When God says ECHAD [One] he doesn’t mean SHALOSH [Three].
There is never a place in scripture where ECHAD is used to convey SHALOSH.
God knows how to count.
There is a distinct difference between ECHAD and SHALOSH.
Genesis 1:5 “Day One” or “Day First”
Genesis 1:13 “Day Third”
The First Day — Yom Echad — was not THREE DAYS! –and neither was it the Third Day — Yom Sheliyshiy.
James 2:19 AMP
19 You believe that God is one; you do well [to believe that].
The demons also believe [that],
and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]!
God is ONE.
The NATURE or ESSENCE of God is ONE–not THREE!
There are many Trinitarians who claim to believe in ONE GOD but who insist that GOD IS THREE in ESSENCE, i.e., they believe God exists in THREE PERSONS. When confronted with the SHEMA, they point to ECHAD and cry “compound unity”, as though the aspect of UNITY somehow magically and mysteriously replaces the fundamental concept of UNIT in the word ECHAD [ONE] with SHALOSH (THREE)!
It is not clear if these folks are attacking a STRAW MAN or waving a RED HERRING…. Either way, they are clearly missing the point with their fallacy.
No one could possibly honestly read the Bible and come away with the impression that ECHAD ever means more than ONE–much less that it means THREE.
The Bible clearly teaches that God is ONE.
To teach that God is THREE or anything else other than ONE is HERESY.
Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle