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1. The snowball Trinity versus the Father Almighty

The snowball Trinity versus the Father Almighty Who is the real God? A tri nity of persons (The Trinity) or just one person, the F at h...

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1. The snowball Trinity versus the Father Almighty

The snowball Trinity versus the Father Almighty

Who is the real God? A trinity of persons (The Trinity) or just one person, the Father Almighty?

1 Thessalonians 5:21New International Version (NIV)

21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,

"A lie is like a snowball: the further you roll it the bigger it becomes." - Martin Luther

How many persons we have under the title of Elohim (God)?

Professor of Semitic language Wilhelm Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar about the word Elohim

Elohim is not the only Hebrew noun that can be plural in form but singular in meaning. Such Hebrew noun forms are sometimes used for abstract nouns and as intensifiers. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar devotes several pages to this subject. The following list is not exhaustive, but it illustrates the point. The masculine plural ending is im; oth is the feminine plural ending.
zequnim — old age (Gen. 21:2, 7; 37:3; 44:20).
ne`urim — youth. David was only a boy (na`ar), but Goliath "has been a fighting man from his youth [ne`urim]" (1 Sam. 17:33).
chayyim — life. This is used in the song "To life, to life, lechayyim" in Fiddler on the Roof.
gebhuroth — strength. The singular form gebhurah is the usual word for strength, but the plural form is used in Job 41:12.
tsedaqoth — righteousness. The singular form tsedaqah is the usual word, but tsedaqoth is used in Isaiah 33:15 — "he who walks righteously [or "in righteousness"]."
chokmoth — wisdom. Chokmah is the usual form, but chokmoth is used in Prov. 1:20.
'adonim — lord. 'adon means "lord," and 'adonim normally means "lords," but Isa. 19:4 says, "I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master ['adonim]."
behemoth. This word normally means beasts, but in Job 40:15 it refers to one animal.
Specifically discussing elohim, Wilhelm Gesenius observes: "The language has entirely rejected the idea of numerical plurality in 'elohim (whenever it denotes one God).... [This] is proved especially by its being almost invariably joined with a singular attribute" (such as a singular adjective or verb). For more information on the subject, consult Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar, pages 396-401, 1909 edition.
From the internet
All this disprove that in the word Elohim could be three distinct persons in one-Trinity concept. 
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One God, the Father Almighty versus the man made Trinity

Proof texts, for one God, the Father Almighty

Matthew 4:10: "Jesus said to him, 'Away from me, Satan! For it is written: "Worship the LORD (YHWH) your God, and serve him only."'" (quote from the Old Testament)
John 17:3: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
1Corinthians 8:5-6: "For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live."
1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus"
James 2:19: "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."

No "Trinity" here.
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About the man made Trinity

Wikipedia:
Trinity
"Within Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity states that God is a single "Being" who exists,
simultaneously and eternally, as a communion of three persons (personae, prosopa): Father (the Source,
the Eternal Majesty); the Son (the eternal Logos or Word, incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth); and the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, in both Eastern and Western Christianity, this doctrine has been stated as "One God in Three Persons," all three of whom, as distinct and co-eternal "persons" or "hypostases, " share a single Divine essence, being, or nature.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity
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One God or three in one?

If the doctrine of the Trinity is right, and Jesus is in fact Jehovah, as trinitarians believe, then JEHOVAH DIED...
So, how could be God "immortal"?
Deuteronomy 32:40, Daniel 12:7, Romans 1:23, 1Timothy 1:17, 6:16

Is Lord Jesus a dying God? A "Mysterious Part" of "mysterious, not understandable, mystic Trinity"? Or he is the heavenly, only-begotten Son of our God, the Father almighty, according to John 3:16, John 17:1-3, John 20:17?
Why this "trinity mystery"? For who's satisfactions? God? Or his Son? Or man? Guess...
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IS GOD "ONE" OR "THREE"?

By Mark Heber Miller (with permission)
www.nazarene-friends.org
http://nazarene-friends.org/articles/Is%20God%20One%20or%20Three.php

