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God is One, not Three-in-One

The people of God have always believed that God is one.  This is what Moses affirmed when he said, "Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is One."  This is also what the members of the Church of Christ believe today.
 
However, there are people today who say they believe that God is one and yet claim that He is not simply one but three-in-one or many-in-one.  Much like the polytheists, they believe that there are multiple persons or individuals called "God".  They differ slightly from polytheists in that they assert that the multiple divine persons are just one being.
 
The Bible, however, clearly teaches that God is one and not a plurality of persons.  It explicitly identifies which person alone the true God is, and uses thousands upon thousands of singular linguistic terms to refer to God.  
 
Trinitarians deny this truth and shows four Bible verses which allegedly refer to God in plural terms.  But a carefully study of the verses reveals that they have simply been misinterpreted.   In no way do the passages diverge from the multitude of verses applying singular terms to God. 
 
Much to the dismay of believers of a multipersonal God, the true God is consistently referred to as a single person in the Bible - using singular personal pronouns and matching verbs and modifiers.
 
For example, Apostle Paul spoke of God as a single person.  He taught that "there is no other God but one" and that anyone who loves God "is known by HIM"; that not only is "HE the God of the Jews" but also of the Gentiles.  Not even once did Apostle Paul speak of God in plural terms.
 
Apostle James likewise attested to God's personal singularity.  He said that it would do us well to "believe that there is one God".  He spoke of this God as a single person, saying that God promised a kingdom "to those who love HIM".  Not even once did Apostle James speak of God in plural terms.
 
When Christ spoke about the most important commandment of all, he also affirmed God's individual uniqueness and even reiterated what Moses said: "Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is One."  He blessed the scribe who agreed and replied "there is one God; and there is none other but HE".    Not even once did Christ speak of God in plural terms.
 
Most importantly, God Himself proved that He is a single person.   He asked "Who is like ME? Is there any God besides ME, or is there any other Rock? "  He did not say "Who is like US? Is there any God besides US?"   Not even once did God speak of himself in plural terms.
 
God further said,  "there is no God besides ME  ... I know of none",  completely rejecting the idea that there could be another person who is also God aside from Him who was speaking. 
 
Many Trinitarians argue that when the Bible uses singular terms to refer to God, it is actually not referring to a person of the Trinity but to the Godhead or God's essence.  This reasoning doesn't really help the Trinitarian position but only creates more problems for them.
 
First, biblical interpretation becomes too arbitrary if we follow Trinitarian reasoning.   In some passages, like the one in which Jesus said "my God and your God", they would agree that "God" refers to a single person, the Father.   But in other passages where interpreting "God" as a person would contradict their Trinitarian doctrine, they would quickly say it refers to essence.
 
Second, Trinitarians define a "person" to be someone who has a distinct center of consciousness and regards himself as "I" and others as "you".  At the same time, they define "essence" to be the substance or being of an entity.   As evangelical theologian and apologist Norman Geisler has explained, while essence is what you are, person is who you are.  So God is one “what” but three “who’s.”
 
Now, given their definition, it is very clear that the one who said "there is no God Besides ME" must be a person.  So in effect, the Trinitarians are contradicting themselves and are equivocating the meaning of the terms "person" and "essence",  denying that it is a "person" who speaks and not nature or essence.
 
Furthermore, if we accept that it is not a person but the Godhead or essence who said "there is no God Besides ME", we have to accept that the son of God spoken of in the same passages is not the son of the Father, a person, but the son of the essence.    If the God referred to by the pronoun "ME" refers not to a person but the tri-personal being (Father+Jesus+Holy Spirit), is Jesus now also the son of himself?
 
As illustrated above, the Bible consistently speaks of God as a single person.   It  has never talked of multi-personal God similar to that defined and formulated by post-biblical creeds and councils.
 
May God grant us all the courage and humility to accept what the scriptures plainly teach.
 

 
"That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else."
 

 
If you would like to know more about what the Bible says about God and His great plan for us, I invite you to attend Church of Christ bible studies near your area.
 

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