The stated purpose of "God's Trinity Demystified" by Nigerian pastor Adedeji David Adeoye is to prove that God is a trinity of personalities. For many people it is not a topic worth considering, but as the good Reverend points out, there are some who argue against the validity of the Trinity of God. Part of the problem is that 'Trinity' is not directly taught in Scripture and today, there are some people who formerly believed in this doctrine that no longer do so. Some indeed have said that the doctrine of the Trinity is a creation of the fourth-century church and that:
Philo (20 BC-AD 50), who was born some twenty years before Jesus and was a famous writer before Jesus began his ministry, got his idea of the divine Logos (second God) from Greek philosophy, mostly from the Greek philosopher Plato (428-348 BC).
Rev Adeoye reasserts the Biblical Statement that
"Jesus is the express image of the person of God (Hebrews 1:3). He is the Word of God that became flesh and dwelled among us..."
Now what is interesting about this book, is the way in which Rev Adeoye examines the issue of trinity, and I feel sure, that of all theological attempts to prove the posit, this book is unique in that its author does some strange investigating into the matter of creation to prove the Trinity. The author's fundamental idea is that God is comprised of three personalities consistently revealed in Genesis to be "Thought," "Word" and "Action." Using Genesis he shows that God thought the world into existence, then God spoke, and then God did actions.
It is all quite interesting. He introduces notions of the interrelationship of the three in one God. Father is Thought, Jesus is Word, and Spirit is Action. His approach to showing the trinity in Scripture is unique since it is an exploration of language use within the context of thought, word and action. It all becomes really quite interesting when Genesis Chapter 1 is slightly rewritten in that where the word 'God' appears; it is replaced with God 1, God 2, and God 3 accompanied by abbreviations indicating the role played: Requisition Officer (RO), Production Officer (PO) and Approving Officer (AO) It makes for a rather interesting read.
Toward the latter part of the book there are some really interesting gems/topics discussed including that section of Scripture discussing the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden. The author writes:
Did God set a trap for man to fall into by planting the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden? My response is that God actually set a trap. The first purpose of the trap was to test Adam's obedience of God's command and thereby help him to qualify for God's next agenda. The second purpose was to catch the Serpent in his craftiness and so make salvation by grace through faith available to man. This is the lifeline that God decided in His infinite wisdom to throw to mankind.
I should also mention that the good Reverend on a few occasions takes us into the world of his ethnic background and relates some of his experiences of God whilst preparing the book.
For those willing to entertain 'fresh perspectives' this will prove a rewarding read.
M. Wallace Johnson
"God's Trinity Demystified" is an academic and resource material for seminary and university students and lecturers, pastors and teachers of God's Word. It confirms that the decision of the ecumenical councils of Nicaea (AD 325) and Constantinople (AD 381) to authorize the Doctrine of Trinity was right, because the decision was in agreement with the Bible, even though the word "trinity" is not mentioned in it. God's Trinity Demystified reveals what qualified Jesus to be called "the Word." It also reveals that the pronoun "us" in Genesis 1:26 does not refer to three persons. Read and see reason explain mystery.
"God's Trinity Demystified: The Veil Covering It Is Finally Removed"
by Adedeji David Adeoye
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
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