E-27. HISTORCIAL EVIDENCE OF THE TRINITY!


E-27. HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF THE TRINITY!

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E-27. HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF THE TRINITY!


What I mean by “historical evidence” of the doctrine of the Trinity is that the historical records prove that the doctrine of the Trinity developed over time. The formation of the doctrine of the Trinity EVOLVED and changed over many centuries to become what is taught in the Roman Catholic Church today. In other words, the “Trinity” of three separate persons in the one true God actually BEGAN with only TWO separate persons, the Father, and His Son, Jesus. The Holy Spirit was ADDED later in the third century by Tertullian, but the first mention of the word “Trinity” was made a few decades earlier by a bishop of Antioch named Theophilus.

So the simple truth is that if the Trinity Godhead was taught of Jesus and his Apostles as an essential doctrine for salvation the way it is taught today in Trinitarian Churches, then it would be plainly written in the Bible itself. But even Trinitarian Bible scholars and apologists opening admit that the Trinity Godhead is NOT explicitly taught in the Bible, but it you are looking for it you can find some Scriptures that IMPLY God is a Trinity Godhead. 

Here is a quote from another website that quotes from the Ante-Nicene Fathers, volume 2, page 101. The emphasis is mine to show how the doctrine of the Trinity began as a “philosophical” thought that grew and EVOLVE over the next three centuries beginning in the late second century.


It is easy to forget that the “Trinity” was once a puppy, a neologism. But it was. It was born sometime in the second half of the second century. We don’t know who coined it, but the earliest surviving mention of it is by Theophilus, bishop of Antioch (d. c. 185). Commenting on the Genesis days of creation, in his remarks on the fourth day, he says that

…the three days which were before the luminaries [i.e. the stars], are types of the Trinity [Greek: triados, a form of trias], of God, and His Word, and His wisdom. (“Theophilus to Autolycus,” Ante-Nicene Fathers vol. II, p. 101)

Now, WHERE did Theophilus of Antioch hear that philosophical thinking of God, His Word, and His Wisdom as being a Trinity Godhead? It came from the Jewish Greek philosopher, Philo Judaeus of Alexandria who was well known and quoted extensively by both the ante-Nicene fathers and the Nicene fathers of what would become the Roman Catholic Church.

Take six minutes right now and watch this short video on the Approved by God YouTube channel called 201 Philo's Trinity, A Startling Revelation of the Past.

There is a huge amount of historical evidence that PROVES beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Trinity Godhead doctrine took over four centuries to EVOLVE to what it is today. And the Ante-Nicene fathers were INFLUENCED by the Greek PHILOSOPHY, which actually began as a philosophical argument against the Praxean Heresy.

The Praxean Heresy was the teaching that the Almighty God Himself became the Son of God while remaining in heaven at the same time. And thus, they taught that God created Himself a BODY to dwell in, which consequently meant that Jesus was not truly a separate person from the ONLY TRUE God who is ONE person called the Father.

 And since that heresy known today as Modalism and the United Pentecostal doctrine of Oneness was so easy to prove to be in error, the philosophy of a Trinity Godhead began to develop and later dominated over Modalism or the heresy of Praxeus. And eventually, over the next three centuries, the Trinitarian philosophical Trinity Godhead was forced upon ALL Christians to SUBMIT to what the so-called “Orthodox Catholic” or “Latin” church teaches. And any Christian who rejected the “INTERPRETATION” that the one true God is a Trinity Godhead would suffer excommunication, exile, or martyrdom. 

And thus, these historical FACTS prove that three man-made doctrines that crept into the church are FALSE heretical ANTI-CHRIST doctrines. For you see, it is blatantly CLEAR that the Trinity Godhead doctrine EVOLVED and CHANGED many times over four hundred years. But what some Christians have failed to see is that the doctrine of the Trinity BEGAN as the RESULT of refuting the heretical teaching that Almighty God Himself became the Son of God. And how that doctrine of God becoming the Son began is that it came from Greek Gnostic “philosophical INTERPRETATION” of the Scriptures. So then, I have listed those three heretical ANTI-CHRIST doctrines in chronological order as the ORDER in which they crept into the church.

 

#1. The FIRST heresy to creep into the church is what is called today as the United Pentecostal Oneness doctrine of Modalism. And that doctrine teaches that Jesus is one and the self-same being as the Father. This heresy actually began during the time of the Apostle Paul. We can see clear evidence of this heresy in the New Testament Scriptures as being antichrist.


#2. The SECOND heresy to creep into the church is the Trinity Godhead doctrine that teaches God is made up of three separate persons in the one and self-same being of the one true God. This heresy BEGAN after the first heresy above as a REBUKING against God Himself coming in the flesh. And thus, the heresy of the Godhead Trinity God RESULTED FROM the refuting of the heretical teaching that the Father became the Son. For you see, Ante-Nicene fathers were heavily influenced by Greek PHILOSOPHY. And thus, they theorized that it would not be possible for God Himself to become flesh because WHO would be ruling the rest of the Universe. Thus they theorized that it must have been the Son of God who became flesh so that the Father could remain in heaven and rule the rest of the Universe. So at first there were only TWO separate persons in the one Godhead. And later the Holy Spirit was added to form the TRINITY Godhead of three separate persons. But even then, the teaching of the Trinity Godhead was nowhere near what the so-called “Orthodox” church teaches today.


