Yesterday, we learned a little about the Nicene Creed – a creed written by men to try and explain the nature of Christ. This is apparently when the theory of the Trinity developed, for the trinity can be found nowhere in scripture.
But there is another creed to once again try to explain the nature of Christ and the Trinity, and this comes from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod located here:
This is what it says: ( The highlights are my own)
Whoever will be saved shall, above all else,
Sorry, and I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I get confused just reading that! The one word used in this creed that I find interesting is the word “incomprehensible”. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the definitions of “incomprehensible” is impossible to comprehend and unintelligible. How can any knowledge be attained from that which is not known? And can anyone “know” something incomprehensible? Now, I feel that is the major difference between the anti-Mormons Jesus and the Mormons Jesus.
Mormons also believe that man was created literally in God’s image, but the anti-Mormons assert that God is only a spirit, that He can fill the entire universe and sit on the head of a pin. Yet the anti-Mormons have a difficult time explaining what a spirit is. The anti-Mormons like to quote John 4:24 that states that God is a spirit. Again, the anti-Mormons like to take a quote out of text and then adhere to it literally. Ok, let us do just that. If we except that God is just a spirit, then by definition we must exempt Christ from the Trinity because Jesus said in Luke 24:39 “a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
In Romans 6:9 we read “…Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over Him.” This means that Christ still has His body, (as many people witnessed as He ascended into Heaven), and to say that He has no body is to say that He has died again. For the anti-Mormons to insist that Christ is part of the Trinity in spirit only is a total denial of Christ’s Godhead because Christ has a resurrected body! So, taking this one step further, if Christ is God, then God has a physical body. Period. Mormons believe that Christ was resurrected with His body, and that many of His followers testified that they saw him and that they felt the wounds in His hands and side. Matthew 5:8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” I wonder if the anti-Mormons take that verse literally. Incomprehensible?…a spirit only?……Trinity in Unity, and Unity in Trinity?…..I think not. Logic alone tells me that this is not my Christ.
The anti-Mormon concept of God was developed a century or more after most of the New Testament was completed. As anyone who studies Christian history will discover, battles and debates over the identity of God lead to creed statements defining God, not to biblical statements defining God.
Finally, if the concept of the Trinity is so important, why is it not found anywhere in the Bible? The Bible does not explain how God exists in three persons and yet is one God. The reason the Bible has never mentioned the Trinity is simple because it is not true. The concept of one God with three persons within the one God can only mean that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are each only 1/3 of that one God (1/3 + 1/3 +1/3 = ONE ). Again, logic tells me that God cannot be one and three at the same time. He cannot be both and be real.
But it is true that to reject the Trinity as a biblical concept by the Mormons is not the equivalent to rejecting the Bible itself. The Mormons love the Bible, and the Mormons love Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. They are two separate beings, and the Spirit has testified to me that this is true. IMHO