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Although there is a Trinity in the sense that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit form a Godhead of three, consistent with 1 John 5:7, the doctrine of the Trinity as it was presented at the Council of Nicea is unBiblical. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are separate individuals and God the Father is greatest in terms of power, knowledge, and authority. Jesus was the first creation of God the Father, consistent with Revelation 3:14 and Colossians 1:14, rather than eternal as the Council of Nicea falsely concluded.

The Trinity is a false doctrine created at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Catholicism was never a continuation of the original Christian Church but of the Roman Empire that persecuted early Christianity for centuries. The real Christians, as long pointed out by J.M. Carroll's Trail of Blood chart and Landmark Baptists, were the Donatists, Albigenses, Novatians, Montanists, Waldenses, Arians, Paulicians, Cathar, etc.[1] True Christians, regardless of which denomination they call themselves, whether Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, etc., trace their descent not through the pagan church of Rome which protected pagan Greek traditions in the guise of Christianity, but the real Christians whom it persecuted for over a thousand years before the Reformation.

History[edit]

See also Catholicism

The Councils of Arles and Nicea were heresies perpetrated by Roman paganism under Emperor Constantine, who then placed pagan statues of Greek gods in Constantinople, and used the Council of Arles to persecute the real Christians whose only crime was refusing to readmit those who had rejected Christ (traditors) during the Diocletian Persecution. Catholicism under Constantine at the Council of Arles, prior to the Council of Nicea, declared that heretics who had denied the faith had to be readmitted, and then declared those who said otherwise (the Donatists) were heretics.

Council of Arles[edit]

The Council of Nicea was preceded by the lesser-known Council of Arles in which Emperor Constantine condemned the Donatists as heretics because they refused to readmit Christians who had denied the name of Christ during the Diocletian Persecution, insisting that such 'traditors' had betrayed Christ and should be excluded from the Church.[2][3] Thus Catholicism began by protecting those who had betrayed Christianity.

"In 311 Caecilian was elected bishop, but he was opposed by many because he allowed himself to be consecrated by a traditor bishop (one who had surrendered copies of Scripture to the authorities during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians, beginning in 303). The primate of Numidia, Secundus of Tigisi, who had acquired in the previous 40 years the right of consecrating the bishop of Carthage, arrived in Carthage with 70 bishops and in solemn council declared Caecilian’s election invalid. The council then appointed a reader (lector), Majorinus, to replace Caecilian."
-Encyclopedia Britannica[3]

Constantine's Paganism[edit]

Constantine himself was not a Christian, but put pagan statues in his newly built city named after himself, Constantinople.

"Constantine’s ‘conversion’ poses problems for the historian. Although he immediately declared that Christians and pagans should be allowed to worship freely, and restored property confiscated during persecutions and other lost privileges to the Christians, these measures did not mark a complete shift to a Christian style of rule. Many of his actions seemed resolutely pagan. Constantine founded a new city named after himself: Constantinople. Christian writers played up the idea that this was to be a 'new Rome', a fitting Christian capital for a newly Christian empire. But they had to find ways to explain the embarrassing fact that in this new, supposedly Christian city, Constantine had erected pagan temples and statues."
-Sophia Lunn-Rockliffe, BBC News[4]

Council of Nicaea[edit]

The Council of Nicaea was convened in 325 A.D. by Emperor Constantine I to settle the Arian Controversy. The Arians insisted that Jesus was created by God the Father and that they were separate beings, consistent with Biblical teachings. In spite of this, Constantine originated the unBiblical and illogical doctrine of the Trinity, that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the same identical being; and that Jesus was never created. Constantine and the Catholic Church responded by declaring the Arians heretics and creating the Nicene Creed to declare that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are all a single being, despite the fact that Jesus repeatedly prayed to God the Father and taught His disciples that His Father was greater than He.[5]

A Misunderstanding of Oneness[edit]

See also Oneness

The doctrine of the Trinity is based on a misunderstanding of what the Bible means when it says God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are 'One.'

John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one.

John 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

God the Father is Greatest[edit]

When the Bible says Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are one it does not mean they are the same being or have the same level of authority. They are a Godhead of three, but God the Father is greater in authority, power, knowledge, and glory. (John 14:28; 5:19; Mark 13:32; 1 Corinthians 15:28) That is why when every knee bows to Jesus, He will then bow the knee to God the Father, that "God may be all in all." (1 Corinthians 15:28) Furthermore, criticizing Jesus can be forgiven, but not criticism of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:32) However, God the Father is greatest of all. (John 10:29)

John 14:28 ¶ Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Christians Are One in the Same Way[edit]

That the doctrine of the Trinity is inaccurate is clearly evident from John 17:11,20-22, where Jesus states that Christians "may be one, even as we are one." Jesus states this not once but four separate times, emphasizing that the same bond of oneness that He and His Father share can be shared by Christians. Thus, clearly oneness does not refer to divinity, or Christians would be God, and we are not. Nor does it mean those that are one are the same being, for we are distinct individuals from God and Jesus.

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

John 14:28 ¶ Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

A Sharing of Spirit[edit]

This is how oneness works: God pours out His spirit on "all flesh" as foretold, so that they are all one with each other. (Joel 2:28) That is how Christians become one body of Christ, through having the spirits of God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus inside of them. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; John 14:23) By having the same spirit all Christians are made to spiritually be seated in heavenly places together and share a spiritual bond of fellowship. (Ephesians 2:5-6)

Jesus had to leave Earth early so He could send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to guide the entire Church globally, and provide spiritual gifts to all Christians including supernatural spiritual instruction of all Jesus' teachings. (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-15) Thus when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit or Comforter as promised, all Christians suddenly gained spiritual gifts in unison with each other at the same time on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:2-4,17-21) By having the Holy Spirit living inside them Christians all have spiritual access to God the Father. (Ephesians 2:18)

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Joel 2:28 ¶ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

1 Corinthians 12:12 ¶ For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Jesus Was Created But is Superior to All But God the Father[edit]

While Jesus as the Son of God is superior to the rest of creation, He is nonetheless still a created being, the "beginning of the creation of God" (Revelation 3:14) and "the firstborn of every creature, for by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." (Colossians 1:15-17)

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Colossians 1:12 ¶ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Prevents Accurately Knowing God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit[edit]

The doctrine of the Trinity keeps us from knowing God's true nature, and respecting and coming to God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, as they truly are. The doctrine of the Trinity disrespects both God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, by denying the very existence of Jesus as an individual Being; it is the spirit of antichrist.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Sources[edit]

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