#3. And the THIRD heresy to creep into the church is the doctrine of the Deity of Jesus during the days of his FLESH that teaches that Jesus had two natures at the same time DURING the days of his flesh, one divine, and one human. This doctrine was not fully accepted and made “official DOGMA” until the Council at Chalcedon in 451 AD.


Now, the historical evidence is not the ONLY proof that those three heretical ANTI-CHRIST apostate church doctrines are from Satan and NOT from God. For you see, there is also a mountain of sound Biblical evidence from the Scriptures that none of these three doctrines listed above are taught in the Bible when the Scriptures are interpreted correctly in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. I will give links to all of the in-depth studies that I have written exposing the errors of “interpretations” of the Scriptures throughout this study. 

Also, please understand that the early church writing must be interpreted as well. In other words, that early church writings are also TRANSLATIONS as well, and thus, there is some Trinitarian bias in the translations of the early church writings. During my research I noticed that some Christians commenting on the quotes from the Bible “interpreted” those quotes DIFFERENTLY based upon what they previously believed. In other words, Trinitarian Christians interpret the SAME quote to mean a Trinity, while Oneness Christians interpret that SAME quote to mean God is one person. But that does NOT mean or prove that one of those two beliefs is what the Apostles of Jesus teach us in the New Testament. For you see, the Apostle Peter teaches us in the very FIRST Gospel sermon or message that was preached that Jesus was MADE both Lord and Christ by his God and Father AFTER the cross. Let us go ahead and read Acts 2:36 in its context so you can see for yourself straight from the SCRIPTURES the doctrine of the APOSTLES of Jesus!


Acts 2:29-42.


“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. (Evidently, some of the Jews believed that King David would be the Messiah and the Apostle Peter being filled with the Holy Spirit is correcting their false interpretation of the Scriptures)

30.  Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the FRUIT of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; (In other words, God prophesied that the Messiah would be born as FLESH from the lineage of King David)

31.  He (King David) saw this before, spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 

32.  This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses

33.  Therefore, being by the right hand of God EXALTED, and having RECEIVED of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. (Speaking of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other unknown tongues or languages of the 120 disciples of Jesus being heard by men in their own native languages)

34  For David is NOT ascended into the heavens: but he himself said, (Or PROPHESIED about the Messiah saying) The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit you on my right hand

35.  UNTIL I make your foes your footstool. (Some Christians read right over the word UNTIL and they miss the truth of the gospel that Jesus will only rule as God over the earth for 1000 years and then step down from ruling as God to return to be under and subject to his God and Father)

36.  Therefore, let all the house of Israel KNOW ASSUREDLY, that God has MADE that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Speaking of the Son of MAN, Jesus, God EXALTED and MADE Lord of the Sabbath to rule FOR Yahweh in the NAME of Yahweh for ONLY 1000 years and ONLY over the earth for the purpose of JUDGING Satan and the fallen angels)

37.  Now when they heard this, (The TRUTH of the TRUE Gospel of salvation) they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do

38.  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (The NAME of Jesus ANOINTED is speaking of the NEW NAME that God GAVE to His human Son, Jesus AFTER the cross and resurrection, according to Philippians 2:8-12, Revelation 3:12, and the prophecies in Isaiah 62:2, Isaiah 9:6,7, Jeremiah 23:6. And we shall ALSO be given the SAME NAME that Jesus RECEIVED, according to Jeremiah 33:16 and Revelation 2:17 for we shall be LIKE him when we see him as he is, 1 John 3:1-3)

39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 

41.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42.  And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” 


So for around the first  3 1/2 years, the all Jewish church was united and in one accord speaking the same thing, which is that God is the Creator and Jesus is God’s CHRIST, according to Acts 4:10-30. Then, according to Acts 18:4, along came Apollos from ALEXANDRIA. And that is when the church began to DIVIDE, according to 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, some Christians began dividing themselves to follow the teachings of MEN that differed from the Apostles’ doctrine who were eyewitnesses of Jesus. 

This FACT that Apollos came from ALEXANDRIA is so vitally important to understand. For you see, what Christians in Alexandria believed and taught was heavily MIXED with Greek PHILOSOPHY. So let us go ahead and read Paul’s correction in the Scriptures so that we all can return to speaking the SAME things taught in the Apostles’ doctrine.


Please read 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.


“Now I beseech you, brethren, (Or I BEG you brethren) by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment

11.  For it has been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are CONTENTIONS among you. 

12.  Now this I say, that every one of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 

13.  Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?”

 

So then, WHO is Apollos? According to Acts 18:24, which was BEFORE the church began to divide in 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, we read the Apollos was BORN in ALEXANDRIA. So what is the significance of Apollos being born in Alexandria? Why is it so important for Christians to know and understand that Apollos was born in Alexandria? What is so important about the city of Alexandria? Here is a quote from Encyclopedia.com. The emphasis and comments in parentheses are mine.


