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2 hours ago, chockfull said:

In my experience the trinity is not really discussed, taught, or really dwelt on at all in churches today

That is very true Chockfull, they don't do it in the open, just like the predator pedophile priests do not do their dirty deeds out in the open.

The Trinity is programmed into the churchgoers minds subconsciously by repeatedly reminding them that 'Jesus is God', and 'Holy Mary, Mother of God' and other such pagan beliefs that have been surreptitiously been brought into churchianity.

What they are not told directly, about the Trinity, the subconscious mind figures it out.

Just like if you look outside and you see your neighbor's car in their driveway, and you have seen them drive threir car into their driveway many times over the years, even though you didn't see them drive in today, just by seeing their car, your subconscious mind will automatically think that they must have driven it into the driveway.

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4 hours ago, Bolshevik said:

I would argue belief is a major influence, directly and indirectly, on our attitudes and therefore behavior.  

Bolshevik, I agree 1000%, spiritual beliefs affect physical actions

It is axiomatic

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2 hours ago, So_crates said:

I would agree with you to a point, Bol.

I think that what often causes people to do bad things is not so much the Trinity as thinking they have the one, the only, in big capital letters, TRUTH.

Proof?

How many of us were convinced Saint Vic was the MOG for our day and time?

How many of us thought every word coming out of Saint Vic's mouth came from God's mouth to Saint Vic's ear?

Then we took PLAF and were convinced we had the truth, and by-gum the rest of the world was going to listen.

How many of us do you think challanged local priest, ministers and rabbis?

How many of us challanged our parents?

And all these years later, how many of us realize how wrong we were?

Thinking you have the only truth does something to the human mind: it fills it with huberis. Once filled with huberis, the mind closes and refuses to continue the search.

That huberis also make you view people who don't believe your doctrine a inferior (after all, they're going to the bad place, your going to the good place).

 

 

I get what you mean about religious zeal, youthful idealistic energy.  Stubborn egotism etc.

I don't believe the Trinity causes bad behavior.  I do believe belief influences behavior among other factors and that is an established scientific fact.  Belief is given at a very young age, which we may or may not be aware of. 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Bolshevik said:

I don't believe the Trinity causes bad behavior.  I do believe belief influences behavior among other factors and that is an established scientific fact.  Belief is given at a very young age, which we may or may not be aware of

I agree. This is especially true in our current geopolitical climate, where several generations have been conditioned to believe that this or that ethnicity is evil or inferior. These beliefs, if given enough time, do seem to become diluted in the general populace.  I think the same will hold true of this trinity issue. Perhaps in another 100 years people will scratch their heads and wonder why people were so consumed with something that doesn't seem to matter to them anymore.

 

edit: As I was typing this, I was thinking specifically about the issue of Korea's "comfort women" and how subsequent generations following WWII have adjusted their beliefs and attitudes as time itself dilutes the first hand and second hand memories.

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Here is why it matters whether or not there is a trinity:

2Ti 2:15  Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.

ASV

The details actually matter.  And since the trinity wasn't introduced until the council of Nicaea, it is obviously an addition to scripture and therefore invalid.  The Word has so many verses that declared Jesus Christ as the son of God, not part of God.  But here is one that is quite definitive:

Rom 5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

KJV

That underlined word, "man", properly translated from the Greek,  means human.  God is not human.  In all of Paul's letters, he never once declares, nor implies, that Jesus is part of a trinity.  If you can find him doing that, I will be quite surprised.

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On ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 6:51 PM, TLC said:

(SNIP)

For starters, perhaps it would help to think of some of  my methods of communication as coming from a rather odd combination of (in no particular order) layman,  gardener, salesman, and Socratic.  Obviously, that doesn't categorize well, and I've come to recognize my "different way of thinking" for what it really is (more than anything else),  a handicap.  In other words, what I write don't always communicate or come across as plainly or as clearly as it should (or that I think it does.) Now, with that in mind...

(SNIP) 

Hi once again TLC & Grease Spotters

thought I’d tie up a few loose ends…of a “thread within a thread” – I apologized to TLC on another thread  concerning the Bible  

the apology was for my overreacting and being overboard harsh and critical of his posts both on that thread and this one…for me Grease Spot is often a “story within the other side of the story” - - the changes I’m going through as I (hopefully) grow further away from TWI and a certain mindset I use to harbor.

Perhaps I can also relate this back to answering a question Bolshevik posed in the first post of this thread -

“I'm hoping some Christians (or some who understand) can explain why The Trinity is important to many Christians, why VPW's anti-Trinity stance was significant, and how the non-Trinity view may have affected other doctrines of Christianity in TWI. (What might have been intended and unintended consequences.) What role does the Trinity play and what did VPW disrupt?”

