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RASHID - What are the differences between Trinity and Godhead?
Both terms refer to the three Gods; God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
"The Trinity" is a term most used by many Traditional Christian faiths, including the Catholics, and is described
in the following way, according to the Athanasian Creed:
“We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the
substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the
Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, is all one; the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the
Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy
Ghost uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The
Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet there are not three eternals, but one
eternal. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated; but one uncreated, and one
incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty; and yet
there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is
God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.”
Kind of confusing.
The term, Godhead, as used by the LDS Church, consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as
three separate and distinct individuals (Mark 14:32-39, Mat. 27:46, Acts 7:55-56, Luke 3:21-22). This might be called "social trinitarinism": meaning that, although they are one in purpose, heart, and power they do not occupy the same body or space. God the Father and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit (D&C 130: 22, Luke 24:39). The spirit of Jesus Christ was created by God the Father and the Father is also literally the father of Jesus in the flesh.
The word Trinity is not found in the scriptures but the word Godhead is found (Col 2:9, Acts 17:29, Rom 1:20).
The other faiths use the term Godhead as well as Trinity, however the LDS Church does not normally use the word
Trinity, so as not to cause confussion with traditional trinitarian beliefs.