No one would know better whether He is one or three than God Himself. Let us assume the Nature of God is three: three persons in One. We may rightly assume God is capable of communicating this idea to His worshippers if He so chose. Let us assume He wishes to convey this Trinitarian or triune idea to people. How could he go about it? He could be plain, simple, and direct for it is not difficult to say: "I am three" or "I am three in One: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit."
On the other hand God may choose to reveal Himself progressively to His chosen people throughout the Old Testament so that by the end of 39 inspired books the Jews would have an intelligent comprehension of the truth that "God is Three."
The first phrase of the Bible is: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." In Hebrew the word God is elohim which literally means "gods." Now, this could be the first hint to a plurality in God’s Nature. However, it would infer "gods" without indicating the number. That the Jews did not understand this to be so is the way they translated the Hebrew to Greek in the Third Century BC. They did not use theoi which means "gods." Rather they used ho theos which means The God in the masculine singular.
In the Bible’s second verse something else is first mentioned: "And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." This word "spirit" is from the Hebrew ruach which means either breath or wind. In Greek this phrase is kai pneuma theou or "the breath of The God." A pneuma or ruach is an invisible force which exerts a pressure like wind. Pneuma or ruach is not a person but is a force. Some translators Actually use "wind" instead of the Old English word ‘spirit."
In a later verse (26) Elohim (or ho theos), The God, speaks to someone else: "And The God said: ‘Let us make man According to our image." Is The God talking to Himself as if He were plural? The Jews did not understand that to be so. They thought these others were angels. (Job 38:4-7) There is no way of knowing, reading from verse 1, who this "us" might include. It is only after thousands of years of retrospection that Trinitarians construct a Trinity out of "God" of verse 1, "spirit" of verse 2, and the "Son" (or, the Spirit and the Son) of verse 26. Of course, there remains only one of these identified as "God" in verses 1 and 26. Nothing in these verses proves the spirit is a person or that the Son is meant in verse 26. These are later ideas imposed on the Genesis text.
What conclusions can we draw from just Genesis chapter one? There is the Creator, The God (ho theos vss 1, 26). There is the wind or breath of The God moving Across the waters. And, there are others implied by "us" and "our" in verse 26. Does it seem fair to conclude that God is not communicating some mysterious three in His nature? If that had been so the Jews would have grasped the meaning right away.
How might God have inspired the verses if He wanted to communicate the plurality of His nature in three persons? It would not have been difficult, with an infinite vocabulary at hand, to have said: "In the beginning the Three Natures of God created ... and the Third Person was moving over the waters. ... And, the plural nature of God said to Himself: ‘Let us .... ‘" This would not have been difficult.
On the other hand, if the truth is "God is One," then Genesis 1:1 would mean there was one God, The God. The godly breath or divine wind of The God moved over the waters. Then, in verse 26, The God (ho theos) spoke to an unknown number of others who shared in His making of man. No matter how many are involved in the words "us" and "our" there is only one God, The God, giving the command to some unidentified other(s).
THE NAME OF GOD -- "ONE" OR "THREE"?
In Genesis 2:4 the Name of God is introduced for the first time. What does this Name mean? Does it convey the idea of a plurality of three or does it infer only One. There is some disagreement on this. However, when the Jews of the Third Century translated the Hebrew YHWH to Greek they gave the meaning ho On which means According to most scholars: "The One Who Is." Does the meaning of the Name convey plurality or oneness? It seems fair to state that ho On conveys only the idea of One?
Had God wanted to reveal his plural nature in three it would not have been difficult to state in some manner something like ho trias -- The Three. Or, ho theos trias -- The God Three, or The Three-God.
IS GOD "ONE" OR "THREE" IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?
The Jews never comprehended any threeness in God as the Greek Philosophers or the Egyptian priesthood did. The idea of a triune god, or three gods in one, was right there in the religious cultures of the ancient world. It would not have been a difficult thing to convey this same idea if that is what God wanted to do. Why convey the idea of One when it was in fact Three given all the religions that surrounded Israel who already had trinities?
It is fair to state that nothing in the OT conveys the idea of a Trinity otherwise the Jews would have been the first to comprehend the notion. It is only by looking backwards through Trinitarian filters that triune-obsessed Christian scholars begin to conjure up Trinitarian images in Genesis chapters one and eighteen; or, Isaiah 6:3.
Illustrating this forced interpretation -- looking for three when there is only One -- is the Trinitarian twist to Deuteronomy 6:4 where the Shema declares the LORD to be One. Because the Hebrew echadh may mean one or first of others, it is argued that this verse becomes the "most explicit declaration of the Trinity in the whole Bible"! Even if one were to Accept the quaint Trinitarian notion that the Hebrew word for "one" in some way conveys "one of more" it is only by retrospective Trinitarian filters this can mean three rather than an unknown number.
IS GOD "ONE" OR "THREE" IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?
When we come to the New Testament we could ask this same question: How would God go about revealing He was a plural of Three and not just one person alone? This is not difficult to write: "Our God is three." Nothing even remotely like this occurs.
Jesus the Nazarene has plenty of opportunity to use the number three in some connection with God. Note John 8:16-18: "The father who sent me is with me. Also, in your own Law it is written: ‘The witness of two persons is true.’ (Deuteronomy 19:15) I am one that bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness abut me.’" Can anyone deny that abundant opportunity is present here to use the "three" of Deuteronomy 19:15 in revealing the three-fold nature of God. Jesus would have had no difficulty in saying: "As your law states: ‘The witness of three persons is true.’ I am one who bears witness of myself, and the Father bears witness of me, and the Holy Spirit also bears witness.’" Jesus could have Actually used the same phrases in the fake text, 1 John 5:7 had he been a Trinitarian.
Paul is not ignorant of the number three for he uses it at 2 Corinthians 12:2 (tritou), 14 (triton); 13:1 (triton, trion), the later in the context of quoting Deuteronomy 19:15 and a plurality of persons. Paul also quotes Deuteronomy 19:15 but he adds "three" showing Jesus could have done the same.
It seems strange indeed that if Jesus were part of a Trinitarian deity -- he would surely know this -- and miss his opportunity in John 8:17, 18. It is probably fair to state that a real Trinitarian would not have included only two in this case but would have conjured up a 1 John 5:7.
Jesus has another opportunity when he quotes the Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4 in Mark 12:29: "Jesus answered, ‘The first is "Hear, O Israel, the Lord is one."’" Understanding what Jesus meant, the Jewish scribe says: "You are right, Teacher, you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other.’" To which Jesus says the man is "not far from the Kingdom of God." (Mk 12:29-34 RSV) Jesus could have easily given the Trinitarian explanation of the Hebrew echadh or the Greek heis as indicating three persons. Rather, the Nazarene praises the scribe for his conclusion: "(God) is One, and besides Him there is no other." Something which could not be said if God were Three.
This opportunity to involve three in a formula occurs also at Matthew 11:27: "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him." (RSV) Why would the Son omit the Third Person of the Holy Trinity? For surely -- if the Trinity be true -- the Spirit would know the Father and the Son also. It would have been easy to say: "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and the Holy Spirit knows both the Son and the Father as He is known by them."
Paul also makes it plain that "God is One" ignoring any opportunity to explain the Mystery of the Trinity. Twice in the contexts of others -- with the opportunity to form some triune plurality -- Paul stress "God is One." First in Galatians 3:20: "Now there is no mediator where only one person is concerned, but The God is only one [ho de theos heis estin]." Paul does this again at 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God [heis gar theos]; there is also one mediator between God and humankind." Just as there is only "one mediator" and not some plural mediator, there is only one God.
In the very context of the plurality of "gods" Paul speaks of only one God: "There is no God except one. ... Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist." (1 Corinthians 8:4, 6 RSV) Something pops right off the page: the missing Holy Spirit. With full opportunity and a mastery of language, Paul misses the chance to declare: "To us God is three: the Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit." It is a simple sentence. Why would God Himself miss this opportunity to inspire Paul to declare a triune Godhead?
Finally, some will immediately want to jump to Ephesians 4:4-6 and what will be declared to be a triune formula. Read it clearly and fairly: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all." (RSV) Only "one" is declared to be God in these verses. Rather than being a triune formula it encompasses seven "ones." It is the "one God" only who is "above all" -- which would include the Christian "body" and the "one Spirit" and the "one Lord."
Had Paul been a Trinitarian and had a Trinitarian God inspired him would he have written Ephesians 4:4-6 in this manner? For he omits the spirit and Jesus from his declaration of "one God" and includes only the Father who is "above all" including the spirit and Jesus.
SUMMARY. The above is presented as a statement of the Biblical truth that "God is One" and not three. It is presented to demonstrate that if "God is Three" the Bible seems to go in another direction. It is assumed God can communicate the simple truth that He is Three and if this is His intent he falls far short of it in the many declarations that "God is One." We ask, then, why the number "Three"?
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WHY THE NUMBER "THREE"?
The doctrine of the Trinity teaches there are Three Persons (or, Hypostases) in One God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Any thoughtful person might ask: Why "Three"? Why not two, or four, or seven? Or, three-hundred million persons in one Divine Community like a celestial bee-hive? Why ... three?
Numbers held great religious power in the ancient world. Three has always been particularly mystical, particularly when squared (nine). Numbers appear often in the Bible. For example, here are the occurrences of the various numerals ---
01 5,624
02 1,054
03 585
04 387
05 389
06 241
07 534
08 113
09 52
10 276
These results are interesting when we consider them from the standpoint of what must be the most sacred (from a Trinitarian standpoint) -- three. One is clearly a premier number in the Bible. Two is second, and three is (?) third. The highly sacred number, the square of three, nine is the least used number in the Bible. The luckiest number in the Asian world, eight (the number who survived the Flood), is also rare.
When we examine the number three and look for its occurrence in some relationship to God -- who is supposed to be Triune in nature -- we find no such occurrence. This seems unusual beyond belief when many pagan religions reveal their trinities in the form of one body with six arms; or, a three-side, or three-faced god. It is not difficult to do or say. For example, the phrase "God is One" occurs several times, but a phrase just as easy to write and say, "God is Three," is completely missing. Why should this be when we might rightfully expect the number "three" to receive premier emphasis in a Bible inspired by a Triune Godhead?
The Oxford Companion to the Bible, page 561, comments on this: "Three is widely regarded as a divine number. Many religions have triads of gods. Biblical faith has no room for a triad, and the number three is rarely connected with God. ... Neither is the doctrine of the Trinity expressed there in so many words."
Harper’s Bible Dictionary, page 497, admits: "Three ... was already sacred to early Babylonian religions, honoring a triad (Anu, Bel, Ea) ... as Egyptians honored Isis, Osiris, and Horus."
When we look at that book of the Bible where numbers figure prominently, Revelation, some interesting observations are made.
01 103
02 14
03 11
04 29
05 3
06 6
07 59
08 2
09 0
10 11
12 23
Again we are surprised by the appearances of "three" for it is only tied with the 6th position in number of occurrences. Surprising, the number "nine" -- the most sacred Babylonian number -- is missing completely! As in the rest of the Bible, the number three is never used in some relationship with God’s nature in the Book of Revelation.
This seems strange for a Book inspired by a Triune Godhead --- to minimize or even ignore three in some combination, particularly squared, as it is in pagan religions. Might there be a reason?
We find the lack of emphasis on the number three -- or nine -- to be evidence against the concept of a Triune Godhead. Why would the Bible do such a thing? Why would this number "three" be so sacred in extra-biblical religions and yet devoid of emphasis in the Bible?
First, we note Aristotle’s own use of the number "three" in relation to God: "For, as the Pythagoreans say, the world and all that is in it is determined by the number three, since beginning and middle and end give the number of an 'all', and the number they give is the trinity [Greek trias; English = "trinity"]. And so, having taken these three from nature as (so to speak) laws of it, we make further use of the number three in the worship of the Gods." (Aristotle, On the Heavens, Book I, 1) There can be no question, based on this one statement by the great Greek philosopher alone, the number three was a number of high magnitude religiously speaking. Again, we ask, Why?
What could be the reason for this selection of the number Three? We wish to suggest a possibility.
Once, there was only One, the Absolute Being. All that existed was only God and God only was all that existed. At some moment -- do not ask, When? for your string with measured knots did not yet exist -- the One Absolute Being thought [ > Mind, Reason, Intellectual Process; the Divine Mind as the Pressure of Consciousness exerting a Force projected by Divine Will -- the holy spirit, or Mind of God] to create a second being, a Son -- a monogenetic. (John 1:18) In the most glorious transcendent moment of all creation -- exceeding the Big Bang by mathematical anomalies -- the Absolute Being begat His Son. Now there were Two -- Father and Son. This one who was Second was to become the only being directly created (monogenetic) by The Absolute Being and therefore First and Last in this matter. (Re 1:17) How long they were together "alone" is an unsolvable philosophical matter. Surely, there was unimaginable intellectual intercourse between the Two as the Second Being, the only-begotten Son, learned from the Divine Mind. (John 17:6; Proverbs 8:22-30)
The purpose of this was to prepare the Son for the creation which was to follow. For the only-begotten Son, called "only-begotten god" by the apostle John (John 1:18 > monogenetic god), was to become the Instrument -- Agency, Channel, Conduit -- for all the rest of creation. (Hebrews 1:2, 3; John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-18; Proverbs 8:22-30) The Son was soon to become the Logos -- the Word, the Spokesman or Mouthpiece -- by means of whom The Absolute Being would make, or bring into existence, all other creatures. (John 1:2, 3) The Father would speak to the Son -- "Let there be" -- and it would become.
First created, the celestialum of other spirit creatures, such as angels, who would become part of one heavenly family of millions of spirit-like persons. (Colossians 1:16; Job 38:4-6) Then, the material creation -- perhaps in a dramatic Big Bang -- which began an evolving process by which the simplest of nuclear particles became the Universe -- the PANTA -- that is today. This included the process revealed in Genesis chapter one when The God speaks to another and commands, "Let there be ... "; and, then, later instructs this Second -- His Son, the Logos: "Let us make man in our image." (Genesis 1:26; Proverbs 8:30 master workman, craftsman, confidant)
This Son as a "confidant" -- or, Master-Worker -- is spoken of as (female) Wisdom [Grk = sophia; compare Colossians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 1:24] in Proverbs 8:22-30: "[Yahweh] created me at the beginning of His course as the first of His works of old. In the distant past I was fashioned, at the beginning. ... I was brought forth. ... I was there when He set the heavens into place. ... When [Yahweh] fixed the foundations of the earth, I was with Him as a confidant [or, Master-worker]." This text was used by many of the so-called "apostolic fathers" ofthe first and second century and applied to the "Wisdom of God," Christ.
How might the number "three" have come into the picture? When one reflects on it, there are three life-forms: 1) the Absolute Being; 2) the Only-begotten God as the first and last of the Father’s direct creation (the Monogenetic); and, 3) the rest of creation, both celestial and terrestrial. Among the later category there was one who later became known as Satan (Resister) or Devil (Slanderer). (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:13-17) It is not difficult to imagine the rebellion that followed resulted because Satan wanted to represent the third life form -- general creation. It is easy to imagine Satan’s line of argument -- the Absolute Being represents his own kind; the Son as only-begotten (monogenetic), the only one directly related to the Father, represents his own kind -- but, who will represent Everything else, the PANTA, the All Things of creation, other than the Son?
This idea -- a third as representative of the PANTA, the general creation -- arouses the number Three -- the third place or number Satan craved. Thus, the number Three is the Satanic number -- including its square, nine -- as it is worshipped by the ancient Greeks and modern pagan religions. [The pentagram, an ancient symbol for power is a circle with three triangles overlaid in it.] This explains why the number Three is given no importance or emphasis in the Bible as a whole and never linked in any manner to God the Father or His Son, Jesus Christ. It explains why the Babylonish "nine" is omitted completely from the Book of Revelation.
We wish to apply an analogy here to illustrate the matter: Adam, like God, has another being created from his own substance, Eve -- the first and last woman so made; then, Adam and his second, Eve (like the female Wisdom), begat Cain, the first of their union, but the third of their kind, who then became the manslayer. (John 8:44;1 John 3:12, 15) In like manner, the Absolute Being brought into existence a Second Being -- perhaps from His own substance -- and then in union the Creator used the Son as His agent to create others, perhaps a first of these, a third of many millions to follow. This may have been the angelic being who was to turn himself into a satan or diabolos and tried to install himself as a third.
However, the Father’s purpose triumphs over the Satanic Third. For Jesus rose on the third day, thus indicating a shattering of Satanic influence over mankind. Irrespective of the reason behind the religious significance to the number "three" the grand truth of the Bible remains -- "God is One."
Let us assume God is a plurality of Three Beings and this represents an ultimate and absolute truth. Let us assume this Godhead of Three is also going to reveal Himself gradually over period of 1,500 years. Let us also assume mankind was largely polytheistic during this period of revelation. In other words, mankind is perfectly primed to comprehend a plurality or Three different Beings in One God. Indeed, many "pagan" religions worship trinities of gods so that there is no difficulty in understanding the concept at all. God begins, and continues, to reveal Himself first as a singular Being throughout more than 1,500 years so that His Chosen People -- the very instrument and vehicle for revelation -- do not grasp at all such a revelation of Himself as Three? Indeed, at the full bloom of this progressive revelation He unveils Himself so poorly -- inadequately expressing Himself -- that 2,000 years later many of the very students of this revelation are not sure at all whether God is One or Three?
For example, how difficult for God is it to declare: "We are God alone and there is no other with Us Three. I AM at One the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- Three Beings but One God"? It seems to continue to reveal Himself as "one" and "alone" goes contrary to the very Truth of His existence when, in fact, He is not One but Three? 
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The mystery of the Trinity: According to the modern time leaders of Christianity