I think one of the consequences of wierwille’s anti-Trinity stance was how it helped to foster a dogmatic response…followers of TWI would never dream of thinking outside the (theological) box…thus a very successful group-think was established…I’ll end with what I said in my apology on the other thread:

"One of the great things about Grease Spot is rather than there being something of a collective consciousness in the discussions - it’s more along the lines of divergent thinking - where a variety of possible solutions are proposed in an effort to find one or more solutions that can work...here it’s cool to QUESTION EVERYTHING and you’re FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE what makes sense and works for you! That was some of my thinking in starting this thread - - and uhm...I seemed to have forgotten that."

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On the Trinity topic, one way I have come to view this as Victor Paul Wierwille in "The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote

The ingenious nobleman was so immersed in his own struggle his name became forever enthroned within an "ism".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quixotism

Quixotism (/kwɪkˈsɒtɪzəm/ or /kˈhtɪzəm/) (adj. quixotic) is impracticality in pursuit of ideals, especially those ideals manifested by rash, lofty and romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action.[1] It also serves to describe an idealism without regard to practicality. An impulsive person or act might be regarded as quixotic.

Quixotism is usually related to "over-idealism", meaning an idealism that doesn't take consequence or absurdity into account. It is also related to naïve romanticism and to utopianism.

 

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The real problem was people taking the plagiarized classes, then going back to their churches and not becoming a part of the Way in commitment and finance.  VPW needed to find some way to pry people from their denominations.  It was not good enough they were a functioning parallel member in the body of Christ.  No, he had to teach about an exclusive term known as the "household", where other Christians are just a little bit sub-par at best.

Between that and the Trinity,  Victor Paul Wierwille could easily cast doubt upon teachings centuries old that had ideological basis in scripture but not actual terminology in scripture.  

I mean there are a lot of other monk-chanting like stupid statements in the Apostles Creed, so why focus on the one?  And why is Augustine the only d@mn Pope in history Wayfers actually know the name of?  It is like the extent of Wayfers knowledge is a two paragraph historical summary in Jesus Christ Is Not God which they cling doggedly to like a shipwreck piece throughout even post Way life.

No I think the rejection of the Trinity with vehemence is evidence of our brainwashing. Not rejection of it alone - I don't believe in the doctrine of the trinity.  But us taking up the spears and going after the same windmills is going to leave us perpetually shipwrecked.

 

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VPW Magna opus JCING was poor church history and implying works from Bullinger, Lamsa(and Errico), JW, WCOG, Unitarians, Christian Science, Quakers, etc.Lynn/Schoenheit/Grasser made a slightly better case in CES/ST&F's book One God and one Lord. This plus JCOP/Word's Way(Bullinger, Lamsa, PIllai), and JCOPS/Ernest Martin/Word's Way/Bullinger/Lamsa and Errico/ Pillai was to explain everything about Jesus Christ. btw, I now believe in the Holy Trinity but I can not make anyone agree with me. Video classes like Alpha, Christian Believer(United Methodist), Foundations(Saddleback), Open Home, Open Bible(All Soul's Langham Place, London) all mention the Trinity. Check them out.

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17 minutes ago, Thomas Loy Bumgarner said:

VPW Magna opus JCING was poor church history and implying works from Bullinger, Lamsa(and Errico), JW, WCOG, Unitarians, Christian Science, Quakers, etc.Lynn/Schoenheit/Grasser made a slightly better case in CES/ST&F's book One God and one Lord. This plus JCOP/Word's Way(Bullinger, Lamsa, PIllai), and JCOPS/Ernest Martin/Word's Way/Bullinger/Lamsa and Errico/ Pillai was to explain everything about Jesus Christ. btw, I now believe in the Holy Trinity but I can not make anyone agree with me. Video classes like Alpha, Christian Believer(United Methodist), Foundations(Saddleback), Open Home, Open Bible(All Soul's Langham Place, London) all mention the Trinity. Check them out.

Thomas all views are welcome sometimes views are more similar than you think but labels are divisive.

I have far from reached my destination in Christology in view or practice.  Thx for the references.

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2 hours ago, chockfull said:

I have far from reached my destination in Christology in view or practice.  Thx for the references.

Me too. At this point in my life I at least have some understanding of the Trinity. I think it’s important to understand it, if you’re going to agree or disagree. TWI’s narrow view and opposition were my own for years. Not anymore. Thankfully. :wave:

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Some of you might find this page of interest.  I know nothing of the author(s) but there appears to have been some serious work put into the website:

http://www.angelfire.com/space/thegospeltruth/trinity.html

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I would also offer a paper prepared by the late Steve Lortz on the trinity.  He did this for his (genuine) doctorate.  It made more sense to me than anything else I'd read on the subject.  However at the moment I seem to be limited in the amount I can upload.  An email to the mods, perhaps, for assistance?

