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Title: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: JamesR on November 30, 2012, 01:27:03 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? The Trinity was developed by the Church and is never explicitely explained in the Bible. Sure, it may have been briefly implied in certain instances, but there are not any smoking-gun proof passages in the Bible that support the Trinity as far as I know. Most of the purely Biblical arguments in support of the Trinity seem rather unconvincing and built more on speculation than the actual Bible to be honest. I don't see how you can believe these arguments and believe in the Trinity UNLESS you accepted the authority of the Church and extra-biblical sources--something that most Protestant sects refuse to do.

In a sense, it seems like as time goes on, more and more Protestants are actually trying to return back to the Sacraments, fasts and "traditional Christianity"--yet, they are doing it by trying to isolate the Church from it and desperately trying to form these strange, enourmously implicit arguments to prove that their practice is "rooted in the Bible" by twisting, isolating and using even the most basic, obscure, shortest passage there is in the Bible in ways that you would never think to use that scripture before, in order to support some odd theological practice that is more rooted in speculation and a desire for order than actually in the Bible. Such as the "Daniel Fast"--which is a half-butted attempt at having their own form of the Church's official Lent, to all these weird "spiritual retreat Jesus camp" thingys that seem to be a knockoff of the Church's monastic practices, to belief in the doctrine of the Trinity--which is purely rooted in the Church.

How long till they throw in the towel and just return back to proper Christianity instead of all these desperate attempts to recreate it?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Maximum Bob on November 30, 2012, 02:19:10 AM
Okay, an attempt at a relatively simple answer based on my experience. One, many Protestants believe strongly the Roman Church is wrong. Two, many Protestants have never heard of the Eastern Orthodox Church or if they have only a cursory exposure to it, believe it to be virtually the same as the Roman Church, see point one. None the less, three, they have their own tradition to follow even if many may not realize that. Four, their tradition springs from the Reformers who generally had some very specific things they were rejecting about the Roman Church, of which things the Trinity was not one. Five, they feel drawn back to the old ways because that as they way God intended things to be in the first place. But, six, see points one and two.  So, seven, what else are they to do to regain the old ways with the limited resources available to them. This of course is not all Protestants and is based on my experience and observations as a former Protestant minister. Your milage may vary.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Nathanael on November 30, 2012, 06:25:07 AM
Maybe God has still mercy on their mind and he enlightens it although it's "against" the Bible?!

Good question.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Happy Lutheran on November 30, 2012, 12:44:10 PM
There is an interesting chart on this page.

http://bible-truth.org/Trinity.html
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 12:48:17 PM
You can easily find the Trinity in the Scriptures, unless you're reading with blindfolds on, that is.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on November 30, 2012, 12:52:36 PM
You can easily find the Trinity in the Scriptures, unless you're reading with blindfolds on, that is.

Then non trinitarian Christians would be blinding themselves on purpose?, I'm inclined to agree with that question myself
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 12:53:50 PM
You can easily find the Trinity in the Scriptures, unless you're reading with blindfolds on, that is.

Then non trinitarian Christians would be blinding themselves on purpose?, I'm inclined to agree with that question myself

They would have to rip out (or intentionally mistranslate) the first chapter of John at the very least.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Happy Lutheran on November 30, 2012, 01:00:25 PM
You can easily find the Trinity in the Scriptures, unless you're reading with blindfolds on, that is.

Then non trinitarian Christians would be blinding themselves on purpose?, I'm inclined to agree with that question myself

There are 2.2 Billion Christians in the world, a very small percentage don't believe in the trinity. The vast majority of that 2.2 billion (probably 95+ percent) faithfully believe in the trinity.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on November 30, 2012, 01:04:41 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 01:06:08 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

Their impiety is widely known, yes.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Happy Lutheran on November 30, 2012, 01:09:09 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

I just looked at the numbers, Jehovah Witness and Mormons combined are about 1% of that 2.2 Billion number.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on November 30, 2012, 01:35:25 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

I just looked at the numbers, Jehovah Witness and Mormons combined are about 1% of that 2.2 Billion number.
??? Since when are Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons Christian?

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Happy Lutheran on November 30, 2012, 01:53:14 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

I just looked at the numbers, Jehovah Witness and Mormons combined are about 1% of that 2.2 Billion number.
??? Since when are Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons Christian?

In Christ,
Andrew

I actually agree but I'm pretty sure they are included in the numbers I posted plus Walter brought them up which is what I responded to.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: soderquj on November 30, 2012, 01:59:41 PM
And according to current Mormon thought they are, and didn't a well known evangelical say they were just recently.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 02:12:08 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

I just looked at the numbers, Jehovah Witness and Mormons combined are about 1% of that 2.2 Billion number.
??? Since when are Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons Christian?

