Vol. 7, No. 11
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The founder and first prophet of a large and wealthy American cult ridiculed the teaching that the three personalities of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit make up one true and living God. He wrote, "Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say that is a strange God anyhow--three in one, and one in three! It is a curious organization. ...All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonderfully big God--he would be a giant or a monster." In this matter, these people join ranks with the Muslims who mock and make fun of Christians for believing in three manifestations of one God. The Muslims accuse those who believe what the Bible teaches about the nature of the Godhead or Elohim of being polytheists. However, while we are not polytheists, those who hold the view of the man whose words were quoted above, are. They believe there are millions of Gods on all kinds of worlds around the universe. They have a very anthropomorphic concept of God. They imagine that he is like humans, which he is not.
Perhaps the magnificent Book of Isaiah offers more verses in defense of monotheism than any other book in the Bible. Throughout chapters 43, 44 and 45 of this grand book, the truth of the existence of one God, and one God only, is emphasized again and again. Such passages as Isaiah 43:10; 44:6; 45:5-6, 14, 21-22; 46:9 all accentuate the fact that there is only one true God, and there never has been one before him, nor will one ever follow him. Incidentally, this is contrary to the theology of this cult, for they teach an infinite regression of gods through all eternity. However, Isaiah 44:8 tells us that the God of the Bible knows no other God. The prophet wrote, "Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one." If the God of the Bible and the god of this cult were the same god, one would think that the God of the Bible would at least remember his own father. Yet, he plainly declared that he knows no God beside himself. In 43:10, the prophet penned, "You are My witnesses, says the LORD, And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me."This is the God worshiped by Christians, and nothing is clearer than the truth that he is one.
However, in the very first verse of the very first chapter of the Bible, we discover that Elohim, which is the plural form of a Hebrew word for God, is used to designate our Creator. Furthermore, in the creation narrative, we read such words as, "Let Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness." Here we have plural pronouns for Elohim, the predominate name for God found in this chapter (Genesis 1:26). Why would God speak in the plural if only one personality made up the Elohim? That would make very little sense. The fact that the founder and first prophet of this large cult could not understand this does not mean that this is not the nature of God. This man probably did not understand how a black cow can eat green grass, give white milk and birth to a red calf either, but it goes on all the time. We should be very careful what we ridicule! The truthfulness of a matter does not depend on our understanding of it. If every man on earth failed to understand that the earth revolves around the sun, that does not mean that the sun revolves around the earth.
Whether it is fully correct to refer to God as the trinity, we will not argue, but that does not demand that there are not three manifestations of the Elohim, which we know as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is our one true and living God, who loved us and died for us on Calvary.