The Creation of the Trinity & Other Doctrines - Download PDF Article
The belief in the Trinity, the bedrock of the Church, is usually the second statement listed in each Churches 'Statement of Beliefs.' It is essential that we ask ourselves, "Is this doctrine founded upon the rock of Yahweh's Word or upon the sands of the doctrines of men?" As we are all aware, the word, 'Trinity' and the statements, 'God the Son' and 'God the Holy Spirit' do not appear anywhere in our Father's Word but rather are statements of men. Moses warned us, "Ye shall not add unto the word which, I, am commanding you, neither shall ye take away therefrom,––that ye may keep the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim, which, I, am commanding you" (De. 4:2). The Apostle Paul has also warned us twice that, "But, even if, we, or, a messenger out of heaven, announce a glad–message aside from that which we announced unto you, accursed [anathema], let him be! As we have said before, even now, again, I say: If anyone is announcing unto you a glad–message aside from that which ye accepted, accursed [anathema], let him be" (Gal. 1:8-9)! The doctrine of the Trinity, as we will see, is not Yahweh's doctrine but rather a creation of men through their seven ecumenical councils. We have been warned by Yahweh, that those who teach the doctrines of men, such as the Trinity, will be anathema (accursed).
I would estimate that 99% of Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity. That there are masses believing or practicing error does not make it right with Yahweh. Neither is it unusual that the masses are wrong. This is illustrated in the period of the Kings. The followers of Yahweh, which included their spiritual leaders such as King Solomon, even though they loved Yahweh, were sacrificing to Him in the high places, which was forbidden;FN1 "Solomon loved Yahweh, by walking in the statutes of David his father,––save only, that, in the high places, he himself, was sacrificing and offering incense" (1 Kg. 3:3). This error of sacrificing in high places existed through many righteous generations even though it was against Yahweh's will.FN2 Another example would be that the nation of Israel was so ignorant of the scriptures that they missed all the foretold signs of their own Messiah.FN3 I would venture to say that 99% of the nation of Israel erred in the scriptures concerning their Messiah. Christian Churches used to endorse slavery. Jonathan Edwards, the famous minister,FN4 was a slave owner for all of his life. The majority of Americans today believe that the United States is a democracy. It is not but rather it is a republic. The consensus of the masses does not determine truth. The Word of Yahweh is the foundation of truth and not doctrines which have been popularized by men.
The purpose of this article is to state the obvious and not to examine every scripture that opposes or is used in support of the doctrine of the Trinity. The majority of Christian Churches have as part of their beliefs, the theology and philosophy of men. This can be illustated by their vocabulary. The Creator, Yahweh, who created man and language, has unveiled Himself to us by His vocabulary through His prophets. His vocabulary, as recorded by His Word, is all that is needed to communicate His thoughts. If we believe this statement is not true, that men can add to, take away or change His Word for the better, we exalt ourselves above His Throne. Words and phrases of men such as 'Mary, the mother of God,' 'God the Son,' 'God the Holy Spirit,' 'Trinity' and 'Incarnation' are not representative of any Hebrew or Greek words used in the Word of Yahweh. But you might say, "Neither are the words Bible and Rapture, which we use today." These words are also words of men and not the Words of Yahweh. Yahweh referred to His writings as, the Book of the Covenant, the Book of the Law and the Word of Yahweh.FN5 Yahweh never called His book, 'the Holy Bible,' neither did He call His Son, 'God the Son,' nor did He call Mary, 'the mother of God' and neither should we. Deviating from Yahweh's words may seem innocent but it is deadly, just ask Eve and Adam. Adding to, deleting from and changing the Words of Yahweh is the prime method of our adversary in his masterful art of deception.
