Many people are unaware that the terminology associated with the Trinity is not Scriptural. This does not necessarily make it completely wrong, but it is problematic when it’s conclusions lead to non-biblical teachings. Let me explain this more fully.
This is the terminology of Trinitarianism; three persons in one essence or as some have described it three who’s in one what. So what is the problem with this? The word persons if it is used in its English meaning as a person signifies a distinct center of consciousness that exists on its own in distinction of others. So, to use the term three persons in reference to Father, Son and Spirit and to claim they are all equally God brings us to the logical conclusion that this is belief in three gods.
Now, at this point classic Trinitarians will state that we do not believe in three gods and that the Trinity is not belief in three gods. In confession the Trinity states they believe in only one God. However, we are not talking about their confession, but what their belief naturally leads to. Both Jews and Muslims logically conclude the Trinity is belief in three gods.
What WE believe or what Jews and Muslims think are not what matters. It is what the simple biblical truth teaches and that affects our eternal destination. Let’s review a few examples of the hundreds of Scriptures that speak of God connect to a singular personal pronoun. We will specifically reference that God is ALONE God. That means there is no other person beside HIM (singular personal pronoun) that can be described as God.
And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 2 Kings 19:15
For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Psalm 86:10
“O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Isaiah 37:16
.So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.” Isaiah 37:20
that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18
That they might know that THEY And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. (three persons) alone are God or that they may know that YOU alone are God?
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. Nehemiah 9:6
Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:8
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, Isaiah 44:24
If Father, Son and Spirit are three persons and all actively participated in creation how can Yahweh say that he stretched out the heavens alone and by himself?
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? John 5:44
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3
We can see very clearly that according to biblical teaching that God is one person not three. The Old Testament and the New Testament clearly show us that God is one person and beside him there is no other, he created alone and by himself and he alone is God.
The Trinity detracts from this simple biblical truth. Three persons is three gods and is in complete contradiction to biblical terminology regarding personal pronouns and description of God being alone and none besides him. The Trinity teaches the opposite, that God is plural pronouns and he is not alone, but always had fellowship as Father, Son and Spirit.
There is one God who alone is God and he is revealed in time to his people as Father, Son and Spirit.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:8-9
In The Trinitarian doctrine the Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Spirit and the Father is not the Spirit. In Isaiah 9:6 we see that the son that is given is the everlasting Father and the Mighty God.
And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. Acts 16:7
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—Ephesians 4:4
Jesus Christ is the one true God manifested in human flesh and the Spirit is what God is for God is Spirit. This is not to embrace a Oneness, Sabellian doctrine, that there are no distinctions between Father, Son and Spirit. It is clear that the bible speaks of the wisdom of God coming out of God before creation (Proverbs 8:22-24) and the Spirit proceeding from the Father (John 15:26). However, we cannot turn these distinction in the one person who alone is God into belief in three gods.