Hebrew Voices #118 – Trinity and the Christian God

In this episode of Hebrew Voices, Trinity and the Christian God, Nehemia Gordon hosts a conversation between Southern Baptist Brian Garcia and Christian unitarian Carlos Xavier, to get a better understanding of the Christian concept of the nature of God.

I look forward to reading your comments!

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Guests' Websites:
Focus on the Kingdom (Carlos Xavier)
Real Truth Ministry (Brian Garcia)

Books Mentioned:
The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament by Bart D. Ehrman
Jesus As God: The New Testament Use of Theos in Reference to Jesus by Murray Harris

Verses Mentioned:
Deuteronomy 6:4
Genesis 1:2
Genesis 1:26-27
Isaiah 9:6-7
Micah 5:2
John 1:1
Jeremiah 23:5-6
Zechariah 11:12-13
Zechariah 12:10
Zechariah 14:3-9
John 17:3
Job 33:4
Ezekiel 3:12-14
Ezekiel 3:24
Genesis 11:7
Genesis 19:24
1 Kings 8:1
1 Samuel 25:22
Genesis 18:1
John 20:17-29
Exodus 4:16
Exodus 7:1
John 10:34-35
Psalm 82
Romans 9:5
Mark 13:32
John 1:18
Matthew 1:18
John 14:5-9
Isaiah 6:3
John 12:41
Hebrews 1:3
Exodus 4:16
Exodus 7:1
Hebrews 1:8
Psalm 45
Matthew 28:19
Romans 10:9-13
Joel 2:32
Hebrews 3:7-19
Psalm 102
Isaiah 44:24
Job 33:4
Revelation 4:11
1 Timothy 2:4
Psalm 22
John 5:7
Matthew 1:18
Matthew 1:20
Luke 1:30-35
Matthew 1:18
Matthew 1:1
Matthew 24:35
Matthew 5:18
Isaiah 40:8
Isaiah 42:8
John 17:5
Ephesians 1:4
John 1:14
Daniel 7
Philippians 2:6-8
John 16:30
Hebrews 4:15
Dt 28:48
Judith 1:3-8
Isaiah 45:14
Jeremiah 23:5-6
Revelation 5:12-14

  • Andries says:

    I just want to add one think, it is interesting how Baptists must always dumb on the Mormons. I think Brian is one of those exJehova’s like the exMormons that have too much hate in their hearts

  • Andries says:

    I would like to disagree with both of them.

    The Trinity is a false teaching but has merit only with one condition.

    If Jesus says he is God then we must read that Yehovah and Yeshua has all the same attributes thus Yehovah of Old Testament Bible and Yeshua of New Testament is one being. But then the Godhead is also true that God the Father and Jesus are both Members of the Godhead and then the Holy Spirit is the mind or consciousness (vail) of God.

    Lectures on Faith by the Prophet Joseph Smith jr gives a great explanation.

    So Godhead is God the Father (Un named God) the Son (Yeshua) with the Holy Spirit being the mind of God

    The trinity can only work if it is related to Yehovah being the pre-mortal Yeshua.

    Yehovah is the Father because he created us, Yehovah as Yeshua or Yehoshua is the Son because of the flesh and He is the Holy Spirit because he was transformed into a Spirit after his resurrection.

    But they are all one being, I am a Father to my children, a Son to my parents and a Husband to my wife, that is Trinity.

    But Trinity is not God the Father and Yehovah (Yeshua) that is the 2 personages of the Godhead.

    Nehemia I think it would be amazing if you can do such a program with someone from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Reformed Church of Christ.

    I believe that Yehovah of the Old Testament is the Creator and that Yehovah is the Son of the Almighty.

  • In regard to the idea that Scripture has been corrupted, as controversial to my Christian brothers and sisters that may be, I feel compelled to share what Scripture itself has to say about this issue… Through the prophet Jeremiah, we are cautioned to “beware of the LYING PEN of the scribes” (Jeremiah 8:8).

  • Bill Black says:

    What if:
    John 1 WORD is TORAH?
    It was the only significant WORD the Jews had/have!
    In the beginning was THE WORD not a WORD-TORAH
    and the WORD, TIRAH, was with God-of course it’s HIs personality
    and the WORD TORAH was God>>>>>
    So if the worlds were formed by Him that would be the function of TORAH as an entity not just words on parchment?
    What if way, path. light, lamp, any direction of life in our bible is TORAH ie:
    Bring up a child in the ….way-TORAH…and when he is old he will not depart from it!
    Closest thing we have is our Constitution and Bill of Rights which do not come with the same result as TORAH!

