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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Why do christians call God as trinity ?

Christians say that god is one and at the same time they say God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, what does it mean, does it makes any sence.

This idea of trinity came in 4th century and even bible doesnot has anything so call trinity.

Why is it idea created by one but followed by every one without thinking about it.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Trinity is a very simple concept and human can easily understand it.

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    It is official way of worshipping three dieties while claiming monotheism.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Trinity represent different expressions of God. God is omnipotent, so his powers take on the form of different aspects. The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit are liken to the parental aspect of God, the Son is God who returns home, and the Holy Spirit is the Universal energy by which all is guided by. I don't know the religious meaning behind the Trinity, but God is portrayed in other faiths as having more than one aspect. In the Hindu culture God is represented as a Trinity of sorts. Brahma, the first living entity of the universe, Siva, the creator/destroyer of the universe, and Visnu, the personality of the Supreme. This is very similar to the Trinity concept, but predated Christianity and Jesus by thousands of years. Also Native American faith had many aspects of the Great Creator. So all these similarities over time, independent from each other, lead me to believe that man has God intuitively with in us, and is made recognizible to us through a universal nature which is the very source of all religions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Exactly! The bible does NOT teach the Trinity at all. It is yet another pagan adaptation that was adopted by the 'church'. True Christianity does not teach nor support the Trinity. Jesus himself said that the Father was GREATER than he was, not equal (John 14:28) And he himself said that worship should ONLY be given to the Father. (Luke 4:5-8) Many people have simply adopted this as truth because it has been 'fed' to them from their youth up. That is why it is important to read and study the bible for yourself. People also celebrate Christmas fervently, and yet 'Santa' nor the word 'Christmas' is in the bible. But the bible DOES say that Christians should preach, and yet only 1 religion is known worldwide for doing so....., how interesting.

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  • 4 years ago

    Hindus worship idols/many gods. Christians worship the one true God who created all things and sustains all things and who took on Himself the form of human flesh-Jesus Christ-so that we might be saved through His death. If you read the entire Bible closely it is obvious that Jesus Christ was/is God, the Holy Spirit is God and the Father is God. All are called God and all have divine attributes and all share the same titles. One God expressed in 3 Persons. Humans are a trinity -body, soul and spirit- yet one human being. Time is a trinity -past, present and future- but all 3 make up time. The universe is a trinity -space, time and matter- yet there is only one universe. We can therefore observe the trinity of the Godhead by His creation as well as in the Bible.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because God is three person's in one Godhead

    God the Father

    God the Holy Spirit

    God Incarnate

    God in a traditional sense is God the Father the creator but to begin time God seperated into two others when God says "Let there Be Light, " this is Jesus the beginning he is known as the Word in gospel of John 1:1. This is to say he is the beginning and the MOUTH of God. The Holy Spirit according to the Romans was a "He" but in ancient tradition the Holy Spirit is the Holy Mother. God (Krishna) in the Bhagavat Gita says he is the Mother, the Father and the son all in one.

    This is also confirmed when God created Adam and Eve as one being for the scripture says God created man in his image MALE AND FEMALE God created them. So "his" image is male and female then Eve who was created inside of Adam is taken out just as the YIN or Feminine is taken from the Yang.

    Source(s): Bible, Gita, Tao te Ching (reverse)
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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, I'm a Christian and I reject the trinity in the strongest terms possible. You are correct that it crawled into mainstream christianity in the 4th century. Since then Christendom has enlarged it to include 'creeds' as well. If you don't recite the 'creed' you aren't a Christian. Well, I don't see either the trinity or the creed mentioned in Scripture. I do know that the triune godhead came from ancient Babylon and Egypt is pagan in nature and dishonors not only God, but his son as well. Jesus never allowed himself to be worshiped, but always directed it to his Father. "The Father is greater than I".

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because they don't know any better.. The trinity was not known to Christians until 325 AD where the Council of Nicaea made that decision.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The trinity is evident to anyone in the plain language Jesus used as well as his actions. Only God himself could forgive sins, accept worship, call himself the BREAD of life, call his own blood the blood of the covenant, call Israel HIS people, etc. These are actions only God himself as we know of him from the OT having the authority to do.

    Trinity means Tri- (3) -Unity. From Scripture we surmise that God is 3 in person, 1 in essence. We believe that this is the only plausible explanation based on what we read and to credit Jesus with anything less than deity status is to blaspheme.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your observation is correct. What mainstream Christianity does not understand is the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as stated in Matthew 28:18-20.

    God has played three different roles in three different ages. The age of the Father.

    The age of the Son.

    The age of the Holy Spirit.

    In each age, God has given a name of the savior in that age by which God's people must call upon to receive salvation.

    Age of Father = Jehovah

    Age of Son = Jesus

    Age of Holy Spirit = new name (Rev. 2:17, 3:12)

    God is one, not three separate entities. Second coming Christ has come as the Holy Spirit in this last age of the Holy Spirit and has given us the hidden manna as prophesied in Revelation 2:17.

    Seek the truth and you will find it.

    Source(s): Root of David
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is one God but God has three forms. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

    Look at most family names. The last name is most likely the same but there are distinct and different people in the family. Like: Father (dad) John Smith, mother Mary Smith, son Mike Smith, daughter Mary Smith. They are all in the same family. All are named Smith=all are Smith's but they are separate, individual people.

