on the day that He, not man, has selected for worship. He permits no room for human opinion—He accepts no substitution of the false for the true.

The evolutionist has a big problem explaining belief in a God who created all life on Earth in six days. (Incidentally, much science—that you never hear about—supports Creation and makes evolution impossible.) But, having rejected the Creation account of this God, it becomes much easier for the evolutionist to go on to the next step—the rejection of that God, and possibly the idea that there even is a God! Faithful Sabbath observance every seven days eliminates this problem.

(You should take time to prove there IS a God. Read our informative booklet Does God Exist?, as well as our thorough, illustrated brochure Evolution – Facts, Fallacies and Implications.Unlike anything you have read, these establish a foundation to build a right relationship with God. Also take note that a page recommending additional literature is included at the back to make the reader aware of material that expands related subjects that cannot be as thoroughly discussed here.)

God Most Plain

These commandments are not difficult to understand. The God of the Bible speaks plainly—He says what He means and means what He says! (Note that God repeats for emphasis inDeuteronomy 5 the same Ten Commandments verbatim.)

Do the first four commands sound like the laws of a God who takes lightly those who worship any but Himself? Do they seem like mere wishful instruction on the part of this God—things He only hopes His followers will do? Do they sound like the words of a God willing to let people worship idols or false gods as long as the proponent proclaims such to be the true God? No they do not!

A relationship with, and understanding of, the Bible’s God begins with accepting the first four commandments. These describe how to love God, and the last six reveal how to love one’s fellow man. Put another way, the first four explain how to establish a relationship with the true God and the last six how to build relationships with human beings.

Did Israel Remain Faithful?

We now ask whether the nation of Israel lived up to her promises to God made in the book of Exodus. And then we must examine what can be learned from her record and what lessons can be applied. You will see that the relevance to hundreds of millions alive today will be shocking—and unmistakable.

God intended the nation of ancient Israel be a MODEL NATION for all other nations to copy. He expected His people to set an example of how happiness, peace, abundance, blessings and protection from enemies would result from obedience to Him. Sadly, despite an early willingness and determination to obey God, starting when the commandments were first given at Sinai, Israel repeatedly found herself copying the nations around her and worshipping their gods, thus achieving the very opposite of God’s purpose! (Recall how quickly Israel fell into worship of the “golden calf” after the Ten Commandments were given—before Moses could even get down from the mountain.) This worship of false gods had repercussions lasting thousands of years.

The long, broken history of Israel is that she repeatedly turned from the true God and fell into the seductive trap of idolatry and the worship of foreign gods. Each time this pattern repeated itself, God sent her back into slavery. After a time, she would cry out in bondage, offering repentance, and God would raise up a judge and deliver her. But His people would quickly fall back into the worship of false gods and idols, leading back to captivity, then to later repentance, again followed by God’s merciful deliverance—all of this happening time and again. This cycle, described in the book of Judges and elsewhere, was never broken until ancient Israel and Judah finally went into captivity (for the next-to-last time), with 10 of the 12 tribes becoming lost to history. Only the Jews—Judah mixed with one other tribe—have retained their national identity, and this is largely attributed to having continued to observe God’s Sabbath.

Jeremiah and Isaiah Summarize

Here is how God, through the prophet Jeremiah, describes and laments the continual actions of His people—His “nation”: “Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be you very desolate, says the LORD. For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (2:11-13).

The latter phrase in this passage accurately describes all the false gods devised by men and nations over the last 6,000 years. These manmade “gods”—made of wood, stone, metal andfalse thinkingare truly “broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Yet those nations (and religions) cleave to these fictional gods with a faithfulness Israel never showed to the true God.

Jeremiah continues, describing Israel’s approach to gods she had copied and created: “Saying to a stock [of wood—a mere carved idol], You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto Me, and not their face.” Speaking for God, Jeremiah then says of these gods, “But in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. But where are your gods that you have made you? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble: for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah” (vs. 27-28).

This is a classic description of what is seen throughout the world in all the modern nations that consider themselves to be based upon Judeo-Christian roots. Idols, carvings, religious statues and stained-glass windows abound on and in every church in every city, with no one thinking anything of it.

In a later chapter, we will look at the popular “Jesus” worshipped throughout Christendom today. Even as early as the first century, the apostle Paul was warning a congregation of God’s people (the Corinthians)—those of His Church!—of the danger of following “another Jesus,” who is tied to “another gospel” and this, in turn, he revealed is tied to following “another spirit” (II Cor. 11:3-4). You will find this revelation to be positively stunning—shocking beyond what you can imagine about the traditional “Jesus” taught in every church throughout the Western World.