Alexandria was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world and the focal point for the mutual influence exercised in the conjunction of Christianity and Hellenism. (In other words, the Christians who came from Alexandria were heavily influenced by Greek PHILOSOPHY. And they were the Christians who DIVIDED the church with their MIXTURE of Greek PHILOSOPHY that PERVERTED the truth of the true Gospel of salvation) Before the introduction of Christianity, Alexandria possessed great libraries in its museum, the Serapeum, and the Sebasteion. It was also the center of Hellenistic Judaism; the Books of Ecclesiasticus and Wisdom were probably produced there before the Christian Era. Philo Judaeus, the great doctor of Hellenistic Judaism, worked there. Hence, it is not astonishing that Alexandria early became a Christian intellectual center.,,

…From the start, Alexandrian exegesis distinguished itself from that of Antioch. (Which is where the WAY were first called Christians) The latter (Speaking of the Christian FAITH in Antioch) was generally attached to the literal sense of the Bible. The Alexandrians recognized this sense, but their primary interest was concentrated on the mystery of divine revelation as revealed in the historical and literary details of the Old Testament. It was therefore a question of discovering Christ in the older revelation. With joyful sagacity, the Alexandrian authors sought out in the Old Testament symbols of the New. Their preference lay in the more profound, mystical, spiritual sense that is still termed typological or allegorical. Philo placed them on the path of this exegesis, which was, however, immediately inspired by a distinctly Christian principle, that of the unity of the two Testaments, such as Christ Himself expressed when He said that it was of Him that Moses and the Prophets had spoken. In their Trinitarian doctrine, Clement and Origen were influenced by the Platonism of their epoch. They insisted on divine transcendence. This at times forced them into expressing themselves as if the Son and the Holy Spirit were inferior to the Father.”


I will also give links to other websites so that you can do your own research and see for yourself that I am teaching you the truth. But for now, let us stay focused on Apollos. I believe that Apollos was headstrong to teach both the Law of Moses and Gnosticism. The term “Gnosticism” means the mixture of Greek PHILOSOPHY with the “INTERPRETATION” of the Scriptures taken OUT of their context to wrongly teach that Jesus is God Himself in the flesh. This is NOT to say that Apollos was a “Trinitarian” Christian, but rather, I am saying that Apollos was a “Oneness” Christian who believed that God is ONE God in ONE person and that one person’s NAME is Jesus. In other words, I believe that Apollos swerved from the true faith of the Apostles’ doctrine to wrongly teach that Jesus is Almighty God Himself in the flesh. Please read Titus 3:8-15 in the LIGHT of the context of Titus 1:4,5.


Titus 3:8-15.


“This is a faithful saying, and these things I would that you affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable for men. 

9.  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain

10.  A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; 

11.  Knowing that, he that is such, is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself

12.  When I shall send Artemas unto you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. 

13.  Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. (Compare “wanting” to the context in Titus 1:5, which literally means to LEAVE, to lack, or FAIL in having something NEEDED. Here is Titus 1:4,5 “To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father AND the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. [Always remember the Apostle’ doctrine that teaches us that God MADE the Son of MAN, Jesus, both Lord and Christ AFTER the cross and resurrection, according to Acts 2:36 and many other verses of Scripture] Tit 1:5  For this cause [Of the common FAITH in the Apostles’ doctrine) left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:” Again, the Greek word translated as “wanting” means to LEAVE and to LACK that which is needed)

14.  And let ours ALSO learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. 

15.  All who are with me salute you. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of Macedonia.” 


Now, when you look up who Zenas the Lawyer and Apollos are, then you will find that both of them were Judaizing Jewish Christians subverting the Gentile Christians to keep the Law of Moses. The Greek word translated as “Lawyer” means an expert in Mosaic law. Paul did not say “ask” them “politely” or suggest to them if they will come to me, but rather, Paul used a more forceful Greek word that means ESCORT them to me, ASAP, as soon as possible. So to me, there is no doubt that Zenas and Apollos were in “big trouble” with the Apostle Paul and that he is going to rebuke them to their face like he did Peter in Galatians 2:11-14

For you see, Apollos was born in Alexandria as a Jew and the city of Alexandria was like the “capital” of HELENISTIC Jews who were heavily influenced by Greek philosophers like Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, and Plato, along with many other pagan philosophers who believed in trinity gods. So the IDEA for the TRUE God being a Trinity Godhead came from Greek PHILOSPHY. And the city of Alexandria was hotspot of Jewish Greek PHILOSPHERS. And it was the Ante-Nicene and Nicene fathers of the Latin church that began as a small SECT of Jewish Christians of the sect of Pharisees, according to Acts 15:5, who ALSO came from Alexandria that CAUSED the church to DIVIDE. Pharisees were considered intellectual masters of Mosaic law, but WHERE did they get their education that other Jews did not have? Here is another quote from another website that shows that Alexandria became the CENTER of Jewish education. The emphasis in mine.


“Alexandria had become a CENTER for learned Jews who, at that time, made up half of the population of the city. The library at Alexandria was becoming world renowned.

In his theological persuasion, Philo appears to have been a Pharisee. He was perhaps one of the first to attempt to reconcile the doctrines of the academic Greek philosophers with the revelation of God, as contained in the Hebrew scriptures. Philo did for the early Jewish community in the first few centuries what many of the early Christian fathers were attempting to do for their religion, which was to come to terms with a Hellenized world.”