  • Bill Black says:

    My Lord now here on earth and as Messiah my future, when My Father makes My enemies My footstool and I am King/God to all?

  • Bill Black says:

    Perhaps a point of clarification of Sodom and Gomorrah What term about the two terms used referring to seemingly different Gods. Gods .
    I have a list of 28 terms of the various names of YEHOVAH or as stated I revealed Myself to Abram differently than Moses. Perhaps that clarification would help in seeing a better understanding since the generic pagan term-God is replacing all the various names of YEHOVAH!

  • Sherry says:

    Interesting perspectives on the subject. I appreciate the texts being listed for further study. A side note if I may:
    A personal request to turn the Hebrew writing around so it reads properly behind your head Nehemiah, especially as the Holy name is right above your head and reading it backwards feels disrespectful to me and distracting.

  • Joe says:

    Thanks for your work!! I consider myself a Biblical. Christin Unitarian. May YHWH, Yehovah bless

  • Deborah Shively says:

    I don’t understand why you are using the term “Christian God” as if Christians are
    worshipping aother God other than the God of Abraham. Christians worship the same God as He is revealed in the Scriptures. We see all Three in the Tanakh; – God, His Holy Spirit and the Messiah. The word Trinity is from the Latin word, trinitas, which means a union of three. The concept of the Trinity is merely that the Three are unified.

    God is one spirit, that’s why the Apostle Paul said, “God is one” Galatians 3:20.
    If we have more than one spirit, then that is when we have jumped the fence into polytheism. God is one Spirit and He has a person, and in the scriptures His person is called soul (Isaiah 42:1, Jeremiah 6:8, 32:41, Leviticus 26:11, Psalm 11:5).

    His person/soul directs the operations of His Holy Spirit. We see this very clearly in Psalm 104:30 – “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created.” The person wills and His Holy Spirit, which is distinct from God’s person, responds. Therefore we can see that God is constructed as two, soul and spirit, without being more than one.

    In order for Jesus to take our sins and fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 53:10, His soul/person has to be a distinct begotten entity from God. Jesus’ soul/person is birthed or brought forth from God’s Spirit. Anything that is begotten or birthed must come from a preexisting substance, therefore Jesus is begotten and not made.God will not give HIs glory to another and that is why Jesus’ soul/person is the perfect image of God in character. Jesus’ soul is joined with God’s Holy Spirit, Isaiah 42:1. The Apostles recognized that Jesus’ Spirit is God’s Holy Spirit. God operates through His Holy Spirit in His Son who is His image (theophany) and always was. That’s why Abraham could have lunch with God and not be fried by His holiness (Genesis 18).Therefore all Three, God, His Holy Spirit and the Messiah are all distinct from each other, they can operate simultaneously and are unified by one Spirit which makes them one God. That is the Biblical Trinity.

    • Reyes Nava says:

      The best person to answer your question is Brian Garcia.

      According to him there are 2 completely different Jesus’s. And you must believe the same way he does in order to believe in the true Jesus.

      • Deborah Shively says:

        The apostles didn’t teach that there are two completely different Jesus’s, and I defer to their authority. The church falls into apostasy when she begins to follow others above the founding apostles. Thanks for tipping me off to this guy,

      • LG says:

        For clarification, that is not what Brian said. When he was asked whether believing in the Trinity is necessary for “salvation” he pointed out that under Trinitarian theology Jesus/Yeshua is God while in unitiarian theology Jesus is not God. Those are two big differences in regard to the identification of Jesus. Yet he said he doesn’t know the answer for sure and he’ll leave that up to Yehovah. To that I say amen! (Note: also see Nehemia’s interview with A. J. Bernard which i know is at Facebook to see his take on this question.)

  • Dawn Irion says:

    I don’t think there was discussion of Isa 53:10-11 either – where Yehovah explains the testing that the messiah will have to go through to prove his worth. If Yeshua is God, why does he have to prove anything to himself?

    This test was not about Yeshua proving himself to the world – it was about him proving himself to Yehovah – that is why Luke 22 speaks of two different wills. It was the will of Yehovah to put Yeshua through this testing. Yeshua didn’t like, didn’t want to do it, was entirely grieved to the point of sweating blood over it. If Yeshua was a manifestation of Yehovah, how does any of this testing, different wills and grief over this process make any sense?

