While many biblical scholars believe that the concept of the Trinity is clearly stated throughout the Bible, there is no direct biblical use of the words "Trinity" or "Three in One." The only exception to that rule is found in a section that was added to the King James Version, but does not appear in any other versions of the Bible. This begs the question, which Bible is making the error - the KJV or all of the other translations?
The KJV states in 1 John 5:7, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." The 2nd half of this verse (in bold) was not in any of the earliest Greek manuscripts or translations, though it did start appearing in some of the later translations (before the KJV).
Since the King James Version of the Bible has been the most popular version of the Bible for several centuries, it's difficult to measure how much its addition of 1 John 5:7 has molded and shaped Christian doctrine.
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus emphasizes the point that God the Father "is greater" than Jesus (John 14:28). But what does this mean? One possible - but unpopular - interpretation of the Trinity is "One in Three" instead of "Three in One," as found in the added KJV verse. "One in Three" represents one Creator God who's spiritual presence is most fully present in Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
I'm not saying that this is the absolute truth or that the Trinity as Christians generally understand it is a false concept. That is not my intention. However, I also want to bring to light a verse that was added to the KJV Bible, which has undoubtedly shaped Christian thought for so many generations.
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