One of the main Hebrew beliefs is that there is just one God, and that he alone should be worshipped. This is seen in one of the most important prayers for Jews, the Shema which begins with “Hear, O Israel, YHVH our God, YHVH is One.” You shall love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deut. 6:4)
“This simple statement encompasses several different ideas:
- 3. God is the only being to whom we should offer praise and prayer. The Shema can also be translated as “The Lord is our God, The Lord alone,” meaning that no other is our God, and we should not pray to any other.”
The Shema Yisrael (Deut. 6: 4-9, 11: 13-21, Num. 15:7-41) is the most ancient prayer that can be found in the Torah. It affirms that there is only one God.
Now we want to preface this study with the loving understanding that many people have been raised with beliefs they hold dear and immutable in their hearts and minds and so we want to present these truths with sensitivity, knowing that this is a difficult subject and paradigm shift for those who are new to Torah and only starting to come out of the old ways of thinking.
With that said, the Jewish people as well as most who a part of Assembly of Called-Out Believers are considered “non-Trinitarian.” Simply put, this means that we do not believe in the traditional, man-made hypothesis of a triune God (that is, “one God in three co-equal Persons”) which finds its origins in the earliest pagan cultures. The Trinity doctrine cannot be found in the Bible, as it was patched together by Catholic theologians hundreds of years after the deaths of the apostles and the completion of Scripture under the influence of Constantine who was a worshipper of the pagan god Mithra and merges pagan ideologies with the followers of Yeshua who followed the Jewish faith. All pagan religions have a “triune” god going back to the time of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz the “son” born on December 25th.
History of Pagan Trinity:
As mentioned all pagan trinities go back to the original at the time of Babel with Nimrod, Simerameas and her son Tammuz. This became the model for a Father, Mother Son godhead until the Roman church promoted “God the Father, Mother Mary, and the Son” slightly changing it later to “The Father, Spirit and Son” with the “Holy Spirit” replacing the feminine place of the Mother to be more acceptable as people had more access to the Scriptures.
2. Babylon had a triad of gods consisting of (1) Ishtar, (2) Sin, and (3) Shamash, other names for Nimrod, Semiramis, and Tammuz
3. In the 1st century C.E., Palmyra, which was an ancient city in Syria, had a triune god which consisted of (1) Moon god, (2) Lord of Heavens, and (3) Sun god.
Origin of Trinity Doctrine in Christianity
At that time, Roman Emperor Constantine—[a non-Christian Mithra worshipper who was not baptized until he was on his deathbed]—presided over the Nicaea Counsel and, as stated by the Encyclopedia Britannica:
“Constantine himself presided, ACTIVELY GUIDING THE DISCUSSIONS, and PERSONALLY proposed… the crucial formula expressing the relation of Christ to God in the creed issued by the council, [that Christ was] ‘of one substance with the Father.’ ”The Nicaea Counsel
Trinitarianism is a mixture of Jewish, Greek, and Roman philosophies, loosely based on a handful of Bible verses snatched out of context or interpolated into the text. This fallacious doctrine claims there are three co-equal Beings in the God-Head. Yet the Father is the source of everything, and the Son is the channel through which He carries out His purpose. By His own words, Christ asserts that the Father is superior to Him (though They are one in purpose and mind). Christ is the only means through which we can receive the knowledge of God, revealing the image, mind, purpose, and character of the invisible, immortal Father. As the Son projects the image of the Father, God wants to fill the entire universe with images that conform to the Son.
Scripture reveals God the Father to be the only Supreme Deity, and His Son, Yeshua, who is in all things submissive to the Father.
John 14:28 says, Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” To further confound the Trinity doctrine, this verse says that the Father and the Son are not even co-equal! The Father is the Source; He is superior in terms of authority and responsibility. There is government even within the kingdom of God, and the Son takes orders from the Father. They are not equal, but “one” in that the Father’s Spirit is the true identity of all the sons of man!. In I Corinthians 11:3, Paul gives this same clear order of authority and responsibility in saying that the Father is the Head over all creation. As he puts it so simply, the head even of Christ.
The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) is the presence and power of God, the essence of the Divine mind that the Son stays connected to in overcoming sin and living out God’s purpose as the implement of His salvation. The Spirit is not a separate being, anymore than the “spirit in man” (I Corinthians 2:11) is a separate being inside each human. John 4:24 says,
God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.”
Scripture also reveals that, rather than being limited to two (or three) Beings, the God Family is in process of expanding through God’s plan of salvation. Each true Believer is a son or daughter of God the Father and a brother or sister of Yeshua (Mark 3:35 says, “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.”). As such, true Believers are members of the God Family, and will, if they remain faithful to the end, be changed into spirit members at the return of Yeshua to this earth.
Although this is astounding when one hears it for the first time, it is fully borne out in God’s Word. Romans 8:29 tells us that the Father is conforming saints “to the image of His Son, that He [Yeshua] might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Notice that He is the firstborn, indicating preeminence over others, not the “only-born.” Likewise, Colossians 1:18 identifies Yeshua as “the firstborn from the dead,” meaning that others will also be rise “from the dead” into the God Family when resurrected at Yeshua’s return (see Revelation 1:5). Additionally, Ephesians 3:14-15 says that “the whole family in heaven and earth is named” after the Father. The saints have taken on the Family name, showing that they are already part of that Family Kingdom (Colossians 1:13), even though they will not be complete until they are transformed into spirit beings (compare John 3:3-8; I Corinthians 15:50).
By contrast, the Bible never mentions the Holy Spirit in the context of a family relationship, nor of being a separate member of the God Family… God IS Spirit and that is why the Spirit does not have a separate name! Scripture speaks of the Spirit as the power (Acts 1:8) or mind of God, the power of love and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). Since it emanates from God and is the very essence of God, it can thus be said to be “poured out” (Titus 3:5-6), “breathed” (John 20:22), and used to “fill” (Acts 2:4) and “anoint” (Acts 10:38).
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