From "History of the 'Christian' Trinity" study:

"Trinity, the Most Holy"
"The most sublime mystery of the Christian faith is this: 'God is absolutely one in nature and essence, and relatively three in Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are really distinct from each other." - p. 584, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publishers, 1976.
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UH they are either "really distinct" or "relatively" so. What gobbly gook to try and convince people it is true.
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How Is the Trinity Explained?

"THE Roman Catholic Church states: "The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion . . . Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: 'the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.' In this Trinity . . . the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent."— The Catholic Encyclopedia.
"Nearly all other churches in Christendom agree. For example, the Greek Orthodox Church also calls the Trinity "the fundamental doctrine of Christianity, " even saying: "Christians are those who accept Christ as God." In the book Our Orthodox Christian Faith, the same church declares: "God is triune. . . . The Father is totally God. The Son is totally God. The Holy Spirit is totally God."
"Thus, the Trinity is considered to be "one God in three Persons." Each is said to be without beginning, having existed for eternity. Each is said to be almighty, with each neither greater nor lesser than the others." - from 'Should You Believe in the Trinity?' by the Watchtower Society.
Notice that they have merely quoted from trinitarian sources.
Over 90% of Christendom' s churches teach (or at least endorse) either the 'orthodox' trinity doctrine or the "Oneness" version of the trinity.
Many members of Christendom believe in the trinity and that Jehovah is actually Jesus. I have found this from personal discussions with many of them.
Others believe that Jehovah is the name for all three 'persons' of the trinity.
Others believe, correctly, that Jehovah is the Father alone. But they still believe, incorrectly, in the trinity.
Regardless of these differences, the fact that the trinity is false overrules any differences among those who believe it. Here are more quotes of trinitarian Christendom explaining their view of God:
"Trinity, the Most Holy
"The most sublime mystery of the Christian faith is this: 'God is absolutely one in nature and essence,
and relatively three in Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are really distinct from each other."
- p. 584, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publishers, 1976.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
"1. The Term 'Trinity':
"The term "Trinity" is not a Biblical term, and we are not using Biblical language when we define what is
expressed by it as the doctrine that there is one only and true God, but in the unity of the Godhead there
are three coeternal and coequal Persons, the same in substance but distinct in subsistence. " - p. 3012,
Vol. IV, Eerdmans, 1984. And, http://www.searchgo dsword.org/enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T8915
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"Trinity. The trinity of God is defined by the Church as the belief that in God are three persons who
subsist in one nature." - p. 899, Dictionary of the Bible, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1965.
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"Trinity, a word not found in Scripture but used to express the doctrine of the unity of God as subsisting
in three distinct persons." - p. 630, Today's Dictionary of the Bible, Bethany House Publishers, 1982.
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Easton's Bible Dictionary:
"Trinity
"a word not found in Scripture, but used to express the doctrine of the unity of God as subsisting in three
distinct Persons."
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Encyclopedia Britannica Online:
"Holy Trinity
"In Christian doctrine, the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three persons."
http://www.britannica.com/ebc/article-9381164?query=trinity&ct=
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Encyclopedia Americana (1957):
Trinity Doctrine
The most accepted definition by orthodox Christians and which "fairly claims the merit of the fullest
harmony and most comprehensive consistency with the various statements of Scripture" is "that there
are in the Godhead three persons, one in substance, coeternal, equal in power, the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost." - p. 69, Vol. 27.
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Encyclopedia International (1966):
"TRINITY, THE HOLY, Christian doctrine that in the one substance of the Godhead there are three
persons equal in status, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." - p. 226, Vol. 18, Grolier.
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The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2001-05:

