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Religious Moms: Somebody told me that the word "Trinity" does not exist in the Bible. Is this true?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:21 PM on Mar. 16, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yep! That would be fact! Which is why there is so much diversity in the beliefs surrounding the Trinity... Because the Bible seems to support both a belief in and a belief other than the Trinity...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:25 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • John L. McKenzie, S.J., in his Dictionary of the Bible, says: “The trinity of persons within the unity of nature is defined in terms of ‘person’ and ‘nature’ which are G[ree]k philosophical terms; actually the terms do not appear in the Bible. The trinitarian definitions arose as the result of long controversies in which these terms and others such as ‘essence’ and ‘substance’ were erroneously applied to God by some theologians.”—(New York, 1965), p. 899.
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 4:25 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • According to the Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel, “The Platonic trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples, appears to be the rational philosophic trinity of attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian churches. . . . This Greek philosopher’s [Plato, fourth century B.C.E.] conception of the divine trinity . . . can be found in all the ancient [pagan] religions.”—(Paris, 1865-1870), edited by M. Lachâtre, Vol. 2, p. 1467.
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 4:27 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • The New Catholic Encyclopedia states: “The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century. But it is precisely this formulation that has first claim to the title the Trinitarian dogma. Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective.”—(1967), Vol. XIV, p. 299.
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 4:28 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • In The Encyclopedia Americana we read: “Christianity derived from Judaism and Judaism was strictly Unitarian [believing that God is one person]. The road which led from Jerusalem to Nicea was scarcely a straight one. Fourth century Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God; it was, on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching.”—(1956), Vol. XXVII, p. 294L.
    lisarose45

    Answer by lisarose45 at 4:28 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • Thank you ladies. OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:30 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • No and neither does the doctrine or concept.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:34 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • read John 1;1 that does and other places you have to read the whole bible not just listen to others who want to jam this down your throat... http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Jhn&c=1&v=1&t=KJV#top

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:35 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • Thanks for the link. OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:37 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

  • early followers of Jesus, peace be upon him, did not believe in the concept of Trinity..
    muhajjirah

    Answer by muhajjirah at 4:37 PM on Mar. 16, 2010

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