Philippians 2 is not a trinity admission at all.....read it carefully. I posted this in another reply....
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
This is often presented as a proof text for the trinity but on closer inspection it becomes just the opposite.
Jesus was "existing in God's "form".....what is God's form? John says that "God is a spirit"....so Jesus was a spirit too before coming to earth to be born as a human child. All who dwell in heaven are spirits.
He had no desire to grasp equality with God even though some may have wanted to give him that status because he could perform miracles. Emptying himself willingly of his glorious spiritual form and taking the humble form of men he 'became obedient to the point of death"......obedient to whom? Can one part of God be obedient to an equal part of himself?
But what else do we see here? "God highly exalted him" and "bestowed a name that is above every name"....how is that even possible if he is God? One part of the Almighty exalts an equal part of himself and then gives him a name above every other? Yahweh already has the highest name in existence (Psalm 83:18KJV)
Then we have every knee bowing to Jesus, both angels and humans, but does the glory go to Jesus? NO! Confessing Jesus Christ as Lord is "to the glory of God the Father".
On closer investigation, there is no trinity there at all.
You can read into scripture what is not there by looking for things that imply what you want to believe.....unless you have a direct statement from either God or his son stating that they are equal parts of a triune godhead.....then it is an assumption, not a Biblical fact. Even the Catholic church admits that the trinity is not in the Bible.
Although the following Bible has plenty of mistranslations, it has rendered this part of Phil. 2:6 correctly:
“He did not think that by force [harpagmos]
he should try to become
equal with God” - GNB
The reason is because of the clear meaning of the New Testament (NT) Greek word harpagmos (ἁρπαγμὸς)
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
(by trinitarian writer and trinitarian publisher) tells us that harpagmos
” and that it comes from the source word harpazo
which means: “to seize
... catch away, pluck, take
).” - #725 & 726, Abingdon Press, 1974 printing.
– to seize
, especially by an open
display of force
. See 726
).” - HELPS Word-studies, copyright
© 1987, 2011 by Helps Ministries, Inc.
And the New American Standard Concordance of the Bible
(also by trinitarians) tells us: “harpagmos
; from [harpazo];
the act of seizing
or the thing seized
.” And, “harpazo
... to seize
, catch up, snatch
away.” Notice that all have to do with taking something away by force
. - # 725 & #726, Holman Bible Publ., 1981.
In fact, the trinitarian The Expositor’s Greek Testament
, 1967, pp. 436, 437, vol. III, tells us:
“We cannot find any passage where [harpazo]
or any of its derivatives [which include harpagmos]
has the sense of ‘holding
in possession,’ ‘retaining’ [as preferred in many trinitarian translations of Phil. 2:6]. It seems invariably to mean ‘seize’, ‘snatch violently
’. Thus it is not permissible
to glide from the true sense [‘snatch violently’] into one which is totally different, ‘hold fast.’ ”
Even the very trinitarian NT Greek expert, W. E. Vine, had to admit that harpagmos
is “akin to harpazo
, to seize
, carry off by force
.” - p. 887, An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
And the trinitarian The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology
tells us that the majority
of Bible scholars (mostly trinitarian, of course)
“have taken harpagmos
to mean a thing plundered
..., and so spoil, booty or a prize of war
.” - p. 604, vol. 3, Zondervan, 1986.
The key to both these words (harpagmos
and its source word, harpazo)
is: taking something away from someone by force and against his will
. And if we should find a euphemism such as “prize” used in a trinitarian Bible for harpagmos
, it has to be understood only
in the same sense as a pirate ship forcibly
seizing another ship as its “prize”!