Trinity, doctrine in Christianity

[Lat.,= threefoldness] , fundamental doctrine in Christianity, by which God is considered as existing
in three persons.
http://www.bartleby.com/65/tr/Trinity.html
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Encarta Encyclopedia:
"Trinity (theology)
"Trinity (theology), in Christian theology, doctrine that God exists as three persons"
http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/search.aspx?q=trinity&Submit2=Go
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Encyclopedia. com:
"1. Trinity TRINITY [Trinity] [Latthreefoldness] , fundamental doctrine in Christianity, by which God
is considered as existing in three persons." - http://www.encyclopedia.com/SearchResults.aspx?Q=trinity
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Wikipedia:
Trinity
"Within Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity states that God is a single "Being" who exists,
simultaneously and eternally, as a communion of three persons (personae, prosopa): Father (the Source,
the Eternal Majesty); the Son (the eternal Logos or Word, incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth); and the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, in both Eastern and Western Christianity, this doctrine has been stated as "One God in Three Persons," all three of whom, as distinct and co-eternal "persons" or "hypostases, " share a single
Divine essence, being, or nature.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity
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"The Trinity Doctrine is the One God revealed through three distinct Persons as the Father, the
Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit." 
http://www.afcministry.com/Trinity_Doctrine.htm
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"Trinity Doctrine - Foundation of the Christian Faith
"What is the Trinity Doctrine? In a nutshell, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons:
Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit. The three persons of the Godhead are coequal and co-eternal"
http://www.allaboutgod.com/trinity-doctrine.htm
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Athanasian Creed:
"And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other, none is greater or less than others; but the whole three
persons are co- eternal together; and co-equal. So that in all things as is aforesaid: the Unity in Trinity,
and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
"HE THEREFORE THAT WILL BE SAVED MUST THUS THINK OF THE TRINITY." 
http://www.west.net/~antipas/books/trinity/trinity1.html
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"The Athanasian Creed follows, taken from Schaff's work:
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26. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together, and co-equal.
27. So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped.
28. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity."
http://ic.net/~erasmus/RAZ101.HTM
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CARM:
"The Trinity is the teaching that there exists only one God in all the universe, none before and none after
Him (Isaiah 44:6,8) and that God consists of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." - CARM
http://www.carm.org/questions/god_trinity_triad.htm
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"4. What does this [trinity] doctrine teach?
"This doctrine teaches that God exists in three persons who share the same essence or being."
http://answering-islam.org.uk/Authors/Arlandson/trinity_brief.htm
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Lutheran, Missouri Synod
"Chief Articles of Faith
"Article I: Of God.
"1] Our Churches, with common consent, do teach that the decree of the Council of Nicaea concerning the Unity of the Divine Essence and concerning the Three Persons, is true and to be believed without any
doubting; 2] that is to say, there is one Divine Essence which is called and which is God: eternal, without
body, without parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the Maker and Preserver of all things,
visible and invisible; and 3] yet there are three Persons, of the same essence and power, who also are
coeternal, the Father the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And the term "person" 4] they use as the Fathers have
used it, to signify, not a part or quality in another, but that which subsists of itself."
http://www.lcms.org/graphics/assets/media/LCMS/TrigBOC.pdf
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The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus:
"trinity /trinitee/ n. (pl. -ties) 1 state of being three. 2 group of three. 3 (Trinity or Holy Trinity) Theol.
the three persons of the Christian Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)." - Oxford University Press
(Berkley Books), 1997
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Compact Oxford English Dictionary:
"trinity
"• noun (pl. trinities) 1 (the Trinity or the Holy Trinity) the three persons of the Christian Godhead;
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 2 a group of three people or things.
" — ORIGIN Latin trinitas `triad', from trinus `threefold'. "
http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/trinity?view=uk
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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
"Trinity
"Main Entry: Trin·i·ty
"Pronunciation: 'tri-n&-tE
"Function: noun
"Etymology: Middle English trinite, from Old French trinité, from Late Latin trinitat-, trinitas state of
being threefold, from Latin trinus threefold
"1 : the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead according to Christian
dogma
"2 not capitalized : a group of three closely related persons or things" 
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionaryva=Trinity

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Cambridge Dictionaries Online:
trinity
noun [C usually singular] LITERARY
a group of three things or people:
British culture now appears to revolve around the unholy trinity of sport, shopping and sex.
Above all Amenabar worships the trinity of Hitchcock, Kubrick and Spielberg.
the (Holy) Trinity noun [S] LITERARY
in Christianity, the existence of one God in three forms, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=84901dict=CALD
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

"trinity

"SYLLABICATION: trin·i·ty
"NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. trin·i·ties
1. A group consisting of three closely related members. Also called triunity.
2. Trinity Theology In most Christian faiths, the union of three divine persons, the Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit, in one God. Also called Trine." http://www.bartleby.com/61/22/T0362200.html
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Webster Dictionary, 1913:
"Trinity (Page: 1540)
"Trin"i*ty (?), n. [OE. trinitee, F. trinité, L. trinitas, fr. trini three each. See Trinal.]
"1. (Christian Theol.) The union of three persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost) in one
Godhead, so that all the three are one God as to substance, but three persons as to individuality.
"2. Any union of three in one; three units treated as one; a triad, as the Hindoo trinity, or Trimurti."
http://machaut.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/WEBSTER.sh?WORD=trinity
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Encarta Dictionary
"Trin·i·ty
"noun

"Definitions:

"1. God in three forms: in Christianity, God seen in three ways as the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and
the Holy Spirit"
http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid=1861721932
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Trinity Defender, Robert M. Bowman defines the Trinity:
"The simplest way to define the Trinity is to say that it is one God in three persons. Thus the Athasian
Creed speaks of the Trinity as both "one God" and "three Persons." - p. 11, Why You Should Believe in
the Trinity, Baker Book House, 1993.
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The Tri-Unity of God - God Identified as three Distinct Persons
The New Testament reveals the truth of God being three distinct persons in the one God.
http://www.afcministry.com/What_is_the_Trinity.htm
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"God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God,
and there is one God." (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p 226).
"In the one Divine Nature, there are three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Fathers
is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost is not the Father: no one of the Persons is
either of the others. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Ghost is God. There are not three Gods
but one God." (F. J. Sheed, God: Unity and Trinity (1955), p. 56)
"There is in the Divine Being but one indivisible essence (ousia, essentia)... In this one Divine Being there
are three Persons or individual subsistences, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit..." - Louis Berkhof, Systematic
Theology (1984 ed.), pp. 87-89.
"Trinity: One God in three Persons: Father, Son, Spirit.
1. God is one in his essential being but in this being there are three persons.
(a) Though there are three persons they do not compete with each other.
(b) They are three modes or forms in which the divine being manifests himself to us. .... "
- R. T. Kendall, Understanding Theology, p. 29
http://www.spotlightministries.org.uk/trinitydefinitions.htm
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"However, Christian monotheism is a unique kind of monotheism. It holds that God is One, but that
three distinct "persons" constitute the one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This unique
threefold God of Christian belief is referred to as the Trinity (from Latin trinitas, 'three')."
http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/beliefs/trinity.htm
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"Trinity
"Trinity [Lat.,=threefoldnes s], fundamental doctrine in Christianity, by which God is considered as
existing in three persons." 
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0849427.html
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"Trinity, doctrine in Christianity

