A MORE COMPLETE EXPLANATION...
Just because there are various manifestations of Gd in
the Bible, this
does not mean that each manifestation is to be regarded as separate and
unequal to Gd, yet somehow at the same time one and the same as Gd. It
also does not mean that each manifestation of Gd is to be treated
differently. The Hebrew Scriptures tells us that Gd is One.
Hear, O Israel: The Etrnl is our Gd, the Etrnl is one.
But how do we know that the term 'one' at the end of the
verse, does not refer to some sort of compound unity, that Gd is made
up of different parts that total up to one? The reason is that the word
'one' is an adjective. Here it is describing a proper noun, which is
the word 'The Etrnl.' (In Hebrew, this is a one-word designation.) Most
people forget that the word that is here translated as 'The Etrnl' is
actually a Name, the holiest name for Gd, told to us in Exodus 3:14-15.
'Gd' is a job description; the four-letter Name of Gd, on the other
hand, is Gd's personal Name. When the word, 'one' modifies a personal
name, it must mean that this entity is only One, not a compound One,
but rather an absolute One.
As an example, let us consider a man named Bill Jones.
be 'Dad' to his kids, but 'Honey' to his wife, 'Billy' to his parents,
and 'Mr. Jones' or 'Boss' to his employees. However, in all instances
Bill Jones has the same knowledge, the same power, and the same will.
In the Christians' New Testament, Jesus at one point claims to have
different knowledge than other parts of the Christian trinity. For
example, Matthew 24:36, or Mark 13:32.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels of heaven, but my Father only. [Matthew 24:36]
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not
the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
In another verse, Jesus does not have the same power as
parts of the Christian trinity, for example, Luke 23:34, where he must
ask the part which is called the Father to forgive, instead of doing it
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know
not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
And in Matthew 26:42 or Mark 14:36, Jesus' will is not
the same as the will of the Father.
He went away again the second time, and prayed,
saying, O my Father,
if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be
done. [Matthew 26:42]
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible
unto thee; take
away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou
wilt. [Mark 14:36]
Indeed, Jesus often contrasted himself with the Father
or with Gd, for example, in John 14:28, or Luke 18:18-19:
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and
come again unto
you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the
Father: for my Father is greater than I. [John 14:28]
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master,
what shall I do
to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me
good? none is good, save one, that is, Gd. [Luke 18:18-19]
Furthermore, Jesus is quoted as saying that the
blaspheming against one part of the trinity is not the same punishment
for blaspheming against another part of the trinity.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man,
it shall be
forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall
not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to
come. [Matthew 12:32]
The parts of the trinity cannot be one and the same.
They are separate,
they have different strengths, different powers, different wills,
different knowledge from each other, therefore the concept of the
trinity is not monotheistic.
Some Christians, including Messianic 'Jews,' try to
Deuteronomy 6:4, the biblical verse which states Gd's essential unity,
to allow for the concept of the trinity. From the website of the
Messianic 'Jewish' Alliance of America (MJAA):
'We believe that the Shema, 'Hear O Israel, the Lord
our Gd, the Lord is one' (Deuteronomy
6:4), teaches that Gd is Echad [one], as so declared: a united one, a
composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness...and that He
exists forever in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as
mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, and Messiah - Son) and
Matthew 28:18-20 (immersing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy
Not only are these concepts of a 'composite unity' and
oneness' contradictory and untenable, as well as unbiblical, as we have
seen, but there are more than just three manifestations of Gd in the
Hebrew Scriptures. There is of course, the Spirit of Gd, as we read in
And The Spirit Of Gd (Ruach Elohm) moved over the
face of the waters. [Genesis 1:2]
But there is also an Evil Spirit of Gd, as we read in I
And it came to pass, when The Evil Spirit Of Gd
(Ruach Elohm Raah)
was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so
Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
[I Samuel 16:23]
There is also a Lying Spirit of Gd, in I Kings 22:23:
Now therefore, behold, the Etrnl hath put a lying
Sheker) in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Etrnl hath
spoken evil concerning thee. [I Kings 22:23]
In Exodus 12:23, we are told that Gd will smite the
later in the same verse, we see that it is the Destroyer who smites the
For the Etrnl will pass through to smite the
Egyptians; and when He
seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Etrnl
will pass over the door, and will not suffer the Destroyer to come in
unto your houses to smite you. [Exodus 12:23]
One could claim that the Destroyer should be seen as a
Person in Gd,
just as the Spirit of Gd is seen as a Person in Gd. To this we could
add that the Lying Spirit of Gd should be seen as a Person in Gd, and
the Evil Spirit of Gd should be seen as a Person in Gd. This would mean
that instead of the trinity in the Father, the son, and the Holy
Spirit, one should have the Father, the son, the Holy Spirit, the Lying
Spirit, and the Evil Spirit, as well as the Destroyer. Should we add to
this the Burning Bush?
Why did the Christian community stop at the three of the
trinity, when they could have also had more persons in the supposed
compound unity of Gd? The reason is that the highest deities in the
other religions of the area also came in threes:
Babylon had:  Anu  Bel and  Ena;
Egypt had:  Osiris  Horus and  Isis
India had:  Brahma  Vishnu and  Shiva;
Rome had:  Jupiter  Pluto and  Neptune;
Greece had:  Zeus  Hades and  Poseidon;
And so the Christian community took their own trinity of
the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit, disregarding the Lying Spirit,
the Evil Spirit, and the Destroyer, not to mention the Burning Bush.
Jews are taught that Gd is One, Gd is Indivisible, and
this is found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.
For example, as we read in Isaiah 44:6:
I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me
there is no Gd. [Isaiah 44:6]
When Isaiah tells us that Gd said, I am the first,'
means that Gd has no father. If Gd had a father, Isaiah would have
quoted Gd's word as, 'I am the second.' When Isaiah tells us that Gd
said, 'I am the last,' it means that Gd has no literal son. If
Gd had a son, Isaiah would have told us that Gd said, 'I am the
second-to-last.' And when Isaiah tells us that Gd said, 'Besides me
there is no Gd,'
it means that Gd does not share being Gd with any other Gd, or demi-Gd,
or semi-Gd, or persons. If Gd shared or would later share Gd's Gd-ness
with Jesus, Isaiah would have told us that Gd's words were, 'Besides me
and the son that will come after me, there is no Gd.'
This is why Gd told us in the Ten Commandments, in
Exodus 20:3, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me.'
Even if you think they are gods, you cannot have them before Gd. You do
not pray to them in order to get to Gd, and you do not pray in their
names. Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another
god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their
names into my lips. [Psalm 16:4]
Christians may tell us, 'Behold Your Gd,' but the last
time we heard
something similar was in Exodus 32:4, when the ex-slaves pointed to the
Golden Calf and said, 'Eileh elohecha -- these are your gods.'