    Father, Son, Holy Spirit, three beings or parts, composing one God.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The most difficult thing about the Christian concept of the Trinity is that there is no way to adequately explain it. The Trinity is a concept that is impossible for any human being to fully understand, let alone explain. God is infinitely greater than we are, therefore we should not expect to be able to fully understand Him. The Bible teaches that the Father is God, that Jesus is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible also teaches that there is only one God. Though we can understand some facts about the relationship of the different persons of the Trinity to one another, ultimately, it is incomprehensible to the human mind. However, this does not mean it is not true or not based on the teachings of the Bible.

    Keep in mind when studying this subject that the word "Trinity" is not used in Scripture. This is a term that is used to attempt to describe the triune God, the fact that there are 3 coexistent, co-eternal persons that make up God. Understand that this is NOT in any way suggesting 3 Gods. The Trinity is 1 God made up of 3 persons. There is nothing wrong with using the term "Trinity" even though the word is not found in the Bible. It is shorter to say the word "Trinity" than to say "3 coexistent, co-eternal persons making up 1 God." If this presents a problem to you, consider this: the word grandfather is not used in the Bible either. Yet, we know there were grandfathers in the Bible. Abraham was the grandfather of Jacob. So don't get hung up on the term "Trinity" itself. What should be of real importance is that the concept that is REPRESENTED by the word "Trinity" does exist in Scripture. With the introduction out of the way, Bible verses will be given in discussion of the Trinity.

    1) There is one God: Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:5.

    2) The Trinity consists of three Persons: Genesis 1:1; 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 6:8; 48:16; 61:1; Matthew 3:16-17; Matt 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14. In the passages in the Old Testament, a knowledge of Hebrew is helpful. In Genesis 1:1, the plural noun "Elohim" is used. In Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8, the plural pronoun for "us" is used. That "Elohim" and "us" refer to more than two is WITHOUT question. In English, you only have two forms, singular and plural. In Hebrew, you have three forms: singular, dual, and plural. Dual is for two ONLY. In Hebrew, the dual form is used for things that come in pairs like eyes, ears, and hands. The word "Elohim" and the pronoun "us" are plural forms - definitely more than two - and must be referring to three or more (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

    In Isaiah 48:16 and 61:1, the Son is speaking while making reference to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Compare Isaiah 61:1 to Luke 4:14-19 to see that it is the Son speaking. Matthew 3:16-17 describes the event of Jesus' baptism. Seen in this is God the Holy Spirit descending on God the Son while God the Father proclaims His pleasure in the Son. Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:14 are examples of 3 distinct persons in the Trinity.

    3) The members of the Trinity are distinguished one from another in various passages: In the Old Testament, "LORD" is distinguished from "Lord" (Genesis 19:24; Hosea 1:4). The "LORD" has a "Son" (Psalm 2:7, 12; Proverbs 30:2-4). Spirit is distinguished from the "LORD" (Numbers 27:18) and from "God" (Psalm 51:10-12). God the Son is distinguished from God the Father (Psalm 45:6-7; Hebrews 1:8-9). In the New Testament, John 14:16-17 is where Jesus speaks to the Father about sending a Helper, the Holy Spirit. This shows that Jesus did not consider Himself to be the Father or the Holy Spirit. Consider also all of the other times in the Gospels where Jesus speaks to the Father. Was He speaking to Himself? No. He spoke to another person in the Trinity - the Father.

    4) Each member of the Trinity is God: The Father is God: John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Peter 1:2. The Son is God: John 1:1, 14; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20. The Holy Spirit is God: Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16 (The One who indwells is the Holy Spirit - Romans 8:9; John 14:16-17; Acts 2:1-4).

    5) The subordination within the Trinity: Scripture shows that the Holy Spirit is subordinate to the Father and the Son, and the Son is subordinate to the Father. This is an internal relationship, and does not deny the deity of any person of the Trinity. This is simply an area which our finite minds cannot understand concerning the infinite God. Concerning the Son see: Luke 22:42; John 5:36; John 20:21; 1 John 4:14. Concerning the Holy Spirit see: John 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7 and especially John 16:13-14.

    6) The tasks of the individual members of the Trinity: The Father is the ultimate source or cause of: 1) the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11); 2) divine revelation (Revelation 1:1); 3) salvation (John 3:16-17); and 4) Jesus' human works (John 5:17; 14:10). The Father INITIATES all of these things.

    The Son is the agent through whom the Father does the following works: 1) the creation and maintenance of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17); 2) divine revelation (John 1:1; Matthew 11:27; John 16:12-15; Revelation 1:1); and 3) salvation (2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:21; John 4:42). The Father does all these things through the Son, who functions as His agent.

    The Holy Spirit is the means by whom the Father does the following works: 1) creation and maintenance of the universe (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30); 2) divine revelation (John 16:12-15; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Peter 1:21); 3) salvation (John 3:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2); and 4) Jesus' works (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38). Thus the Father does all these things by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    None of the popular illustrations are completely accurate descriptions of the Trinity. The egg (or apple) fails in that the shell, white, and yolk are parts of the egg, not the egg in themselves. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not parts of God, each of them is God. The water illustration is somewhat better but still fails to adequately describe the Trinity. Liquid, vapor, and ice are forms of water. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not forms of God, each of them is God. So, while these illustrations may give us a picture of the Trinity, the picture is not entirely accurate. An infinite God cannot be fully described by a finite illustration. Instead of focusing on the Trinity, try to focus on the fact of God's greatness and infinitely higher nature than our own. "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" (Romans 11:33-34)

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