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Is there equality within the Trinity?

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Trinitarians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, and this belief states that there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these three are fully God, as well as being equal to each other.

However so this doctrine is contradicted by none other than the apostle Paul himself. According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:

Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Paul makes it clear that the head of man is Christ, just as the head of the woman is the man, and this essentially means that Christ is above men and is like their leader, just as the man is the leader of the house and is in charge of the woman and so forth. Paul doesn't simply end there, he goes on to state that the head of Christ is God himself, which in other words means that Jesus is under God, and that God is above of Jesus. Paul is clearly putting forth a hierarchy of order, men being the head of women, Jesus being the head of men, and lastly God being the head of Jesus.

In the Greek language itself, the words used by Paul mean the following:

1)the head, both of men and often of animals. Since the loss of the head destroys life, this word is used in the phrases relating to capital and extreme punishment.

2)metaph. anything supreme, chief, prominent

a)of persons, master lord: of a husband in relation to his wife

b)of Christ: the Lord of the husband and of the Church

c)of things: the corner stone

So the fact that God is the head of Jesus, meaning being more supreme and prominent, as we just saw from the Greek definition itself, this shows that the supposed equality within the Trinity does not exist. For how can all members in the Trinity be equal when God is more supreme and prominent than Jesus?

Surely if they were both equal in this Trinity, then both God, and Jesus, would share the same prominence and stature, God wouldn’t be the head of Jesus, nor Jesus the head of God.

Not only does this verse disprove a core tenant of the Trinity, this verse also disproves the supposed divinity of Jesus, for how can Jesus who is supposedly God, have God as his head?! The reason why Christ has God as his head is because he isn't God; he is a servant and messenger of God, which is precisely why he is under God. When one realizes this, it makes perfect sense as to why someone can say that God is the head of Jesus, i.e. that God is above Jesus.

2 birds with one stone as they say.

Paul goes on to repeat the same teaching in another other passages in 1 Corinthians:

The last enemy to bedestroyed is death. For("God) has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "all things are put in subjection," it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:26-28)

Paul says two very important things here:

-God has put everything under the feet of Jesus, but this doesn't include God himself.

-Jesus himself is under God.

So again we see that this equality within the Trinity doesn't exist, for Paul clearly says that Jesus is subjected to, as well as being under God, which means that God is above and higher than Jesus, yet we don't see the verse saying God is subjected to, and being under Jesus.

What is very interesting is how Paul clarifies that God is NOT under Jesus, why is Paul trying to make this so clear? Why did Paul feel the need to go on and write that while God has subjected everything to Jesus, this did not include God himself?

This also becomes much more interesting when we see that Paul has no problem in saying that Jesus is under God. Twice now we have seen Paul saying that Jesus is under God, in 11 Corinthians and 15 Corinthians, yet Paul makes it very clear to point out that God himself is not under Jesus.

Now surely if Jesus and God were equal in this Trinity, then Jesus wouldn’t be under and subjected to God now would he?

15 Corinthians also disproves the divinity of Jesus, because it shows that God subjected things to Jesus, basically if Jesus was God then everything would already be under him, yet that’s not the case. What this basically means is that God has given everything to Jesus, so Jesus’ powers, his authority to rule, his miraculous deeds and wonders, have all been given to him by God.

This isn’t surprising at all, for one would expect God to give things to his messengers and prophets, but if you believe Jesus is God, then this makes absolutely no sense, it only makes sense if Jesus is not God, and if Jesus is God’s messenger and prophet.

So in conclusion, the writings we have seen from Paul, straight from the New Testament, refute the Trinitarian concept of equality within the Trinity, Paul’s writings clearly show a distinction in power, prominence, and position. God is above Jesus, Jesus is below God, Jesus is subject to God, and God is the head of Jesus, but it’s never the other way round, Jesus is never the head of God, nor is God ever subject to Jesus.

The verses not only disprove the supposed equality within the Trinity, they also prove that Jesus is not God, for if Jesus is God, how can he have God as his head? And if Jesus is God, then why is he subject to God? God is subject to God? Also if Jesus is God, then why is God giving him everything, surely if he is God then he already owns everything and nobody needs to give it to him, what’s his is his, and not for someone else to give him what he owns. 

 

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