December 21, 2009

Well, let me qualify that statement. I understand the Trinity and I will teach it to you so you can also understand it when God changes physics to allow iron to sharpen iron, in the mean time I will attempt to explain my understanding with the hope that you will consider it.

Suppose I am on a journey and I happen on a pond. In the middle of the pond is a large rock and on that rock is a Bible. It is resting on it’s tail and tailcap. I can not get to the Book to examine it closely, so I do the next best thing. I begin to walk around the pond and examine it from all angles. First it looks about 8×10 and it is red with the words The Holy Bible written on it. As I walk to my right my view changes and it looks slightly less than 2 inches wide, though it still seems as tall. The color has changed to white with two vertical red lines on each side. Then as I progress to a view opposite my first the view has changed again. Now the Book looks as though it is similar to my first view and yet there is nothing printed on it. So I continue and then the Book seems to change and it looks like the second time I viewed it, however it is all red with The Holy Bible printed on it vertically!

You see all of the views were correct and many arguments have resulted between Christians about their own views. The trick, if you want to call it that, to understanding the Bible is to view it from all angles, because even though your view may be absolutely correct you may lean more by viewing it from a different angle. I have viewed the Bible from many angles and this is how I see it now. If you see it differently then how is it different and can our two views eventually harmonize and result in a better understanding?

Christianities concept of God has led to many problems with understanding God. We are told that there is only one God and yet we are also told that Melchizedek was without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life and that can only mean that he is God. Then we are told about the Holy Spirit which also seems as though He is God and there are verses that seem to say Jesus is God!

When we are baptized properly, we are buried with what seems to be three Gods: Father, son, and Holy Spirit. But if there is only one God and there is, because Scripture can neither be wronged nor changed, then there is a problem with saying that, “The Trinity is the union of three divine persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one God.” That is the American Heritage Dictionary’s definition of “Trinity” and what those who do not understand believe. We should be ashamed of ourselves when we teach something that even demons know is not true (James 2:19).

Now I do not have to tell you there is a problem, because you already know there is. Those who believe the Trinity to be three persons are quick to say that we as humans can not understand everything about God to defend their position, but actually the Bible does not make either claim. It does not say there are three persons of God, nor does it say that we can not know everything about God. We really can know and understand everything about God. Look what the Bible says about this (John 14:26 NIV)  “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (Rom 8:32 NIV)  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”  (1 Cor 2:10-12 NIV) “but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” You see we can know and understand even the thoughts of God. (I didn’t say it. I only pointed out that the Bible said it.)

When God says that we are given the Holy Spirit to teach us all things I believe He means all things Spiritual. Not all things about this world. Things about this world are interesting, but they will all pass away, so things of this world are not really important in the grand scheme of God’s plan.

I search Scripture in order to understand it completely and exactly. Not too long ago I wrote a post that said Melchizedek was the Holy Spirit. Well that was only partially correct. Something that is only partially correct can lead to confusion rather than clarity.

So because I see clearer now let me explain just how I understand at this time. Perhaps I will understand better in the future and if I do, and it is God’s will, I will attempt to explain again.

Suppose you met me some time ago and we have walked and talked together many times. You have become accustomed to the sound of my voice and of course you would immediately know me if you met me face to face, but even if you just heard me speak you would know it was me.

Now suppose that one day that you were standing close to your front door and I opened it just far enough to slide my hand around it. Though it is me, you do not know who it is until you hear my voice. You saw my hand clearly and yet you did not understand that it was my hand, or said a slightly different way you saw me and because you did not yet understand everything, you did not know it was me.

(Rom 12:4 NIV)  “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.” My hand is one of my members and because it is part of my physical body and you can see that it is, you know it to be true. We are all made in the image of God and if we have many members then doesn’t it stand to reason that God also has many members? God is Spirit and because Spirit is different than flesh then doesn’t it make sense that God’s members are different than our own?

If God would stand in Heaven and slide one of His Members around to earth so that we could see it and it looked like a man, would we understand that it was a Member of God? We would if He told us, because we know His voice: and He did tell us! (Heb 7:1-3 NIV)   “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.” This could only be God. Yet not all of God, because Moses was told by God, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” and Moses did not die. Well, he didn’t die right then.

Would God be his own priest? Well, who else is more qualified? If a priest is someone that represents God then isn’t God the ultimate Priest? Did God appear early in His plan to claim His tithe? Or did He appear to declare He would Give 90% of what He owned to man? The better I know Him the more I understand how wonderful He is!!!

When I first thought about the members of my body I only considered my appendages, but my mind is real and a member of myself. If you have read my post on the Trinity you know that I view the Holy Spirit as the mind of God and Jesus as His arm. That is not something that I made up, but it comes from my understanding of God thru His Word. “No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:11). (1 Cor 2:16 NIV)  “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

(Psa 98:1 NIV) “A psalm. Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” We know that it was Jesus through which salvation came, but Jesus was a man. So how can both be true? I view Jesus as God’s own hand with a glove over it. Jesus, the man, was that glove. (John 14:10 NIV) “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” When we look at Jesus from a man’s perspective we see a glove, but we do not understand it is God inside the glove. This only comes after much study. I take nothing away from my savior because Jesus did not have to allow himself to be sacrificed, but did so out of his own free will.

To conclude it seems to me that we do great damage to the plan of God by preaching the Trinity as three persons of God when they are three parts, or Members of God. It alienates both Jews and Muslims and even those that try to teach it claim we can not understand it. At least that is right: either God is one person or He is three persons and He, who is the authority, says that He is one. (Rom 3:30, 1 Cor 8:6, Eph 4:6, 1 Tim 2:5, & James 2:19)