|Section 4: Key Beliefs Re-examined, Article 3
Is Yehuveh One Being?
“Hear, O Israel:
Yehuveh our Elohim is one Yehuveh.”
|he Godhead is made up of three persons: ‘the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’ We use Matthew 28:19 and 1 John 5:7 as the Key Texts for this doctrine.” Pastor Stevenson wrote the two texts on the chalk board, then quoted them from memory, as he was urging us to|
|do: “‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’ and ‘For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.’”
Pastor Stevenson was teaching his favorite section of the Senior Bible Class at a private Christian academy, a ten-week term he called Bible Doctrines. For each proposed doctrine he has a short list of Key Texts to support the belief. We were to memorize these so we would “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” He felt that he was “doing us proud” and it was clear that he was quite pleased when we could echo his instruction to “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” 1 Peter 3:15; Colossians 4:6.
I’m sure I was the exception to Pastor Stevenson’s pleasure. From very early in my childhood I puzzled over this matter of three-Gods-in-One. My parents couldn’t make any sense of it, though to their credit they earnestly tried. My earlier Christian teachers gave it their best shot, using illustrations of some very creative proportions. I’ve heard pastors preach polished sermons on this subject; read elaborate commentaries; and listened to televangelists add their “convincing arguments,” and still it has made no sense to me. Key Texts weren’t enough, in my opinion! If the teaching made no sense, what value was in a few words to parrot off to someone else. Why would I quote these verses to anyone about a teaching to which I could not relate. Pastor Stevenson had set himself up for “the question,” and I asked it!
“Pastor Stevenson, how can you say we are mono-theistic, that we believe in ‘one God,’ and then teach us that there are three? I have never been able to comprehend that!”
As with so much of his teaching, Pastor Stevenson had his “prepared answer”! This troubled me! It wasn’t until years later that I realized how exceedingly true Isaiah was: “They [“the priest and the prophet”] also have erred through wine [corrupted instruction which they themselves accepted without question], and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest [spiritual instructors] and the prophet [all who teach Yehuveh’s word, in this case false prophets] have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit [teachings which have been taken in and poured back out undigested] and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.” Isaiah 28:7-8.
It became quickly obvious that this was one of Pastor Stevenson’s favorite illustrations: “The Godhead is like a chicken’s egg!” He pointed out that while every egg has a shell, albumen (the clear or white amniotic fluid around the yolk), and a yolk, yet it is still just a single egg. My mind scrambled that “egg” immediately! “Fine, so is Yehuveh the protective shell around the egg or the life-giving yolk at the center?” He just gave me a pained look. [Why did there have to be one such student in every class? Why?!] Frankly I was as frustrated with him. That wasn’t an answer! Did other students find it satisfying? He had taught us that “the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” were three separate beings each with his/its own personality, characteristics, and assignment. How can parts of a single whole all be uniquely individual? I found no rest in his answer. Though I desperately wanted to “buy into” his confidence and certainty, I didn’t, I couldn’t.
Originally Written: 4 May 2010
Latest Update: 10 May 2010
Complete Study Guide to Article 3
The Plot Thickens! The Classic “Bible Study” Support
Scriptural Support for Yehuveh being Our “Father”
Support for There Being a “Son of Elohim” Support for “the Father and the Son” Together
Support for the “Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost”
Scriptural Support for “the Three-Person-Godhead” Origins of the Trinity Doctrine
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