Research and study By: Timothy M. Youngblood
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After reading this study you might ask; Why would this symbol be on the Christian Bible?
The question is do you know where the belief in the trinity came from and is it biblical? I don't try to preach any religion but I research to find what is biblical. if you want to follow the Jesus of your bible and not the old Catholic teachings that remained in many churches after the reformation you might want to check out this study with an open mind.
What about the Trinity and where did it come from?
Throughout antiquity, as far back as Babylonia, the worship of pagan gods grouped in triads, was common. That influence was also prevalent in Egypt, Greece, and Rome in the centuries before, during, and after the Messiah ascended. After the death of the apostles, these pagan beliefs began to show up in Christianity and later what became known as the Catholic Church.
The triquetra is a geometrical figure having three points, especially one formed of three intersecting ellipses. The triquetra was often used in ancient art by many religions to symbolize a triune deity. The trinity doctrine has been accepted by most Christian churches today as the Godhead consisting of three divine beings namely God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The question is was this doctrine taught by Jesus or the Apostles and if not, where did this teaching come from? Let's study the history of the doctrine of the trinity first and then we will show clear scriptures that will lay to rest the question if the trinity is pagan or Christian.
Be sure to look at the pagan symbols at the end of this study from which the trinity teaching was derived long before the birth of the Messiah. It is commonly understood by many scholars that the doctrine of the Trinity developed over a period of time as noted above and was not taught by the apostles. However it is a fact as you will see later in this study the word trinity does not exist in the Christian bible so although pagan gods grouped in triads did exist the Apostles NEVER taught such. In fact we find in "History of Christian Doctrines" Grand Rapids: Baker, 1937, p. 40) it was not until the end of the fourth century that the trinitarian doctrine was being introduced to the Church of Rome, but John of Damascus put the last touches in refining the doctrine as late as the eighth century! John of Damascus was the Chief Administrator to the ruler of Damascus, and was a Syrian monk and presbyter. So, modern Trinitarianism was not fully developed until the eighth century, and we find that the very early Catholic Church Fathers had no clear conception of the Trinity.
Tertullian (A pagan turned Catholic) was the first man who can be said to be Trinitarian in the Christian religion since he invented the word "Trinity" and he knew Greek as well as Latin, and wrote works in Greek. Long after the Apostles were dead, Tertullian was converted to the Catholic religion around 195 AD, and became presbyter of the Catholic church in Carthage, North Africa. Today he is referred to as the founder of Western theology (See EH Klotsche, The History of Christian Doctrine, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979, 52-53). He wrote Against Praxeas in 213 and attacked the modalist concept of God, bringing an explanation of his trinitarianism into view. It must be noted that he began believing in only two persons of the Godhead as opposed to three but later accepted three. Tertullian, the father of Trinitarianism, wrote in his book that God was not yet Father before the time in which He begat the Son. By teaching that the Son was not eternal
I believe that Tertullian in fact diminished the point of Jesus being our savior by hiserroneous ideas that came from pagan teachings. It's very important to keep in mind that if Jesus is a created being then He cannot be our savior! Remember it is written in Matt 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." This scripture notes the very important fact that when the Messiah walked the earth He was in fact God in the flesh!
Tertullian wrote: "He was (born and created) of the Father, making the Father stronger, older and more noble than the Son. This is what Tertullian wrote of a "Trinity." He said that God consisted of "three persons". These three persons were the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. God is "one only substance in three coherent, inseparable (Persons)" He said that the three persons were three "beings" making up one God. He said that the Father and the Son were "two different Beings" They were "distinct but not separate" He said the Son was "another." Tertullian' teachings were accepted by many although they were not biblical.
Some teach that the bible clearly contains these four truths: the Father is God, Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and there’s only one God, and that’s the Trinity.” Is this true? No there is not a scripture in the Old or New Testament that states that the Holy Spirit is God; Not one!
Now to explain the statement in
This is the only place where the three were mentioned together in this manner. All other comments concerning the Holy Spirit are used in relationship to the Power of God such as when they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as well as this scripture concerning that Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. It states "And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." There are many scriptures that refer to the Holy Spirit as the power of God. The reason the term "The name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" was used here in Matt 28:19-20 is because Jesus was sending them out on a commission which would be in the Name (Authority) of the Holy Father and the Son by the POWER of the Holy Spirit. A blessed promise that Christ's presence as well as his authority shall empower (By His Spirit) his servants to perform this commission.