They aren't.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on November 30, 2012, 02:34:51 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 02:44:26 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian

Are Muslims Christians?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Frederic on November 30, 2012, 02:46:49 PM
Let us open a KJ Bible. For example 1 John 5:7

Quote
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Is not it evident? :angel: 

(Some people will understand why I am grinning. I cannot help laughing. ;D )
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 02:54:01 PM
Let us open a KJ Bible. For example 1 John 5:7

Quote
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Is not it evident? :angel: 

(Some people will understand why I am grinning. I cannot help laughing. ;D )

 :)
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: tweety234 on November 30, 2012, 03:01:26 PM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

well duh!!!! They are not even christians.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on November 30, 2012, 03:17:12 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian
I am very hesitant to extend the title of Christian to anyone outside of Orthodoxy. I realize this is a rather unpopular thing to say.

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: dzheremi on November 30, 2012, 03:19:43 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian

Didn't our fathers get together and write some kind of creed to answer this question? ;D
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on November 30, 2012, 03:21:13 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian

Didn't our fathers get together and write some kind of creed to answer this question? ;D

But what to do about those that recite a different version?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on November 30, 2012, 04:21:44 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian

Didn't our fathers get together and write some kind of creed to answer this question? ;D

Yes and then that would exclude, anyone outside the apostolic church, so that leave many groups falling outside the line of Christian, if this is truely the case then many many many people are in danger, This I believe  includes myself.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on November 30, 2012, 04:32:11 PM
Where can a reasonable line be drawn? When does a group pass from Christian to non-Christian

Didn't our fathers get together and write some kind of creed to answer this question? ;D

Yes and then that would exclude, anyone outside the apostolic church, so that leave many groups falling outside the line of Christian, if this is truely the case then many many many people are in dainger, This I believe  includes myself.
The doors are always open, brother. :)

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Uriel on November 30, 2012, 04:40:56 PM
Coming from a protestant background, I became convinced of a roughly orthodox understanding of Heaven and Hell, based on Scripture alone (it came as a big surprise to me that when I later discovered that other Christians already believed this).

Likewise, if you take all scripture, Old and New Testaments, as inspired and essential for establishing doctrine, the basic three in one and one in three is a reasonable conclusion to come to. Having said that, I'm not sure "without mixing, "without separation" etc is quite so obvious.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on November 30, 2012, 04:49:16 PM
Coming from a protestant background, I became convinced of a roughly orthodox understanding of Heaven and Hell, based on Scripture alone (it came as a big surprise to me that when I later discovered that other Christians already believed this).


Orthodox understanding of Heaven and Hell is a suprise to me as well.Hell  describe as a place which god(s) create(s) in order to punish and torture the devils and wicked men in the Protestant , Catholic , Islam , Buddism or even all traditional myths in different countries.And all savage and voilence torments that you can think are in the Hell!

Only Orthodox does not hold this notion of Hell!
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Nicene on November 30, 2012, 05:29:33 PM
Probably because they recognise the theological importance of the doctrine, in terms of the incarnation, the person of Christ and various other factors. Though the sola scripturist would moan at a unitarian (for good reason mind you), without the constant tradition of the church their argument falls flat.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: neon_knights on November 30, 2012, 06:40:15 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Maximum Bob on November 30, 2012, 07:14:35 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

I believe I'd give you that point. I also believe many of my Protestant friends would not, at least at first glance. Though I do think some would likely be open minded enough to hear you out and agree after some consideration. Others, not so much.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on November 30, 2012, 09:44:07 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.
If that's so (and I'm sure you know there are Protestants who will disagree with you on that), then why do they have the fallible interpret the infallible? BTW, I hate the word folks. ;)

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on November 30, 2012, 11:20:42 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on November 30, 2012, 11:39:59 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean tht the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!

The Scripture is the the word of God, so what the bible say and the teaching in it must be 100% correct.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: neon_knights on December 01, 2012, 12:51:46 AM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!

Unable to err.

Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on December 01, 2012, 12:53:10 AM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean tht the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!

The Scripture is the the word of God, so what the bible say and the teaching in it must be 100% correct.

Scandalous!
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: PeterTheAleut on December 01, 2012, 01:38:06 AM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

well duh!!!! They are not even christians.
Your reasoning seems kinda circular to me. You consider Mormons and JW's non-Christian because they don't believe in the Trinity, which then leads you to exclude them from the list of Christians who don't believe in the Trinity because they (Mormons and JW's) are not Christian.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Maximum Bob on December 01, 2012, 02:04:05 AM
Jehovah Witness does not believe in Trinity.

well duh!!!! They are not even christians.
Your reasoning seems kinda circular to me. You consider Mormons and JW's non-Christian because they don't believe in the Trinity, which then leads you to exclude them from the list of Christians who don't believe in the Trinity because they (Mormons and JW's) are not Christian.
Yeah, I think I would go with something along the lines of non-Trinitarian heretical Christian sect.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on December 01, 2012, 07:10:59 AM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean tht the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!

