The Trinity on Trial
The setting: Anywhere
The time: Now
The defendant: Any Trinitarian
The charge: Giving Honor and Glory to someone or something other than The Almighty Creator
The defense: The best lawyer money can buy
The prosecution: Any monotheistic believer
The Judge: A group of individuals acting as Proxy for the Eternal Creator “YHWH” (G-D) with a main individual who oversees the proceedings
The courtroom is spacious and open. A multitude of people are on hand awaiting the decision and outcome of this trial. The Judges bench is covered by a thick veil, which conceals the Masters of the Court. As with most courtrooms there are benches for the prosecution and the defense.
The Trial is about to start, Let’s listen in!
Bailiff: All rise and give obeisance to the Master of the Court.
Master of the Court: Let us begin, The matter at hand this day is whether the defendant is wrong in showing reverence for someone or something other than the one true Creator. Defense you may begin.
Defense: Thank you your Honor, I would like to begin by showing the Court the character of the defendant. The Defendant is a devout Christian; he attends church services every Sunday and volunteers to help at all of the Church social events such as the Christmas and Easter plays, the assemblies annual pig roast, Saturday rummage sales, and the October trunk or treat event.
He has never been in trouble with the law. He has an excellent moral character, and is well liked by all of his fellow Church members. He is moderately well off and lives in a nice home. He sometimes gives the things he doesn’t need to charitable organizations instead of selling them at his yard sales. And he always gives substantial amounts of money when the offering plate is passed at Church.
Prosecution: The Prosecution has no problems with the Defendants general character, though we would have found his character more favorable if he had volunteered some of his time at local rest homes, or soup kitchens.
If he would have set aside some of the money he was giving to support the Church, and used it to benefit the homeless or others in need. This would have improved our perceptions of his character as well.
Master of the Court: It appears that we have no need for character witnesses for this trial.
Defense you may begin your arguments.
Defense: The issue at hand is that my client is accused of not worshiping the Almighty Creator according to the will of the Eternal. I will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that my client is Not Guilty of this offense!
My client has been attending religious organizations since his childhood. He was brought up in a Christian family and currently attends a local Church. He has always been involved in Church activities and always helps out around the Church when it is needed. He sings praises to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost every week and is a member of the choir as well!
I would like to call my client to the stand for testimony your Honor.
Master of the Court: Defendant please take the stand.
Defense: Will you please inform the court as to how you came to your belief in the trinity please?
Defendant: Well ever since I was a child, I have attended Churches of one kind or another, they all have taught me that the trinity of G-d is the truth. The Preachers and Pastors have all taught me the same thing. That G-d is composed of three entities, G-d the Father, G-d the son, and G-d the Holy Ghost. I have heard literally hundreds of sermons that have confirmed my belief in the trinity. How could all of these people be wrong?
Defense: Thank you very much.
Your turn prosecutor.
Prosecution: We commend you for your staying in the religious organizations throughout your life.
Defendant do you read the Bible?
Defendant: I have read parts of the Bible, but generally I just read along when the Pastor is giving his sermons.
Prosecution: Do you usually take things for granted in your work and home life? What I mean is do you usually trust everything people tell you?
Defendant: I have a certain amount of trust for the people around me, but I wouldn’t say I trust everything because that would be foolish.
Prosecution: Can I ask why you place such a large amount of trust in those who are teaching you the meanings of the Bible?
Defendant: Certainly, The congregation leaders I have known are good G_d fearing people, they wouldn’t lead me astray.
Prosecution: What would you do if we proved to you that these congregation leaders have misled you?
Defense: Objection! This question is immaterial to this trial!
Master of the Court: Over ruled, defendant please answer the question.
Defendant: I don’t know what I would do, just about everyone but the Jewish people believe in the trinity, and I am not a Jew.
Defense: Master of the court I require time with my client please.
Master of the Court: Granted, you have fifteen minutes. Court is in recess for fifteen minutes.
Master of the Court: Court is now in session Prosecution please continue.
Prosecution: Do you realize the potential penalties for not abiding by the proper teachings of the Bible?
Defendant: I can’t be condemned for my ignorance, If I have been misled, It’s not my fault!
Prosecution: How can you say that?
You have access to the same Bible your congregation leaders have. You have had years to study for yourself and to ensure that what you are being taught is the truth. If you had been born hundreds of years ago when the Christian religious leaders created an information famine, you might have been able to use ignorance as an excuse. But this is an age of information; almost everyone in the civilized world has access to historical books and documents, concordances, and other resources.
Defendant: But I don’t have a computer or Internet access!
Prosecution: Millions of people have learned the truths contained in the Bible without any outside resources. They actually read the words inside it.
Defendant: I have read the Bible, well most of the new testament!
Defense: Objection, the Prosecution is badgering my client!
Master of the Court: Over ruled, Prosecution please continue.
Prosecution: You have claimed ignorance in the matter. I accuse you of laziness! All you needed to do was take the time to make sure that what you were being taught was correct.
Defense: Objection! This is ridiculous your honors! My client should not be subjected to this!
Master of the Court: Over ruled, Prosecution please continue.
Prosecution: What do you have to say about this accusation of laziness?
Defendant: I have been saved in the name of Jesus, I am saved by grace! It doesn’t matter if I don’t understand now. He will teach me!
Prosecution: Ah yes, the once saved always-saved fallback.
Please tell us what you believe on this matter.
Defendant: I have been taught that Jesus washes away our sins once we accept him into our lives, and that no matter what I may do in my life, my sins will be forgiven.