Now continuing with Jeremiah’s account. God had always made Himself available to Israel, easy to find for those who sought Him: “O generation, see you the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? A land of darkness? Wherefore say My people, We are lords; we will come no more unto You? Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number” (2:31-32). God has never been “a wilderness” to those who seek Him. The question has always been whether Israel would seek and obey Him.

How many young women would ever permit themselves to dress up for a special occasion, but forget to put on jewelry—her “ornaments”? Surely few. Then, what bride at her wedding could possibly forget to put on her wedding dress—her “attire”? Absolutely none.

Yet, astonishingly, Israel had forgotten THEIR GOD!

This only happened because she disregarded God’s basic instruction—and commandments!—and got involved with the gods of surrounding nations.

The prophet Isaiah declares this from God about the woeful—and ignorant—state of His people, then and today: “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel does not know, My people do not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward” (1:2-4).

Isaiah is describing a nation that had fallen into every conceivable kind of corruption, evil and sin, all of which could be attributed to having forsaken the true God.

The Twin Sins

Leviticus 26 outlines what God expected of Israel from the beginning. Early in the chapter, He describes a long list of promises He would fulfill if she obeyed, but includes an even longer list of punishments that would come if she did not keep her part of the bargain. The first three verses of the chapter set the stage and reveal what God considered to be the two greatest “twin sins” that would set in motion the punishment to follow—idolatry and Sabbath-breaking. This warning brings special emphasis from God’s mind to avoiding idolatry at all costs and to always remember the Sabbath Day that points to the God of Creation!

Let’s read: “You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall you set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God. You shall keep My sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD. If you walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them…” (vs. 1-3).

God knew that if His people committed either of these great offenses, they would lose contact with Him—and every evil, curse and bad effect would result. But commission of these offenses also explains why the entire world is in such confusion, and is plagued by every problem, evil and ill known to man.

Though not the subject of this volume, Almighty God will soon intervene in the affairs of all nations. The time of final punishment of the modern nations descended from Israel, which will then involve the final captivity for disobedience, is soon to occur. (You are urged to read our thorough book America and Britain in Prophecy to grasp the bigger picture of who these nations are and all that is at stake for them.)

Worldwide Confusion—Gods and More Gods

The world is filled with gods of every sort. It is as though mankind has reserved the very best of its creative powers to invent every conceivable type of god and goddess—whether composed of physical matter or defined by ethereal concepts of the mind. The world’s billions of people worship literally millions of gods.

 

Paul expresses it best: “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth (as there be gods many, and lords many), but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge…” (I Cor. 8:5-7). So many gods, and so much confusion.

Notice how Paul references “the Father” and “Jesus Christ,” thus differentiating them from all other “gods” and “lords,” but, missing the perfect opportunity, fails to mention the Holy Spirit, the supposed third member of the trinity. A later inset will show that Paul always fails to do this.

The Romans worshipped and built temples to an endless array of gods and goddesses. It is said that the ancient Greeks worshipped as many as 30,000 gods. Not to be outdone, Hindus today are said to have 5 million, including their own trinity—Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu! The Egyptians, as did other civilizations, also had their own brand of a trinity—Osiris (or Seb), Horus and Isis. These trinities send an unmistakable message about where the idea of a three-in-one god came from. Then there is Tao, Confucius, Buddha, Allah and a host of other gods, goddesses and idols worshipped today, including totem poles, nature, snakes, animals and fish, volcanoes and mountains, fire, wind, rocks, sun, moon, planets, stars and even certain human beings who are considered divine.

Finally, what about all the metaphysical concepts of gods adored and worshipped in the mind—often depicted by symbols and representations by artists. This describes the trinity.

While most are probably unaware of this, vastly more people believe in the three-in-one god of mainstream Christianity than any other god.

The Unknown God


At this point, we need to look at a fascinating longer account illustrating why superstitious man will even worship all gods at the same time to be sure to include the true one. This account paints an astounding picture. Take careful note of the last sentence. The story from Acts involves Paul speaking to Greek polytheists in Athens:

“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions [gods], I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He gives to all life, and breath, and all things; and has made of one blood all nations of men [all races] for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: for in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (17:22-30).

Notice Paul’s reference “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” (also in capital letters in the King James Bible). God had to reveal Himself to the superstitious Greeks through Paul. They had devised a “catch-all” inscription to include any god missed in their “devotions.” They had left no stone unturned in the worship of every deity. But they had not tried to “seek,” “feel after” and “find Him.”