Now as for I Jn 5:7-8; "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one." The Interlinear shows that the words in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one." in vs. 7 was not in the original text. However I have found them in all translations of Wycliffe, Tyndale, and Coverdale, and the Geneva bible etc. so why did the author of the Interlinear note that these words were not in the original? Because as we find in the records the text of this verse should read, because there are three that bear record. The remainder of the verse is not genuine. Not a single manuscript contains the trinitarian addition before the fourteenth century, and the verse is never quoted in the controversies over the Trinity in the first 450 years of the church era. The facts as we have found in our research is that Erasmus added this text when he translated the New Testament from Latin to Greek. He did not have this in his first translation but received a great deal of protest because the omission threaten the doctrine of the Trinity so he put them back in the third and later editions. This text does not appear in the older Greek manuscripts nor in the Eastern Peshitta.
Just what is the Truth About The Holy Spirit of God?
In order to properly answer the question about the truth concerning the Holy Spirit of God we must first come to understand just what the Spirit of God is. Is it what many preachers teach in mainstream Christianity? That the Holy Spirit is a third person of the Godhead? The truth is that if the Spirit of God was in fact a personage of the Godhead then we have a very serious problem. Notice what's recorded in Matt 1:18 "For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." It was in fact the Holy Spirit of God that impregnated Mary. Also in Luke 1:35 we read "And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." Here the Holy Spirit is referred to as the power of God. Now if the Holy Spirit was a third person of the Godhead, and if Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, (which He was) then He "would not be the Son of God the Father," but the Son of the Holy Spirit.
Let's take a look at one scripture that refers to the Holy Spirit as "He" to understand more clearly. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, "He" will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." John 14:26. In all cases where the Holy Spirit is referred to as "He" in the New Testament is ekeinos in the Greek and it means "that one" (or [neuter] thing). The translator replaced the word "ekeinos" with "He" because all neuter words were referred to as "he" or "she" in their language at the time of this translation. In nearly all foreign languages there are only two genders, "male, and female". English is one of the few languages that has a "neutral gender", as "it". This is why we find the terms as "Her" or, "She" referring to a ship, or other such things. Before you reject this out of hand continue reading, and remember what we covered above concerning the pagan trinity, and the fact that Jesus cannot be a created being.
As we have found through our research Jesus and the Holy Father are two separate persons because Jesus stated that no one has seen the Father at any time. Let's read it for ourselves in John 5:36-37. "But I have a greater witness than John's; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish-- the very works that I do-- bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me and the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form." The fact that Jesus is also of the Godhead and people saw Him proves that they are two separate persons, and notice in this text "The Father testified" of Him. It's a fact that only another separate person can testify of the other. Also we find that Jesus will turn all things over to the Holy Father who will for the first time come down and dwell among mankind after the New heavens and New earth with the New city are in place. This was also taught by the apostle Paul recorded in 1 Cor 15:24; it states..."Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power."
Let's read it in the book of revelation also. "Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God." Rev 21:2-3. The word "God" in these verses in the Greek is "Theou", and "Theous" which means the Supreme Divinity. Also notice in verse 22, "But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. This scripture denotes two of the Godhead stating that the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb.
that there's no mention here of the Holy Spirit as a member of the Godhead.
Just as there was no mention of the Holy Spirit in the above scripture, let's
honestly ask why the apostle Paul never mentioned the Holy Spirit when he
was addressing the Churches of God. Paul would address the Churches with..."Paul,
an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in
The truth is that the Holy Spirit is the POWER of God! Notice what
was recorded in Luke 24:49. "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father
upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power
from on high." What does the term "power from on high" mean,
and when did the Apostles and brethren that were there receive power from
on high? At Pentecost when they received the Holy Spirit as we read in Acts. 1:8. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in
There are many scriptural references proving the Holy Spirit emits from the Father and Christ both and is called the Spirit of God or the power from God. The fact that Jesus is also of the Godhead and people saw Him in Old Testament times, and as the Man Jesus proves that they are two separate persons. (See John. chapter one.) Now the question is, if the Holy Spirit were a separate person in the Godhead, then why would it proceed from the Father and the Son Jesus whom are two separate persons? Let's turn to Rev 5:6, and read the scripture that refers to the seven Spirits of God. "And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth." Did you catch that? "which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth."
