Amos 4:11 - God Overthrew

"I overthrew you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a firebrand snatched from a blaze; Yet you have not returned to Me," declares the LORD. (Amos 4:11 - NASB)

What Trinitarians Say

This verse is sometimes used by Trinitarians to show that there are two who are God, or two persons of God.

What We Say

Since the Bible explains that "Yahweh is one," and "God is only one," (Deut 6:4, Gal 3:20, Mark 12:29), and that there is no one else who is God besides him (Deut 4:35), it is reading into Amos 4:11 to say that there are two Gods or two God-persons within God here.  In this passage, God is simply speaking in the third person.

God often speaks in the third person in the Old Testament.  Exodus 24:1: “Then he (God) said to Moses, “Come up to Yahweh, you and Aaron…”  and Exodus 3:12: “I (God) will be with you… you shall serve God upon this mountain..” and Num 19:1,2: “Yahweh spoke saying, ‘This is the statue of the law which Yahweh has commanded."

We must not burden biblical language with the thought-forms of later Christian philosophy.  Jesus never taught that Yahweh consists of more than one personality: “Yahweh our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29ff).