The Godhead

12 Dec

In recent weeks I have been in a few discussions regarding the Trinity and the Godhead, and how the two are derived from the Bible.
Personally, I have little desire to discuss the Trinity. It is a doctrine espoused by most of Christendom, but is still wrong. The basics of it are that there is only one God, and yet that single being exists in three aspects in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. While distinct in their operations, they are never the less the same being, or entity. While most of Christianity doesn’t have a problem with this (truly most don’t even think about it), it is a logical impossibility.
However, the doctrine of the Godhead, as taught in the true Gospel of Christ, is perfectly comprehensible and has no such logical contradictions. The problem is that it seems very few people actually understand what the doctrine is, or the details of it. I do not say this to ridicule any, for I was among those who did not understand until only recently.
In the discussions I previously mentioned I realized that I did not really understand what the Godhead was, and so I was, at first, unable to give a good explanation and answer to those who preach the trinity. In my studying and mental wrestling I have come to understand what the doctrine truly is, and I want to share this discovery with all people.

For most members of the church there is a basic understanding of this concept. We know that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the three members that comprise the Godhead, and that the Godhead is the grand governing council of heaven. We also know that the Father is the highest in Authority, referred to as “The Most High God” in the scriptures. Christ submits to His will, and the Holy Spirit is the messenger of the other two. All three are called God, and all three are worshiped as God.
But beyond this few seem to understand the truth of the doctrine. For this reason it becomes difficult to address such concerns as the accusation of Polytheism as well as several passages from the Bible, and even from the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.

Let me here explain what the Godhead is, and how it is three beings, and yet only one God.
Given what we already understand we will start with the basic definitions of the term God. This is important, as there are three distinct ways in which the term is used in the scriptures.
1. The Supreme Being that rules in heaven. This definition applies only to the Father. He is Supreme, and even the Son submits to him. If we use this definition than we can easily explain that we are monotheistic, for there is only one Supreme Being.
2. Divine beings, or those who exist in a divine state. This definition applies to all those who live or exist in this state. Thus all three members of the Godhead are gods, and thus it can be said that we are polytheistic.
3. A title of Authority that generates faith and worship from others. This use of the term is applied to the Godhead. What this means is that the one God that we actually worship is not an actual being, but a unit, or a governing counsel. Because of this all members of the counsel have the same title applied to them.
Just as with our own First Presidency. There are three men, each holding different authority in the counsel, but we refer to them as one Presidency, and call each individual President.
This is why we read in Isaiah 44: 6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” Two distinct beings are talking here, and yet they are one God, for they are one Godhead. Yet they can be separated into their individual roles, such as we read in 1 Corinthians 8: 6 “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

You will notice a great similarity between this doctrine and the Trinity. Both teach one God composed of three beings. Both try to separate the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost into their distinctive roles. However, one great difference exists. The trinity tries to claim only one God by any definition, and thus it creates the contradiction of the One being in three parts. On the other hand, the Godhead embraces the fact that multiple Gods exist, but creates a single unit of divine worship.
This is the true doctrine of God and the Godhead, and is something that all men should understand and be able to explain when asked.

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2 Responses to “The Godhead”

  1. JR January 31, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    The verses in the Bible that have Christ saying He and the Father are One is the same concept of when a man and woman marry. The man shall leave his family (parents) and the wife her parents and the two (husband and wife) shall become one. Does that mean they meld into one body? How can two people become as one? It is such a simple concept. The are one in purpose and one in how they run the household and raise the children etc. Nowhere in the Bible is the word Trinity. And what is interesting is that the men who came up with the creeds in Nicea and in following councils took years to come to any agreement as to what would be official doctrine. Anyone who did not agree had to run for their life.

    • shematwater January 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      While what you say is accurate, it is not the concept that I was seeking to address. Christ does say frequently that Him and the Father are one, and in this sense you are right (though it is not the exact same concept as marriage, it is similar).
      However, when the scriptures state that the “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God” (D&C 20: 28) it is not talking about their oneness in the sense that Christ is. It is referring to their unity in authority, being members of the Godhead. That is the distinction that I am trying to make clear.

      Oh, and just because the word ‘Trinity’ is not in the Bible does not make its use illegitimate. The LDS believe in a trinity of Gods that comprise the Godhead. It is not in the use of the word that the error lies. It is in how they try to define it.

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