Jehovah`s Witness/Your take on the trinity

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I have just read your answers on the JW view of the word "god" as it relates to Jesus.  I thought you were very balanced in the answer you gave.

The trinity has always puzzelled me.  As far as I understand it the Trinity teaches that Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are three distinct and separate individuals. So on that basses the Trinity can be likened to a committee of three.  The Committee is called God. Just as a normal committee is not a committed unless all are in attendance, so God would not be God without the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Your definition was - "As a trinitarian, I believe that God is revealed in three co-equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all of whom are true and God." -  I see there that you make the distinction of the three individuals.  But would you liken them to a committee, or would you say that the three make up one person.

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Thanks for your questions.  I will get to the others today as quickly as I can.  I have also been very sick the past 4-5 days, and my head is pretty cloudy.  If I am not offering the answers you are looking for, please feel free to follow up for clarification.

I would hesitate to apply finite concepts to an infinite being.  That, of course, is what the word "trinity" has done to confuse people.  It places God into a box so we can make some effort of understanding His nature in terms that we can understand.  In that regard, JW's have a point.  It's for that reason that I prefer not to use that word with them as the walls come up as soon as it is uttered.

Your idea of a committee is interesting.  There's something about that concept that bothers me, though.  I agree that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct from each other.  The Bible is clear in that.  I guess what bothers me about the idea of a committee is that the members of a committee, as we know it, can function autonomous of each other, even if it's for the same purpose.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, although having distinct roles, are never independent.  They are infinitely unified, so closely that they are one.

The idea of God being one is a central theme to both JW's and trinitarians.  The same with the idea of them being separate.  JW's use this to prove their point of view.  Trinitarians do the same to prove theirs.  So let me throw this in the mix to think about.  How does it make you feel to replace the word "God" with the word "Jehovah" since that is the name of God?  If you said, "There is only one Jehovah; the Father is Jehovah; the Son is Jehovah; the Holy Spirit is Jehovah", how does that sound to you?  To me, these statements make is sound more personal and relational, but it's a much more heretical statement in the ears of a JW.  Nevertheless, it's what the Bible teaches.  Does that change your perspective on a committee?

I very much move away from the idea of 3 that make 1 person.  I would never say that the Father one part of God, the Son is part of God, and the Holy Spirit is part of God.

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I am not a Jehovah's Witness, however I can answer many questions concerning the ideas and doctrines on which they disagree with mainstream Christianity. I have spent a great deal of time in ministry with current and ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as those who have started to become disillusioned with the Watchtower Organization.

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Jehovah's Witnesses are generally wonderful and moral people who are zealous for God. However, in their zeal, they have pledged allegiance to what they believe is God's spirit-directed organization. This allegiance blinds them from allowing God's word alone to work in them. My hope is to share the love of Jesus Christ with all who seek salvation, no matter their label or denomination. My experiences come from the relationship that I have with Him as the source of my daily strength. These experiences create an undeniable testimony of salvation by grace through faith in the cleansing blood of the Lamb of God. Through prayer and meditation on God's holy word alone, we find truth as revealed to us through the Holy Spirit.

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As the word "organization" is misleading in this particular area, I want to be clear that, as a member of the body of Christ, the label or denomination of the church I attend is not the source of my salvation. I do not go to or through any organization for official knowledge or guidance. I go to God's word alone.

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