Hellenized Christians were pagan Gentile Christians who continued to worship their pagan gods. And that is why the Roman Catholic Church MIXED the pagan beliefs with Christianity by making the pagan holy days SOUND “Christian” by calling them days of obligation to different patron SAINTS. You see, the pagans had many gods that had specific jobs, like finding things that were lost. So the Roman Catholic Church REPLACED those pagan gods with the names of saints. 

Also, the early Ante-Nicene fathers laid the groundwork for the doctrine of the Trinity by using pagan Greek PHILOSOPHY based on Middle Platonism. Here is a link to a website that explains in a nutshell Middle Platonism. But for now, here is a quote from that website. The emphasis in mine.


Other important Middle Platonists were Philo of Alexandria (ca. 30 B.C.E.—45 C.E.), who interpreted Hebrew Scripture along Platonic lines, exercising an immense influence on developing Christianity; Plutarch of Chaeronea (ca. 45-125 A.D.) whose treatise De Iside et Osiride (“On Isis and Osiris”), with its Greco-Egyptian syncretism, is an important example of the religious tendencies of later Middle Platonic philosophy;


With that being said, let us begin this study with the words of Jesus who prophesied that the gates of hell will NOT PREVAIL against his church. It is vitally important for Christians to know and understand that the “APOSTATE” church will indeed fall. And thus, you need to ask yourself the question in the first person to test what your OWN faith that YOU have come to believe, “What if what I have been “taught” by my church denomination is WRONG and I am in an apostate church?” And “What if my church is NOT the ONLY TRUE church as my church claims?” In other words, what if you have been deceived by Satan to “THINK” that all other churches are the apostate church and only your church is the true church, but in truth, it is “YOUR” church that is a part of the apostate church? And that is why I wrote the study called E-25. Will You DARE to TEST YOUR FAITH? Part 1. So I implore you to read that two part study and the more in-depth related studies that I give links to with that study. 

So then, the “apostate” church will NOT PREVAIL, but the true church that Jesus builds on the ROCK of revealed truth that the gates of hell will NOT prevail against.


Please read Matthew 16:15-19.


“He said unto them, But who do YOU say that I am? (And Jesus is asking YOU, the reader and seeker of the TRUTH, the same question. Who do YOU say Jesus is? Do YOU say that Jesus is Almighty God Himself in the flesh? Or do you say what the very Apostles and eyewitnesses of Jesus teach in the New Testament?)

16.  And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. (And according to Acts 2:36 and many other verses of Scripture, God MADE the Son of MAN, Jesus both Lord and Christ after the cross and resurrection)

17.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has NOT revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven. (In other words, the man-made church doctrines have NOT revealed the TRUE Jesus of the Bible to you. So if you want God to bless you with His TRUTH, then you need to be open to hear what the Holy Spirit is teaching the church in these last days right before the return of Jesus to RESTORE the church back to the TRUTH of the TRUE Gospel of salvation)

18.  And I say also unto you, That you are Peter, and upon THIS ROCK (Of revealed truth from Almighty God the Father Himself that Jesus is the CHRIST, the Son OF the living God) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall NOT prevail against it. (Speaking of the revealed TRUTH that Almighty God has revealed to the church that Jesus builds, which is his BODY and NOT any particular church “denomination” as being the only true church as some church denominations wrongly CLAIM. Please read the studies called E-8. WHAT IS THE ONE TRUE CHURCH?, and R-4. WHICH CHURCH DENOMINATION IS TRUE? For you see, the Apostle Paul WARNS us in Galatians 1:6-12 that if a Christian follows ANOTHER gospel that is NOT the Gospel the Paul preaches, then their faith in Jesus is in VAIN and will profit them nothing. They have fallen from grace. They have DEPARTED from the TRUTH of the gospel. And one of those different gospels in the ANTI-CHRIST doctrine that the Apostle John WARNS us to not be deceived by it. So again, I implore you to TEST what you have come to believe to see whether it is of God or of Satan. Please read the two part study called E-8. WHAT IS THE ONE TRUE CHURCH?)

19.  And I will give unto you the KEYS of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you put off on earth shall be dissolved in heaven.”


In other words, the KEY that holds and locks a Christian in the “APOSTATE” church is the CHOICE of that individual Christian who chooses to believe what FLESH and BLOOD reveals over what Almighty God the Father reveals in His word of TRUTH. And that same KEY of “free will” CHOICE has the power to PUT OFF the teachings that do NOT come from Almighty God the Father and His Son, Jesus, taught in the New Testament under the New Covenant.

Now, the Christians who sincerely believe the teaching that Jesus is Almighty God in the flesh will argue that if you do not believe as they teach, then you are NOT a true Christian. And thus, in “their” eyes you are the apostate church, the heretic, and the antichrist false Christian. But, in truth, it is the exact opposite, and THEY are the ANTI-CHRIST Christians in need to repent and return to the TRUTH of the Gospel of salvation. So again, I implore you to read the study called E-25. Will You DARE TO TEST YOUR FAITH? Part 1.

Jesus said that a kingdom “DIVIDED” cannot stand and that a divided kingdom will FALL. But Jesus also said the gates of hell will NOT PREVAIL against the ROCK that he will build his church upon. So then, it is the “apostate” church that will FALL, because it was the Roman Catholic Church that separated or divided itself from the true church by forcing their “own personal interpretation” of the Scriptures upon all Christians with the threat of excumminication, exile, torture, and death.


