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Authentic Christianity
The Triune God

The belief in the Triune God/ the Trinity (three Persons, one God) is a primary fundamental doctrine (Biblical teaching) of Christianity. It would be easy to think that all who believe in one God (such as Christians, Jews and Muslims) believe in the same God.  Unfortunately, this simply is not the case.  Jews and Muslims claim that Christians believe in more than one God (because Christians believe God is three Persons).  Also, to Jews and Muslims, believing that Jesus is God is blasphemy. Likewise, Christianity teaches that believing in God without believing in Jesus isn’t really believing in God at all.

Even within visible Christianity, there was a period of 133 years (318 to 451 A.D.) during which some who claimed to be Christians challenged the Christian belief in the Trinity (One God and three persons).  Some, like Arius, believed that Jesus was only called God, but that only the Father was truly God.  Some denied that Jesus is truly human.  Others were accused of teaching “Tritheism” (three gods) or “Subordinationism” (a supreme God and lesser Gods).  We could go on and on.  The difficulty is that the Bible clearly teaches (in more than 1000 passages) three things that seem to our limited human minds to be impossible:

                                          (1) that there is only one God and
                                          (2) that the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit are God, and   
                                          (3) that these three persons are one God. 

triune God, the Trinity


While this is impossible for our limited human minds to comprehend, who ever said that God should be simple enough for us to fully understand?  Instead we trust that nothing is impossible with God and that all of these things are true (because the Bible teaches all of these things) and so we confess these teachings as they are summarized in our ecumenical / universal Christian creeds.