Is the Trinity Biblical?
“The Trinity is just made up. The word doesn’t even exist in the Bible.” Down through history, this has been the great objection raised against orthodox Christian belief. In modern times, the Jehovah’s Witnesses in particular have argued vehemently that the whole idea owes more to pagan religion and philosophy than it does to Biblical teaching.
We have argued from the start that what we believe affects how we live. If our faith is based on a lie, then our whole lives will be shipwrecked with no sense of purpose or direction. If we believe a lie, then we commit idolatry and worship a false god.
So, at this stage, we are going to take a little time to provide a summary of what the Bible teaches about God as Trinity. Of course, if you go looking for the word, then you won’t find it, but what we will argue is that the word ‘Trinity’ sums up the whole Biblical teaching that in God we see two aspects. First of all, the Bible presents God’s oneness and unity – the one true God who is without rivals. Secondly, the Bible presents plurality and diversity within this one God so that we talk about God as being One God existing as three persons.