History of The Trinity
Or How did the idea of the Trinity begin
A statement such as the following expresses the idea of the Trinity.
TRINITY. The term by which is expressed the
unity of three Persons in the oneGod.
The Christian doctrine is: (1) That there is only one God, one divinenature and being. (2
) This one divine Being is tripersonal, involving the distinctions of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
. (3) These three are joint partakers of the same nature and majesty of God. This doctrine is preeminently one of revelation. And although it brings before us one of thegreat mysteries of revelation and transcends finite comprehension
, it isessential to the understanding of the Scriptures,
and, as we shall see, has itsgreat value and uses.(From The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Pressof Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)
The main emphasis in the above statement is the word
The dictionary givesthe following meanings for this word:
agreement, harmony, union (i.e. things thatare joined together as one).
When it is used as a number, it means “one”.The word “Trinity” is too general, as it simply means three. The concept is betterexpressed as a “Tri-Unity”, meaning you have a “union of those who agree”.
Mostacademic writers in fact, use the term “Triune“
, however many people do not makethe distinction between the two words.Many people find it difficult to believe in the concept of the Trinity (Tri-Unity) so theychoose instead to believe one of the many religious groups who deny that the Trinityexists.It is true that the Bible does not explicitly mention the word Trinity. It does howevertalk about three separate personalities who at various times claim to be God. Thequestion then becomes whether the Bible actually presents these three personalities asthree separate beings, or as One God who is somehow three persons.It is doubtful whether anyone who depended solely on the revelation contained in theOld Testament alone would have ever come to understand the doctrine of the Trinity asit stresses the
(Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORDis
(Strong’s No. O.T. 259)
Below is the Strong’s Concordance entry for the word “one” above.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
from OT:258; properly,
, i.e. one; or (as anordinal) first: