I am agnostic (not QUITE an atheist) but I really shouldn't answer this, should I?
A few years ago a Taoist priest was asked by an interviewer whether he really believed that Lao Tzu had lived for 83 years in his mother's womb before being born (with a long grey beard). The priest replied, "If such stories help people to believe then who am I to deny them?"
From a similar point of view, the Trinity makes perfect sense. It adds flexibility to the godhead and allows Christians to explain (at least to their own satisfaction) much that would be anomalous if only one member of the Trinity was perceived to be God.
Again, this sounds like b/s. You're ok though Tom.
We covered this ground, more or less, in an earlier question.
The latter is integral in supporting the former; though the Trinity is not a constant throughout every Christian denomination, while Christ's divinity is.
The number three (or, the triad) has held unique appeal in countless permutations from basic geometry and math (ex: It is the only number equal to the sum of all numbers before it) to navigation, astrology and superstition. It is not surprising then, that three can be put to such potent use in matters of faith as well, and is used abundently throughout the Bible: Noah had 3 sons (as did many others); Egypt was dark for 3 days; Jonah spent 3 days and nights in the whale; 3 Wise men; Peter denied 3 times; Jesus rose after 3 days, and on and on.
I submit the attempt to solidify the ecclesiastical claim with the power of math is a clever one, though from the POV of this observer, carries the same standing as the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
In Jewish thought, the messiah could be anyone, and was not meant to be a "god." They are expecting an "anointed" king (mashiach), expected at the "end of days" (acharit ha-yamim). See link:-
The holy spirit in Judaism is "divine inspiration," it is different to the spirit, or the breath of God given to every living creature, it is a spirit that one channels and speaks Gods truth. All prophets spoke in the Holy Spirit. However, it is not clear the difference, if any, between the Holy Spirit and the Shekinah (which denotes the divine settling, dwelling of God).
It was created among the first ten things on the first day of creation. Though the nature of the Holy Spirit is really nowhere described, the name indicates that it was conceived as a kind of wind that became manifest through noise and light. It was distinct. With Samson it was the sound of a bell, in other circumstances it is described as light or a strong wind.
Ezekiel 3:12 -14 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing. So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
There are two distinct spirits the Holy Spirit and the Unclean Spirit. Among the pagans Balaam, from being a mere interpreter of dreams, rose to be a magician and then a possessor of the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit did not appear to him except at night, all pagan prophets being in possession of their gift only then. The Balaam section was written in order to show why the Holy Spirit was taken from the pagans because Balaam desired to destroy a whole people without cause.
Numbers 31:16 and Rev 2:14, Balaam returned to King Balak and informed the king on how to get the Israelites to curse themselves by enticing them with prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols.
The New Testament writers look upon the Messiah, who is actually identified with the Holy Spirit, as having arrived, their view assumes a form fundamentally different from that of the Jewish view in certain respects, as for the Messiah being conceived by the Holy Spirit etc.
In Judaism, Isaiah 9:6 Pele'-yo'ez-'el-gibbor-'abiy'ar-sar-shalom, is not meant to describe the child, but the situation to which that child is born (established in Isaiah 7-8): That God would preserve the throne of David in the kingdom of Judah through the threat of Israel, Syria, and Assyria.
In gnostic text, the word, or logos was from God, and so was the feminine counterpart Wisdom.
1- "God incarnate" is an oxymoron. It's self contradictory. How can God [immortal] become flesh [mortal]?
2- If God BECAME Jesus then God would cease to exist, because He BECAME Jesus. For example, if a circle BECAME a square or a wooden rod BECAME ashes then the circle would be no more neither would the wooden rod.
3- The trinity is never mentioned by name anywhere in the Bible and neither was the concept ever taught by Jesus or anyone before him.
4- On the contrary, one of the clearest and most unambiguous statements by Jesus is his declaration in John 17:3 that the Father is "the ONLY true God". In that simple and precise declaration Jesus rules out the possibility of him being God, or the Holy Spirit, or anyone or anything else.
The trinity is not supported by the bible. The bible tells us at John 17:3: "This means everlasting life, there coming to know you the only true God and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ:" This scripture helps us to see that God and Jesus are two separate individuals. Because God wouldn't send himself.