The Scripture is the the word of God, so what the bible say and the teaching in it must be 100% correct.

Scandalous!
This is exactly what Protestant teaches!
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Nathanael on December 01, 2012, 12:11:02 PM
Quote
Only Orthodox does not hold this notion of Hell!
What sort of hell does the orthodox church exactly have?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: neon_knights on December 01, 2012, 11:32:52 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean tht the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!

The Scripture is the the word of God, so what the bible say and the teaching in it must be 100% correct.

Scandalous!
This is exactly what Protestant teaches!

He was being sarcastic.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on December 02, 2012, 01:58:26 AM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean tht the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.

Can we define infallible please!?!

The Scripture is the the word of God, so what the bible say and the teaching in it must be 100% correct.

Scandalous!
This is exactly what Protestant teaches!

He was being sarcastic.
Protestant say that Bible is the word of God,    and claim that Holy spirit would guide them to read and interpret the Scriptures 8)  , So, bible is infallible.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on December 02, 2012, 02:46:11 AM
But among various Protestant denominations and individual Church, their interpretation of Scripture are still difference and even contradict with each other under the guidance of the same Holy Spirit.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Peter J on December 08, 2012, 08:18:19 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity?

Hi James. The difficulty with questions like ^^ this is that protestants are not one group. (So it's kind of like asking "What do non-Americans think about democracy?") The fact that you limited your question to protestants who adhere to Sola-Scriptura helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on December 08, 2012, 10:54:07 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity?

Hi James. The difficulty with questions like ^^ this is that protestants are not one group. (So it's kind of like asking "What do non-Americans think about democracy?") The fact that you limited your question to protestants who adhere to Sola-Scriptura helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
I didn't think he was talking about them as one group. It seems like he qualified it pretty well (using "Protestant sects who adhere to Sola Scriptura").

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Peter J on December 08, 2012, 11:04:18 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity?

Hi James. The difficulty with questions like ^^ this is that protestants are not one group. (So it's kind of like asking "What do non-Americans think about democracy?") The fact that you limited your question to protestants who adhere to Sola-Scriptura helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
I didn't think he was talking about them as one group. It seems like he qualified it pretty well (using "Protestant sects who adhere to Sola Scriptura").

In Christ,
Andrew

Yes. As I said, that helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Punch on December 08, 2012, 11:40:42 AM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.
If that's so (and I'm sure you know there are Protestants who will disagree with you on that), then why do they have the fallible interpret the infallible? BTW, I hate the word folks. ;)

In Christ,
Andrew

First, I have to say that watching a bunch of Orthodox Christians discuss Protestant Theology is like listening to people from the Congo discuss snow.  But that said, the Lutherans are probably the earliest proponents of "Sola Scriptura", and even they use some form of tradition to validate the interpretation of the Scriptures.  If one studies the early Reformation writings, one will find that early Reformers such as Luther accepted the Theological concepts of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils, just not the Canons (or rather, not all of them).  Most of Luther's issues with Roman doctrine was not what was believed by the unified Church, but the deviations from the early beliefs by the Latin Church in later years.  He still held a health respect for the "Eastern" Church (what he knew of it) and believed that it more than any preserved the True Faith, certainly more than Rome.  In Luther's eyes, men like Calvin and Zwingli were heretics that were in some cases worse than the Pope.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on December 08, 2012, 11:49:33 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity?

Hi James. The difficulty with questions like ^^ this is that protestants are not one group. (So it's kind of like asking "What do non-Americans think about democracy?") The fact that you limited your question to protestants who adhere to Sola-Scriptura helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
I didn't think he was talking about them as one group. It seems like he qualified it pretty well (using "Protestant sects who adhere to Sola Scriptura").

In Christ,
Andrew

Yes. As I said, that helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
I thought James was directing his question to the Protestant sects that adhere to Sola Scriptura, not all of them.

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Shlomlokh on December 08, 2012, 11:55:28 AM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.
If that's so (and I'm sure you know there are Protestants who will disagree with you on that), then why do they have the fallible interpret the infallible? BTW, I hate the word folks. ;)

In Christ,
Andrew

First, I have to say that watching a bunch of Orthodox Christians discuss Protestant Theology is like listening to people from the Congo discuss snow.  But that said, the Lutherans are probably the earliest proponents of "Sola Scriptura", and even they use some form of tradition to validate the interpretation of the Scriptures.  If one studies the early Reformation writings, one will find that early Reformers such as Luther accepted the Theological concepts of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils, just not the Canons (or rather, not all of them).  Most of Luther's issues with Roman doctrine was not what was believed by the unified Church, but the deviations from the early beliefs by the Latin Church in later years.  He still held a health respect for the "Eastern" Church (what he knew of it) and believed that it more than any preserved the True Faith, certainly more than Rome.  In Luther's eyes, men like Calvin and Zwingli were heretics that were in some cases worse than the Pope.