    10 yet it pleased Yehovah to crush him with illness,
    to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering.
    If he does, he will see his offspring;
    and he will prolong his days;
    and at his hand Yehovah’s desire
    will be accomplished.
    11 After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction.
    “By his knowing [pain and sacrifice],
    my righteous servant makes many righteous;
    it is for their sins that he suffers.

  • Dawn Irion says:

    Another key point from 1 Cor 15 is the concept of first-fruits. When something is a first fruit, it is the first of that crop of which it shares common origin – meaning that the first fruit has the same substance as the crop that it comes from.

    Yeshua is referred to as the first-fruits of the resurrection that is promised to all mankind – so if Yeshua raising from the dead is the first fruit of the resurrection, then he shares in the same substance as the rest of mankind.

    1 Corinthians 15:20 “But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have died.:

  • Dawn Irion says:

    I was surprised that Carlos didn’t bring up 1 Cor 15 even though he hinted at it. In 1 Cor 15 Paul lays out essentially the whole gospel and his understanding of the role of Yeshua. He calls Yeshua a man, a second Adam, not a second God as Carlos did say.
    But Paul goes on to explain that everything was subjected to Yeshua by God except God himself. If Yeshua was God, of the same substance as the trinitarians claim, then why does Yeshua need anything granted to him? Wouldn’t he already have everything? And then why does Yeshua to submit himself to God if he is God? Does he submit himself to himself?

    “But when it says that “everything” has been subjected, obviously the word does not include God, who is himself the one subjecting everything to the Messiah. 28 Now when everything has been subjected to the Son, then he will subject himself to God, who subjected everything to him;”

  • Dawn Irion says:

    There are many arguments that can be made directly from the scriptures without having to go to historical documents or textual criticism that were not made in this interview. Just for one, in Luke 22:42 Yeshua says, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, let not my will but yours be done.”

    If God is one in substance, being, etc, why would He have more than one will? Why would Yeshua’s will be any different than the Father’s will if they are both manifestations of the same being?

  • Ben Mondrone says:

    Nehemia great program !! I wish you would have used John 6:4 ” Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near”, as an example to Brian how a spurious text can and does change a set of beliefs down through the ages.

  • cheryl cooper says:

    When HE is GOD THEE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, HE is YEHOVAH, when HE is YEHOVAH in the flesh, HE is YESHUA, John 4:24 says that YEHOVAH is Spirit, HOLY SPIRIT, be HOLY for HE is HOLY, THEY are all the same, but identified by who they are called so we know WHO we are talking about.

    • Donna Dozier says:

      It might be a worthy pursuit to check on Dr. Skip Moen’s many discussions on this subject. Just one short quote follows:
      “ …In fact, the doctrine of the Trinity was first mentioned by Tertullian in about 200AD and was not fully established in the Christian Church until the council of Nicaea is 325 AD.
      We know that another Trinitarian expression found in 1 John 5:7 in the KJV is really an addition to the text in about 800 AD, first appearing in a treatise written by Priscillian in about 385 AD. Once incorporated into the text, it was treated as a proof of the doctrine of the Trinity. But the truth is that John never wrote it… Understood.

      There is much more solid and succinct evidence in Skip’s long history of attacking this subject with an open mind. Enjoy the study.

  • Mary Yaworski says:

    Suzerainty and vassal relationship clears up for me so much of this language that gets debated.

  • daniel says:

    As a former ‘trinity’ type Christian now trying to explain Hebraic roots of the faith, my ‘trinity’ friends have a three-cornered box they try to force God into, and if it don’t fit it gets tossed out of their paradigm – and that box becomes a dogmatic doctrine that severely limits their faith, particularly when trying to understand end-times prophecy.

    • Reyes Nava says:

      Amen Daniel,
      Nobody puts Yehovah in a box.
      (1 Kings 8:27)

      “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!