Please read Mark 3:22-30.


“And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils he casts out devils. 

23.  And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 

24.  And if a kingdom is DIVIDED against itself, THAT kingdom cannot stand. (In other words, the “apostate” church will FALL because it is DIVIDED against itself having some 30,000 different church denominations)

25.  And if a house is DIVIDED against itself, THAT house cannot stand. (In Matthew 10:34-39 Jesus said that he would send a “sword” that will set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And Jesus said that a man's foes shall be those of his own household. And he that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it)

26.  And if Satan rises up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. (So simply ask yourself the following questions. The first question, “Is FALSE teaching that contradicts what the Bible ITSELF teaches of God or of Satan?” Obviously, that first question is easy to answer because God will never contradict Himself. But the second question could be BOTH. “Is DIVISION in the church of God or Satan?” In other words, God allowed Satan to divide the church, and now God is using what Satan meant for harm to bring good out of it.  And question number three is part 1 of this series of studies on the origin of the Trinity Godhead, “Will YOU DARE TO TEST YOUR OWN FAITH to see if it is of God or of Satan?”)

27.  No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. (To me, this verse of Scripture has a dual meaning. One meaning is that the strong man refers to Jesus. And thus, the teachings in the true church cannot be spoiled or perverted unless Jesus is spoiled or perverted to be preached as ANOTHER Jesus and a DIFFERENT gospel that the Apostle Paul did NOT preach)

28.  Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith so ever they shall blaspheme:

29.  But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost has never forgiveness, but is in DANGER of eternal damnation: (In other words, those who REMAIN in present active sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit by falsely accusing Christians of teaching doctrines of devils when they are in fact teaching what the Holy Spirit Himself revealed to them as being the TRUTH. So how do we know for sure which teachings are of God and which teachings are doctrines of devils?)

30.  Because they said, He has an unclean spirit.”


We search the Scriptures to TEST what we are being taught in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God, according to Acts 17:11.

So let us start with the question “Is that Trinity Godhead doctrine of Satan or of God”

If it is of God then it will AGREE with every verse of Scripture in the Bible.

If it is NOT of God, then the “INTERPRETATIONS” that have been read INTO the Scriptures to try and prove that God is a Trinity Godhead will CONTRADICT the FACTS stated in Scriptures and in the HISTORICAL accounts documented by historians like Josephus and many others.

With that being said let us begin with searching the FACTS that clearly teaches that the Trinity God was formed over a period of some four hundred years by the Ante-Nicene and the Nicene fathers of the Alexandrian SECT which became the Roman Catholic Church.

The first of the “historical” facts are actually found in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. The Apostle Paul WARNS us in Colossians 2:8 to not be deceived by PHILOSOPHY, vain deceit, and the TRADITIONS of men, which I cover below as fact number one. Each fact numbered below will have a link for you to do your own research and to check that the facts are actually documented in history by historians.


FACT #1.

Philosophy has SPOILED and DECEIVED the church to become an “apostate” church teaching doctrines of devils.


Please read Colossians 2:6-9.

 

“As you have, therefore, received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him: (And HOW did the very Apostles and eyewitnesses of Jesus understand and teach Jesus? Did they teach a so-called pre-existing God the Son who supposedly stripped himself of his divine power to become a human being, but yet remain the fully Almighty God having two natures at the same time, one divine, and one human. And then, after the cross God the son simply returned to his former glory. If so, then where are the SCRIPTURES that teach the two natures of Jesus ast the same time which contradicts itself by arguing that God the Son stripped himself, but yet REMAINED the full Almighty. Please know and understand that the teaching of God the Son “STRIPPING” himself of his divine power to become flesh is based on a “paraphrased” translation of the Bible, which are “biased” translations because they add their own personal interpretation directly into the Scriptures. Plus it is a contradiction of terms to say that a God the Son “stripped” himself, but yet “remained” fully God having TWO natures at the SAME time during the days of his FLESH, one divine, and one human. Being flesh and being Divine at the SAME time is also a contradiction of terms. And that is why they call their doctrine of a Trinity Godhead a “MYSTERY” past human comprehension.

Or did the Apostle

of Jesus teach us in SIMPLICITY that God Himself MADE the Son of MAN, Jesus both Lord and Christ AFTER the cross and resurrection, according to Acts 2:36, Acts 4:11,12, Acts 5:30,31, Romans 14:9, Luke 24:26, Hebrews 12:2, 1 Peter 1:21, Matthew 28:18, Romans 1:3,4, Mark 2:27,28, and many other verses or Scripture that clearly teach us the God highly exalted His HUMAN Son to BECOME His Lord of the Sabbath. The TRUE Sabbath is the seventh 1000 year long DAY of Yahweh's Sabbath rest during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. The WEEKLY Sabbath DAY was a SIGN pointing to Jesus as the perpetual covenant that the Jew must enter into first in order to enter into the TRUE Sabbath that was made for man to REST from all their work for all eternity future. Please read the three part study called O-14. When did Jesus Become God's Son? Part 1)

7.  Rooted and built up in him, (And NOT in Roman Catholic Church tradition giving heed to PHILOSOPHIES of men) and established in the faith, as you have been taught, (By Jesus and his Apostles under the New Covenant written in the New Testament and NOT by TRADITIONS of men handed down from the Roman Catholic Church the MIXED Greek PHILOSOPHY into Christianity. But rather, be rooted and established or grinded in the TRUE faith written in the New Testament) abounding therein with thanksgiving. 