"[Lat.,= threefoldness] , fundamental doctrine in Christianity, by which God is considered as existing
in three persons." 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/entry/Trinity
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Churches which teach (or at least state that they believe in) the trinity:
Roman Catholic
"The Catholic Church is the largest Christian church, made up of one Western or Latin and Eastern Catholic autonomous particular churches that comprise 2,782 jurisdictional areas around the world. Representing over half of all Christians and one sixth of the world's population," 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic  

Russian Orthodox
Greek Orthodox
"Based on the numbers of adherents, Eastern Orthodoxy is the second largest Christian communion in the world after the Roman Catholic Church. The most common estimates of the number of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide 150–350 million individuals" 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Orthodox_Church#Number_of_adherents

Anglican/Episcopal
"With over seventy-seven million members, the Anglican Communion is the third largest religious communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches." 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglicanism

Lutheran
"Today, nearly 70 million Christians belong to Lutheran churches worldwide" 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutheranism

Nearly all Baptist Churches
"The Baptists number over 36 million worldwide in more than 170,000 congregations, and considered the largest world communion of evangelical Protestants, with an estimated 22 million members in the North America " 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptist#Statistics

Methodism
Presbyterianism
Nearly all Seventh-day Adventist Churches
Most other Protestant Churches
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"Trinitarianism. Most denominations within Christianity are Trinitarian, and regard belief in the Trinity as a mark of Christian orthodoxy " 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity
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"ONENESS VS. TRINITY
"Is God one, manifesting himself in three ways, or is God one, yet three persons?
"The United Pentecostal Church (UPC) teaches that God is one, manifesting himself in three ways. They believe that Jesus is not only the Son, but also the Father and the Holy Spirit.
"This belief has been referred to as 'oneness' or 'Jesus only'. In contrast, the majority of Christian churches teach a trinitarian concept. ....
"Having been a very active member of a UPC church for many years, I have witnessed differing views on how people in the organization view trinitarians. Some treat them as fellow Christians, yet others won't consider them as fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. Some believe that those who don't hold to the oneness view are lost. I've seen oneness believers state that trinitarian believers don't even know Jesus."
http://www.spiritualabuse.org/issues/onenessvtrinity.html
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So, many oneness believers consider those who believe in the trinity doctrine to be in danger of losing eternal life. And most trinitarians believe the same about oneness believers. And they both believe that those relatively few others who believe God is and always has been YHWH, the Father alone, and that Jesus has never been equally God with the Father (or as the Father) are doomed to eternal destruction.
And yet, scripturally, God has always existed as YHWH who was, is and always will be the same: the Father.
Historically, it wasn't until 381 A.D. that the trinity idea was fully developed and enforced as essential knowledge for the world church at that time. It officially began in 325 A.D. when a minority of bishops (with the overwhelming support and power of the non-Christian Roman Emperor) declared the one God to be TWO equal persons: God the Son and God the Father. And any who disagreed were to be cursed (and persecuted severely).
But that emperor later decided he didn't agree with the trinitarians and expelled them from Rome and brought back those who believed God was the Father alone. These Bishops were in charge of the church for about 50 years and the emperor was even baptized by one of them on his deathbed.
But after Theodosius (a strong trinitarian supporter) became Emperor of Rome, he convened another Council in 381 and declared that the one God was THREE equal, always-existent persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This has been the stated belief of the Roman Church (the largest and most powerful 'Christian' church in the world) for over 1600 years. It is also the stated belief of the vast majority of other 'daughter' churches, including Orthodox, Anglican, and most Protestant and independent churches (most of which accept the first Councils of the Roman Church - 325 and 381 A.D.).
Strangely, the 'oneness' idea was examined by early Church Councils and pronounced to be as 'heretical' as the original God is one person (the Father alone) teaching.
So, even though the vast majority of professed Christians condemn those who believe God is and always has been Jehovah (YHWH in Hebrew), the Father alone, it is they who are in danger (John 17:1, 3 ['eternal life' - NRSV]; 2 Thess. 1:7, 8 ['eternal destruction' - NRSV]).
And, because of the danger to them because of their scriptural ignorance of the only true God and the one whom he has sent, it is a necessary Christian act to attempt to reveal the essential scriptural knowledge of God and Jesus to them."
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Now compare with what the Bible contains about "One God"! The Father ONLY!

Matthew 4:10: "Jesus said to him, 'Away from me, Satan! For it is written: "Worship the LORD (YHWH) your God, and serve him only."'"

John 17:3: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."

1Corinthians 8:5-6: "For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live."

1Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus"

James 2:19: "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."
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The trinity is a pagan idea about leading gods, not a Christian mystery

Regarding the pagan origin of the popular Trinity doctrine

A warning by Jeremiah, the prophet of God: Stop listening the pagans!
Jeremiah 10
Young's Literal Translation

The Sovereignty of God
1Hear ye the word, O house of Israel, That Jehovah hath spoken for you.
2Thus said Jehovah: Unto the way of the nations accustom not yourselves, And by the signs of the heavens be not affrighted, For the nations are affrighted by them.
3For the statutes of the peoples are vanity, For a tree from a forest hath one cut, Work of the hands of an artificer, with an axe,
4With silver and with gold they beautify it, With nails and with hammers they fix it, And it doth not stumble.
5As a palm they [are] stiff, and they speak not, They are surely borne, for they step not, Be not afraid of them, for they do no evil, Yea, also to do good is not in them.
6Because there is none like Thee, O Jehovah, Great [art] Thou, and great Thy name in might.
7Who doth not fear Thee, king of the nations? For to Thee it is becoming, For among all the wise of the nations, And in all their kingdom there is none like Thee.

8And in one they are brutish and foolish, An instruction of vanities [is] the tree itself.
9Spread-out silver from Tarshish is brought, And gold from Uphaz, Work of an artizan, and of the hands of a refiner, Blue and purple [is] their clothing, Work of the skilful — all of them.
10And Jehovah [is] a God of truth, He [is] a living God, and a king age-during, From His wrath shake doth the earth, And nations endure not His indignation.
11Thus do ye say to them, The gods Who the heavens and earth have not made, They do perish from the earth, And from under these heavens.
12The maker of the earth by His power, The establisher of the world by His wisdom, Who, by His understanding, stretched forth the heavens,
13At the voice He giveth forth, A multitude of waters [is] in the heavens, And He causeth vapours to come up from the end of the earth, Lightnings for rain He hath made, And bringeth out wind from His treasures.
14Brutish is every man by knowledge, Put to shame is every refiner by a graven image, For false [is] his molten image. And there is no breath in them.
15Vanity [are] they, work of erring ones, In the time of their inspection they perish.
16Not like these [is] the Portion of Jacob, For framer of all things [is] He, And Israel [is] the rod of His inheritance, Jehovah of Hosts [is] His name.

The origin (substrate) of Trinity doctrine is certainly pagan, the so called Gnostic leaders adapted this conception, from the pagans, who have this type of thinking:

The Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel, "The Platonic trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples, appears to be the rational philosophic trinity of attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian churches . . . This Greek philosopher's [Plato, fourth century B.C.E.] conception of the divine trinity . . . can be found in all the ancient [pagan] religions." -- (Paris, 1865-1870), edited by M. Lachâtre, Vol. 2, p. 1467.

