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What was the extent of the influence of non-Christian Greek philosophy on the development of Christian doctrine after the Bible was written? Joel Hemphill tells his audience that the understanding of God as a Trinity of beings was shaped by Greek philosophy rather than by Jesus and the Bible itself. Hemphill indicates that the original Christian understanding of God was not that the one God is two or three “Persons,” but rather that the true God is eternally one individual – the Father alone. Hemphill goes on to say that for original Christianity to be fully restored today, we must remove post-biblical Greek philosophical developments from church teachings.