Yes, but why do they have the fallible interpret what they regard as the infallible? There are at least as many different ideas about Sola Scriptura as there are Protetestant sects. I saw several views in my Methodist days, despite Wesley not formally adopting Sola Scriptura.

In Christ,
Andrew
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Peter J on December 08, 2012, 12:10:31 PM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity?

Hi James. The difficulty with questions like ^^ this is that protestants are not one group. (So it's kind of like asking "What do non-Americans think about democracy?") The fact that you limited your question to protestants who adhere to Sola-Scriptura helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
I didn't think he was talking about them as one group. It seems like he qualified it pretty well (using "Protestant sects who adhere to Sola Scriptura").

In Christ,
Andrew

Yes. As I said, that helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.
I thought James was directing his question to the Protestant sects that adhere to Sola Scriptura, not all of them.

In Christ,
Andrew

I also thought that -- and I still think so. (And I granted that it "helps a little, since it excludes e.g. Anglo-Catholics.")
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Punch on December 08, 2012, 05:53:36 PM
"Sola Scriptura" doesn't mean that the Bible is the only source of teaching and doctrine. It means that it is the only infallible source(I know you folks hate that word) and that all that is necessary for salvation can be found within it.
If that's so (and I'm sure you know there are Protestants who will disagree with you on that), then why do they have the fallible interpret the infallible? BTW, I hate the word folks. ;)

In Christ,
Andrew

First, I have to say that watching a bunch of Orthodox Christians discuss Protestant Theology is like listening to people from the Congo discuss snow.  But that said, the Lutherans are probably the earliest proponents of "Sola Scriptura", and even they use some form of tradition to validate the interpretation of the Scriptures.  If one studies the early Reformation writings, one will find that early Reformers such as Luther accepted the Theological concepts of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils, just not the Canons (or rather, not all of them).  Most of Luther's issues with Roman doctrine was not what was believed by the unified Church, but the deviations from the early beliefs by the Latin Church in later years.  He still held a health respect for the "Eastern" Church (what he knew of it) and believed that it more than any preserved the True Faith, certainly more than Rome.  In Luther's eyes, men like Calvin and Zwingli were heretics that were in some cases worse than the Pope.

Yes, but why do they have the fallible interpret what they regard as the infallible? There are at least as many different ideas about Sola Scriptura as there are Protetestant sects. I saw several views in my Methodist days, despite Wesley not formally adopting Sola Scriptura.

In Christ,
Andrew

All religion is the fallible attempting to interpret the infallible.  The fact that one group (the Orthodox), over a long period of time, has been a bit better at it is really the work of the Holy Spirit more than any skill at interpretation on any of our parts.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on December 08, 2012, 10:11:01 PM
I myself have a hard time seeing scripture as infallible, I just don't understand how one could call it "infallible" can someone help me with this?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on December 10, 2012, 12:54:28 AM
Protestant teach that the author of Scriptures is inspired by God when they wrote them.  And Scriptures are all the word of God. Thus, the teachings insides  are 100% correct and no mistake.

However, the translator of bible would always make mistake.Just like in 1 Cor 3:15(e.g.but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. ), the translator of NIV just add a word 'escape' to fit with Protestant's teaching of salvation(e.g.but yet will be saved—even though only as one 'escaping' through the flames.). By fire/ through fire/ passing the fire does not mean escaping through the fire. When a substance pass the fire, it may become brighter, stronger and more valuable, or it may be destroyed by that fire. The meaningof 1 Cor 3:15 in NIV have been totally changed by Protestant translatosr.

Also, the meanings of bible verse are all determined by how we interpret them. That's why no matter the teachings of Calvinism , Arminianism, Universalism,Lutheran, Charismatic,Wesylan,Jehovah's Witnesses,Seventh-day Adventist, Prosperity Gospel, etc, they are all supported by bible verse. Since the meaning of the bible verse depends on how we interpret , everybody has good interpretation skill on bible can form a theology easily.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: David Young on December 11, 2012, 05:22:20 PM
Getting back on track, I suspect we believe in the Trinity for a number of reasons, despite its not being explicit in Holy Writ.

- Our teachings are shaped by the ancient creeds, not because the creeds have the same authority as scripture, but becuse they expound scripture.

- We aimed to correct the errors of mediæval Catholicism, not to jettison Christian truth.

- As someone's earlier post says, its is not hard to prove the divinity of the Father, Son and Spirit one by one in the Bible, as well as the fact that there is one God: hence, he must be a trinity.

- Most people probably believe it because they are taught it from the pulpit; I doubt anyone understands it.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on December 13, 2012, 09:54:26 AM
- We aimed to correct the errors of mediæval Catholicism, not to jettison Christian truth.