So if the spirit of God is a member of the Godhead than this scripture would
mean there's seven spirits, plus the Father, plus the Son of the Godhead making
the total number nine! Is that what we are to accept? No! This means that
the seven Spirits of God are the powers of God having different functions.
The truth is that the teaching of the trinity came from ancient pagan religions
long before Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was adopted
into Christianity by the Roman Catholic Church. There's no wording in the
entire bible that has the word "trinity" or states that the
Holy Spirit is a person or member of the Godhead.
When I found these facts I wanted to know where the doctrine of the trinity came from so I researched the subject to find its origin and if you have read this study concerning the trinity you found that it was never from the bible but introduced into the Catholic Church by Tertullian (A pagan turned Catholic) so when the protestant reformation ended and many came to America they brought many of the old Catholic teachings with them such as the trinity, Sunday being the day of worship, the cross, and later they accepted the doctrines of Christ-mass which was the Mass the Catholic priest observed. Check out the page at the end of this study paper and you will see the time-line showing when the Catholic Church added many doctrines which were never taught by Jesus or the early church.
What about the Trinity and where did it come from?
Let's take a look at the history of Trinitarian teachings down through time, and even before God was born as the man Jesus.
The god Seraph was depicted as Greek in appearance, but with Egyptian trappings, and combined iconography from a great many cults, signifying both abundance and resurrection.
A Searapeum (Greek serapeion) was any temple or religious precinct devoted to Serapis. The tripartite cult (Trinity) of Isis, Horus, and Serapis was later introduced around 86 B.C.E. into Rome in the consulship of Lucius Cornelius Sulla and became one of the most popular branches of Roman religion.
The triangle is the perfect symbol for the Trinity. It has three equilateral (equal) sides and three equilateral angles. All three sides are equal, yet all three sides are distinct. Three parts, yet one image. The triangle in slide one has the word "Sanctus" which is Latin meaning "Holy". The triangle in slide two contains the greek letters, Omicron, Omega, and Nu. These stood for the phrase spoken by God to Moses from the burning bush in Exodus 3:14 , egw eimi o wn, meaning, "I am that I am". Keep in mind this phrase was taken from the Septuagint, the Greek form of the Old Testament.
In these slides we find the trinity symbol used in the form of a circle. Each circle is equal and interwoven depicting infinite time. The open form at the end, (called a trefoil) is often seen in churches, either as decoration, or as the shape of the top panel of an arched window.
Shield of the Trinity - In each circle
are three Latin words; Pater, Filius
and Spus Scus (Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit). In the middle is the word Deus (God). The connecting
lines inward read Est (is).
The outer lines read Non Est (is not). Thus the
symbol reads: The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The
Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit. The Son is not the Father or the
Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son. The three fish are also popular among the Trinitarian believers. The
miter worn by the pope is in fact the symbol of the old pagan fish god. The
fish symbol "was so revered throughout the
This symbol is called a Zepplian.
Another name for this symbol is the triquetra and
it is primarily a symbol of trinities. It is most commonly used in a Pagan
sense to represent the triple aspects of the Goddess Maiden, Mother and Crone.
The unbroken circle symbolizes the essential unity of whatever triad is being
signified by the three outer points and the central, curved triangle. Many
three-fold systems can be represented by the triquetra, such as life, death and rebirth. The next to last photo is the Triple moon Triquetra on the Wicca Book of Shadows.
that the same symbol is found where it originated, (Witchcraft.)
Notice that the same symbol is found where it originated, (Witchcraft.)
The covan of wicca acknowledge the male/female dual nature of Deity, and often declare the importance of the Trinity in the Christian Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for the God aspect of Deity. They teach that the coven of Wicca and Christianty are completely compatible due to specific verses in the Bible, and there are those that say that since the Bible has many errors due to translation and misinterpretation, accroding to them the beliefs can be combined because after all thay state, the word "religion" embraces any methods a person uses to connect him/herself back to his/her Creator.
