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How do I show Oneness to my trinitarian friends?

Submitted: 2/28/2006
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Question: I believe in One God only . What would you say to trinitarians? I have told them that no one got baptized in the titles Father, Son, Holy Ghost in the Bible. I've told them that all the saints of old were baptized in Jesus only. I've pointed out the fact that the Jewish people are still waiting on one Messiah not three. Another point is the scriptures Is;9:6, 1 John 5:20, l Tim 3:16 and many other scriptures. What else could open up their eyes to the truth.

Answer: You have given your trinitarian friends some good scriptures to consider. There is no certain combination of scripture that will convert all trinitarians. It is very helpful to have a set of scriptures prepared to present as you find opportunities.

For some (like myself) it takes much time and study to make such a big change in their beliefs. A key issue is simply this; Is God one being or more than one being? A true trinitarian believes God is three co-equal, co-eternal persons each one God in his own right yet this is still somehow 'one' God. They need to come to an understanding of the foundational scriptures where God has described Himself and His key attributes.

Many have been taught the word for 'one' in Hebrew ('echad') never means a singular one only a one in agreement. You can take them to the Strong's Concordance and look at hundreds of verses where echad is used. In the overwhelming majority of these verses echad is used to convey a singular one. Following that up with a scripture like this is helpful:

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
Isaiah 44:26

The fact that God uses terms like I and Me should give weight to the fact He is not a plurality. Remember the trinitarian DOES believe Jesus is God. He errs by believing there are three beings who are God instead of one. If he can be brought to the foundation truth that when God says He is one He really means one, then a person may have his understanding opened.

For others one or two scriptures may grip them, drawing them to see the light. Yet here is a crucial point. Jesus said:

All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. Luke 10:22

When it is all said and done it is the work of Jesus by the Spirit to reveal who He is to a humble and honest heart! He will use us but only HE can make it real to the seeker.

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. 12:3

Donít give up! Sometimes those who you least expect will receive. Our job is to faithfully proclaim the truth whether it is accepted or not. It is a fact that many Oneness believers were once trinitarians!