Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Uniqueness Of Trinitarian Monotheism

         In simplest terms, polytheism is belief in the existence of multiple gods. Examples would include the Roman pantheon and Hinduism. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the fundamental logical dilemma for polytheistic worldviews, which is rooted in the fact that the gods of such religions do not function in perfect harmony with each other. They certainly are diverse, and are by no means unified. 

         In a polytheistic framework, there is no final arbitrator of truth. The deities fight amongst each other. In Greco-Roman literature, deities killed and stole wives from each other. They spitefully contradicted and blasphemed one another. The gods of polytheistic worldviews are subject to defeat. Thus, truth and morals are rendered subjective in polytheistic worldviews. Peace becomes nonexistent. Chaos abounds fully. Of what practical application is polytheism?

         In contrast, the God of the Judeo-Christian framework exists as one in three separate, divine persons. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present. He is eternal and self-sufficient. God is love, and enjoys fellowship with creation. He is righteous. Trinitarian monotheism is the most rational expression of monotheism. No mere man could have invented a doctrine as sophisticated, yet so profound, as that of the trinity. The gods of pagan religions, however, act exactly like depraved man himself. Are they even worthy of being followed?

         The so-called divine entities of polytheistic religions are defective and so have proven themselves to be nothing but idols. The Holy Scriptures plainly tell us that there is only one true God (Exodus 20:1-3; Isaiah 43:10-11). He is the Creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1). Logical deductions used to argue for the existence of God such as degrees of perfection, our orderly universe, and objective morals are supportive of monotheism. Further, it is from the Judeo-Christian worldview that people derive the objective nature of truth and logic.

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