"I think I could do that but not to your satisfaction. Why? Because you view the scriptural passages through the lens of the Nicene Council’s work and the generations of traditional interpretation that followed."Focusing on only the triune aspect of God and not addressing the many other problems with God being a man who once lived as we do, he tries to assert that the Trinity is a fourth century development that forever changed the perception of God.
I wrote back,
"although I think that it is mere name calling by the LDS church, let’s assume for a moment that your statement is true. So what? It has no bearing on whether God is triune or not. I could say that you view the scriptural passages through the lens of a self proclaimed prophet from New York in the 1800s and the generations of traditional interpretation that followed. Oh wait, you do. So, why is one bad and the other good? The question that needs to be addressed is whether or not it is true.Check out this video from Dr. Michael Brown, a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ and founder of ICN Ministries, describing the clues we see in the Old Testament about the Trinity. Brown is responding to the common Jewish objection that worshipping Jesus amounts to idolatry and uses the Hebrew Tanach to show how the complex plural-unity of God was revealed prior to Nicaea and even the New Testament.
The triune nature of God is replete throughout scripture. There are things about the nature of God that only make sense in light of His tri-unity. But here’s the deal. You and I agree that the Father, Son and Spirit are distinct persons and are divine. We agree that the Father and the Son are of the same substance (Mormonism teaches that ALL people have this inherent god nature, while we have not arrived at godhood yet, we are innately the physical offspring of God). So the point where we disagree with regard to the doctrine of the Trinity is that there is only one God. This has nothing to do with Nicene. This is not a new interpretation. This is an ancient Jewish perspective that has not changed within the Judeo/Christian tradition until the 1800s with the rise of many new religions declaring restored truth about the nature of God/Christ that included Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians and Christian Scientists. Faithful Jews were and have always been monotheistic (Deut 6:4). That doesn’t mean that they only worshipped one of many gods like many of the Greeks and Pagans. The Jews were clear in that they believed that there was ONLY ONE true and living God and they were hated by outsiders for this belief. The God of the Jewish people said that He knew of no other gods (Isa 44:8). He said that all other gods were merely wood and stone and metal idols and had no power (Deut 29:17-18, 32:17-21). He says that He is the first and the last (Isa 43:10, 44:6); that He was the only one (Isa 45:5, 14, 18, 21-22, 47:8, Deut 4:35) and there were no others like Him (Isa 46:9)."
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