Recent anti-Trinitarian questions have stated that the early Church did not believe in the Trinity. If that is your position, how do you explain these early Christian writings, some about the second person and some about all three persons of the Trinity?

1. Justin Martyr referred to the deity of Christ so often that space does not permit the reproduction of his statements here. But this statement of his sums it up succinctly: “We will prove that we worship him reasonably; for we have learned that he is the Son of the true God Himself, that he holds a second place, and the Spirit of prophecy a third.” This is a clear description of the Trinity.

2. In the Huleatt Manuscript from 50 AD is found a description of Mark 14 (where a woman pours perfume on Jesus). It says “…But, when the disciples saw it, they were indignant…. God, aware of this, said to them,: “Why do you trouble this woman?’” Jesus is the speaker about whom the writer says, “God … said to them ….”

3. The letter of Barnabas in 74 AD says, “And further, my brethren, if the Lord endured to suffer for our soul, he being the Lord of all the world, to whom God said at the foundation of the world, ‘Let us make man after our image, and after our likeness,’ understand how it was that he endured to suffer at the hand of men” (Letter of Barnabas 5).

4. In 140 AD, Aristides wrote, “[Christians] are they who, above every people of the Earth, have found the truth, for they acknowledge God, the creator and maker of all things, in the only-begotten Son and in the Holy Spirit” (Apology 16).

The list goes on and on, but nobody likes a lengthy question and this one’s too long already.
Father K: I saw that in one of your questions and was astonied, if you know what I mean. :-)
Q&A Queen: I have read the Bible and there are a number of places that prove Jesus’ deity. My personal favorite is John 8:58. If you know your Bible, you’ll know exactly what it means.

58Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Dewcoons: Thank you and I completely agree with you. However, the question has been debated ad nauseum with regard to scripture. The recent attack has been on “early writings.” This question addresses those early writings. Why does everyone assume that because I’m asking about early writings, I have not read and believed the Bible?
TeeM: (a) You’re quoting people who gave their opinion ABOUT Justin Martyr, etc. I went to the source. (b) I’m an editor, so I understand English grammar. But the Bible wasn’t written in English. English grammar does not apply.
Tzadiq: Yours is a really interesting answer. You believe in God. You believe in Yeshua’s deity. But you have a problem with The Spirit of God, named in Genesis 1:2, Judges 3:10, Judges 6:34, Judges 14:6, 1 Samuel 10:6, 1 Samuel 16:13, Ezekiel 11:5. Most people who deny the Trinity, deny Yeshua, not the spirit. Interesting.

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