Not all Protestant Churches and pastors agree with this. Some Protestant pastors and church teach that the Church started to fall after Roman Empire stoped persecuting the Christians. They teach that  after Roman Empire stoped persecuting the Christians, the Christians could live with peace. So, they started to make the idols , worshipped them ,played the power struggle ,alienated the church from the truth,etc. The church entered the dark age for more than 1000 years  until 16 th century.

Some Protestant Churches and pastors even teach that Church started to fall after Apostle John died.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: primuspilus on December 13, 2012, 10:03:13 AM
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I myself have a hard time seeing scripture as infallible, I just don't understand how one could call it "infallible" can someone help me with this?
In every little minute detail its not.

PP
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: David Young on December 13, 2012, 12:38:55 PM
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I myself have a hard time seeing scripture as infallible, I just don't understand how one could call it "infallible" can someone help me with this?

People say there is a difference between infallible and inerrant. They say that infallible means it won't fail in its purpose, it won't lead anyone astray; whereas inerrant means every detail in it is historically and factually correct. I find no problem with believing that the Bible is infallible, that it won't fail in its purpose, it won't lead anyone astray.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: simplygermain on December 13, 2012, 02:27:51 PM
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I myself have a hard time seeing scripture as infallible, I just don't understand how one could call it "infallible" can someone help me with this?

People say there is a difference between infallible and inerrant. They say that infallible means it won't fail in its purpose, it won't lead anyone astray; whereas inerrant means every detail in it is historically and factually correct. I find no problem with believing that the Bible is infallible, that it won't fail in its purpose, it won't lead anyone astray.
Which interpretation? Which translation?

To be sure, you would authorize one and not another. ;)
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: adampjr on December 13, 2012, 02:47:38 PM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? The Trinity was developed by the Church and is never explicitely explained in the Bible. Sure, it may have been briefly implied in certain instances, but there are not any smoking-gun proof passages in the Bible that support the Trinity as far as I know. Most of the purely Biblical arguments in support of the Trinity seem rather unconvincing and built more on speculation than the actual Bible to be honest. I don't see how you can believe these arguments and believe in the Trinity UNLESS you accepted the authority of the Church and extra-biblical sources--something that most Protestant sects refuse to do.

In a sense, it seems like as time goes on, more and more Protestants are actually trying to return back to the Sacraments, fasts and "traditional Christianity"--yet, they are doing it by trying to isolate the Church from it and desperately trying to form these strange, enourmously implicit arguments to prove that their practice is "rooted in the Bible" by twisting, isolating and using even the most basic, obscure, shortest passage there is in the Bible in ways that you would never think to use that scripture before, in order to support some odd theological practice that is more rooted in speculation and a desire for order than actually in the Bible. Such as the "Daniel Fast"--which is a half-butted attempt at having their own form of the Church's official Lent, to all these weird "spiritual retreat Jesus camp" thingys that seem to be a knockoff of the Church's monastic practices, to belief in the doctrine of the Trinity--which is purely rooted in the Church.

How long till they throw in the towel and just return back to proper Christianity instead of all these desperate attempts to recreate it?

Because Sola Scriptura does not mean everything needs a direct and immediate proof text. The Trinity is nto explicitly in the Scripture per se, but it is a reasonable induction accounting for everything that is in Scripture about it.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Ashman618 on December 13, 2012, 07:43:20 PM
I myself have a hard time reading scriptures anymore it seems that every time a do I find some mistake or contradiction so I kinda just leave them alone, but from what I have read the trinity seems NEARLY obvious.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on January 01, 2013, 02:17:10 PM
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Did you know that the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible didn't use punctuation? Translators and editors of all modern versions have added that. The punctuation can directly change the meaning of a sentence.
 
An English professor wrote the words: "A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked her students to punctuate it correctly.
 
All the males in the class wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing."
 
All the females in the class wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing!"

 A very interest thing which show sola scriptural is nonsense.  Just  Punctuation can cause the problem of interpretation.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Aindriú on January 01, 2013, 02:33:50 PM
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Did you know that the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible didn't use punctuation? Translators and editors of all modern versions have added that. The punctuation can directly change the meaning of a sentence.
 
An English professor wrote the words: "A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked her students to punctuate it correctly.
 
All the males in the class wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing."
 
All the females in the class wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing!"

 A very interest thing which show sola scriptural is nonsense.  Just  Punctuation can cause the problem of interpretation.

Except English relies on syntax to express meaning. Other languages rely on it less so, or almost not at all (Latin).
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Peter J on January 01, 2013, 05:20:28 PM
Except English relies on syntax to express meaning.

I thought it relied on emoticons.  ???
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: walter1234 on January 02, 2013, 06:03:27 AM
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Did you know that the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible didn't use punctuation? Translators and editors of all modern versions have added that. The punctuation can directly change the meaning of a sentence.
 
An English professor wrote the words: "A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked her students to punctuate it correctly.
 
All the males in the class wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing."
 
All the females in the class wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing!"

