Matthew 3:16-17 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Today I’d like to discuss the idea of the Holy Trinity and Oneness Theory. The Holy Trinity is our foundation belief in God the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, although in one accord, are 3 separate people. Oneness Theory is the belief that they are ALL God just in different incarnations, but not separate people. You may ask yourself, why is this such a big deal? I’ll attempt to explain that and more.
For starters, I think it is best to present Oneness Theory first. The theory derives its name from its teaching on the Godhead, which is popularly referred to as the "Oneness doctrine," a form of Modalistic Monarchianism. This doctrine states that there is one God, a singular divine Spirit, who manifests himself in many ways, in many smaller forms, including as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The Bible does not teach this, and this belief can be a slippery slope to other demonic doctrines that actually pull you away from The Word, and as you will also see in other topics to come, this is a common trend in beliefs outside of the Bible and Christianity - they seek to pull you away from God and Christ (Gee…I wonder why?). Oneness Theory is a very dangerous path, and not to be taken lightly. I’ve seen it lead people down paths of belief in reincarnation (which will be a future discussion topic), idolatry and worshiping false gods, beliefs in self divination, degrading Jesus Christ - the list could go on and on.
Speaking of slippery slopes, one in particular that Oneness theory often leads people down is the Pantheistic belief in Universal Consciousness, that God is all that there is, from the world around us to humanity itself, to the chair you sit in, the grass you walk on, that nothing about us is unique or created out of His love for us, that the universe was always there, and that all around us is a field of universal consciousness, and that the world wasn’t created. They also go further and believe you can “tap in” to this universal consciousness, because in a sense that everything is God, they believe we ARE God as well, since He is everything, we are Him also, and can have that same power He has. Sounds crazy, right? But a quick search online and you’ll find many sites and religions practicing this, as well as online “psychic mediums” and yoga instructors quoting everyone under the sun in history except someone from the Bible to make a point. It is as if somehow they skipped first pages of the Bible which clearly depict a created universe :
Genesis 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
Whatever begins to exist has a cause - that's a law of nature. If something begins to exist, something brought it into existence, for out of nothing, comes nothing. A personal creator is the only way we can logically explain the origin of the universe and the sufficient conditions that are present.
Let me give you an example: For a given effect, only two types of of causes can explain the effect, scientific or personal. If someone asks you, “Why is your computer on?” One response would be, “Because the charger plugged into the wall outlet provides enough electricity to the battery which then sends power through the connection to the motherboard, and the power button was pushed, which signaled the motherboard to turn on and receive power and boot the hard drive and the rest of the computer.” This would be a scientific explanation in terms of physical elements that came together to make the laptop turn on. Or you could answer, “Because I want to play a game in a few minutes on it.” This is a personal explanation, by referring to the free will of a person using their computer to play video games. Both of these are valid responses, yet different. Now, when it comes to the beginning of the universe, there was no scientific explanation available at the time, because space, matter, time, the laws of nature - none of it existed yet. A scientific answer requires a prior physical state of existence, but there is none available prior to the existence of the universe that we can infer a scientific explanation. The greatest scientist in the world who attempt explaining it can only theorize at best how it came about. The only kind that remains is a personal reason - someone CHOSE to bring the universe into existence! If everything needed to create the universe always existed, then somewhere we would see a universe that has always existed, but we don’t, we live in one and see one around us that is ever expanding, with stars and planets burning out. God chose to create us, and make Earth perfect for us! For His love for us is never ending.
Why is this so important? Because the same people who quote Pantheism, Paganism, and other religions that believe in demi gods or deity rather than a Creator, can agree that the universe was created some finite time ago, but simultaneously believe we were always here and everything is God, not His great works or creation. The gradual expansion of the universe is one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time, discovered by Edwin Hubble, that all things in the universe are expanding away from each other, meaning we can trace it all the way back to its starting point. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics also backs this, by proving everything is technically in the process of breaking down, and will eventually “burn out”, or rather, run out of energy, one day, without getting into the possibility of action from a larger outside force changing this of course, which only God could pull off. So, if the universe was infinite, why hasn’t it reached this point yet? This proves we live in a finite universe that has an end (and a new beginning!), just like The Word states: Revelation 21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
So, circling back to Oneness Theory - it is a dangerous practice in my belief as you can see, and universal consciousness is just one example of a path it can lead you down, no matter how good your intentions may be. Remember, this is just one! Now, it brings into scope the birth of Christ from the virgin Mary, and also the death of Christ. Belief in Oneness would seem to make these in vain or at least less significant - why would God go through the trouble of the virgin birth and the death of Christ if He was all just 1? Why? To tell a story? When you think about this, it brings it down to simple logical thinking. The Bible also clearly refutes Oneness theory. Take a look at some examples in Scripture to back this up:
The virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus: Gabriel was sent by God to tell Mary that she will be pregnant with a Son of the Most High and will name him Jesus. She asks Gabriel how this can be, since she is a virgin. Gabriel tells her the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, and the child born will be holy; he will be the Son of God. This scripture alone clearly shows 3 separate persons at work:
1- God, the Father, the Most High.
2 - The Holy Spirit, the power of the Most High.
3 - Jesus, the Son of God.
Here is the Word for reference:
Luke 1:26-38 26: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27: to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28: And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29: But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30: The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31: And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32: He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33: He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34: Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35: The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36: And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37: For nothing will be impossible with God." 38: Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
The Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ:
Matthew 27: 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
In this unique event on Calvary, moments before death, Jesus was crying out in anguish because of the separation He now experienced from His heavenly Father for the first and only time since birth, as He was moments away from death for our sins. This is such a deep moment, and I could almost write another section on it, because so many things take place in this moment. Jesus not only bore man’s sin but became sin on our behalf (Romans 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh), in order so those who believe in Him would be saved from the penalty of their sin. Jesus came to teach men perfectly about God and to be a perfect example of God’s holiness and righteousness. But, as He Himself declared, the ultimate reason for His coming to earth was “to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). This moment on Calvary clearly depicts two different people - Jesus about to die on the cross, and God, whom Jesus cried out to in the moments before His death. Now how would this be possible if Oneness theory was correct?
The Holy Spirit mentioned in various ways separate from God and Jesus:
Matthew 3:16-17 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Repeated, but CLEAR depiction of God, the Spirit, and Jesus as separate people!)
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Matthew 12:31-33 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. 33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
I could go on and on, well over 40 times the Holy Spirit is mentioned in the Bible as a separate being. Believers in Oneness often quote certain Scripture as their own proof of Oneness. If you examine them, however, and actually read the entire book from the Bible it is derived from, I promise you will see it is just a wording that is being misinterpreted to support their belief in Oneness.
A popular one quoted is John5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. This is not to be interpreted as the 3 are one person, rather, the 3 are in one accord with their beliefs, because they bear record in heaven and are all on the same page with one another, and are all together in heaven. Such as when a man marries a woman, they become one flesh as the Bible states, but obviously they are still two separate people, but operate on one accord in their love for each other.
Here is another example of the Holy Trinity pertaining to the Second Coming of Christ: Mark 13:32 KJV 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Jesus can not be the Father because this scripture reads that not even the Son (Jesus) knows when the Heaven and earth will pass away.
I thank you so much for reading all of this. My purpose for this topic was, as always, to lead you to Christ, and hopefully give you a better understanding of the Holy Trinity. I urge you to read your Bible. God gave us the way already, the blueprint for life - Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.