When studying all the world views in light of Biblical truth, one will soon find the common thread laced within each world religion. That thread is anti-Trinitarian. This should not be a surprise since the god of this world is at war with the God of the Scriptures and hates anything to do with Him—especially His very nature. Studying below the surface of these world religions one will begin to notice this to be true. This is important to realize because when denying the doctrine of the Trinity one will have to soon deny the divinity of Christ, redefine the personhood of God, salvation, the origin and destiny of man, and the problem of sin. The whole biblical world view has to then suffer a complete breakdown and become unrecognizable from its true character in order for the cultic world view to survive. If the Christian can understand this concept then he or she will have won half the battle. A direct assault on the very Trinitarian nature of God lends itself to the game of semantics and subjects a person to mental gymnastics in order to deny the very problems that are so glaringly obvious to each one of us (i.e., sin, Heaven, Hell, Soteriology, etc.).
Semantics can be a tricky game, but the Christian should always go back to the original text and point out to the cultist how the Bible defines such terms. Words in context mean what they mean unless otherwise noted. The Bible is very specific when it comes to words and what the meaning is. So then, it is important to define the terms based on the portion of scripture being discussed and use simple grammatical rules to refute dishonest interpretations. Terms like salvation, atonement, sin, Trinity, Christology, grace, etc., all need to be biblically defined in order to avoid any misunderstandings. Otherwise we will be wandering through the maze of semantics and confusion. If the court rooms and medical fields do not tolerate re-definitions then why should the church allow it? We need to be clear on how the Bible defines its terms and refuse others to the right to redefinitions.
We can see that pride becomes the ink that fills their pens in a desperate attempt to write off the realities that stare all of us in the face. An honest look at world views reveals the camaraderie of these systems in their attempt to align themselves against the God of the Bible. Some may have deep schisms between each other, and others may go hand-in-hand on most points, but one thing is certain, they all find common ground in their hostility toward the Trinity. While some religions and philosophies may cloak themselves with the right terminology and “truth” claims, closer examination reveals the anti-biblical stance it takes on the very thing it pretends to affirm. The words of the Apostle Paul ring true when he warned, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Even more so the words of Christ are a warning to us, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray” (Matthew 24:4-5). All of the teachings of the world religions outside of Christianity may have some truth in them, or some not at all, but their ultimate aim is to take captive the souls of men and lead them astray from the truth. Sadly, the leaders of these systems discourage free thinking and foster isolationism in order to hold people captive.
The first thing we can look at is how cults and philosophies define God the Father, or God in His essence, the very nature of God. Commandments one and two explicitly forbid us to have any gods before God (YHWH) and to make images of these gods in our own image and to our liking. Since the time of Adam and Eve to the Tower of Babel to Israel’s wandering in the dessert even to today, man has been prone to either exalt himself as a god or exalt other idols as gods. The Eastern Religions of Hinduism, Taoism, the Unification Church, Buddhism, and even the Western mind sciences all teach pantheism, which defines God is everything and everything is God. Often times He is projected as unknowable. Many teach polytheism which says there are many gods (i.e., god of fertility, sun god, moon god, etc.; millions of gods), of which are represented by graven images. Mormonism teaches that each one of us can evolve into godhood and populate our own planets in the here after. They say Adam is one celestial exalted man-god of many, who came to earth with one of his wives named Eve in order to father us all. When they say, “Father God” they are referring to Adam who evolved into godhood. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim there is only One Almighty God but reject the Trinitarian nature of God, yet they are essentially teaching polytheism since they claim Jesus was a God (hence many). Further, Buddhism will teach henotheism since it does not directly acknowledge the existence of a God but does not rule out the possibility that there may be One.
All of these world views are in direct contrast to Bible that proclaims in Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear O Israel, The LORD your God is one” and in Isaiah 42:8 where He says, “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved images.” Again, multiple times in Isaiah chapters 43-45 God emphatically declares that He is God, and there is no other. God in His essence, God the Father, is not part of His creation and only one of millions of God. Rather, He is a transcendent, knowable being who has revealed Himself to the world in many ways in many eras; and each time He was revealed His character and nature has been the same.
Secondly, we can look at how cults and philosophies define God the Son, Jesus Christ. Perhaps this is the greatest area of attack. Many religions like Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarian Universalism, and many more will claim to hold Jesus in high esteem and deem Him a prophet or good moral teacher, but when studying what the Scriptures teach about Christ one will see that designating Him only to these titles is nothing short of blasphemy. The Bible has declared Jesus Christ to be the explicit, divine Son of God who alone is able to purge us of our sins. He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him]” (John 14:6). Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus. His miracles proved He is God, especially His resurrection from the dead. Simply surveying the gospels and epistles one cannot avoid the fact that He is divine.