 A very interest thing which show sola scriptural is nonsense.  Just  Punctuation can cause the problem of interpretation.

Except English relies on syntax to express meaning. Other languages rely on it less so, or almost not at all (Latin).
Punctuation can help us to organise a sentence and express the meaning of a sentence. Greek,Hebrew, Latin do not have the punctuation.That means people can organise the Greek,Hebrew and Latin sentence and express their meaning freely as well as according to the way ,the will they like and   the perception they have ?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Aindriú on January 02, 2013, 11:23:39 AM
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Did you know that the original Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible didn't use punctuation? Translators and editors of all modern versions have added that. The punctuation can directly change the meaning of a sentence.
 
An English professor wrote the words: "A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked her students to punctuate it correctly.
 
All the males in the class wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing."
 
All the females in the class wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing!"

 A very interest thing which show sola scriptural is nonsense.  Just  Punctuation can cause the problem of interpretation.

Except English relies on syntax to express meaning. Other languages rely on it less so, or almost not at all (Latin).
Punctuation can help us to organise a sentence and express the meaning of a sentence. Greek,Hebrew, Latin do not have the punctuation.That means people can organise the Greek,Hebrew and Latin sentence and express their meaning freely as well as according to the way ,the will they like and   the perception they have ?

No, the case structure of the words determine their meaning leaving the invention of punctuation unimportant.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: jesusisthekey on February 10, 2013, 11:39:00 AM
Well the Bible does mildly hint at the fact of the trinity  ::) , but it doesn't explicitly say it. It is another reason why we also should read the Church fathers to get their understanding.

Remember that in the Gospel of John it is mentioned that not everything Jesus said or did is mentioned in the Bible, we have to also get another source for our knowledge, hence the importance of the early Church Fathers.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: biro on February 10, 2013, 02:42:51 PM
Well the Bible does mildly hint at the fact of the trinity  ::) , but it doesn't explicitly say it. It is another reason why we also should read the Church fathers to get their understanding.

Remember that in the Gospel of John it is mentioned that not everything Jesus said or did is mentioned in the Bible, we have to also get another source for our knowledge, hence the importance of the early Church Fathers.

True!

(applause)
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: primuspilus on February 15, 2013, 02:41:50 PM
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Remember that in the Gospel of John it is mentioned that not everything Jesus said or did is mentioned in the Bible, we have to also get another source for our knowledge, hence the importance of the early Church Fathers
^This
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: thethinker on February 15, 2013, 03:36:25 PM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? The Trinity was developed by the Church and is never explicitely explained in the Bible. Sure, it may have been briefly implied in certain instances, but there are not any smoking-gun proof passages in the Bible that support the Trinity as far as I know. Most of the purely Biblical arguments in support of the Trinity seem rather unconvincing and built more on speculation than the actual Bible to be honest. I don't see how you can believe these arguments and believe in the Trinity UNLESS you accepted the authority of the Church and extra-biblical sources--something that most Protestant sects refuse to do.

In a sense, it seems like as time goes on, more and more Protestants are actually trying to return back to the Sacraments, fasts and "traditional Christianity"--yet, they are doing it by trying to isolate the Church from it and desperately trying to form these strange, enourmously implicit arguments to prove that their practice is "rooted in the Bible" by twisting, isolating and using even the most basic, obscure, shortest passage there is in the Bible in ways that you would never think to use that scripture before, in order to support some odd theological practice that is more rooted in speculation and a desire for order than actually in the Bible. Such as the "Daniel Fast"--which is a half-butted attempt at having their own form of the Church's official Lent, to all these weird "spiritual retreat Jesus camp" thingys that seem to be a knockoff of the Church's monastic practices, to belief in the doctrine of the Trinity--which is purely rooted in the Church.

How long till they throw in the towel and just return back to proper Christianity instead of all these desperate attempts to recreate it?

I believe in the Trinity because it is taught in the scriptures and not because the Niceans formulated it. In fact, my view of the Trinity is more in line with the pre-Niceans.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: alanscott on February 20, 2013, 09:33:48 AM
I would actually reverse the question…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”  Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”  1 John 5:7 (NKJV) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14 (NKJV)

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV)

…how can any Solo-Scriptura Christian not believe in the Trinity?

Now, if they want to deny the use of the word ‘trinity’ so be it, but the concept/definition of God being; one God manifesting as three separate personhoods, if you will, is undeniable imho.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: PeterTheAleut on February 20, 2013, 11:44:13 AM
Now, if they want to deny the use of the word ‘trinity’ so be it, but the concept/definition of God being; one God manifesting as three separate personhoods, if you will, is undeniable imho.
Correction: One God existing as three distinct Persons. To say He manifests Himself as three Persons could be seen as modalistic, since "manifest" has more to do with how one makes himself visible rather than what one is in his very essence.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on February 20, 2013, 11:49:42 AM
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”  1 John 5:7 (NKJV)

LOL.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: alanscott on February 20, 2013, 11:56:17 AM
Now, if they want to deny the use of the word ‘trinity’ so be it, but the concept/definition of God being; one God manifesting as three separate personhoods, if you will, is undeniable imho.
Correction: One God existing as three distinct Persons. To say He manifests Himself as three Persons could be seen as modalistic, since "manifest" has more to do with how one makes himself visible rather than what one is in his very essence.

