Is God a Trinity?

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You might be surprised to find that God is not a trinity.The Trinity is one of mainstream Christianity’s most widely accepted and revered doctrines held by millions of Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox believers. The belief that God is three persons—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—coexisting in one being is how the trinity doctrine is often defined. But the word trinity appears nowhere within the pages of the Bible. 

You can not cling to long-held religious traditions if they contradict the Scriptures. Your beliefs must rest solidly on the teachings of the Holy Bible. 

This Bible Study aid, "Is God a Trinity?", goes into great detail explaning the non-biblical origins of the trinity and how this false gospel replaced the true teachings of Jesus Christ. Discover how the Bible communicates a true picture of God and learn about the awesome plan He has promised for you and all mankind.

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Is the Trinity Biblical?
-- The Surprising Origins of the Trinity Doctrine
-- Greek Philosophy's Influence on the Trinity Doctrine
-- How Ancient Trinitarian Gods Influenced Adoption of the Trinity
-- A Spurious Reference to the Trinity Added in 1 John 5:7-8 
-- How Is God Revealed in the Bible?
-- Jesus Was Sent by the Father
-- Jesus Christ: "The Rock" of the Old Testament
-- The Apostles Understood Jesus to Be the Creator
-- Did Jesus Christ Claim to Be God?
-- "In the Beginning Was the Word"
-- The Claim of Jesus' Disciples
-- "There Is One God, the Father...and One Lord, Jesus Christ"
-- God's Plan to "Bring Many Sons to Glory"
-- Jesus Christ's Submission to the Father
-- How Is God One?
-- "The Lord Our God, the Lord Is One"
-- Seven Scriptures That Debunk the Trinity as a Single Being
-- Elohim: The Plurality of God
-- Is the Holy Spirit a Person?
-- Does Matthew 28:19 Prove the Trinity?
-- Why the Holy Spirit Is Sometimes Incorrectly Referred to as "He" and "Him"
-- What About Passages That "Prove" the Trinity?
-- The Holy Spirit: God's Transforming Power
-- How to Stir Up God's Spirit
-- God's Nature and Character
-- God's Purpose for You
-- The Likeness of God
-- Do Some Verses Deny a Divine Family?
-- The God Family

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Most people assume that everything that bears the label “Christian” must have originated with Jesus Christ and His early followers. But this is definitely not the case."

"Many historians and religious scholars, some quoted in this publication, attest to the influence of Greek or Platonic philosophy in the development and acceptance of the Trinity doctrine in the fourth century."

God the Father is the One who calls us to baptism and a new way of life (John 6:44, 65), and it is His goodness that leads us to repentance and baptism (Romans 2:4).

"As even the New Catholic Encyclopedia, quoted from earlier, acknowledges: “The majority of New Testament texts reveal God’s spirit as something, not someone; this is especially seen in the parallelism between the spirit and the power of God..."
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Who we are: This publication is provided free of charge by the United Church of God, an International Association, which has ministers and congregations throughout much of the world.

We trace our origins to the Church that Jesus founded in the early first century. We follow the same teachings, doctrines and practices established then. Our commission is to proclaim the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness and to teach all nations to observe what Christ commanded (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

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United Church of God
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Aug 2, 2011
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140
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9781257958849
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