Examine the Verse - John 1:1,3
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JOHN 1:1
This verse is claimed to provide the basis of the Trinitarian belief
that God is the Triune God, existing as three personsGod the Father,
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, but one being.

  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:1 King James Version)
  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:1New King James Version)
  THE Logos existed in the very beginning, the Logos was with God, the Logos was divine.
(John 1:1, Moffatt Translation)
  Trinitarian Belief in God and Jesus Christ:
 Trinitarians believe in the Trinity, that God is the "Triune God"
existing as three persons
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, but one being. All three are
eternal with no beginning. M
embers of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal,
one in essence, nature, power, action, and will.
Trinitarians believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal second person "God the Son",
who took on a human body and nature and became both man and God. 
Thus is Jesus is fully man and fully God simultaneously.
  Apostle's admonition, warning and unique way of teaching:
1. No prophecy of scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. (II Pt. 1:20, NAB)
2. Do not go beyond  what is written. (I Cor. 4:6, NIV)
 3. We do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit,
using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. (1 Cor. 2:13, NLT)
  Points to Consider:  
  1.  Notice that the above verse John 1:1 is the opening of the Gospel of John. Apostle John was talking about the "Logos" which is the original Greek for "Word" in English.
2.  If Trinitarians insist that the "Word" in the verse refer to Jesus pre-existing as God in the beginning. Please take note what will result if Jesus is the "Logos or Word":  "In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God". Then, how would Trinitarians explain the resulting contradictions:
Resulting Contradictions Verses contradicted
(A) If Jesus is both "was with God" and "was God" at the same time, then, there would be two Gods, which is contradictory to the clear teachings of Jesus himself that "the Lord our God , the Lord is one" (Mark 12:29); And Jesus himself  introduces that there is only one true God--the Father in heaven (John 17:1,3), whom He recognizes as His Father and His God (John 20:17). And moreover, there will be many verses that will be contradicted such as Isaiah 43:10; Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 46:9;
1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6 which clearly teaches the absolute oneness of God in the person of the Father.
Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. (Mark 12:29,  also Deuteronomy 6:4; and 32:6)

 After Jesus finished saying this, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. . . . .  And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent. (John 17:1 ,3, TEV)

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” (John 29:17, NKJV)

That you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
Nor shall there be after Me. (Isaiah 43:10, NKJV)

Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like Me, (Isaiah 46:9, NKJV)

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‘I am the First and I am the Last;
Besides Me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6, NKJV)

yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; ......... (1 Cor. 8:6, NKJV)

one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph. 4:6, NKJV)

many more verses.
(B) If in the beginning Jesus "was God", then, Jesus is God with a beginning, whereas, the Bible teaches that "God is without beginning or end" (Ps. 90:20). Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end. (Ps. 90:20,NLT)

3.  How can the the above verse John 1:1 provide the basis of the Trinity doctrine when. . . . .
  (A). it dors not even mention the third person of the Trinity―God the Holy Spirit?
  (B) it does not even mention any of the Trinitarian elements that the three persons are co-equal, co-eternal; one in essence, action, power and will?

4.  Is the above verse really about the Trinity doctrine or is it about God's plan for Jesus Christ? 
5.  For a comparative verse study on John 1:1 and 14:
Please click link to Comparative Verse Study of John 1:1
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6.  For an interesting question about John 1:1 and 14:
Please click link to interesting question #31 
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  John 1:1 in other versions of the Bible:  

Before the world began, the Word [a] was there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Easy to Read Version)

IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. (Amplified Bible)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
(New International Version)

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