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Since there has been so much “Trinity” debate here on the kingdomready blog, I thought this week I would cover something on subject. Even more reason since during the debates between us Unitarians and our Trinitarian visitors, we also had a “Oneness” believer join in and several people didn’t really catch his positional stance at first. The following might help with that somewhat.

Historical Christianity has had four main belief views on who is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Some might say include other views such as the Latter Day Saints and Herbert Armstrong’s Church of God folk that believe in a “God family”. But when it boils right down to it, the following four are the longer term predominant viewpoints. And they are: Trinitarian, Oneness, Arian, and Unitarian. What does each profess? Well here is each one’s primary view of God, Jesus, & the Holy Spirit.

1. Trinitarian:

Believes that there is one God made up of three separate and distinct persons of but one indivisible essence. These three persons existed from eternity, and are equal in power and substance. They are known as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The undivided essence of God belongs equally to each of the three persons.

2. Oneness:

Believes that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the same God with no distinction in person or being. The one God simply manifests himself in these three ways and/or at different times.

3. Arian:

Believes that there is one God, the Father – who alone is God. The Son is our Lord, Jesus Christ who was God’s first creation and existed in heaven with God as his son and whom God had create all of creation. God transferred Jesus from a Spirit being to a human at his birth. The Holy Spirit is God’s power and presence.

4. Unitarian:

Believes that there is one God, the Father – who alone is God. The Son is our Lord, Jesus Christ who came into existence as God’s son at his birth on earth but did not literally exist previously. The Holy Spirit is God’s power and presence.

Much could be said about all of these four in far greater detail I know. But this is just a simple primer. For a little more depth feel feel to check out this link. It has a nice “questions & answers” chart that breaks down the differences of the four on many beliefs. I pulled much of the above wording from the first brief description/overview row. Still it seems that much of it is incomplete – especially in the Unitarian column. So I wonder if the chart was not finished or if he just didn’t get good or enough info from Unitarian sources.

One Response to “The 4 Main Views of “The Great Debate””

  1. on 04 Jul 2008 at 6:36 pmTim

    For those that have time, I would be interested in thoughts about an answer to a question on a radio show that I listen to (The Narrow Paht). The question is essentially, “who am I praying to?” As some background, the host is Steve Gregg, who you may or may not be familiar with. I have listened to him for over a year and really respect his teaching approach. He is a “free thinker” and encourages free thinking among all Christians.

    While I do not agree with everything he says in his answer (it is not orthodox trinitarian, nor unitarian), I find a lot of it commendable as attempting to go strictly with the Bible.

    The archive for the show with the question is at the link below. I don’t think it is the first question of the day, but it is near the beginning.

    http://www.thenarrowpath.com/archive/TNP080702H.mp3

    He has an excellent lesson on his web site on the “three views of Hell.” He is pretty dismissive of the Biblical support for the traditional view (he agrees there isn’t much support for it) and I think that he is leaning towards conditionalism, coming to this view based on his own study. I would recommend this study to people in this forum.

  

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