(Original post by Christianlady)
Most Christians today believe that God is Triune. For Christians, that does not mean that we believe in 3 gods, no. It means however that we believe God relates to humankind in 3 "persons" or aspects/ways.
Triune does not equal Three.
Triune = three in One.
The Trinity doctrine is merely a means of attempting to understand the nature of God and how He relates to humans.
Christians believe God relates to people through His Spirit, mentioned from Genesis 1:2 and throughout the Tanakh, as well as throughout the New Testament. Christians believe that God also relates to people as the Father, which is a fulfillment of the Messianic promised in 2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17, Psalm 2, and Psalm 89. Christians believe that God relates to us through the Son of God, also prophesied/promised to King David concerning the Messiah, accounted in the above references.
As a human, I personally believe I am triune. Now, that doesn't believe that I think I am 3 people no lol! I do believe however that I exist in 3 "parts" that are attached to each other in a way I don't fully understand.
I believe I am a
1. body - which can be seen
2. spirit - which can't be seen but is attached to my body until I die
3. soul - which i believe is attached to my spirit
I am not just a body. I am not just a spirit. I am not just a soul. I am all three in one being: a human being.
So, for this reason, it does not bother me at all that most Christians, including myself, believe that God is Triune, since I believe I am triune as well. Now, God is not a human, though most Christians, including me, believe that God came to earth in human form through Jesus, but most Christians do understand that God is the One and Only God,
not three gods or four gods or 100 gods...
Jesus, a Jewish man who claimed to fulfill the Law (that God gave to the children of Israel) believed in the One and Only God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and quoted extensively from the Tanakh.
In Acts, it is obvious that Jesus' apostles did not teach that one has to believe that God is Triune in order to follow Jesus. If one studies the first sermon Peter, one of the apostles Jesus chose who walked and talked with Jesus, preached, he did not mention "Trinity" or "Triune" anywhere. Rather, he emphasized what Jesus did. However, Christians today believe that God is Triune because that's how we understand the different ways God relates to people: as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
If you have any polite questions or comments, the Trinity doctrine and why most Christians believe that God is Triune would be an interesting topic for discussion, so let us discuss.
Peace and God bless you
Acts 2 - http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...02&version=NIV
(I boldened some.)
"14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[Joel 2:28-32] (Joel 3 in the Tanakh)
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[Or of those not having the law (that is, Gentiles)] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead,
freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[Psalm 16:8-11 (see Septuagint)]
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay.
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear
. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’[Psalm 110:1]
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."