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The Trinity Controversy
by Wayne Blank
For a very long time, the doctrine of the Trinity has been a hot topic between a number of Christian churches and denominations - so much so that, over the centuries, Christians have tragically persecuted, and even killed, other Christians in an effort to "prove" who was right!
Both sides generally agree that The Father and Jesus Christ (The Son, The Word) and The Holy Spirit all exist - The Bible is very clear on that. The disagreement usually centers on the question of whether The Holy Spirit is an equal and separate God entity, or whether The Holy Spirit is actually the outflowing power and presence of The Father and The Son. Three Members, or Two Members plus The Spirit of Them?
So, which is right - Father, Son and Holy Spirit (i.e. The Trinity), or Father and Son with The Holy Spirit as a manifestation of their power? What does The Holy Bible say?
Volumes can (and have) been written on the doctrine of the Trinity. While the term "Trinity" is not found anywhere in The Bible, there are many references available to fuel the controversy, one way or the other. Here are a few to consider -
The Trinity controversy is unlikely to be settled to everyone's satisfaction anytime soon, perhaps because a "good case" can be made for either side using a great many verses that can be carefully selected to support each point of view. Making it even more difficult is the fact that both sides readily agree that The Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit are all real, they all exist.
Perhaps the answer comes down to a matter of semantics e.g. Is the Spirit of God in Christians a Holy Spirit? Yes. Is The Spirit of Jesus Christ a Holy Spirit? Surely it is. Is The Spirit of The Father a Holy Spirit? Most definitely. Is God a Holy Spirit? Absolutely. Will Christians one day stop disliking each other because of their different perceptions of it? I sure hope so.
Fact Finder: During Paul's Second Missionary Journey, did "The Spirit of Jesus" cause Paul to change his route?