The serpent beguiled Eve by adding to, deleting from and changing our Father's Word. This is his method of operation as illustrated in his first encounter in scripture; "Now, the serpent, was more crafty than any living thing of the field which Yahweh Elohim had made,––so he said unto the woman, Can it really be, that Elohim [deleted the word Yahweh] hath said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden [changed and deleted, "Of every tree of the garden, thou mayest, eat; but, of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil"]? And the woman said unto the serpent,––Of the fruit of the trees of the garden, we may eat; but, of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst [changed from 'but, of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil'] of the garden, Elohim hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch [added] it,––lest [changed from, "thou shalt, die] ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman,––Ye shall not, die. For Elohim [deleted the word Yahweh] doth know, that, in the day ye eat thereof, then shall your eyes be opened,––and ye shall become like God, knowing good and evil" (Ge. 3:1-5). In order to learn from Eve's mistake we must always utilize the exact Words of Yahweh as spoken in His Word. Yahweh's doctrine is what He had recorded in His Word. What men conjured up by their vain imaginations is not worth noting. Yahshua spoke the exact Words of Yahweh as is illustrated in Matthew 4:4 when he said; "It is written..." Can we say, "It is written, God the Son" or "It is written, Trinity" or "It is written, the incarnation of Yahshua" or "It is written, Mary the Mother of God?" Absolutely not but what we can emphatically say about the above doctrines is that, "They were not written!" That should end the matter. These doctrines were not spoken by Yahweh, but by men as we will document.
Many will say, "Can so many great men, who have confirmed these doctrines over the centuries be wrong?" Yes they can! This is illustrated in the Old Covenant with the Kings and some prophets, as well as with the Apostles. The Apostles Peter, James and Baranbas were deceived into pleasing men rather than Yahweh, how much more have our Church leaders been deceived. Paul said, "But, when Cephas came unto Antioch, to the face, even, him, I resisted, because he stood condemned; For, before that certain came from James, with them of the nations, used he to eat; whereas, when they came, he used to withdraw, and keep himself separate, fearing them of the circumcision; And the rest of the Jews used hypocrisy with him, so that, even Barnabas, was carried away by their hypocrisy" (Gal. 2:11-13). The epistles of Paul had not even cooled off the presses when the Church members were being deceived from the truths that were written there in.FN6 Man-made doctrines were changing the revelation that Christ had given Paul for the Body of the Christ. How much more so after he had gone to sleep. Timothy was forewarned of this inevitable departure from the truth; "For there will be a season––when, the healthful teaching, they will not endure, but, according to their own covetings, will, unto themselves, heap up teachers, because they have an itching ear, And, from the truth, indeed, their ear, will they turn away, while, unto stories, they will turn themselves aside" (2 Ti. 4:3-4). Hundred of years had passed before the man-made doctrines of the incarnation, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the Mother of God etc. were agreed upon and formulated by men in their seven ecumenical councils, the first being the Council of Nicaea (325 CE).
The purpose of the seven ecumenical councils was to add to, change or delete from the Words of Yahweh. There is no other reason. The Word of Yahweh had been fully written and taught by the Apostles and Prophets. All that is needed to understand our instructions is recorded in this Book. The only council that was needed was during a time when the full revelation from Yahweh had not yet been given. In Acts chapter fifteen, the question of circumcision was asked. A council arrived at the conclusion that circumcision was not necessary but "To be abstaining from idol sacrifices, and from blood, and from what is strangled, and from fornication,––From which, if ye keep yourselves, ye shall prosper. Fare ye well" (Act 15:29). The revelation concerning circumcision was fully given to Paul later on as revealed in the Epistles of Romans and Galatians. The revelation we seek is the revelation that was given to Paul; "For neither, from man, did I accept it, nor was taught it, ––but through a revealing of Yahshua Christ" (Gal. 1:12). The revelations that came out of the seven ecumenical councils were from men!
The Seven Ecumenical Councils
Yahweh had the prophet Ahijah anoint a man named Jeroboam to be King over the ten tribes of Israel. Yahweh promised him success if he would do what is right. He declined to do what is right by leading the ten tribes of Israel into wickedness. Why do we not understand that the church Fathers, who formulated the man-made doctrines we are about to discuss, followed in the same footsteps of Aaron, SolomonFN7 and King Jeroboam. These three men were at the top of their fields, as were the Church Fathers but all were at one time or another deceived or they were the deceivers. They all were fully aware that they were not to add to, delete or change the Word of Yahweh but they all did!