However, each world system works to strip Jesus of His deity and thus His saving power. The Apostle Paul sternly warned the Galatians when he wrote, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” To the Jehovah’s Witnesses Christ is God’s first creation and thus only a mighty spirit god; Christ is not God but merely “a god”. To the Mormons Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer and is God’s firstborn of His spirit children. To the mind sciences such as Scientology and Christian Science, Christ is merely a principle of right thinking or enlightenment of the true path; someone who merely brought wisdom and pointed in a positive direction. To the Unification Church, Jesus is a demigod who is not divine in essence, and it is Sun Myung Moon who is the fulfillment of the Second Advent of Christ commission by God to finish the work Jesus was unable to complete. To the Muslims, Jesus was not God but merely one of many prophets sent from God; yet it is Muhammad who is the final authority.
The list goes on and on, and one thing is obvious: all of them are content on denying the divinity of Christ. Of course, it is only natural to deny His divinity. One would have to if he or she wanted their own religious institution. If one were to accept His divinity, then submission to His authority and truth follows naturally. It comes down to not wanting to obey Him. Which lends itself to the issue of false Christ’s. Time has shown that many false Christ’s that have come on the scene. This comes from wanting to be the source of authority and gaining the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. From Muhammad, to Joseph Smith, to Charles T. Russell, to Mary Baker Eddy, to Mirza’ Ali Muhammad (for the Baha’i Faith), to Sun Myung Moon, to Gurus of Hinduism, even to spiritists who channel spirits with messages from the spirit world, all of them either claim Messiahship or assume the authority of a Messiah by putting themselves in the place of Christ or pointing people in the opposite direction of the truth found in the Scriptures. This was predicted by Jesus in Matthew 24 and has found fulfillment on countless occasions. How can others claim to be God’s new revelation or appointed leaders when His word says the Jesus was the culmination of revelation? Hebrews 1:1-3 declares, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom, he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” False Christ’s still attempt to gain a following despite this revelation in God’s word.
Lastly, we can look at how cults and philosophies define God the Holy Spirit. When it comes to the Holy Spirit, cults often refer to Him as an ‘it’ or a force rather than a Person, as the Bible clearly reveals. The cults are content with designating the Spirit to an impersonal force that is either part of us and we a part of it, or it merely being an active force in the universe that everyone can or does experience. This is especially true in Jehovah’s Witness and Mormon doctrine. And, of course, the Eastern religions will agree with this, as well. When it comes to the Unification Church, the Holy Spirit is the female aspect of God and became the spiritual bride of Christ; it is a mere divine energy rather than a personality on par with God Almighty. However, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a He Who is our Teacher, Comforter, Helper, and Guide (John 16). “The fact that the Holy Spirit is referred to as a person in the masculine gender throughout the New Testament, that He also is described as possessing an active will.” In order to possess a will, a personality is essential. Just as the cults have to purposefully deny and turn a blind eye to the explicit biblical teachings on God the Father and God the Son, they have to do the same when it comes to God the Holy Spirit. One doesn’t have to know the original language to come to an orthodox Christian conclusion, this can be understood by reading any English translation.
In conclusion, an overview of world views highlights many problems when comparing their doctrines to a biblical world view. It does not take long to begin to see how each system attacks the Triune nature of God. God in His essence (the Father) is either taught as being part of His creation (pantheism), one of many gods (polytheism), or misunderstood as a singular natured God as taught in Islam. Some even deny God exists in an absolute authoritative role. Furthermore, God the Son is stripped of His deity, demoted to a good moral teacher, one of many prophets or a demigod. Those who like to deny Him of His divinity like to exalt themselves in His place. Lastly, God the Holy Spirit is designated to an impersonal force active in the universe; He is an energy that permeates all of us, and not a Person active in the role of salvation. As noted earlier, a complete rejection of the Trinitarian nature of God leads to a complete rejection of orthodox doctrines of sin, Heaven, Hell, Christology, Soteriology, the Resurrection, Atonement and much more. Conversely, if one were to accept the Trinitarian God communicated in the Scriptures then that person will be ready to accept what it has to say in regard to the deity of Christ, salvation, sin, etc. A humble heart will gladly receive and be conformed to the truth of Scripture rather than try to twist scripture to fit themselves. Obeying Scripture will lead to salvation; rejecting Scripture will lead to eternal damnation. God is Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit are One God. To receive this truth is to spare one’s soul from the plethora of problems created and avoided by world views. The Biblical world view is the only one that adequately answers all of life’s problems.