Is The Trinity Biblical?
One of the beliefs that separates JW’s from most Christian sects is they don’t believe that God is Triune. They believe that only Jehovah the Father is God and Jesus the Son was just a created angel Michael. They also believe that the Holy Spirit is not separate but Jehovah’s power. So lets take a look at the scriptures JW’s use to defend this position:
4 “Listen, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah. Deuteronomy 6:4 (NWT)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)
Now I’m sure many who read this think it’s a slam-dunk here right? But first lets read this scripture carefully, the phrasing the English translation can be confusing. As with the New World Translation is states “Jehovah our God is One Jehovah”, now that doesn’t really make sense does it? Jehovah is the name of God the Father, right? Then how can God be one Jehovah? Theres obviously a phrasing issue here when translating from English, in all fairness the KJV has the same weird phrasing
When we look at the NKJV translation it makes more sense, that Jehovah is One. Ok but does that mean that God is only One? No its saying the Father is One. Just like saying Jesus is the Only Begotten Son, The Son is One also.
30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 (NWT)
I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 (NKJV)
Jesus said that He and Jehovah are One also. So if you believe that only Jehovah is God, then either Jesus is a liar or maybe you misinterpret the context of the scripture. There is only One Father, there is only One Son, and there is only One Holy Spirit but together they are all One
Another point we need to remember, in the Old Testament , the Son Jesus has yet to be revealed. So if Jehovah stated him and Jesus were One God, would anyone have understood what he was talking about? No because this is the Old Covenant still, they are not in the New Covenant yet with Christ
18 May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah,vYou alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 (NWT)
That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18 (NKJV)
First thing, again this scripture is from the Old Covenant, Jesus the Son has yet to be revealed to the world. Therefor if Jehovah mentioned Jesus , they would have no idea what he was talking about. Secondly, one of the main failures to understanding the Trinity is not understanding the roles. The Father , Son , and Holy Spirit are separate but in unity as God
Is there anything wrong with saying Jehovah is above Jesus? No Jesus himself says “The Father is greater Than I” (John 14:28) As a Trinitarian we understand that the Father is greater than the Son. There is an order to the Triunity of God. We must also remember the context of the scripture. At this point Jesus was a human. Of course the Father would be greater than him. This would be the same in the design of a family, the Father would be above the son. Does that mean Jesus isn’t God no? It means there are roles within the Triunity of God
For a child has been born to us,dA son has been given to us;And the rulership* will rest on his shoulder.eHis name will be called Wonderful Counselor,f Mighty God,g Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NWT)
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
If were going to believe scripture, then scripture is very clear Jesus is God. This prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 is very clear. You might not understand how Jesus could be God or how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit coexist but that doesn’t mean its not true
Another mistake is the generic use of the word “God”, when we say God who are we talking about? Most assume we are referencing The Father, however it can also be in reference to the Son or Holy Spirit. Or it could be a reference to all three. See God is a title not a name.
For more information on the Trinity, please check out my site at https://unashamedofjesus.org/trinity/