The Council of Constantinople (381 CE)
The Council of Ephesus (431 CE)
All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace,
We now have a paradox. Protestants praise the Church Fathers, the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the discovery of God the Holy Spirit by Basil but they reject Theotokos; Mary, the bearer of God. They would be called Nestorianist. "Nestorius spoke out against the use of a particular title for the Virgin Mary, Theotokos…Nestorius suggested that the expressions Anthropotokos (man-bearer), Christokos (Christ-bearer) and Theodochos (God-receiver) should be used in order to keep the balance and to mark the belief in Christ's full humanity."FN11 Nestorius was condemned and anyone having anything to do with the Nestorian side of the controversy was deposed. The Protestants today would be called Nestorians. They would have been anathemized (accursed) by the Church Fathers at the Council of Ephesus.
Another problem exists with the Protestant Church. They will not call Mary, the Mother of God but they will agree with the Nicene Creed and say Yahshua was 'God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God.' Now, they agree that Mary was Yahshua's mother and they agree that Yahshua was God, then they must agree that Mary, the mother of Yahshua, is also, Mary the mother of God since her son, Yahshua is God! One additional factor we must realize is that if Yahshua is God of God, then his brothers and sistersFN12 now become the brothers and sisters of God as do we because Yahshua said, "…whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in the heavens, he, is my, brother, and sister, and mother" (Mt. 12:48-50). The next ecumenical council also proclaims Mary as Theotokos (the God-bearer).FN13 If the Protestant Church does not agreed with their findings then the following words are addressed to them from the Council members of Chalcedon; "These things, therefore, having been expressed by us with the greatest accuracy and attention, the holy Ecumenical Synod defines that no one shall be suffered to bring forward a different faith (eteran pistin), nor to write, nor to put together, nor to excogitate, nor to teach it to others. But such as dare either to put together another faith, or to bring forward or to teach or to deliver a different Creed (eteron sumbolon) to as wish to be converted to the knowledge of the truth, from the Gentiles, or Jews or any heresy whatever, if they be Bishops or clerics let them be deposed, the Bishops from the Episcopate, and the clerics from the clergy; but if they be monks or laics: let them be anathematized."FN14
The Council of Chalcedon (451 CE)
The last three councils were of little significance except they would all have their fair share of anathemas to all who would not get in line with their doctrines. What is significant is that these Church Fathers all anathematized (cursed) all who would not agreed with their doctrines. Balak son of Zippor, who was king unto Moab was like the Church Fathers in that he told Balaam "…Now, therefore, do come, I pray thee, curse me this people [Israelities]" (Nu. 22:6). Balaam did not curse the people because Yahweh said, "Thou shalt not curse the people, For, blessed, he is" (Nu. 22:12). Yahweh has blessed the people who obey His voice and curses the people who knowingly disobey His voice, as was illustrated with Adam, Eve and the serpent. Yahweh wrote through Paul, "I marvel that, thus quickly, ye are moving away from him that called you in the favor of Christ, unto a different glad–message,–– Which is not, another, only there are, some, that are troubling you, and wishing to change the glad–message of the Christ. But, even if, we, or, a messenger out of heaven, announce a glad–message aside from that which we announced unto you, accursed [anathema], let him be! As we have said before, even now, again, I say: If anyone is announcing unto you a glad–message aside from that which ye accepted, accursed [anathema], let him be" (Gal. 1:6-9)! How much clearer can this commandment be, which was recorded twice for our benefit. The Church Fathers fell under this anathema (accursed) because they disobedyed the commandment of Yahweh by adding to, deleting from and changing His words. Church leaders today who teach doctines that are not in our Father's Word are, according to the scriptures, accursed!
The words and phrases such as Incarnation, God the Son, Trinity, God the Holy Spirit, the mother of God, God-man, etc. are without any doubt not in Yahweh's Word. This is beyond debate. For most Churches, their second statement of belief, "there is one God, eternally existent in three persons,"FN16 also is nonexistence in the Word of Yahweh. We become adulterers when we are not faithful to Yahweh's voice unveiled in His Word but rather choose the voice, words and doctrines of men. Our Father's Word is complete as it is. A consensus of opinions is not necessary on what is written. If a Church doctrine is not written in the scriptures, it cannot be a doctrine of Yahweh! Even though many Churches say but do not practice, 'Sola scriptura' Latin for 'by scripture alone,' this again must be our clarion call! Life comes not from the mouth of men but from "…every declaration coming forth through the mouth of Yahweh."FN17 Amen!
The books listed below will give you more information on the Trinity and its History:
Nicene Creed (325 A.D.)
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten (of his Father, of the substance of the Father)FN18 God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father. By whom all things were made, both which be in heaven and in earth. Who for us men and for our salvation came down [from heaven] and was incarnate and was made man. He suffered and the third day he rose again, and ascended into heaven. And he shall come again to judge both the quick and the dead.
And [we believe] in the Holy Ghost. And whosoever shall say that there was a time when the Son of God was not, or that before he was begotten he was not, or that he was made of things that were not, or that he is of a different substance or essence [from the Father] or that he is a creature, or subject to change or conversion--all that so say, the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes them.
Cyril, of Jerusalem
We believe one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages, very God, by whom all things were made; who appeared in the flesh, and became man was crucified and was buried; rose on the third day; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and will come again in glory, to judge the quick and the dead; of whose kingdom there shall be no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, who spake in the prophets. And in one baptism of repentance for the remission of sin and in one holy Catholic Church; and in the resurrection of the flesh, and in life everlasting.FN19
THE SECOND ECUMENICAL COUNCIL
The holy, great, and ecumenical synod, assembled by the grace of God and the command of our most religious and Christian Emperors, Marcian and Valentinan, Augusti, at Chalcedon, the metropolis of the Bithynian Province, in the martyry of the holy and victorious martyr Euphemia, has decreed as follows:
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when strengthening the knowledge of the Faith in his disciples, to the end that no one might disagree with his neighbour concerning the doctrines of religion, and that the proclamation of the truth might be set forth equally to all men, said, "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." But, since the evil one does not desist from sowing tares among the seeds of godliness, but ever invents some new device against the truth; therefore the Lord, providing, as he ever does, for the human race, has raised up this pious, faithful, and zealous Sovereign, and has called together unto him from all parts the chief rulers of the priesthood; so that, the grace of Christ our common Lord inspiring us, we may cast off every plague of falsehood from the sheep of Christ, and feed them with the tender leaves of truth. And this have we done with one unanimous consent, driving away erroneous doctrines and renewing the unerring faith of the Fathers, publishing to all men the Creed of the Three Hundred and Eighteen, and to their number adding, as their peers, the Fathers who have received the same summary of religion. Such are the One Hundred and Fifty holy Fathers who afterwards assembled in the great Constantinople and ratified the same faith. Moreover, observing the order and every form relating to the faith, which was observed by the holy synod formerly held in Ephesus, of which Celestine of Rome and Cyril of Alexandria, of holy memory, were the leaders, we do declare that the exposition of the right and blameless faith made by the Three Hundred and Eighteen holy and blessed Fathers, assembled at Nice in the reign of Constantine of pious memory, shall be pre-eminent: and that those things shall be of force also, which were decreed by the One Hundred and Fifty holy Fathers at Constantinople, for the uprooting of the heresies which had then sprung up, and for the confirmation of the same Catholic and Apostolic Faith of ours.
The Creed of the three hundred and eighteen Fathers at Nice. We believe in one God, etc.
Following the holy Fathers we teach with one voice that the Son [of God] and our Lord Jesus Christ is to be confessed as one and the same [Person], that he is perfect in Godhead and perfect in manhood, very God and very man, of a reasonable soul and [human] body consisting, consubstantial with the Father as touching his Godhead, and consubstantial with us as touching his manhood; made in all things like unto us, sin only excepted; begotten of his Father before the worlds according to his Godhead; but in these last days for us men and for our salvation born [into the world] of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God according to his manhood. This one and the same Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son [of God] must be confessed to be in two natures, (1) unconfusedly, immutably, indivisibly, inseparably [united], and that without the distinction of natures being taken away by such union, but rather the peculiar property of each nature being preserved and being united in one Person and subsistence, not separated or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son and only-begotten, God the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ, as the Prophets of old time have spoken concerning him, and as the Lord Jesus Christ hath taught us, and as the Creed of the Fathers hath delivered to us.