8.  Beware lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY and vain deceit, after the TRADITION of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

9.  For (Or BECAUSE) in him DWELLS all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”


There is a HUGE difference between Almighty God the Father DWELLING in the Son of MAN, Jesus, from the apostate “interpretation” read into the Scriptures that Jesus is Almighty God Himself in the flesh. Please read ALL of the studies under the heading >>>N-0. Who is JESUS ACCORDING to the Bible?<<< 


FACT #2.

Philo the Jewish Philosopher who sowed the seed of Satan’s word of “trinity” gods. I will use a lot of quotes from historical documents so that you can click on the links and read the whole article if you so choose. The emphasis and comments in parentheses are mine.


“Philo of Alexandria, also called Philo Judaeus, was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, in the Roman province of Egypt. Philo's deployment of allegory to harmonize Jewish Scripture, mainly the Torah, with Greek philosophy was the first documented of its kind, and thereby often misunderstood…

…According to Josephus, Philo was largely inspired by Aristobulus of Alexandria and the Alexandrian school

Jerome wrote that Philo came de genere sacerdotum [from a priestly family]” (Jerome was a Roman Catholic priest who was influenced by the philosophical teachings of Philo) His ancestors and family had social ties and connections to the priesthood in Judea, the Hasmonean dynasty, the Herodian dynasty and the Julio-Claudian dynasty in Rome....(Here we can see the ties and connections that Philo had with both the Jewish priesthood and the Roman government or the political power. And as you will see, SOME in the church desired POWER over the people more than they desired God and God’s intended truth to be taught to Christians)…

Philo along with his brothers received a thorough education. They were educated in the Hellenistic culture of Alexandria and the culture of ancient Rome, to a degree in Ancient Egyptian culture and particularly in the traditions of Judaism, in the study of Jewish traditional literature and in Greek philosophy. (And you cannot learn about those ancient cultures and not learn about the Pagan trinity gods. And thus, the philosophy of Philo was filled with the ideas of God being like a triune trinity God made up of the Father, the word, and wisdom. This will be explained in more detail as you continue this study)...

…Philo regards the Bible as the source not only of religious revelation, but also of philosophic truth; for he claimed that Greek philosophers' ideas had already been laid out in the Bible…

…Philo wrote that God created and governed the world through mediators. Logos is the chief among them, the next to God, demiurge of the world. Logos is immaterial, an adequate image of God, his shadow, his firstborn son.[32] Being the mind of the Eternal, Logos is imperishable.[33] He is neither uncreated as God is, nor created as men are, but occupies a middle position. He has no autonomous power, only an entrusted one Philo probably was the first philosopher who identified Plato's Ideas with Creator's thoughts.…


Philo’s philosophical thoughts, also known as Gnostic thoughts, INFLUENCED the thinking of the Ante-Nicene fathers of the Latin church. And Origen was one of the many Christians who were “influenced” by the teachings of the Greek philosophical Jewish writer named Philo of Alexandria. Here is another quote from Wikipedia.


“Although Origen was a controversial figure, his influence on other, major Christian theologians such as Eusebius, Gregory of Nyssa, Ambrose, and Jerome was 'wide and deep.'[35] Origen held that passages in the Bible had a literal sense and, in addition, two allegorical senses. This was later broadened, especially by the medieval Scholastics, into the famous doctrine that Biblical passages had a 'fourfold sense' – the literal, moral, allegorical, and anagogical. Lubac, in his three-volume work on the history of this technique, said 'the doctrine of the “fourfold sense,” which had, from the dawn of the Middle Ages, been at the heart of [Biblical] exegesis, kept this role right to the end.'[36] Protestants later complained that the Roman Catholic Church used allegory to make the Bible mean whatever it desired and thus to buttress the authority of the Church:

To maintain the fourfold sense was for medieval Romanism [that is, the Catholic Church] a matter of life and death. It was necessary for her power that dogmatic prepossession and traditional authority should reign supreme. The more ingeniously texts were manipulated in her interests, the more loudly she proclaimed that such interpretations alone were “spiritual” and were due to “illuminating grace.”[37]


If you have not done so already I implore you to take six minutes right now and watch this short video on the Approved by God YouTube channel called 201 Philo's Trinity, A Startling Revelation of the Past.

And for further research you can watch the following three videos later.


117 Catholic Magisterium admits to Pagan Trinity

 

The MAN Who INVENTED the TRINITY Godhead!

 

Approved of God YouTube Channel


FACT #3.


It is a well known FACT that the already existing philosophical belief in Pagan trinity gods was believed by pagan dating back to the Tower of Babel. And it is also a historical fact that some Christians rejected the pagan beliefs that were MIXED with Christianity to form the apostate church.