"For, as the Pythagoreans say, the world and all that is in it is determined by the number three, since beginning and middle and end give the number of an 'all', and the number they give is the trinity [Greek trias; English = "trinity"]. And so, having taken these three from nature as (so to speak) laws of it, we make further use of the number three in the worship of the Gods." ("Holy" Aristotle, On the Heavens, Book I, 1)

About the pagan Trinitarian Pythagoras and his followers:

"Pythagoreanism is a term used for the esoteric and metapsihical beliefs held by Phytagoras and his followers, the Pythagoreans, who were much influenced by mathematics and probably a main inspirational source for Plato and platonism."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism

"Enclosing the greater area with the smallest perimeter, the triangle, derived from the vesica piscis, the Triad was considered by the Pythagoreans as the most beautiful number, as it is the only number to equal the sum of all the terms below it, and the only number whose sum with those below equals their product."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triad_%28symbol%29

That's why, even Raymond Franz, the famous ex-JW's leader, stated against the Trinity doctrine, warning ex-JW's to not accept this:

"You will find that many of what are called “ex-JW ministries”, have often simply exchanged their previous beliefs for what is known as “orthodoxy.” Orthodoxy undoubtedly contains its measure of what is sound. But it also contains elements that are the result of imposition of religious authority, rather than belief clearly set forth in Scripture. It is difficult, for example, to find any reputable reference work that does not acknowledge the post-Biblical origin of the trinity doctrine. I feel that the main problem with the trinity doctrine is the dogmatism and judgementalism that customarily accompanies it. That to me is but another evidence of the fragility of its foundation. Were it clearly taught in Scripture, there would be no need for authoritarian imposition of the teaching and heavy pressure to submit to it.

So many former Witnesses are at a disadvantage when pressured by others to conform to views these have adopted. Dogmatic assertions from sources that claim to base their arguments on knowledge of Biblical Greek often awe former Witnesses — even as they were previously awed by claims of a similar nature from the Watch Tower organization. So many points could be clarified if people were simply to read the same text in a variety of translations. They would then at least see that where translation is concerned, dogmatism is greater evidence of ignorance than of learning. I find this to be the case with many who adopt the Trinity doctrine."
(From e.mail)

According to Lord Jesus, the truth will not be popular:
Matthew 7:13 Young's Literal Translation
Go ye in through the strait gate, because wide is the gate, and broad the way that is leading to the destruction, and many are those going in through it;
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A triangle and an eye, a pagan symbol

In some ancient and modern religious pictures appear a triangle and an eye inside that triangle. Guess why use pagans this concept?

"Enclosing the greater area with the smallest perimeter, the triangle, derived from the vesica piscis, the Triad was considered by the Pythagoreans as the most beautiful number, as it is the only number to equal the sum of all the terms below it, and the only number whose sum with those below equals their product."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triad_%28symbol%29
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What happened at the Synod (Council) of Antioch from 268?

Before this Synod, some so called Gnostic Christians from the first and second century AD, have tried to translate pagan philosophical ideas such as the platonic "Trinity" in Christian words. Some proposed a modalistic Trinity (one beeing in three revelation), others propossed a trimorphic Trinity (three differing forms in one beeing).

Bishop Marcellus of Ancyra, a supporter of modalistic Trinity (III-IV century) stated: "Valentinus the heresiarch was the first to invente this in his book entitled by him 'On the Three Natures'. For he was the first to invent three hypostases and three persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is discovered to have filched this from Hermes and Plato."

Around 268 bishop Paul of Samosate proposed a view which term - were identical to that proposed later around 325 by Alexander and Athanasius of Alexandria, supporters of the trimorphic Trinity.

But the Synod of Antioch rejected the word (probably for the context) and deposed the bishop:
"Ironically, the synod that deposed Paul of Samosate would reject the term homoousios (consubstantial) by which he designated the identity of God and the Christ; this was the same quality that the Church would impose in the Fourth Century as the only trinitary truth."
http://www.notbored.org/resistance-17.html

The problem with this word homoousios (consubstantial) is the context in which this term was proposed, by the trinitarian fraction. And this context is a non-Biblical view.


In 315 emperor Constantine the so called Great, took with force the Churches of heretics and this act forced their bishops to leave or enter in that party of the Church in which his mother profess. In 316 he started o crusade against those who opposed this party's policy. ---
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Awesome one God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and Earth

He is wise:
Jeremiah 10:12 "He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding has he stretched out the heavens:"

He is strong:
Isaiah 40:26 "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing."

He is just:
Deutoronomy 32:4
"He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect.
Everything he does is just and fair.
He is a faithful God who does no wrong;
how just and upright he is!"

He is loving:
John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

He is worthy of praise:
Luke 10:21 "In that same hour he (Jesus) rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will."

Let's glorify him!
Our God is an awesome God,
He reigns from Heaven above,
With wisdom, power and love, 
Our God is an awesome God!

Amen X Amen
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The doctrine of the Trinity is a blind error

God moves in a mysterious way

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
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Trinitarian leaders like Adam Clarke makes from the Son of God a twin-brother of the Father Almighty

"Perhaps his most controversial position regarded the eternal Sonship of Jesus. Clarke did not believe it Biblically faithful to affirm this doctrine, maintaining that prior to the Incarnation, Jesus was "unoriginated." Otherwise, according to Clarke, he would be subordinate to God and therefore not fully divine. This was important to Clarke because he felt that Jesus' divinity was crucial to understanding the atonement."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Clarke 

How could be the Son of God named onlybegotten Son if, if he is not originated? Trinitarians are wrong in their doctrine, because how could be an onlybegotten Son "eternal", as his Father? In this case he is not a "Son", he is a Siamese "Twin-Brother" of God.
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 "I believe in God, the Father Almighty"

THE APOSTLES' CREED.
Cc. 124 - 135 AD from Rome, in Greek language

"The Apostles' Creed" is the earliest Christian extra-biblical statement of faith. 
The idea of Trinity, of Catholic Church and of endless, literal torment is not hinted. 

"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 
and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, 
who was born of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Ghost, 
was crucified under Pontius Pilate, 
buried*, rose from the dead on the third day, 
ascended to the heavens, and sits on the right hand of the Father,
whence he will come, to judge the living and the dead;
and in the Holy Spirit, the holy church, the remission of sins, 
and the resurrection of the body."

*In Gaul, in the fifth century, the phrase "he descended into hell" came into the creed. And later were added other things.

No Trinity here. What do you believe?
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Inquisition sustains the doctrine of the Trinity: Does it matter?

Lord Jesus, the founder of Christian faith, by the will of God almighty, have a single heavenly Father as a single God: John 3:1, John 17:1-3, John 20:17. If we are His disciples, we must keep the good way - Matthew 7:13,14. Many people don't understand and don't know who is God, because they don't love God, truly. How could they love the invisible God, if they don't love their neighbors? The way, for born again children of God (if we are), through His only-begotten heavenly Son, is different, is the way of love and sacrifice, is the way of sublime clarity in love. All who love truly, are open-eyed, calm and patient Christians, who love and forgive, and who don't have enemy, who love the enemy, who pray for the enemy. Our enemy is in the sky, and he is Satan, and his demons. Unfortunately, in the past, many religious people becomes like Satan and his demons:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquisition
New International Version
1Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.


Demons defend what is theirs (from them):
https://www.google.ro/#q=Pictures+with+the+inquisition
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Remember from the old time pagan faith: The Trinity is a pagan mystery

Let's true love and knowledge of God arise and open your eyes!

For a good understanding of God, the Father and Creator of heaven and earth: Matthew 22:39,40, Luke 6:31, Romans 13:8-10, 1Corinthians 13:1-13, James 2:8-13, 1John 3:10-24, 1John 4:7-21, 1Thessalonians 5:22,23
So, for many Christians, God is a "Trinity", and this "Trinity" is a "mistery". Of course, it is! But the question is: What kind of mystery? A pagan mystery.

According to Wikipedia the "Trinity" is an ancient, pagan mistery: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triad_(symbol) 

"The Triad is a Pythagorean title for the number three. According to Priya Hemenway they considered it the most beautiful number, as it is the only number to equal the sum of all the terms below it, and the only number whose sum with those below equals the product of them and itself." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras

Pytagoras imported this "ancient mistery" from Asia and Egypt.

About Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism

According to "History of the 'Christian' Trinity":

"....Then, about 550 B. C., the rise of the extremely influential Greek philosophy/mystery religions began. Pythagoras (about 550 B.C.) may have been the founder of Greek philosophy and mystery religions. Certainly he was the earliest of the most influential Greek philosopher/ religionists.