Prosecution: Can you quote specific Bible passages to back this up?
Defendant: I have heard so many sermons on this I have it memorized. John 3:16 says “For G-d so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”!
Prosecution: Do you mean to tell us you actually believe that all you have to do is believe in Jesus? Doesn’t that sound just a little too easy?
Defendant: Well yes it does seem a little easy, but that’s what I have been taught.
Defense: Your Honors I object to this questioning! The defendant shouldn’t have to answer these types of questions. A professional should answer them.
Master of the Court: Sustained, We will allow a professional to give testimony on this matter if Defense so chooses.
Defense: Thank you your Honors. I would like to allow my Client to step down from the stand, and to call a professional to come before the Court for questioning on this matter.
Master of the Court: You may proceed Defense.
Defense: I call Pastor Osas to the stand.
Thank you for appearing before the Court today kind sir.
Pastor Osas has been a Christian for his entire life, and has been a Pastor for the past 26 years. He is considered an expert on the Christian doctrine of “Once saved, always saved”, and has written several books on the subject.
Pastor Osas will you share your knowledge with us on this important doctrine please?
Pastor Osas: Certainly.
Once we are saved by accepting Jesus into our lives we have been freed from the bondage of sin. I will demonstrate this by using scriptural examples. As the Defendant showed earlier in John 3:16 we are told that
“G-d so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This shows us that all we must do is believe in Jesus and we will live have eternal life with him.
We can also see this same message in John 6:37 where Jesus says “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Here Jesus is telling us that anyone who comes to him will be saved from destruction by his grace.
And in John 6:40: “....every one which seeth the Son and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” Once again Jesus tells us all me must do is believe and we will reign eternally with him.
And Ephesians 1:12-14 “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are G-d's possession-to the praise of his glory.” Through the gift of the spirit we are saved and set apart from the world.
In John 10:26-30 we are told “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.” We are his people and are under his divine protection.
And again in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22: “...G-d anointed us. Set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” This passage states that, once we are saved, G-d guarantees our future with him, we need not worry.
And in Romans 8:37-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of G-d that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Nothing can stop our salvation; the Holy Ghost seals us. Neither death, demons, nor Angels can take our salvation away. Once we have been sealed we are saved for eternity.
I will conclude with one final scripture verse.
In I Corinthians Paul writes about those believers who have turned back to sin, and even though they are not worthy of the reward of eternal life, they are still saved by mercy. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved! but only as one escaping through the flames.”
Our salvation rests on three key points. The grace given to us by G-d, Our spiritual bond with Jesus, and our constant regeneration of the indwelling spirit. The trinity of salvation from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit which together guarantee our eternal salvation.
Defense: Thank you very much Pastor Osas that was truly uplifting and informative. I have no further questions.
Master of the Court: Prosecution, would you like to question the witness?
Prosecution: Yes your honors, we would like to question this witness.
Good day Pastor Osas, thank you for your presence here today. You seem quite well versed in the scriptures; we would like to put your knowledge of to the test.
I would like to restate your position. Now you believe and teach that regardless of what sins a man commits that he is saved, is that correct?
Pastor Osas: That is correct.
Prosecution: If it pleases the court we would like to refer to the Messiah by his Hebrew name Yah’shua instead of the Greek rendering of Jesus.
Master of the Court: Please do so.
Prosecution: We would like to start by refering to scripture which Yah’shua Messiah gave related to this matter. Pastor Osas we would like to hear your comments at any time.
Is your interpretation of the scriptures supported by scripture? Let’s take a look.
John 3:16-21 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
You have taken a portion of scripture and twisted it to your own design; all we have done is add the verses below it to get to the deeper meaning. Belief in itself is not the key to salvation, but the putting away of darkness, which is sin, and growing in the light which is goodness.
Let’s see what Yah’shua has to say later in the same book of John.
John 8:31-36 reads “Then said Yah’shua to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word ‘which is his teachings’, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Yah’shua answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
How much plainer can this be said? If you sin, you are not worthy of a place in the kindgom. If you abide in Yah’shua’s teachings or word, then you will have a place with him.
You will notice that I do not use one or two lines of scripture to support my rebuttals to your claims. Partial scripture never gives the full intent of what is being taught.
Later in John 15:1-7 Yah’shua has this to say. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word, which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Once again Yah’shua teaches us that those who do not abide in him, which is keeping his teaching, these people shall not inherit a place in the kingdom with Him. He teaches that there is more to attaining salvation than just belief.
Lets look in the Old Testament and see what it has to say on the matter. Ezekiel 18:20-24 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith YHWH Elohim (Lord God): and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.”
Pastor Osas: Your conclusions are ridiculous, you are the one that is twisting scripture to fit your ideology! And you certainly can’t use the Old Testament to prove anything. That’s just for the Jew’s, not the Gentiles! Jesus nailed all of those old laws to the cross.
Defense: Your Honors I object! The Prosecution is relying on writings that are no longer applicable to G-ds people.
Master of the Court: You must prove this Defense.
Prosecution: I have no further questions for this witness your Honor.
Master of the Court: The witness may step down if there are no further questions for him.
Defense: I have no further questions your Honors. I would like to request that proceedings be halted until I can prepare to counter the Prosecutions use of ancient and outdated laws and rules.
Master of the Court: You have one week to prepare Defense.
Court is ended while the Defense prepares its case.
Written by Allen Spiker for those seeking the truth - be blessed by the Maker of the heavens and the earth