How Many Gods are There?

September 11, 2015   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |  

Why are so many churches teaching that there are three gods?

Jim: I was brought up believing that there is one God that can appear in three different forms – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit but there are other churches that teach that there are three different gods – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and one of my questions was, was Christ praying to Himself when He prayed to the Father, or is there three different gods?


Irvin: Well Jim, it’s an easy question to answer because the first commandment says, Hear O Israel the Lord our God is one. It does not say, Hear O Israel the Lord our God is three. So it is an easy question to answer. However, to understand what happened when Jesus – who was God, prayed in the garden, and He prayed to the Father… now that becomes a little more difficult. Here’s the big question, does God have to pray? We know that you pray when you need help. If you’re God and you have all power, you don’t need any help. So what was happening when Jesus was praying in the garden? Jesus was both God and man; He had a divine Father, He had a human mother, so Jesus was God robed in human flesh. The Bible also says that God cannot be tempted with evil neither tempteth He any man. And yet, we know Jesus was tempted. So the question is, does that mean Jesus wasn’t God? No. It just simply means that He was both. He was both human and divine and His flesh had the ability to be tempted, and His flesh needed to pray. Now the easiest way that I have been able to understand this is… you know Jim, have you ever been tempted to do something and your spirit said, “No, no, no, don’t do that!” And your flesh was saying, “Yes, yes, yes!” When you have that struggle does that mean that you are two people? Of course it doesn’t. It just simply means that you are flesh and you are spirit. And the Bible says the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. So your flesh is being drawn while your spirit is resisting. Well Jesus was both spirit and flesh – His flesh was human, that’s the reason He could die. God can not die. When Jesus died on the cross God did not die but Jesus was still God, He was simply both God and man. When you die and your body is in the funeral home, your body is left there and your spirit is gone but that does not mean that you were two individuals while it was there. So there’s one God, but He does fill three roles. I’m a father, son and husband; God is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost so there’s one God but He does fill three roles.

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3 Responses to “How Many Gods are There?”

  1. Carolyn A. Guggenheim

    Why can’t God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be three separate entities when there are many places in scripture that say that. Such as stated in John 6:27, Eph 4.6, Heb 1:8, Acts, 5:3-4, Matt 28:19, 2 Corth 13:14.
    And of course Gen 1:26. Your response will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Carolyn,

      The Cornerstone of all truth is Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
      And the Lord said it was so important that they should do all these things to remember, He is one Lord.

      Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

      Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
      11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

      1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

      This scripture tells us that GOD was manifest in the flesh.

      Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
      9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

      Jesus isn’t 1/3 of the Godhead, He is the fullness.

      If you have more questions, please feel free to email me