The first symbol above is the Triquetra Cross. The next is the Triquetra in blue is part of an interlaced Christian Trinitarian decorative symbol. The third symbol with the green background is like the one in black above however this one is a triquetra design on the cover of a replica of the Book of Shadows from the television series titled Charmed. It's a series about three Halliwell sisters who find out that they're Charmed witches and is the reason for this symbol because it is from witchcraft as you saw the book "The Craft" with this symbol on the cover above.
Above is the Hindu triune gods Shiva Brahma, and Vishnu that
depict birth, life and death, mind, body and soul, or man, woman, and child
and also holds the trident.
Satan is always depicted holding the "trident" and it's also the symbol of the old Roman sea god, Neptune.
Numbers are very important to the occultists such as the number nine, and one of the reasons they love the number nine is because Jesus (The one they hate.) died at the ninth hour. They also teach that there are nine orders of devils. The symbol for nine, used in worship, is the anagram, a triangle system with nine points, with satanic symbols at the points. The other numbers important to occultists are 33, 3, 13, 666, or just 6. Remember the teaching of the old triune god is three.Taoist concepts (yin, Tao and yang); the tantric energy channels (ida, sushumna and pingala);and the Hindu trinity (Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu) are also the alchemical concepts of (Sulfur, Mercury and Salt); or the phases of the moon (waning, full and waxing). This is where the teaching of the trinity as the father, son and holy ghost came from as well, “not the Bible”.
(Remember to check out the "Reformation/Catholic time-line" link at the end of this study)
What has happened is that the Catholic Church added the trinity concept because of the teachings of Tertullian, the father of Trinitarianism, and in order to please many pagans that came into their church. These pagan triune worshippers did not want to give up their god so the Pope made it Tradition.
How could the Catholic Church change what the bible teaches? What did they tell the people in order to get them to accept such changes?
The doctrine of "Tradition", as taught by the Roman Catholic
(A quote from MF Blume.) "The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the doctrines that are not found explicitly taught by the apostles but taught later by other men, after the Bible was written, are nevertheless truths from God. Therefore these "other" doctrines are as important as clear biblical teachings. The Catholic Church teaches that the apostles simply chose not to explicitly write such beliefs to the churches as New Testament Scripture. Although there is no explicit proof that the apostles believed these doctrines, the Roman Catholic Church proposes that the apostles indeed did believe them. Rather than be founded upon clear, explicit teachings in the Bible as taught by the apostles and Jesus the Christ, the Roman Catholic Church believes that their foundation is the belief that God would not have the Roman Church teach such doctrines if they were not true doctrines. The majority of Protestant denominations do not altogether accept this Catholic Church doctrine, which gives so-called credence to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, the doctrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of the literal flesh and blood in the communion Eucharist, but they have nevertheless accepted the Trinity doctrine even though this Trinity doctrine is no more explicitly taught in scripture than the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.
To accept one doctrine and then throw out the other, when both are from the same foundation of "Tradition", as opposed to explicit scriptural teaching, is to act most contradictorily. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that they have as much authority to hear a new doctrine from God, that was never formerly and explicitly taught by the original Apsotles, as did the original apostles since apostles have continued to exist in the Roman Catholic Church. This doctrine of "Apostolic Succession" is said to give the Roman Catholic Church the right to add new doctrines to the faith. And the Doctrine of the Trinity was one such doctrine that came along in the fourth century, and was totally refined in the eighth century!" Question is...Who do you believe and follow?
The above Statement is not based on scripture nor anything that God the Holy Father has given to His Church. This is written to deceive those that just go along with what ever the Mother Church puts out. This as well as the above factual information concerning the trinity in this study is a very good example as to why those that truly want to follow the true Holy Father and His Son Jesus should seek the true doctrines set fourth in Scripture. Again...Who do you believe and follow?
Reformation/Catholic time line http://www.masters-table.org/reformation/catholictimeline.htm
The symbol of the old pagan fish god... Dagon
Timothy M. Youngblood
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