These things, therefore, having been expressed by us with the greatest accuracy and attention, the holy Ecumenical Synod defines that no one shall be suffered to bring forward a different faith (eteran pistin), nor to write, nor to put together, nor to excogitate, nor to teach it to others. But such as dare either to put together another faith, or to bring forward or to teach or to deliver a different Creed (eteron sumbolon) to as wish to be converted to the knowledge of the truth, from the Gentiles, or Jews or any heresy whatever, if they be Bishops or clerics let them be deposed, the Bishops from the Episcopate, and the clerics from the clergy; but if they be monks or laics: let them be anathematized.
FN1 Le 17:3,4 De 12:13,14
FN2 1Ki 14:23 And, they also, built for themselves high places and pillars, and Sacred Stems,––upon every high hill, and under every green tree.
FN3 And, beginning from Moses, and from all the prophets, he [Yahshua] thoroughly explained to them, in all the Scriptures, the things concerning himself. (Lk. 24:27)
FN4 Jonathan Edwards (Oct. 5, 1703 to March 22, 1758) was a colonial American Congregational preacher, theologian, and missionary to American Indians. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian."
FN5 Ex 24:7 then took he the book of the covenant, and read in the ears of the people. And they said, All that Yahweh hath spoken, will we do, and will hearken. 2Ki 22:11 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. Ge 15:1 After these things, came the word of Yahweh unto Abram, in a vision, saying,––Do not fear, Abram, I, am a shield to thee, thine exceeding great reward.
FN6 I marvel that, thus quickly, ye are moving away from him that called you in the favour of Christ, unto a different glad–message,–– Which is not, another, only there are, some, that are troubling you, and wishing to change the glad–message of the Christ. But, even if, we, or, a messenger out of heaven, announce a glad–message [[unto you]] aside from that which we announced unto you, accursed, let him be! As we have said before, even now, again, I say: If anyone is announcing unto you a glad–message aside from that which ye accepted, accursed, let him be! (Gal. 1:6-9)
FN7 Thus Solomon did the thing that was wicked in the eyes of Yahweh,––and went not fully after Yahweh, as did David his father. (1 Kg, 11:6)
FN8 Truly Divine & Truly Human by Stephen W. Need; pg. 81
FN9 Truly Divine & Truly Human by Stephen W. Need; pg. 92
FN10 THE DIVINE LITURGY OF OUR FATHER AMONG THE SAINTS BASIL THE GREAT
FN11 Truly Divine & Truly Human by Stephen W. Need; pg. 81, 83
FN12 Is not, this one, the carpenter's, son? Is not, his mother, called Mary, and are not his brethren––James and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? and, his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence, then hath, this one, all these things? (Mt. 13:55-56)
FN13 but in these last days for us men and for our salvation born [into the world] of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God [Theotokos] according to his manhood.
FN14 The Council of Chalcedon, 451: The Definition of Faith of Chalcedon
FN15 Truly Divine & Truly Human by Stephen W. Need; pg. 93-108
FN16 "We Believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,"
FN17 But, he, answering, said, It is written,––Not on bread alone, shall man live, but on every declaration coming forth through the mouth of Yahweh. (Mt. 4:4)
FN18 Two Dissertations in Scripture and Tradition on the Constantinoplitan Creed and other Eastern Creeds of the Fourth Century, by Fenton John Anthony Hort; On monogenes theos (only-begotten god) in John 1:18.
FN19 Cyril was elected Bishop of Jerusalem in 350; was expelled by the Arians in 360; reinstated in 361; attended the second œcumenical Council in 381 as an advocate of the Nicene orthodoxy (although for some time he had sided with the semi-Arians); he died in 386. He wrote in 348, while he was presbyter of the Church in Jerusalem, twenty-three Catechetical Lectures ( Κατηχήσεις ) or Sermons on the baptismal Creed used in Jerusalem, which he asserts to be the faith of the universal Church (Cat.XVII. § 3), also 'the holy and apostolic faith' (Cat. XVIII. § 32), although Cyril knows nothing of a literal composition by the Apostles. The Lectures were delivered to those who hoped to be baptized on the ensuing Easter eve. The Creed thus explained is not given at length in the manuscripts, since it was not to be written on paper, but to be engraved on the memory, and to serve to the baptized Christian as a viaticum for his journey through life, by which he might test the doctrine of Cyril or any other teacher. He claims for it antiquity and agreement with the Scripture from which it was drawn (Cat. V. § 12).
(*When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew word Yahshua for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and Anointed for Christ.)
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