Saint Jerome, who became a priest in 479 AD, is quoted as saying that all of the ANCIENT nations believed in the Trinity. Here is that quote from another website linked below.


 “St. Jerome testifies unequivocally, 'All the ancient nations believed in the Trinity' (p. 382).”


Even some Trinitarian Christians openly admit that the doctrine of a Trinity Godhead was INFLUENCED by the ANCIENT beliefs of trinity gods among the pagans. Here is a quote from the article linked below. The emphasis in mine,


“Egyptologist Arthur Weigall, while himself a Trinitarian, summed up the influence of ancient beliefs on the adoption of the Trinity doctrine by the Catholic Church in the following excerpt from his previously cited book:

‘It must not be forgotten that Jesus Christ never mentioned such a phenomenon [the Trinity], and nowhere in the New Testament does the word 'Trinity' appear. The idea was only adopted by the Church three hundred years after the death of our Lord; and the origin of the conception is entirely pagan . . .

The ancient Egyptians, whose influence on early religious thought was profound, usually arranged their gods or goddesses in trinities: there was the trinity of Osiris, Isis, and Horus, the trinity of Amen, Mut, and Khonsu, the trinity of Khnum, Satis, and Anukis, and so forth . . .”


Please read the following article from another website called How Ancient Trinitarian Gods Influenced Adoption of the Trinity.

And below are some more articles from other websites that clearly show that many of the Ante-Nicene fathers and the Nicene fathers were heavily influenced by Greek PHILOSOPHY in their forming of the doctrine of the Trinity and the doctrine of the Deity of Jesus having TWO natures at the SAME time DURING the days of his FLESH, one divine, and one human.


CHAPTER TWO. AMBROSE'S USE OF PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA

Clement of Alexandria on Philosophy as a Divine Testament for the Greeks

Pantaenus (Roberts-Donaldson) Apollo is believed to be the FOUNDER of the Alexandrian school or at least one of its students.


FACT #4.

The early church writings along with the New Testament show us that the doctrine of Almighty God Himself becoming the Son came BEFORE the doctrine of the Trinity.


It is a historical FACT that the  HERETICAL doctrine of the Trinity was developed AFTER the HERETICAL doctrine of what is called Modalism today. In other words, the second century Christians were refuting what is taught by the United Pentecostal Oneness Christians today, which is the teaching that God Himself became the Son.

Let me explain what I mean by this. The very Apostles and EYEWITNESSES of Jesus teach us that the Son of MAN, Jesus, was MADE both Lord and Christ by his God AFTER the cross and resurrection.

Then the church began to DIVIDE by Christians following MEN saying, I am of Apollos, or I am of Paul. And the Apostle Paul rebuked them in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17.

Apollos seemed to be the first Christian to mix Greek PHILOSOPHY with the gospel to create a perverted gospel. Now, the following website is a United Pentecostal Oneness website and the only reason that I am referring it to my readers is to show the HISTORY of how Modalism came BEFORE the false doctrine of the Trinity. In other words, the early church jumped out of the frying pan right into the fire, so to speak. To say this another way,  in their ATTEMPT to refute Modalism, the second century Christians fell into the ditch on the other side of the road. So then, while the Ante-Nicene “Latin” fathers were refuting one false teaching they in turn created ANOTHER false teaching that slowly developed over the next three centuries to become the doctrine of the Trinity. And those two false teachings. Modalism Christians, and the Trinity Christians have been trying to prove that they are right and the other is wrong.

But in TRUTH, they are BOTH wrong!

WARNING! So keep this in mind as you read from the PDF file linked below, which is Oneness United Pentecostal article. Again, the ONLY reason that I give this link is to show from HISTORY that Modalism came BEFORE the doctrine of the Trinity. 

We do not know for sure what Apollos taught but we do know what Marcion taught, which was a “TYPE” of Modalism. But Marcion had some other Greek philosophy that the God of the Old Testament was a MEAN God, and the God of the New Testament is a GOOD God. It was NOT that Marcion believed in two separate Gods, but rather, Marcion was against the “PICTURE” of God painted by the Jews. In other words, the Jews under the Old Covenant FEARED God to the point that they feared to pronounce His name. But the “PICTURE” of the God of the New Covenant is painted by Christians as the God of LOVE. And thus, Marcion was misunderstood and labeled as a heretic. And rightly so because he wrongly taught that Jesus is Almighty God Himself in the flesh to show us the GOODNESS of the TRUE God, the FATHER. So then, to Marcion, Jesus was the Father who became the Son of God, and not a separate person from the Father. So yes, Marcion MIXED Greek philosophy with the gospel to PERVERT the gospel. Later on, the doctrine of the Father becoming the Son also EVOLVED to what it is today in the United Pentecostal Church.


Oneness and Trinity - David Bernard.pdf


And to know WHY the doctrine of Oneness taught by the United Pentecostal Oneness Christians is NOT Biblical please read ALL of the studies under the heading >>>W-0. Is the ONENESS Doctrine BIBLICAL?<<<


FACT #5.

The doctrine of the Trinity STARTED with only TWO, the Father, and the Son. There was no THIRD person at first.


