Is the Trinity mentioned in Genesis 1:1?

Trinitarians like to claim that the Trinity is taught from the very first verse of the Bible, Genesis Chapter one verse one which says:

In the beginning God (ELOHIM) created the heaven and the earth.

Trinitarians assert that word Elohim indicates plurality, and by this it indicates a Trinity, a plural of persons.

The common response to this claim is that the plural of majesty is being used here, which is a common usage of language, where a person will say we, or us, but will only be referring to himself, or could be referring to himself and the people he represents.

Trinitarians assert that this response is incorrect as the use of plural majesty is not a part of the Jewish or Hebrew language, basically Trinitarians who for the most part can’t speak the Hebrew language, now know the Hebrew language better than the speakers of the language themselves, the Hebrews! Biblical Unitarian, which is a Christian ministry, writes the following:

Some teach that the word Elohim implies a compound unity when it refers to the true God. That would mean that the word Elohim somehow changes meaning when it is applied to the true God so that the true God can be a compound being. There is just no evidence of this. The first place we should go for confirmation of this is to the Jews themselves. When we study the history and the language of the Jews, we discover that they never understood Elohim to imply a plurality in God in any way.

In fact, the Jews were staunchly opposed to people and nations who tried to introduce any hint of more than one God into their culture. Jewish rabbis have debated the Law to the point of tedium, and have recorded volume after volume of notes on the Law, yet in all of their debates there is no mention of a plurality in God. This fact in and of itself ought to close the argument.

No higher authority on the Hebrew language can be found than the great Hebrew scholar, Gesenius. He wrote that the plural nature of Elohim was for intensification, and was related to the plural of majesty and used for amplification. Gesenius states, “That the language has entirely rejected the idea of numerical plurality in Elohim (whenever it denotes one God) is proved especially by its being almost invariably joined with a singular attribute.”

Furthermore if we are to go by the Trinitarian argument, and Elohim must signify plurality, then how do we explain Moses being called an Elohim:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. (Exodus 7:1)

So is Moses a Trinity as well? Is Moses a plural of persons?

Lastly, Trinitarians can’t have their cake and eat it, indeed the Hebrew word for Elohim does signify a plurality, in literal translation the word Elohim means Gods, this is the literal translation. So if we want to play the Trinitarian game, then we must be honest and translate Genesis 1:1 as follows:

In the Beginning Gods created the heavens and the earth (genesis 1:1)

So we are left with the reality of Gods, and if we go by this approach then we have become polytheists.

Secondly, nowhere does Genesis 1:1 actually mention a Trinity, if Trinitarians want to argue that Elohim denotes plurality, then fine, but whoever said a plurality must mean a Trinity? They inferred that from themselves, but a plurality can be from anywhere from 2 and beyond, not merely limited to a Trinity.

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  1. And God said: Let us (plural) create man in our (plural) image and in our (plural) likeness. 3 times the plural form. From the very first chapter we can see God speaking in plural form and singular. So God created man (adam and eve) singular&plural in oneness , in his own image (singular) in the image of God (special image of oneness) . Genesis2:26-27 most of the time people think God is using the us here because. He is talking to angels but this cannot be the case. Here are some fasinating clues: 1 plural and singular is used! 2. God creates man and woman female and male and calls according to His image. Then He commands them to multiply. I love to use this illustration. if God was standing in the mirror and we would be in likeness of. His image! We would have The Father Son and Holy Ghost reflected in the creational mirror Adam, Eve, Multiply. And further it says And they shall be One, One flesh. God created mankind in the family unit. They are as One yet consisting of 3.

    • kevin are you taking some dangerous drugs?

      how does adam and eve mean 3?

      you said adam, eve, multiply wtf is that?

      you mean god consists of a number of persons ?

      you mean god is 2 persons + “multiply”

      steve what drugs are you taking?

      adam, steve and cain

      3 he’s steve

      do you worship 3 he’s steve?

      why do you call god ” he ” steve? you worship 3 he’s

      adam = man
      steve = man
      cain = man

      adam = he
      cain = he ——————————> he
      steve = he

      are 3 persons one person /one he , steve?

  2. We can sit here and argue all day about these kinds of things but I think we’ve been missing the point. The point is that we are one with God because of the soul. This is the cornerstone the builders rejected yet it is rarely even mentioned in the Trinity. Why?

  3. Christians think that they can complicate God to the number 3 (number of individuals that make up their God).

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