Clear, Undisputed Evidence for Trinity (Part 1)
The knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ is of primary importance and, according to the Bible, is everlasting life (or death) (John 17:1, 3; 2 Thess 1:7, 8.) And God demands that He be worshiped in truth - (John 4:24).
And, yet, the scriptural evidence for the worship of a trinity (an essential knowledge of God if true) is unclear, disputed, and highly interpreted.
The history of the Jews up to the Council of Nicaea (at the very least) has always admitted of only one person as God, and anything else was blasphemy. The very first Christians (were accepted as a sect of Judaism and even were accepted in and taught in synagogues - see "History of the Trinity" and "Christians Within Early Judaism" in the Research section here). If they had believed that anyone accept the Father alone were God, they would have not only been cast out of the synagogues, they would have been stoned to death for this one teaching alone.
Pagan writers of pre-Christian and earliest Christian times accused them both of many things (including sacrificing their children), but never accused them of having a God of more than one person. This single-person God was the great distinction of the Jews (and first Christians).
"trinity ...1. [cap.] Theol. The union of three persons or hypostases (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost) in one Godhead, so that all the three are one God as to substance, but three persons or hypostases as to individuality. 2. Any synbol of the Trinity in art. 3. Any union of three in one; a triad; as the Hindu trinity, or Trimurti." - Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam Co., 1961.
"The most sublime mystery of the Christian faith is this: 'God is absolutely one in nature and essence, and relatively three in Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are really distinct from each other." - p. 584, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publishers, 1976.
(underlined emphasis added by me.)
It seems to me that when God wants a life-saving knowledge to be known (and he desires that no one be lost), he makes it abundantly clear. For example, when Jesus died for the sins that led to Adamic death, it became essential that we know this and act accordingly. So it is written clearly over and over again in scripture that Christ died for us, that his death opened the way for eternal life for us, and that Jesus is the Christ!
It has always been essential that we know the only true God and worship Him in truth (John 17:1, 3; John 4:24)
So if God is truly three persons who are equally God in all aspects, there should be an abundance of clear statements to that effect to be found in scripture from the beginning. With that in mind, I have selected a few ways that I believe, if the trinity were true, would have been used to clearly show this knowledge of God which is essential to eternal life.
If anyone can think of other perfectly clear ways (equivalent to the clear statements of the life-saving knowledge that Jesus is the Messiah) this essential knowledge of God could be shown, then look for that as well.
(A) Please carefully and thoroughly search to find a vision, dream, or clear description in scripture wherein God is shown as more than one person.
(This is really not that difficult. Either there is a vision, dream, description, etc. somewhere in scripture clearly showing the one God as three persons or there isn't. Either way, it should not be difficult to ascertain and admit truthfully.)
(B) Please show where in scripture God is ever described using the word "three."
(Either God is described somewhere in scripture using the word "three," or He is not. Either way it should not be difficult to ascertain and admit truthfully. - See definition of "Trinity" above.)
(C) Please find a clear, direct, undisputed statement (equivalent to 'Jesus is the Christ' or "YHWH is the Father" which are found repeatedly in clear undisputed scriptures) which declares:
'YHWH is the Son,' or 'YHWH is the Firstborn,' or, 'YHWH is the Messiah (or "Christ"), or any other equally clear, undisputed statement (or personal name) that 'Jesus is YHWH' (the only God according to scripture).
Since the Father is clearly, directly, and indisputably called "God, the Father," many, many times, and the Son and Holy Spirit are said by trinitarians to be equally the one God (in 'three distinct persons'):
(D) Please give equally clear, undisputed scriptures where Jesus is called "God the Son," (equal to those declaring "God, the Father" - Ro. 15:6; 1 Cor. 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:6; 2 Cor. 11:31; Gal. 1:1; Eph. 4:6; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:2; etc.)
(E) Please give equally clear, undisputed scriptures where the Holy Spirit is called "God, the Holy Spirit."
Ro. 1:20, NASB - "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."
Non-scriptural, but based on Ro. 1:20 above:
(F) Please show where in nature mankind would clearly see the three-in-oneness (or just threeness) of God from the beginning. (This would have to be something as clear and important as the single sun in the sky which has been recognized to support life from the beginning. Or the man made in God's image, was made with a single personality, a single body, a single head, a single heart.)
I believe any objective observer would admit that these simple scriptural statements (A-E above) should be clearly, indisputably available if the trinity (or Jesus is God) worshipers are correct.
To look for rare instances of unclear, disputed scriptures which have to be interpreted to fit a trinitarian concept (developed after the death of the last Apostle and the completion of Scripture) and convince yourself that they are "proofs" is a tragic error.
God has always existed as God and, therefore, his people should have always known who He was and worshiped him in truth.
To believe that God withheld this information from his people (or made it something hidden or to be interpreted from unclear references) from the beginning (and throughout all Scriptures) is a tragic error.