against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring [him]. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed [them] in the way And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed [be] the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.” Also see Luke 19:30-38 which has a similar detailed description of this occurrence. On the other hand, the Bible is completely free of any description of the “Trinity” which is supposedly a description of the very nature of the one who rode this ass, who is claimed to be the only son of God, and who allegedly died for the sins of all of mankind. I found myself asking the question: If every aspect of Christian faith is described in such detail such that even the description of this ass is so vividly depicted for us, then why is the same not What did Jesus really say? 36
true for the description of the “Trinity”? Sadly, however, it is a question for which there is no logical answer. Once again, here is the table: Explicit Statement Implicit Statement God is ONE Isaiah 43:10-11, Deuteronomy 4:39, Isaiah 45:18, Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 45:6, Isaiah 45:22, Exodus 20:3, Exodus 34:14 God is TWO John 1:1, John 10:30, John.10:33, John 5:18 John 20:28, John.14:6, John 14:8-9 God is THREE 1 John 5:7 Matthew 28:19 , I Corinthians 12:4-6 , II Corinthians 13:14 , Jude 1:20-21 God is MANY Genesis 1:26 22.214.171.124 John 1:1 (the word was God) : Another verse quoted in defense of the “Trinity” is the verse of John 1:1 : “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” When I first learned of this verse it appeared to me that I had finally found my elusive goal. However, after substantial research into Christian theological literature, I would later come to learn that this verse too can not be interpreted to justify a “triune” God. My own experience has shown that this verse is the one most popularly quoted by most Christians in defense of the Trinity. For this reason I shall spend a little more time in its analysis than in the analysis of the other verses. First of all, it is quite obvious from simply reading the above verse that even in the very best case, this verse speaks only of a “Duality” not a “Trinity.” Even the most resolute conservative Christian will never claim to find in this verse any mention whatsoever of a “merging” of a Holy Ghost with God and What did Jesus really say? 37
“the Word.” So even if we were to accept this verse at face value and just have
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