Correction well noted, agreed, and appreciated!
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”  1 John 5:7 (NKJV)

LOL.
???
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on February 20, 2013, 12:03:07 PM
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”  1 John 5:7 (NKJV)

LOL.
???

Are you serious with that quote?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: alanscott on February 20, 2013, 12:10:56 PM
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”  1 John 5:7 (NKJV)

LOL.
???

Are you serious with that quote?
Not sure I understand the context of your question.
Yes, I am serious that that quote indicates the Trinity.
Yes, though it is not widely accepted in all translations I do accept it.

Is that what you mean? Why do you ask?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Cyrillic on February 20, 2013, 12:15:30 PM

Yes, though it is not widely accepted in all translations I do accept it.

Is that what you mean? Why do you ask?


Medieval Latin scribes were inspired?
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: sheenj on February 20, 2013, 12:17:08 PM
That's the Comma Johanneum, [Allegedly] inserted by Latin Scribes during the Middle Ages.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: alanscott on February 20, 2013, 12:47:27 PM
That's the Comma Johanneum, [Allegedly] inserted by Latin Scribes during the Middle Ages.

Yes, though it is not widely accepted in all translations I do accept it.

Is that what you mean? Why do you ask?


Medieval Latin scribes were inspired?

I knew it was a controversial passage but have been ignorant as to why. I accept the Trinity for reasons well beyond 1 John 5:7 so I guess I just wasn’t very concerned. It is good to know these things though and TY for your insight. I have much to learn!
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Keble on February 21, 2013, 11:30:34 PM
I should point out that Sola Scriptura means only that doctrine must be proven from scripture, not that it must appear word-for-word in it. Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, and so forth haven't seemed to have had much problem with the proof part in this case.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: yeshuaisiam on February 23, 2013, 12:33:54 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? The Trinity was developed by the Church and is never explicitely explained in the Bible. Sure, it may have been briefly implied in certain instances, but there are not any smoking-gun proof passages in the Bible that support the Trinity as far as I know. Most of the purely Biblical arguments in support of the Trinity seem rather unconvincing and built more on speculation than the actual Bible to be honest. I don't see how you can believe these arguments and believe in the Trinity UNLESS you accepted the authority of the Church and extra-biblical sources--something that most Protestant sects refuse to do.

In a sense, it seems like as time goes on, more and more Protestants are actually trying to return back to the Sacraments, fasts and "traditional Christianity"--yet, they are doing it by trying to isolate the Church from it and desperately trying to form these strange, enourmously implicit arguments to prove that their practice is "rooted in the Bible" by twisting, isolating and using even the most basic, obscure, shortest passage there is in the Bible in ways that you would never think to use that scripture before, in order to support some odd theological practice that is more rooted in speculation and a desire for order than actually in the Bible. Such as the "Daniel Fast"--which is a half-butted attempt at having their own form of the Church's official Lent, to all these weird "spiritual retreat Jesus camp" thingys that seem to be a knockoff of the Church's monastic practices, to belief in the doctrine of the Trinity--which is purely rooted in the Church.

How long till they throw in the towel and just return back to proper Christianity instead of all these desperate attempts to recreate it?

James,

Didn't read the entire thread.

The church coined the term "trinity", but the trinity is scriptural.

Book of John
"In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, the word is God".
"The word became flesh".

Later, as Jesus was preaching to the Jews
"Before Abraham was born, I AM".
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: shreek on November 08, 2013, 10:14:26 AM
You can easily find the Trinity in the Scriptures, unless you're reading with blindfolds on, that is.

Yes but it is not defined there.
Even if I grant you that it is defined, where is surrogate motherhood in the Bible, where is IVF in the Bible?

Who is going to decide on these issues? The Church does.

This is why there are over 30,000 Protestant denominations because they all argue over sola scriptura.
Private interpretation breeds division.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on November 08, 2013, 10:44:12 AM
That's the Comma Johanneum, [Allegedly] inserted by Latin Scribes during the Middle Ages.

It would have to have been. Only late Latin Vulgate manuscripts and one very late Greek manuscript contain it.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: FormerCalvinist on November 17, 2013, 02:14:17 AM
That's the Comma Johanneum, [Allegedly] inserted by Latin Scribes during the Middle Ages.

It would have to have been. Only late Latin Vulgate manuscripts and one very late Greek manuscript contain it.