  • jehovajah says:

    Fabulous! The fable of the Trinity and its slipperiness was well exposed. It is not that a Trinitarian DeniesYehovah but rather that they refuse to speak to him and listen to his voice. The Unitarian can also be guilty of this fundamental Error but at least maintains that absolutely crucial distinction Yehovah States by his spirit and in his words written by those instructed by his spirit. The understanding of what Yehovah is doing is lost in this smokescreen argument established by the Trinitarian doctrine. When cornered, as Carlos does so well Trinitarian responds with a Credo and a clear threat which is ad hominem. It is this threat which was carried out by the Roman Catholic Church against all those Who would not bow down to its authority, being justified by their Creed To slaughter so-called heretics. As our Lord said: you will know them by their fruits! It would be interesting to know if history supports the slaughter of Trinitarian is by Unitarians! I would suspect that it is usually Trinitarian slaughtering other Trinitarian’s as well as anybody else Disagreed with their Creed .
    Today they did beat each other, and there is no real conversation On this topic since Trinitarian polarise the discussion. The nature of Yehovah he is a lifelong conversation that each individual must have with Yehovah involved with Yeshua . As long as everyone allows everyone else to have that conversation without interference there can be no harm done, because Yehovah himself will set the record straight at the time he sets for the restoration of all things. Yehovah Will judge each man on his own merit not by any denominations credo and it is this fear of being dammed by Yehovah if one does not profess a certain credo which is the error of the Trinity as a doctrine for teaching.♥️♥️Yehovah ♥️Yeshua ♥️Humanity

  • Mark says:

    YeshaYahu 43:10,11 “You are My witnesses,” declares Yehovah, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no El formed, nor after Me there is none. “I, I am Yehovah, and besides Me there is no other savoir.
    Yehohanan 14:21 “He who possesses My commands and guards them, it is he who loves Me. ( Who says hundreds of times “Guard My Torah”)
    Yehohanan 8:54 “Yehoshua answered, “If I esteem Myself, My esteem is none at all. It is Father who esteems Me, of whom you say that He is your Elohim. 8:58 Yehoshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham came to be , I am”

    Did not Yehovah say He would never share His Esteem with another many times?

    John 14:16 Helper stays with us, 14:17 I am coming to you. (Yehoshua), 14:23 We shall come to him…..(Yehovah and Yehoshua) Which one ?????

    Yehoshua is the WORD of Yehovah?

  • Walter Schwenk says:

    oops, please do not publish, but I have found both “gerald schroeder” episodes, with the added zola levitt interviews. Thank you from the bottom of my wretched little heart, I had searched unsuccessfully on youtube for zola’s material, and was too cheap to buy it. Nevertheless, Schroeder has some amazing new material, and is a very much appreciated message, as tech discoveries continue to proliferate. I am wondering now if science will eventually discover that our prototype universe is entirely a gossamer web of the spirit of Yah’s will.


    I seem to remember a comment on one of Nehemia’s broadcasts, that the person who thoroughly understands his position, could take the opposing view and argue for it. I wonder if these men would attempt to do this?

    • rlm4765 says:

      I grew up a baptist with a strict adherence to the doctrine of a trinity until I did an exhaustive study on the subject that I share here with lots of scripture that you will need to copy and paste into a search engine:

      sum of thy word Trinity: True or False?

  • In 2020 Hindsight, the definitions depend on what glasses you put on. Your own or YeHoVaH’s. Great God to even bother to explain His non human Ways in a Man’s 3 dimensions concepts. In Addiition, which empire Rome, UK, Ottoman, Far Eastern, USA or His Kingdom Owner is key to why we are in this Situation.

    • Reyes Nava says:

      Yocanan, completely agreed.

      The lenses that one puts on (by choice) determines the doctrine of preference.

      That would best explain how 2 groups looking at the exact same scripture can see opposite views and both sound legitimate.

      “Uncover mine eyes, and I behold the hidden things out of your Torah”
      (Psalm 119:18)


  • Walter Schwenk says:

    congratulations Nehemia, I see you have succeeded in “herding cats”! Now, when are you going to invite Gerald Schroeder on again? Nothing helps us ex-atheists like technical permission to believe the holy scriptures! I am prepping by reading several times all 4 of his books. Very reasonably priced at online used books. (thrift books)

  • Walter Schwenk says:

    Perhaps king David and Yahshua said it best in Ps82:6, “ani amarti, elohim atem, uv’ney elyon culcem…”. “I have said, you are elohim, and sons of the highest are you all…” Neither 3 nor 10, but Yah can create/form/make as many like minded helpers as are willing. (as best as this agnostic can understand it) Blessings to all, thanks for being neither atheists, pagans, nor muslims?

  • Reyes Nava says:

    Why is it so important to believe in the trinity doctrine?
    To what end does it matter?
    The ancient Israelites would have scratched their heads at such a concept.

    When a doctrine boxes itself into a corner the only way out is to use the terms “complex” and “mystery” ……. nobody puts Yehovah in a box.