Pythagoras spent years studying with Egyptian, Babylonian, and Hindu religionists. When he finally returned to Greece , he formed a religious organization based on his knowledge gained in those foreign lands. He promoted a numerical symbolism in which he taught that God is number. More specifically, the Pythagoreans actually worshiped an equilateral triangle composed of dots. [44-50]
Although it was a secret religious organization whose "mysteries" were to be known only among its members, we have some clues to Pythagoreanism' s deep "mysteries" that were borrowed from the religions of Babylon , India , and Egypt . Medieval numerologists, for example, admitted that they borrowed this 'mysterious' knowledge from Pythagoreanism: The number three stands for "Trinity and extension of Godhead." [51]

Aristotle said (over 300 years before Christ): 

"All things are three, and thrice is all: and let us use this number in the worship of the gods; for as the Pythagoreans say, everything and all things are bound by threes, for the end, and the middle, and the beginning have this number in everything, and these compose the number of the trinity."[52]
So it appears that this "holy" number three used to "worship the gods" in unity came down from Babylon through Egypt and India , and through the extremely influential Pythagoras to the ancient Greek philosophy/mystery religions and even to Plato himself.[53-56a]

From Pythagoras (550 B. C.) until its decline (about 550 A. D.) the great influence of the Greek philosophy/mystery religions was spread by Pythagoreans, Platonists, Neopythagoreans, and finally Neoplatonists.
"NEO-PYTHAGOREANISM ...appeared during the first century B. C. [the faithful Jews were still clinging to their faith in a single one-person God, Jehovah the Father] in Rome, whence it traveled to Alexandria (the sect's chief center) where it flourished until Neo-Platonism absorbed it in the 3rd century A. D." [57]

Neo-Pythagoreanism was mainly the old Pythagoreanism with some borrowing from Plato, Aristotle, and Stoicism."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism 

Pythagoreanism is a term used for the esoteric and metapsihical beliefs held by Phytagoras and his followers, the Pythagoreans, who were much influenced by mathematics and probably a main inspirational source for Plato and platonism. 
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The "triumphant" "via" (way) of "trinity" in Christianity: Who imported this concept of "mistery" in Christianity?

First "glorious" step: The Gnostics (pagan syncretist and philosophical speculators)

According to Wikipedia:

Gnosticism (Greek: γνῶσις gnōsis, knowledge) refers to a diverse, syncretistic religious movement consisting of various belief systems generally united in the teaching that humans are divine souls trapped in a material world created by an imperfect god, the demiurge, who is frequently identified with the Abrahamic God.
The demiurge may be depicted as an embodiment of evil, or in other instances as merely imperfect and as benevolent as its inadequacy permits. This demiurge exists alongside another remote and unknowable Supreme Being that embodies good. In order to free oneself from the inferior material world, one needs gnosis, or esoteric spiritual knowledge available through direct experience or knowledge (gnosis) of (this unknowable) God.[1] Within the sects of gnosticism, however, only the pneumatics or psychics obtain gnosis; the hylic or Somatics, though human[2], are doomed[3]. Jesus of Nazareth is identified by some Gnostic sects as an embodiment of the supreme being who became incarnate to bring gnosis to the earth. In others (e.g. the Notzrim and Mandaeans) he is considered a mšiha kdaba "false messiah" who perverted the teachings entrusted to him by John the Baptist.[4]

Whereas formerly Gnosticism was considered mostly a corruption of Christianity, it now seems clear that traces of Gnostic systems can be discerned some centuries before the Christian Era. [5] Gnosticism may have been earlier than the First Century, thus predating Jesus Christ.[6] Then continuing in the Mediterranean and Middle East before and during the Second and Third Centuries. Gnosticism became a dualistic heresy to Judaism (see Notzrim), Christianity and Hellenic philosophy in areas controlled by the Roman Empire and Arian Goths (see Huneric), and the Persian Empire. Conversion to Islam and the Albigensian Crusade (1209–1229) greatly reduced the remaining number of Gnostics throughout the Middle Ages, though a few isolated communities continue to exist to the present. Gnostic ideas became influential in the philosophies of various esoteric mystical movements of the late 19th and 20th Centuries in Europe and North America, including some that explicitly identify themselves as revivals or even continuations of earlier gnostic groups.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism

Gnostic leaders: Clement, Origen, Marcion and their contribution in the Paganization of Christianity

About Clement, conform to Wikipedia "They appear to have regarded Pythagoras as a divine being [founders of religions tend to `develop' into a divinity or deity for that religion after a period of time] a status which he shared with certain numbers also, particularly one, three, and ten." "Neo-Pythagoreanism' s importance consists chiefly in its influence on Neoplatonism ... and on Christian [?] Theology by Clement of Alexandria (150-220 A. D.)."[57-58]

"Saint Clement of Alexandria (born Titus Flavius Clemens) (c.150 - 211/216), was the first notable member of the Church of Alexandria, and one of its most distinguished teachers. He was born about the middle of the 2nd century, and died between 211 and 216. He united Greek philosophical traditions with Christian doctrine and valued gnosis that with communion for all people could be held by common Christians specially chosen by God.[citation needed] He used the term "gnostic" for Christians who had attained the deeper teaching of the Logos.[1] He developed a Christian Platonism.[2] He presented the goal of Christian life as deification, identified both as Platonism's assimilation into God and the biblical imitation of God.[1]
Like Origen, he arose from Alexandria's Catechetical School and was well versed in pagan literature.[2] Origen succeeded Clement as head of the school.[2] Alexandria had a major Christian community in early Christianity, noted for its scholarship and its high-quality copies of Scripture.

Clement is counted as one of the early Church Fathers." His disciple was Origen "the last gnostic" (speculator) http://vallaskritika.virtus.hu/?id=detailed_article&aid=49486

About Origen, according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origen

"Origen (Greek: Ὠριγένης Ōrigénēs, or Origen Adamantius, ca. 185–ca. 254) was an early Christian scholar, theologian, and one of the most distinguished of the early fathers of the Christian Church. According to tradition, he is held to have been an Egyptian[1] who taught in Alexandria, reviving the Catechetical School of Alexandria where Clement of Alexandria had taught. The patriarch of Alexandria at first supported Origen but later expelled him for being ordained without the patriarch's permission. He relocated to Caesarea Maritima and died there[2] after being tortured during a persecution.
Using his knowledge of Hebrew, he produced a corrected Septuagint.[3] He wrote commentaries on all the books of the Bible.[3] In De principiis (On First Principles), he articulated the first philosophical exposition of Christian doctrine.[3] He interpreted scripture allegorically and showed himself to be a Neo-Pythagorean, and Neo-Platonist.[3] Like Plotinus, he wrote that the soul passes through successive stages of incarnation before eventually reaching God.[3] He imagined even demons being reunited with God. For Origen, God was the First Principle, and Christ, the Logos, was subordinate to him.[3] His views of a hierarchical structure in the Trinity, the temporality of matter, "the fabulous preexistence of souls," and "the monstrous restoration which follows from it" were declared anathema in the 6th century.[4]"

The last "gnostic" (speculator) Origen as a theological arbitrator
"Origen travelled extensively and on two occasions was invited to Arabia as a theological arbitrator." http://www.dacb.org/stories/egypt/origen_.html

This "judge" role was between trinitarians and nontrinitarians. According to Origen the ancient concept of pagan philosophical "trinity" was compatible with the Christian faith. He believe in "trinity" but don't use the term of "trinity", becouse he want to keep the connections also with the nontrinitarians, that's why he give a concession to nontrinitarians, and  see a subordination in "trinity". This speculator was like a fox.

Origen "concession" to nontrinitarians

John 1:1 was examined by Origen in his "Commentary on John." 

