MG-21 – Is God a Trinity?

A distinct difference between Mormonism and Christianity is how the character and nature of God are defined. Mormons deny the Christian doctrine of the Trinity of God being three distinct persons in One Being, and they teach, instead, that the Godhead is comprised of three separate gods.

When Lee and I left Mormonism, we struggled finding a Christian church because the idea of the Trinity didn’t make sense to us.   We thought God the Father had a physical human body as an exalted man, as Mormonism teaches; and since Jesus also possesses a human body, we could not understand how they could both be one God.

Then we learned that the Bible teaches that God is not a man[1] and that He is a Spirit,[2] and that the only person of the Godhead who has a physical body is Jesus Christ.[3]

Since God is Spirit, the Bible teaches that no person has ever seen God,[4] and this is why Jesus told Philip, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”[5] Because Jesus is the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), the Bible explains that all the fullness of Deity dwells in Him bodily (Colossians 2:9).

In this way, we see the Christian doctrine of the Trinity clearly taught in the Bible where not only is the Father called God (1 Peter 1:2), but Jesus is God (John 1:1, 20:28, Colossians 2:9) and so is the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). Yet, God says, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.” (Isaiah 46:9). “I am He, I am the firstI also am the last.” (Isaiah 48:12).   “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord…the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

By teaching multiple gods, Mormonism misrepresents the character of the true God, described in the Bible, and cannot be considered Christian.

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ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

TRINITY IN THE SCRIPTURES

The Trinity is not Modalism—the view that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all one person; nor is it Tritheism—the view that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three separate Gods. It is the teaching that the three persons are distinct in their personhood, yet existing in one Being, who is God. We can see the concept of Trinity (three persons in one God) revealed in the following verse:

Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit….”

Notice that the word “name” is singular (not plural i.e., “names”). Also, the definite article “the” is placed in front of “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” thus, implying plurality within unity.

Although the Trinity cannot be totally comprehended, it can be apprehended and seen illustrated in the world of nature. Take, for example, an illustration involving three candles. Even after lighting each candle, they are still distinct. However, when one combines each of the three flames together, they become one flame. In the same way, each member of the Trinity is distinct in His personhood, yet they are one Being we call “God.”

We can see the Trinity in the Mormon KJV Bible where they state in their LDS Bible Dictionary on page 681, “When one speaks of God, it is generally the Father who is referred to; that is, Elohim… The personage known as Jehovahis usually identified in the Old Testament as LORD (in capital letters), is the Son, known as Jesus Christ, who is also a God.”

Using this rule of interpretation where “God” or “Elohim” in the Hebrew text would be translated “Father” and “LORD” or “Jehovah” in the Hebrew text would be translated “Jesus,” let’s examine the following verses:

Psalm 2:7: “I will declare the decree: the LORD [Jehovah] hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

Here we see that God the Father and His Son Jehovah Jesus are the SAME God.

Isaiah 43:10; 44:8: “…saith the LORD [Jehovah]…understand that I am he: before me there was no God [Elohim] formed, neither shall there be after me… Is there a God [Elohim] beside me? Yea, there is no God [Elohim]; I know not any.”

Since no “God” Elohim (Father) was formed BEFORE the “LORD” Jehovah (Jesus), how can they be two separate “Gods”?

[1] Hosea 11:9

[2] John 4:24

[3] Philippians 2:6-8

[4] See John 1:18; John 5:37; John 6:47

[5] John 14:9

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