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Defining the Trinity (Bowman)
Bowman's position is stated as:
This doctrine of the Trinity is a conceptual framework or system for affirming the following six core propositions drawn from the Bible:
1. There is one (true, living) God, identified as the Creator.
2. This one God is the one divine being called YHWH (or Jehovah, the LORD) in the Old Testament.
3. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is God, the LORD.
4. The Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is God, the LORD.
5. The Holy Spirit is God, the LORD.
6. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are each someone other than the other two.
In this debate, I will be seeking to defend the doctrine of the Trinity by showing that each of these six propositions is taught in the Bible.
Unitarian Position (Burke)
Burke's position is stated as:
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source of Christian doctrine and practice
- The Father alone is God
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but not God himself
- The Holy Spirit is the power of God, but not God himself
- Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised to immortality by the Father
- At an appointed time (concealed from humanity) Jesus will return to Earth, judge the living and the dead, restore the nation of Israel to her former glory and reign over a kingdom that will last for 1,000 years
Who is Jesus? (Burke)
Who is Jesus? (Bowman)
Who is Jesus Part 2 (Burke)
Who is Jesus Part 2 (Bowman)
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