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Do you think it would fit in an email? I would love to read that piece.

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Okay, Krys, let's see if this works:

Yep, looks good.  There will be a thread somewhere here where Steve discussed this topic, and that's why he posted this paper.

 

Lortz trinity paper.pdf

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Here's one such Trinity thread, started by the late Steve L.  It's not, however, what I was thinking of earlier, which caused him to post the paper he'd written (shown above).

 

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Twinky, thanks for the posts with the angel fire link, Steve's paper as PDF (i downloaded it) and the link to his thread - he's shared portions of it and it's great stuff in my opinion.

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I didn't realise Steve had died. When and how?

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On ‎4‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 10:57 AM, Thomas Loy Bumgarner said:

I didn't realise Steve had died. When and how?

i went looking for this earlier after reading your post - I could have sworn someone recently posted about this.

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I was thinking over something Steve mentioned in his paper on the Trinity – he quoted Peter Toon, who said about the Economic Trinity -

This is the self-revelation of God… and we come to know about him as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit… and then we enter into personal friendship, personal union, personal knowing of the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit... So this is the Economic Trinity, God in his economy of creation, his economy of grace…

(end of excerpt)

== == == == 

I think some of what shaped my idea of God as a heavenly father is the relationship I had with my earthly father. My dad was a good man, honest, generous, and kind – but suffered from PTSD after serving in WWII; I think that might have been a big factor in why I felt emotionally cut off from him. I also knew him to be a very resourceful, creative and technically savvy…so given all that, I guess I was like any kid who thinks their dad is awesome – my world revolved around him.

I wonder - if you don’t have a good emotional connection with someone that you greatly admire - will that lead to feelings of inferiority? Feeling like you don’t measure up to someone you idolize…anyway – just thinking out loud here – since I happened to read Psalm 104 this morning…and was letting my mind wander thinking about the awesome creative power described in the Psalm…I think I’ve watched too many sci-fi and space movies where they have a scene of looking at our planet from outer space – I like to scare myself by imagining I’m this little ant on the other side of the planet – far away from God’s field of view…some of my childhood still lives on in my head…maybe it’s not a bad thing – I mean, I still have a lot of awe and respect for God and maybe some fear of God too…I was never a big fan of the matter-of-fact-causual-best-buds relationship that some folks seem to have with God Almighty…not that there’s anything wrong with that…it’s just not me…maybe that will change some day…I dunno…

 

But I do find hope in that stuff about making a connection with God through the Son by the Holy Spirit…For me it seems Jesus Christ makes the Father approachable…accessible…and I wonder if it’s the work of the Holy Spirit that inspires me to explore this connection. It’s odd – I don’t think how I relate to God has changed much since I was a kid. I still pray to him…(I don’t pray to Jesus, by the way...I mean, even Jesus told us to pray in this manner "Our Father..." ). When I’m thankful I think of God. It was just a passing thought - but the other morning as I was getting ready for work I had a brief moment of bliss as I thought about how grateful I am to God for getting to share an existence with this family of mine.

My thoughts usually turn to Jesus Christ or something from the Gospels when it has to do with how I relate to others. I think that slogan what would Jesus do is pretty good. But for me I usually think in terms of what would Jesus have me do…ever get the feeling you’re being followed? I get that sometimes – not for real – but in my imagination – yeah, it’s like when I’m being a real a$$hole to someone and Jesus Christ is right over there eyeballing me with a raised eyebrow in that what-are-you-doing-look…oh, can’t we just go back to the I’m-a-little-ant-on-the-other-side-of-the-planet-away-from-God’s-view mode?  :biglaugh:   all kidding aside though, I feel I can easily relate to Jesus Christ...he walked the earth - he understands the problems and challenges we all experience.

And maybe in all that there’s also the Holy Spirit to liven up things...perhaps a catalyst when thoughts of Jesus Christ turns into empathizing with others...and sometimes I feel convicted of some fault or sin or maybe feel compelled to apologize or resolve an issue I’ve caused…Sometimes I feel on fire to criticize hypocrisy or to stand up for what's right…makes you wonder sometimes what drives you…sometimes we are mystifying to ourselves. :spy:

 

Well, anyway…that is how I think the Trinity works in my life...but that's just my opinion, I could be wrong...especially if there's no such thing as the Trinity. :rolleyes:

 

 

 

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