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The Heresy of Tritheism

TritheismTritheism rejects the idea of one God. Tritheism teaches that Christians believe in three gods who are independent and self-existing. This would make Christianity a polytheistic religion. Sometimes people think this is what Trinitarians believe. This is a heretical belief. Christians believe the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Ghost is God; and yet there are not three Gods but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Ghost is Lord; yet there are not three Lords but one Lord.

Christians believe in the existence of only one God. They do not believe in three separate Gods. The Bible teaches there is only one God who is made up of three distinct persons. The three persons of the Godhead have the same nature or essence. The undivided essence of the Godhead belongs equally to each of the persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity possesses all the substance and all the attributes of Deity. The plurality of the Godhead is therefore not a plurality of essence, but a plurality of hypostatical, or personal, distinctions. God is not three and one, but three in one. The one indivisible essence has three modes of subsistence.

The Bible teaches:

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.’” (Mark 12:28-29 ESV)

[Jesus said] “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 ESV)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV)

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. . . .” (Romans 8:14-16 ESV)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. . . .” (Matthew 28:19 ESV)

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