Origen (185-254 A. D.) was "probably the most accomplished Biblical scholar produced by the early Church" (Universal Standard Encyclopedia) and "the greatest scholar and most prolific author of the early church. ... not only a profound thinker but also deeply spiritual and a loyal churchman." (The History of Christianity, a Lion Book). "Origen, the greatest and most influential Christian thinker of his age" - p. 89, A History of the Christian Church, 4th ed., Williston Walker, Scribners, 1985. "The character of Origen is singularly pure and noble; for his moral qualities are as remarkable as his intellectual gifts." - p. 229, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. IV, Eerdmans.
Origen's Commentary on John is "the first great work of Christian interpretation. " Origen was certainly the most knowledgeable about NT (koine) Greek of any scholar. He studied it from early childhood and even taught it professionally from his teens onward.- and this was during a time when it was a living language and, of course, well understood! - The Ante-Nicene Fathers, pp. 291-294, vol. X, Eerdmans Publ., 1990 printing.
Origen loved to speculate about numerous things in scripture (as did others at this time), but when it came to discussing the actual NT Greek itself he was without peer.
Origen continued in his "Commentary on John" by actually discussing the grammar of John 1:1. He wrote: 
"We next notice John's use of the article [`the' or ho in the Greek in this case] in these sentences. He does not write without care in this respect, nor is he unfamiliar with the niceties of the Greek tongue. [Origen, himself, as noted, was an expert in this language and even taught it as a professional. So if anyone would ever have been aware of any special grammatical `rules' or effects for John 1:1c, it would certainly have been Origen!] In some cases he [John] uses the article [`the' in English or ho in NT Greek] and in some he omits it. He adds the article to the Logos [ho logos or `the Word'], but to [theos: `god' or `God'] he adds it sometimes only. He uses the article [ho] when [theos] refers to the uncreated cause of all things, and omits it when the Logos [Word] is named [theos]. .... the God who is over all is God with the article [ho theos] not without it [theos] …. and so the Saviour says in his prayer to the Father, `That they may know thee the only true God [Jn 17:1, 3];' but that all beyond the Very God [ho theos] is made [theos] by participation in His divinity, and is not to be called simply God (with the article [ho theos]), but rather [theos] (without the article). And thus the first-born of all creation [Jesus, Col. 1:15], who is the first to be with God, and to attract to himself divinity, is a being of more exalted rank than the other gods [angels] beside him, of whom God [ho theos, the Father only] is the God [Rev. 3:2, 12; 2 Cor. 11:31; Eph. 1:3, 17, etc.], as it is written, `the God of gods...' [Ps. 49:1, Septuagint; Ps. 136:2; Deut. 10:17] …. The true God [the Father alone, Jn 17:1, 3], then, is [`the god,' ho theos], and those who are formed after him are gods, images, as it were, of Him the prototype." - The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. X, p. 323, "Origen's Commentary on the Gospel of John", Book 2, part 2, Eerdmans, 1990 printing

Chapter 11: Marcion and the Hellenization of Christianity

I am not a supporter of this author Raoul Vaneigem, nor of his work, but I find in his book "Resistance ..." many historical information.
I want to recommend an interesting chapter:

"Despite two centuries and an accusation of heresy that separated him from the State religion, Marcion might well pass for the true father of the Catholic Church, a father maladroitly abandoned to the world, a runt that only his enemies brought to maturity.
Missionary zeal; the eagerness to found communities; the hope for divine authority, the investment of which he would receive in Rome; the monarchal organization of the ekklesiai; virulent anti-Semitism; the conception of a Christianity purified of its Judaism; a theology inspired by Greek thought: these compose a great many of the fundamental traits of the future Catholic Church."
http://www.notbored.org/resistance-11.html
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So, who is God? He is Jehovah 

He Is Jehovah

1.
He is Jehovah, God of creation.
He is Jehovah, Lord God almighty.
The Balm of Gilead, the Rock of Ages.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.

Chorus:
Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah,
Sing hallelujah, sing hallelujah.
He is Jehovah, Lord God almighty.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.
2.
He is the great I Am, the God of Abraham,
Jehovah Shalom, the God peace I am.
The God of Israel, the Everlasting One.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.
3.
He’s your Provider, Jehovah Jireh;
God of salvation, God of Messiah;
The Son he sent to you, and testified of him.
He is Jehovah, the God that healeth thee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eDTFRZeHIA
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To whom do the first Christians pray and how?

(Bishop) Polycarp's last prayer (II century, Smyrna), addressed only to the Father

"O Lord God Almighty, Father of thy beloved and blessed servant* Jesus Christ, through whom we have received the knowledge of thee, the God of angels and of powers and of the whole creation and of the entire race of the righteous who live in thy presence, I bless thee that thou hast deemed me worthy of this day and hour, that I might receive a portion in the number of the martyrs, in the cup of Christ, unto resurrection of eternal life, both of soul and of body, in the immortality of the Holy Spirit.
Among these may I be received before thee this day, in a rich and acceptable sacrifice, as thou, the faithful and true God, hast beforehand prepared and revealed, and hast fulfilled.
Wherefore I praise thee also for everything; I bless thee, I glorify thee, through the eternal high priest, Jesus Christ, thy beloved Son**, through whom, with him, in the Holy Spirit, be glory unto thee, both now and for the ages to come, Amen."
From Eusebius "Historia Ecclesia"

* παιδός "servant" in the Greek text
** υiοs "son" in the Greek text

No Trinity allusion here.
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Remember how old is the trinity controversy of Nicaea and
how was it introduced in Christianity

The trinity concept is pagan in origin, but how was it introduced in Christianity? From historical sources we could reconstruct the steps of the pagan inspired trinity (trimorphic god) in Christianity.

First step: From paganism (Hermes, Plato) to Gnosticism by the Gnostic (heretic) leader Valentinus. According to a bishop from III-IV century, who attended the Council of Nicaea, Marcellus of Ancyra: "Valentinus the heresiarch first invented in the book entitled by him 'On the Three Natures'. For he was the first to invent three hypostases and three persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is discovered to have filched this from Hermes and Plato."

Second step: From Valentinus "the heresiarch" to the "Valentinian" Theodotus - "The Gnostic" (gnostic philosopher), who was the student and pupil of Valentinus. According to the book "Resistance": "... If he (Theophilus of Antioch) adapted the trinitarian conception - Father - Son and Pneuma (Spirit), it would then triumph at Nicaea -- from the Valentinian Theodotus, ..."

Third step: From the Valentinian Theodotus - The Gnostic - to the early apologists (Theophilus of Antioch, Tertullian). Of course, these apologists will "adapt" this doctrine, cleaning it from some Gnostic elements, not from all elements, and in this way, they will give to "Nicene Christianity" a neo-pagan, gnostic doctrine, but with the major Gnostic element of a trimorphic god. With this ignorance, they give a good service to the Gnostic leaders, because by "adapting" this doctrine, in fact became "neo-gnostics". According to the book "Resistance": "If he (Theophilus of Antioch) adapted the trinitarian conception - Father - Son and Pneuma (Spirit), it would then triumph at Nicaea -- from the Valentinian Theodotus, Bardesane was opposed to Marcion and he rejected the Demiurgical creation. According to Bardesane, the world was the work of a Good God, because, despite its imperfections, salvation enters into mankind's possibilities." (...)

"Ironically, the synod (in 268 at the Synod (Council) of Antioch) that deposed Paul of Samosate would reject the term homoousios (consubstantial) by which he designated the identity of God and the Christ; this was the same quality that the Church would impose in the Fourth Century as the only trinitary truth (as parts of one trimorphic God)." (through the emperor Constantine The Great, a neo-pagan thinker...) ---

Strange... yes, this is so strange...
How was the Bible modified for the purpose of the trinitarian doctrine

"Is it not also strange that Matthew 28:19 is missing from the old manuscripts of Sinaiticus, Curetonianus and Bobiensis?" 
http://www.godfire.net/baptizing_in_the_name.htm
http://www.trinitytruth.org/matthew28_19addedtext.html
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The doctrine of the Trinity is a snowball that will melts

"A lie is like a snowball: the further you roll it the bigger it becomes." - Martin Luther
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A must read
 
For all who know Hungarian, a "must read":
About the one God 

Az egy Istenről 

http://aupv.blogspot.ro/2012/08/az-istenrol.html  

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For a better understanding about what you read right now, please read this writing again carefully, or ask for more info.
The snowball Trinity versus the Father Almighty 
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2012/11/about-our-god-and-father.html
Please share if you love the true God, Jehovah! 
Thank's for your time, and may God bless you!
With Christian love,
John Takacs, Romania
bibliaantica@yahoo.com

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