Thursday, July 20, 2017
Addressing A Few Objections To The Holy Trinity
-A major characteristic of many, if not most, heretical sects is that they tend to oppose the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. He is usually reputed to be a "lesser god" or simply a good moral teacher. But these beliefs terribly distort the true, scriptural version of our Lord Jesus Christ. He shared the same divine nature and essence as God the Father (John 1:1-3; 5:18; 10:30-33; 19:7). Thus, this article strives to briefly examine a few of the basic objections to the historic Christian position regarding the Person of Jesus Christ:
1.) Many people reject the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ because of His statement regarding His lack of knowledge regarding the day and hour (Mark 13:32). This is used to deny that He is all-knowing. However, this objection does not hold water because He was speaking from the aspect of His human nature. He was thus not speaking concerning His divine nature. Christ in His divine nature knows everything (Luke 5:4-6). He needed to take on human flesh so that He could make atonement for our sin.
2.) Others object to the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ on the basis that He prayed to God the Father. But this argument is fallacious because it fails to recognize the two separate natures of Jesus Christ: human and divine (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 2:17). He prayed to the Creator in the state of His humanity, which is something that we humans should be doing. This action was appropriate and thus does not diminish Christ's intrinsic divinity. Him praying to God the Father on our behalf is a necessary part of His intercession on our behalf (Hebrews 7:24-28).
3.) Some believe that Jesus Christ is lesser than God the Father in terms of authority because the Scripture calls Him the "Son of God" (John 3:16). However, this title only lends credence to the divinity of Christ, since it means having the same essence as God (John 5:18; 10:35-36; 19:7). In other words, both are equal in the sense that they possess the same divine authority. They are equal in essence. The Lord Jesus Christ became a servant by taking on the form of a man, and is positionally lower than God the Father.