In the 1700s, John Gill wrote that he knew of nine "ancient copies" which contained the verse. Perhaps he was mistaken, or they have been lost. From his commentary on the Bible:

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And as to its being wanting in some Greek manuscripts, as the Alexandrian, and others, it need only be said, that it is to be found in many others; it is in an old British copy, and in the Complutensian edition, the compilers of which made use of various copies; and out of sixteen ancient copies of Robert Stephens's, nine of them had it.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: orthonorm on November 17, 2013, 02:21:03 AM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? The Trinity was developed by the Church and is never explicitely explained in the Bible. Sure, it may have been briefly implied in certain instances, but there are not any smoking-gun proof passages in the Bible that support the Trinity as far as I know. Most of the purely Biblical arguments in support of the Trinity seem rather unconvincing and built more on speculation than the actual Bible to be honest. I don't see how you can believe these arguments and believe in the Trinity UNLESS you accepted the authority of the Church and extra-biblical sources--something that most Protestant sects refuse to do.

In a sense, it seems like as time goes on, more and more Protestants are actually trying to return back to the Sacraments, fasts and "traditional Christianity"--yet, they are doing it by trying to isolate the Church from it and desperately trying to form these strange, enourmously implicit arguments to prove that their practice is "rooted in the Bible" by twisting, isolating and using even the most basic, obscure, shortest passage there is in the Bible in ways that you would never think to use that scripture before, in order to support some odd theological practice that is more rooted in speculation and a desire for order than actually in the Bible. Such as the "Daniel Fast"--which is a half-butted attempt at having their own form of the Church's official Lent, to all these weird "spiritual retreat Jesus camp" thingys that seem to be a knockoff of the Church's monastic practices, to belief in the doctrine of the Trinity--which is purely rooted in the Church.

How long till they throw in the towel and just return back to proper Christianity instead of all these desperate attempts to recreate it?

James,

Didn't read the entire thread.

The church coined the term "trinity", but the trinity is scriptural.

Book of John
"In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, the word is God".
"The word became flesh".

Later, as Jesus was preaching to the Jews
"Before Abraham was born, I AM".

That's not the Trinity. That is the Duality and not the closed case argument folks like to think it is anyhow.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: Laird on November 20, 2013, 08:57:29 PM
Just a question out of curiousity. Why do Protestant sects who adhere to Sola-Scriptura--that is, Bible Only, believe in the doctrine of the Trinity? The Trinity was developed by the Church and is never explicitely explained in the Bible. Sure, it may have been briefly implied in certain instances, but there are not any smoking-gun proof passages in the Bible that support the Trinity as far as I know. Most of the purely Biblical arguments in support of the Trinity seem rather unconvincing and built more on speculation than the actual Bible to be honest. I don't see how you can believe these arguments and believe in the Trinity UNLESS you accepted the authority of the Church and extra-biblical sources--something that most Protestant sects refuse to do.

In a sense, it seems like as time goes on, more and more Protestants are actually trying to return back to the Sacraments, fasts and "traditional Christianity"--yet, they are doing it by trying to isolate the Church from it and desperately trying to form these strange, enourmously implicit arguments to prove that their practice is "rooted in the Bible" by twisting, isolating and using even the most basic, obscure, shortest passage there is in the Bible in ways that you would never think to use that scripture before, in order to support some odd theological practice that is more rooted in speculation and a desire for order than actually in the Bible. Such as the "Daniel Fast"--which is a half-butted attempt at having their own form of the Church's official Lent, to all these weird "spiritual retreat Jesus camp" thingys that seem to be a knockoff of the Church's monastic practices, to belief in the doctrine of the Trinity--which is purely rooted in the Church.

How long till they throw in the towel and just return back to proper Christianity instead of all these desperate attempts to recreate it?

It is simply because Protestants are inconsistent and blindly believe in the Trinity (except for JWs and Oneness Pentecostals) which they received from the Catholic Church, and refuse to face the fact that the Trinity is not defined in Scripture, only mentioned. And if that doesn't suffice, they ramble off the Fathers only when they agree with them.
Title: Re: Why do Sola Scriptura Protestants Believe in the Trinity?
Post by: xOrthodox4Christx on November 20, 2013, 09:45:46 PM
That's the Comma Johanneum, [Allegedly] inserted by Latin Scribes during the Middle Ages.

It would have to have been. Only late Latin Vulgate manuscripts and one very late Greek manuscript contain it.

In the 1700s, John Gill wrote that he knew of nine "ancient copies" which contained the verse. Perhaps he was mistaken, or they have been lost. From his commentary on the Bible:

Quote
And as to its being wanting in some Greek manuscripts, as the Alexandrian, and others, it need only be said, that it is to be found in many others; it is in an old British copy, and in the Complutensian edition, the compilers of which made use of various copies; and out of sixteen ancient copies of Robert Stephens's, nine of them had it.

If that's true, that's unfortunate. But it's worthy to note it's not in the Greek Fathers either. Only in the Latin Fathers, like St. Cyprian.