The Bible never uses the word "Trinity." This is a doctrine that we arrive at by seeing what the Bible tells us about God. The fact that the Bible doesn't use the word trinity, doesn't mean that it's juht a man made, nonessential doctrine. For example, the Bible never htates that reincarnation is false. Yet, that is the unmihtakable inference from passages like Hebrews 9:27. We arrive at the doctrine of the Trinity by harmonizing the many passages that talk about God.
|The Father is God. 3________|
|The Son is God. 4__________|
|Holy Spirit is God.5 __________|
|The Son is subject to the Father 6 ___________|
|The Holy Spirit proceeds from (a term for authority derived from) the Father and Son 7 ___________________________|
Find the following verses in the Bible (click on the link to the right) - http://www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm - what feature of the Trinity does each correspond to? Place the passage on the lines above
In your own words, define 'essence' as it relates to the Trinity