Should You Believe in the Trinity?




Many books have been written about the God of Christendom namely the Trinity. Books defending the Trinity have ranged from philosophical approaches to textbook reference manuals. This approach for defending the Trinity is in the form of a critique of a anti-Trinitarian publication. The magazine "Should You Believe in the Trinity?" was first published in 1989 by the WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA. This publication has been the standard work used by Jehovah's Witnesses in their effort to refute the Trinity and degrade the Lord Jesus Christ.

In general, the Trinity has been assailed by both polytheists and "pure" monotheists with the Lord Jesus Christ being the central target of their efforts. Polytheists have equated the Lord Jesus Christ as one of many gods while "pure" monotheists have generally degraded Him into being an angel, prophet, or just a man. Thus the person of the Lord Jesus Christ has been the central focus of the Trinity debates over the centuries. Church Fathers Athanasius and Basil took up the challenge by the Arians in the fourth century of the common era and defended the Lord Jesus Christ. Cappadocian Father Basil who was also the Bishop of Caesarea defended the Lord Jesus Christ in his treatise De Spiritu Sancto using both Scripture and simple logic as follows:

If they really conceive of a kind of degradation of the Son in relation to the Father, as though He were in a lower place, so that the Father sits above, and the Son is thrust off to the next seat below, let them confess what they mean. We shall have no more to say. A plain statement of the view will at once expose its absurdity. They who refuse to allow that the Father pervades all things do not so much as maintain the logical sequence of thought in their argument. The faith of the sound is that God fills all things; but they who divide their up and down between the Father and the Son do not remember even the word of the Prophet: "If I climb up into heaven thou art there; if I go down to hell thou art there also." Now, to omit all proof of the ignorance of those who predicate place of incorporeal things, what excuse can be found for their attack upon Scripture, shameless as their antagonism is, in the passages "Sit thou on my right hand" and "Sat down on the right hand of the majesty of God"? The expression "right hand" does not, as they contend, indicate the lower place, but equality of relation; it is not understood physically, in which case there might be something sinister about God, but Scripture puts before us the magnificence of the dignity of the Son by the use of dignified language indicating the seat of honor. It is left then for our opponents to allege that this expression signifies inferiority of rank. Let them learn that "Christ is the power of God and wisdom of God," and that "He is the image of the invisible God" and "brightness of his glory," and that "Him has God the Father sealed," by engraving Himself on Him. De Spiritu Sancto, Chapter 6, St. Basil.

Thus, I have taken the approach of many Church Fathers by combining Scripture with simple logic to refute the ideas of Watch Tower. This book is dedicated to Tertullian the Church Father who was described as a Christian apologist who never apologized for being a Christian. Accordingly, may this book encourage you in your Christian faith, love for the Lord Jesus Christ, and bring glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.