“Look, the simplest answer to that” he begins, “is that the Bible teaches the concept of the Trinity – one God in three persons. It’s clear enough that there is only one God in existence. In the Book of Isaiah God says ‘Besides me there is no God.1’ We also know that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct persons; for instance, they all appear separately at Jesus’ baptism2, Jesus prays to the Father3 and sends the Spirit to us4, and so on.”
“So why do you say Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God?” you ask.
“Well, Jesus called Himself the ‘I AM,5’ a name used only for God.
When He said it, the Jews even tried to stone Him for claiming to be
God. And when His disciple Thomas saw Him raised from the dead, he
cried “My Lord and my God!6”
“But Jesus said that God was greater than him,” you argue.
“In authority He was, because Jesus humbled Himself by becoming a man. This explains why, as a Jewish man, Jesus followed the Law of Moses, which included worshipping God and submitting to Him. But in ‘substance’ they are both God. As for the Holy Spirit, at one point in the book of Acts, some worldly Christians try to deceive the apostle Peter, who tells them, ‘Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?...You have not lied to men but to God.7’ The Bible is quite clear.”
“What else is the Bible
so clear about?” you ask. Go to page 22.
1 – Isaiah 45:5, 2 – Matthew 3:16-17, 3 – John 17, 4 – John 16:7, 5 – John 8:58, 6 – John 20:28, 7 – Acts 5:3-4