You should never argue against something unless you know about the thing you’re arguing against. In this case, I was reading a Jehovah’s Witness article which was to serve as a refutation of the Trinity. An article which would be quite convincing…if they had their facts straight. They’re talking about how Jesus never claimed to be God, how the idea of Jesus being God was never even given thought by the early Church Fathers, and the like.
For example, the Jehovah’s Witnesses say that when Jesus talks about not doing His own will, but that of the Father, it is clear evidence that He can’t be God, since, if He were, He and the Father would have the same will. But that’s just proof that His human nature was a REAL human nature, and even the JWs will agree with that: He became, at the Incarnation, a real man, not just in appearance. Thus, Jesus had two wills, one belonging to the divinity, the other to the humanity. and though the two were perfectly in synch, the human one was just as real as anyone’s–just never used at variance with His divine will.
Or the JWs talk about the Jesus Whom Trinitarians believe in being “a part of the Trinity” or “a part of God”. Well no wonder you find the doctrine ludicrous, m’friends. Go read more Trinitarian theology, alright? There is one divine nature. It is infinite, and as such can only be possessed TOTALLY. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit do not share it. It is utterly simple and can’t be divided. It can be possessed completely, or not at all. The Father is TOTALLY God, the Son is TOTALLY God, and the Holy Spirit is, you guessed it, TOTALLY God. There’s no “parts” business. Now I’m not denying that there are three persons, but each of Them is God, whole and entire, and each so inseperable from the others despite numerical distinction that the Trinity can’t be spoken of as having “parts”. This is so mysterious that those who hear it are inclined to repeat the words of St. Gregory of Nazianzus: “I have not even begun to think of unity when the Trinity bathes me in its splendor….I have not begun to think of Trinity when unity grasps me….”
Then there’s Our Lord’s “My God, my God, why have You abandoned Me?”
If He’s God, they say, He can’t be abandoned by God. And they’re right, He wasn’t abandoned by God: He was quoting Psalm 22, which described the details of His Passion and which Jews present would have recognized as, in fact, referring to Him.
Or they point to when Jesus says in John 17, “That they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent”.
“See!” they declare most triumphantly. “Jesus calls the Father, NOT HIMSELF, the true God.”
But this argument, too, stems from ignorance of Trinitarian dogma. Because each of the three divine persons is fully God, each can have ascribed to Him the title of “the only true God”. The Father is the only true God, the Son is the only true God, the Holy Ghost is the only true God.
Please, study the opposing side before debating it.
P.S: My next post won’t be about the person or nature of Christ or about the Trinity. I seem to have a lot of those and needn’t bore you. :P