Can you explain to me clearly about the “Holy Trinity”, which the
Catholics believe in. Is there a Holy Trinity?
I believe my friend Douglas Jacoby has done a great job of answering this
question already and would send you to www.douglasjacoby.com and click on
archived material for an answer. Let me give you a brief answer anyway.
Of course, the phrase trinity is not found in the New Testament. In fact
the doctrine of the trinity was developed by the Roman Catholic Church to
explain to non-believers the nature of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and
the Father. The fact that the Roman church developed the doctrine is
enough to make most of us nervous.
Despite this, when one looks at the doctrine of the “trinity” one will
find that it is essentially a correct biblical explanation of the nature
of God. The doctrine essentially states that the “godhead” consists of God
the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There is one God made up
of three persons or expressions. This doctrine is supported by a great
number of passages in the New Testament. Jesus is God and Jesus is the Son
of God (John 1:1,2 John 1:14). Hebrews 1:1-3 stresses that the “Son is the
radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,
sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Colossians 1:15-20 states
about Jesus that “He is before all things, and in him all things hold
together…God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him…” Jesus
said “before Abraham was born, I AM” (John 8:58) stating in the clearest
terms (especially to his Jewish audience) that he is God. John 10:33 shows
Jesus being accused of claiming to be God. He certainly did not deny the
charge! One could go on with dozens of other passages which clearly show
that Jesus is deity; he is God.
The fact that the Holy spirit is deity is clearly taught in the Scriptures
as well. Disciples are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit. John 14 and 16 describe the Holy Spirit to be sent to the
believers, using the pronoun “he” and making it clear that the Holy Spirit
is an aspect/part of God.
The three-fold nature of a single God is a truly difficult concept to
grasp. Yet, that is what is taught by the New Testament. So, although I am
made a bit uncomfortable about the fact that the doctrine of the Trinity
is largely a Roman Catholic development and the fact that the Catholic
Church has tended to overly anthropomorphize the godhead, in the final
analysis, I conclude that this doctrine is essentially biblical.
John Oakes, PhD