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Jehovah's Witnesses on the Trinity:

1. “The doctrine, in brief, is that there are three gods in one: ‘God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost,’ all three equal in power, substance, and eternity” (Let God Be True, Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1946 ed., 100).

2. “The obvious conclusion is, therefore, that Satan is the originator of the Trinity doctrine” (LGBT, 101).

3. “Sincere persons who want to know the true God and serve Him find it a bit difficult to love and worship a complicated, freakish-looking, three-headed God” (LGBT, 102).

4. “The Trinity doctrine was not conceived by Jesus or the early Christians” (LGBT, 111).

5. “The plain truth is that this is another of Satan’s attempts to keep God-fearing persons from learning the truth of Jehovah and his Son, Christ Jesus. No, there is no Trinity” (LGBT, 111).

6. “Any trying to reason out the Trinity teaching leads to confusion of mind. So the Trinity teaching confuses the meaning of John 1:1–2; it does not simplify it or make it clear or easily understandable” (“The Word,” Who Is He? According to John, 7).

7. Is Jehovah a Trinity—three persons in one God? No! Jehovah, the Father, is “the only true God” (John 17:3; Mark 12:29). Jesus is His firstborn Son, and he is subject to God (1 Cor. 11:3). The Father is greater than the Son (John 14:28). The holy spirit is not a person; it is God’s active force (Gen. 1:2; Acts 2:18) (What Does God Require of Us?, Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1997, electronic version).

8. “Thus, neither the thirty-nine books of the Hebrew Scriptures nor the canon of twenty-seven inspired books of the Christian Greek Scriptures provide any clear teaching of the Trinity. … Thus, the testimony of the Bible and of history makes clear that the Trinity was unknown throughout biblical times and for several centuries thereafter” (Should You Believe in the Trinity?, Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1997, electronic version).

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