King Solomon recorded that there is “no new thing under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9). Truly, the God of the Bible has been unknown to countless millions who have been content to worship a godselected for them by men. Theologians and religionists have sought the opinions of philosophers, scholars and supposed experts, instead of the only important opinion—that of God, found in His Word. You are about to see that, centuries ago, these religious leaders brought a god to the masses who were only too willing to swallow it without proof.

The God Who Is Alive

Let’s ask, What is the ultimate difference between the God of the Bible and all other gods? How does God differentiate Himself from all others?

Throughout Scripture, God describes Himself as “the living God”—the “Eternal”—“I AM THAT I AM” (the name in Exodus 3:14 that He told Moses to use before Pharaoh). The God of the Bible separates Himself from all other gods by declaring Himself to be ALIVE!—LIVING!—meaning ALLother gods are non-existent or, in a sense, “dead.” Put another way, the true God states, “I AM,” meaning other gods “ARE NOT”—period.

Continually ask yourself throughout the book whether you are worshipping the TRUE GOD—the God who is ALIVE—or something non-existent and “dead”—a god who is not! This question towers over all others before you.

The Heart of the Problem

Let’s momentarily return to both ancient Israel and to modern theologians, educators and evolutionists. The prophet Hosea summarized Israel’s problem then and that of religionists and supposed “rationalists” of today:

“My people are destroyed for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: because you have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to Me: seeing you have FORGOTTEN the law of your God, I will also forget your children” (4:6). This is the problem every reader must squarely face. Will you reject vital knowledge offered here about God? Then, will you “seek” and “feel after” the true God?

Paul, in the New Testament, is inspired to further record God’s view of those who consciously, willingly reject THE TRUTH of Who and What He is, so plainly visible throughout His Creation:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress [Greek: hold back] the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have beenclearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not HONOR Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:18-22, NASB).

This passage describes the intellectually vain, but foolish, originators of the evolutionary theory, who found the existence of God to be superstition that they could neither understand nor accept. Yet God thunders that the facts—the evidence seen throughout His Creation, on Earth and in the heavens—leave them “without excuse.” The ancients rejected CLEARLY EVIDENT KNOWLEDGE that unmistakably pointed to the existence of a God—and that He was the God of Creation. The same is true today. Why? Because so many will not “honor”—they refuse to OBEY—Him, when His existence and identity can be known!

A little later in context, verse 28 of Romans 1 describes how God dealt with mankind because it would not admit the Creation proved His existence. Notice: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind.” The word “reprobate” means “void of judgment.”

Humanity has been void of judgment on all important matters. This is why its problems and troubles have only multiplied. But has all this led mankind to search out the true God from the false? Later in Romans, Paul answers the question and adds to the picture of basic human nature when it comes to whether human beings will seek God: “There is none that understands, there is NONE THAT SEEKS AFTER GOD. They are all gone out of THE WAY” (3:11-12). These verses reveal that there have been no exceptions in who chooses to seek God and His Way.

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he described mankind collectively as “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of THE TRUTH” (II Tim. 3:7). This certainly includes the knowledge—the truth—of God Himself. God must REVEAL Himself to individuals or they cannot know Him (John 6:4465).

What is written here is SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE, unknown to all but a very few, and knowledge that you could not discover on your own. Ask yourself: “Is the true God revealing Himself to me?”—and “Will I treasure this special, all-important knowledge?”

Basic Honesty Required

Let’s return to the problem facing those examining the trinity god. Some who have accepted evolution have not turned to outright atheism. But, influenced by evolutionary thinking, modern theologians and religionists have not honestly explored the trinity god in light of thePLAIN FACTS from history and Scripture. They have professed themselves to be Christians, meaning they want to appear to be followers of the God of Creation. Again, in the end, these have not been willing to face the facts about their “god.” They have not been willing to come to the understanding of the TRUE GOD—the LIVING GOD!

Then, in succession, millions of professing Christians, also unwilling to explore the facts for themselves, follow these deceived men. They remain duped by dishonest, seductive arguments designed by the god of this world to lead them to the worship of himself. In their vanity (Rom. 1:22), they have foolishly rejected vital knowledge. The result has been that so many have unnecessarily become “darkened”—blinded—to plain understanding of God.

For God to require obedience to His first four commandments without explaining Who and What He is would be cruel. Not equipping His worshippers to be able to distinguish Him from other gods would have been grossly unfair. This book equips you as God intended.

When confronting 450 prophets of Baal, who were seeking to lead Israel away from the true God, the prophet Elijah presented ancient Israel with the ultimate question—and the choice facing you in this book. Will your response mirror those who heard Elijah?

“And Elijah came unto all the people [the Israelites], and said, How long halt you between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word” (I Kgs. 18:21).

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