By Arnold Gordon
WHOM DO I WORSHIP???
If God is three people, as those that believe in the "Trinity" claim, which of the three people (persons) am I supposed to worship? Which of the three people do I pray to? Which of the three people is the greatest?
The so-called "Apostle's Creed" declares the three persons (people) are separate, but inseparable, coequal, and coeternal. Yet, when I listen to ministers on the radio, the television, and in the church congregations, the majority of the attention is directed to Jesus, the human son of the virgin Mary. Very little reference seems to be made to "God the Father", while "God the Holy Spirit" is seldom mentioned.
Was apostle Paul wrong when he declared, "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints"? I Corinthians 14:33 To me, the very creed of the "Trinity" is nothing but confusion, and does not agree with any scriptures of the Holy Bible. I have never yet heard a satisfactory explanation as to how three persons (people) are separate, but inseparable, co-equal, and co-eternal.
If we listen to the words of Jesus himself, we do not find anywhere in the whole Bible where he refers to himself as either "God the Father", or "God the Holy Spirit", let alone "God the Son".
Jesus explained this, to the woman at the well, "Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the "true worshippers shall worship the Father" in spirit and in truth: for he seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth". John 4:21-24
Moses wrote, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love (worship) the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Jesus said, concerning Moses statement above, "The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The LORD our God is one LORD: and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
"And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29 31
Jesus also referred to this same passage when he was confronted and tempted by Satan in the wilderness, saying, "Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Luke 4:8
If we obey the first of all the commandments and worship the LORD thy God, and him only shall we serve, does not that give precedence for our worship to "God the Father" instead of "God the Son"? Did not Jesus say, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again to you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I." John 14:28 How then can the Father and the Son be co-equal?
Some use the scripture, "I and my Father are one." John 10:30 to establish that the Father is the Son, and the Son is the Father. However these same people do not follow the same rules when Jesus said, "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are". John 17:11 Does this passage make the followers of Jesus, God, because they would be one with God. What does that do to the numerical value of the "Trinity"?
Jesus also taught in the sermon on the mount, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:6 Why do trinitarians pray to Jesus the son of the virgin Mary, or to his mother, against his own instructions?
If the "Trinitarians" cannot follow the words of Jesus Christ himself, how can they claim to be his followers? Does not his words count for anything?
Surely, among the teachers of what is called "Christianity" today, there is at least one, who is able to answer these questions. If they cannot answer these simple questions to clear up the confusion which is apparent in the questions, then what good are all their degrees and seminary training? How do they deserve such pompous recognition? What do they base these teachings on? How do they handle the above scripture references and the statements of Jesus Christ?
Last Modified: July 24, 1996