Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva: The Tritheism of the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement's (SDARM) view of the Godhead
The Reformists of the SDARM generally BELIEVE and TEACH:
- That the doctrine of the Trinity is unscriptural.
- That the doctrine of the Trinity is an invention of the Roman Catholic Church.
- That the Father, Son and Spirit are not of ‘one substance.’
- The Godhead is composed of three separate, distinct, eternal beings. What the Reformists advocate is a type of pagan Tritheism – the worship of three separate gods. Some Reformists adopt a form of Arianism – Jesus as a 'mini' god and created being not equal to the Father. Some Reformists adopt a type of Bi-theism – denying the Holy Spirit is a 'person' of the Godhead like the Father or Son.
The Reformists are WRONG because:
- The doctrine of the Trinity is supported in scripture.
- The doctrine of the Trinity is not an invention of the Roman Catholic Church – it more appropriately was formulated by the Greek-speaking Eastern Church.
- SDARM Reformists misunderstand the word ‘person’ because it means something different in the original Greek than it does in English.
- Tritheism is a belief found in paganism, such as ancient Greece and modern Hindu India.
- In their naivety, Reformists threaten the central message to Moses of monotheism – that there is just one God.
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To take the example of water:
- Arianism, which would view two containers of liquid, a superior and pure container of water (Father-God) and a lesser pure container of say wine (Son-lesser-god);
- Modalism, which would view only one container of water, which goes from liquid (Father), to ice (Son) to steam (Spirit) in three different and successful states, which cannot exist in different states at the same time, and where there is only ever one container of water; and
- Trinitarianism, which would view three containers of water, one of which is liquid (Father), one ice (Son) and one steam (Spirit); thus, all three containers share the same essence (H2O water) but there are in fact still three separate containers existing separately in different states at the same time.