  • judith says:

    Hi to through in another ball…..my belief is that Yeshua His God….Yeshua is the embodiment of YeHoVaH…. He is The Light….He is The embodiment of The Woord….The Torah…..The Shepard…..the Messiah…..he is everything that is visible…..He is YeHoVaH in the flesh. YeHoVaH is Echad…..The Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
    Complex and beautiful

    Great conversation thankyou


  • AJ Bernard says:

    The word “Bible” is the first word in the New Testament. It’s the first word in Matthew, in the Greek.

    • Kristine says:

      In Western understanding…could it be said that YHVH is the NOUN…. and the ADJECTIVES (describing the noun….or the function of the NOUN (or ADVERBS) could be–
      “Yeshua, My Salvation, Ruach Ha Chodesh…and Lord of Hosts, Captain of the Armies of God, our Provider, our Healer, our Comforter, El Roi”…. etc?

  • AJ Bernard says:

    17:35 The word “Bible” is the first word in the Bible. It’s the first word of Matthew, in the Greek.

    • AJ Bernard says:

      Very sorry… I meant “first word in the New Testament.” I tried to correct it. My apologies.

  • Stu Lowndes says:

    Often when the Messenger of YHVH appears visibly to men, they are afraid, specifically citing Ex 33:20 as the REASON for being afraid…or the text itself will reference it.

    Exodus 24:11
    Genesis 32:30 When Yoseph’s sons are blessed, this angel is invoked as Israel’s Redeemer (How many Redeemers of Israel are there? One.)
    Judges 6:22
    Judges 13:22

    Judges 13:18
    And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” ‘Pele’ is Aleph backwards.

    Manoah’s wife gives the reason for why there is an exception to be made for seeing the face of God, yet living:

    “But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a GRAIN OFFERING at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these.”

    The house of Joseph is the GRAIN OFFERING of Isaiah 66:20!

    “Joseph” gathered GRAIN (seed) as ***the Sand of the seashore***!



    Fascinating topic and discussion! I was raised Catholic, at 16 decided I was agnostic- “not knowing”, I didn’t know what to believe. At 19 went on a pilgrimage to find my “guru”, and found him in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke! I still don’t know what to think of the Trinity, but I know God, YHVH, loves me and somehow represents himself to me through Yeshua. It’s a mystery!

    • Reyes Nava says:

      How can both Brian and Carlos be correct?
      Or are they both wrong?

      Or are they both still learning and willing to accept change?

      • LOUIS KORKAMES says:

        Learning, I hope, for now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face! Now we know in part. Yehovah give us patience.

      • Bill Black says:

        After living and hearing scripture all my 81 years it is concluded that YEHOVAH intentionally does not allow anyone to understand fully as He is but we are to love each other where we and they are till He returns!
        When drawing from the non Hebraic translations and Greek only one gets a mess!

  • Stu Lowndes says:

    The biggest element that should be mentioned in this conversation is what Paul refers to as the Mystery of the Gospel. The mystery is, how does God return the the northern kindom (The House of Joseph) after they have been divorced and gone on to have ‘many husbands’ (Baalim)?

    This is a mystery because of Deut 34:1-4 (“I speak to those who know the Law”). If the woman returns to her original husband it is an abomination.

    The ORIGINAL HUSBAND had to die in order to release the House of Israel from the Law of Divorce (Deut 24:1-4).

    He came only for THOSE lost sheep, and he came so that they would have LIFE.

    The dry bone LIVING is the HOUSE of isreal returning to Torah observance from amoung the nations to join with Yehudah (Ezekiel 37).

    Judah did not RECOGNIZE Yoseph

    When Judah DID recognize Yoseph, they were made afraid by his FACE (metatron/messenger of YHVH/the Son of Yoseph

    Moses is who brought those bones OUT OF EGYPT (slavery to the great dragon).

    • Bill Black says:

      Modalism does that come from the NT where Gabriel says to Mary-call His name Emmanuel?
      We never hear Him called that anymore anywhere in the NT??
      Strange a direct command from God!
      So is this where Marcion and Constantine and his mother intentionally create confusion in the NT and the Tannak via translators?

  • Stu Lowndes says:

    Nehemia…what is you opinion on Ben Burton’s argument that Yeshua is the Messenger (Angel) of YHVH? Do you believe Christian debate on the trinity has morphed out of a Hebrew understanding of the relationship between YHVH and the Redeemer of Israel invoked in the blessing of the Sons of Yoseph?