Above is a common picture of the Trinity. Even in the book, Heaven is for Real, the child writes of seeing such a set up in heaven. But does the Bible speak of three thrones? does it speak of three separate and distinct persons interacting with each other socially for eternity? There are three people sitting on three thrones in this picture of the Trinity. This is no different than polytheism and belief in three Gods. It is an unacceptable explanation of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Theologian GHW Lampe described the social Trinity as “a…unity of human persons in a social ‘Trinity’ in which three persons in the full psychological sense of persons are bound together in mutual love, implies the existence of three divine consciousness, in other words-three Gods.”1 Keith Ward a philosopher and theologian states, “To admit many centres of awareness in God would split the Divine unacceptably, entailing that none of them are omniscient or omnipotent. The view is indistinguishable from a more robust polytheism, and must be rejected by thoroughgoing monotheists, such as Christians are supposed to be.”2 Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 4:2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. Jesus is sitting upon the Father’s throne. So, then where is the Father? Did he lose his seat? There was A THRONE in heaven not thrones and SOMEONE sat on the throne not THEY, but SOMEONE sat on the one throne. ONE THRONE FOR ONE PERSON, the Lord Jesus Christ, the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Col. 2:9 The invisible Father is made visible by the Son (Mat. 11:27, Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:3) Father, Son and Spirit are three different aspects of God’s being, as we are body, soul and spirit. God unfolds himself, read Proverbs 8:22-29 in the NIV, just before time the Logos went out of God. John 15:26 shows the Spirit goes out from the Father.
- GHW Lampe, God As Spirit, pg 222
- Keith Ward, Rational Theology and the Creativity of God, pg 86