In other words, the Christians during the second to the fourth centuries began to debate the nature of Jesus in relation to the nature of Almighty God the Father. They asked questions like, “How can the Son of God be human?” “Do not humans beget humans?” “And since humans beget humans, then Divinity must beget Divinity?” Therefore, they concluded that Jesus MUST have had TWO natures at the SAME time DURING the days of his FLESH. And it took over three hundred years before the TWO nature doctrine of Jesus was made DOGMA and basically forced upon Christians with the threat of persecution, torture, excommunication from the church, exile and even brutal death.

But not ALL Christians came to that conclusion that Jesus had to have had two natures at the SAME time. But rather, they believed the Apostle’s doctrine that the Son of MAN was CROWNED with glory and honor after the cross and resurrection and many died FAITHFULLY as martyrs holding fast to the Apostles’ DOCTRINE.


Please read Hebrews 2:5-10.


“For unto the angels has He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. (In other words, the Apostles’ doctrine is the teaching that God PUT the world to come to be under the subjection of Son of MAN for 1000 years)

6. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is MAN, that You are mindful of him? or the Son of MAN, that You visit him

7.  You MADE him a little LOWER than the angels; You CROWNED him with glory and honor, and did SET him over the works of Your hands

8.  You have PUT all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. (And that is because God will put all of the enemies under the feet of Jesus DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus, according to 1 Corinthians 15:2–28)

9.  But WE (The Apostles of Jesus) see Jesus, who was MADE a little LOWER than the angels for the suffering of death, CROWNED with glory and honor; (To be highly exalted after the cross and resurrection and MADE Lord over the world to come by his God and Father) that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 

10.  For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to MAKE the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 

11.  For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren

12.  Saying, I will declare Your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church I will sing praise unto You.”


Plain and simple, it was AFTER the cross and resurrection that Almighty God the Father MADE the Son of MAN, the Lord of the Sabbath, which is the seventh 1000 year long DAY of Yahweh’s Sabbath rest during the world to come. Please read Acts 2:36, which is the Apostle’s DOCTRINE who were EYEWITNESSES of Jesus.


Acts 2:32-42.


“This Jesus has God raised up, whereof WE all are WITNESSES

33.  Therefore, being by the right hand of God EXALTED, and having RECEIVED OF (Or FROM) the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. (In other words, the OBEDIENCE of the Son of MAN, Jesus PLEASED Almighty God the Father to GIVE His human Son the FULNESS or the Godhead or the FULLNESS of DEITY to DWELL in the FLESH of Jesus to be MADE Lord over the world to come. Please read the study W-10. What does Colossians 2:9 TRULY MEAN?  And NOW, after the cross and resurrection, the Son of MAN, Jesus has been given all power and authority to baptize believers with the SAME Holy Spirit who dwelt in Jesus during the days of his FLESH)

34.  For David is NOT ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit you on My right hand

35  UNTIL I make your foes your footstool. 

36.  THEREFORE, let all the house of Israel KNOW ASSUREDLY, that God has MADE that same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (The word Christ means anointed and Messiah. And it was after the cross that the Son of MAN, Jesus was ANOINTED with the oil of gladness to be made Lord and God over the world to come. Jesus did not become the Messiah until after he died on the cross. So it was the HUMAN Son of God who died on the cross and NOT Almighty God Himself who died on the cross)

37.  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 

38.  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ  (Speaking of the NEW NAME that Yahweh the Father GAVE to the Son of MAN, Jesus after the cross and resurrection, according to Philippians 2:8-11. In other words, when Almighty God hears the NAME “Jesus” He hears the NEW NAME that He GAVE to His human Son, Jesus for his obedience to do all of the Will of his God and Father, even to die on the cross for the sins of the world. So when you are baptized in the NAME of Jesus, then it is the NEW NAME of Jesus that you are baptized) for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 

41.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 

42  And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”


And you just read the Apostles' doctrine in Acts 2:32-42 concerning the NATURE of Jesus during the days of his FLESH and his now after being highly EXALTED and GIVEN the divine nature of immortality be MADE DEITY after the cross and resurrection. I will end part 1 of this study here and in part 2 we will cover the quotes from the writings of Tertullian. For you see, at FIRST, Tertullian believed the Apostles' doctrine, but then later on Tertullian became deceived by those he was refuting who claimed that Almighty God Himself became the Son. Today, that heresy is taught by the United Pentecostal Oneness Christians. You will see how Tertullian deceived himself by entertaining the ARGUMENTS presented by Gnostic Christians who believed in many Gods, including “TRINITY” godheads.

To read part two, please click on the study called E-28. WHAT DID TERTULLIAN ACTUALLY BELIEVE? (Coming soon)

Thanks for reading, and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. And to me, the truth concerning who Jesus TRULY is, according to the Bible ITSELF, is the Biblical Unitarian view of Jesus. So, for ALL of the studies on the Biblical Unitarian view of Jesus, please click on the subject heading >>>D-0. THE BIBLICAL UNITARIAN VIEW of JESUS!<<<

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Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

 

My heartfelt prayer is that all Christians RETURN to the TRUE FOUNDATION of the church that is taught by the very Apostles of Jesus in the first century. So let us all come into the UNITY of the faith and return to what Jesus and his Apostles taught us in SIMPLICITY in the New Testament. 

 

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VERSES USED TO TEACH THAT JESUS PREEXISTED!

 

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Your Brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

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