The concept of a polytheistic Trinitarian religion is regarded as fundamental by many Christian churches, although the word "trinity" does not appear in the Bible. In fact, the word did not even appear in Christian literature until the beginning of the third century.
Is the Trinity a false pagan doctrine?
Ever since its construction by Roman Catholic theologians in the third and fourth centuries, the doctrine of the "Trinity" has baffled, confused, and frustrated both those trying to understand it, as well as those trying to explain it to them.
They attempt to justify their belief in this confusing doctrine by misreading scriptures or taking them out of context, by not understanding proper translations, adding scripture where there was none and generally ignoring the heavy preponderance of all scriptural evidence that is contrary to the Trinity.
For about 1400 years, Trinitarian supporters often answered the questions of sincere Monotheistic Christians with violence and the point of a sword. As always, the bottom line is, "What does the Bible actually say?"
Early Church Writers
Although it is the adversary's agenda to confuse people into believing lies, there are fascinating and liberating answers available in the bible as we read to truly understand its originally intended meaning. For many people, getting those answers has helped them identify with and be more like Jesus Christ.
Tertullian, who introduced the word "trinity", used it in a very different way than it is used today. The Father alone, he wrote, was without beginning: the Son had a beginning, and his pre-human existence was of the angelic nature. The oneness of the Father and the Son was a oneness of purpose and will.
Both Protestant and Catholic Bible scholars recognize that the Trinity did not become church dogma until the fourth century. Early church writers were emphatic in asserting that the Father was superior to the Son, and as late as the third century the majority regarded the Spirit of God as merely a divine power, and not another person.
The Jews, whom God dealt with exclusively during the Old Testament times, never believed in a triune God. The rabbinical writings (Talmud) which date from Old Testament times are voluminous, yet the concept of a trinity is not once mentioned in them. The New Catholic Encyclopedia concedes that the doctrine of the Trinity is not taught in the Old Testament.
The New Testament clearly does not teach the trinitarian doctrine.
The words of Jesus in the New Testament specifically teach that the Father is a being that is superior to the Son.
"I can of mine own self do nothing. . . my judgment is just because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." — John 5:30
". . . my Father is greater than I." — John 14:28
". . . as my Father hath sent me, even so I send you." — John 20:21
". . . I ascend unto my Father, and your Father: and to my God and your God." — John 20:17
In the last verse quoted above, note that the Heavenly Father is said to be the God of Jesus. And Jesus spoke of his Father ( John 17:3) as the "only true God".
THE WORD WAS WITH GOD
John 1:1 is frequently cited in support of the doctrine of the Trinity, for our common version says that the ". . . Word was with God, and the Word was God." But that expression contains a contradiction, for how can the Word be God and be with God at the same time? This contradiction is not found in the Greek text.
". . . the Word was with the God and a god was the Word." — John 1:1 (EMPHATIC DIAGLOTT—interlinear)
This transaction expressed the thought that the Apostle John intended—that is, our Lord was with "the God" (our Heavenly Father) and that our Lord was "a god" (a mighty, godlike one). The night before he was crucified, Jesus prayed to the Father (John 17:5) that, when resurrected, he might have ". . . the glory which I had with thee before the world was." And God granted this request that Jesus made that night in Gethsemane, for Paul tells us
(Php 3:9) that God has ". . . highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name."
I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE
Truly, Jesus is a god, a mighty one, a ruler. But he is not the Supreme Deity. Whenever the Bible uses the word "God" in the sense of a Supreme Deity, it is referring to the Father alone, never to the Son.
True, Jesus said, "I and my Father are one." (John 10:30) But he later explained that this is the same oneness that was to exist between him and his disciples: "Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou has given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:11) The oneness of the Father and the Son is a oneness of purpose and will. God is the author, Jesus the honored executor, of the Father’s plans. Thus Paul writes: "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." —1Co 8:6
The high spiritual glory that Jesus now enjoys (Php 3:8-9) was received as a gift from the Father, a reward for his obedience on earth. Peter also speaks of this relationship between God and Jesus, saying (Ac 5:30-31) "The God of our Fathers raised up Jesus. . . him hath God exalted." And Paul reminds us (Heb 1:4) that Jesus ". . . hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name" than the angels.
That "God the Father" is a separate and superior being to "Jesus the Son" is evident by our Lord’s obedience to God’s commands (Heb 5:8; John 4:34; Luke 22:42). The fact that many of the secrets of God’s plan were not revealed to Jesus until after his resurrection (Mark 13:32, Rev 5:1-4) shows that the Father and the Son were separate beings but with a "oneness" of character and purpose.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Many of the New Testament epistles open with greetings from the Father and the Son, but the Holy Spirit never sends greetings; because it is not a person. The Spirit of God is not another God, but the power and essence emanating from the one true God, and from his Son, Jesus Christ (2Pe 1:21; Luke 4:1, 14, 18)
The "Spirit of God", the "Spirit of Truth", the "Spirit of Liberty", the "Spirit of Understanding", and the "Spirit of Love" are a few of the Scriptural terms used to describe the one mind, the disposition or influence of God. These are not titles of one or more Gods, any more than the opposite terms the "Spirit of Bondage", the "Spirit of Fear", the "Spirit of Slumber", and the "Spirit of Antichrist" are names of one or more devils.
The Holy Spirit is the power that energized the true Christian in the service of the Lord. (Romans 8:11). It is the power that enabled the prophets to work miracles (Jude 14:6). It is "shed" abundantly upon believers of this age (Titus 3:6), and during the reign of Christ it is to be "poured out upon all flesh" (Joel 2:28; Zech 12:10).
Those who advocate the dogma of the Trinity concede that it is a mystery which nobody can understand. The true teachings of the Bible are entirely reasonable and contain no contradictions which must be rationalized under the heading of "mystery." The Father is really a Father; the Son is truly a son. When Jesus died on our behalf, he actually died.
What is the Source of this Trinitarian Doctrine?
Christians are told to “Take the Trinity on faith” because even the world’s most renowned experts in the Trinity can’t explain it. They insist you go against the biblical definition of faith, which is “Trust based on proof” in favor of the worldly evil definition of faith: “A belief in something with NO proof”.
They attempt to justify their belief in this confusing false doctrine by misreading scriptures or taking them out of context, by not understanding proper translations and generally ignoring all other scripture that is contrary to the Trinity.
Here is what one noted expert Trinitarian, Benjamin B. Warfield, is quoted as saying in his work titled, The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity. He says, “As the doctrine of the Trinity is indiscoverable by reason, so it is incapable of proof from reason. There are no analogies to it in Nature, not even in the spiritual nature of man, who is made in the image of God. In His trinitarian mode of being, God is unique; and, as there is nothing in the universe like Him in this respect, so there is nothing which can help us to comprehend Him.”
If it was not taught in the Bible, and was not believed by the early church, and can't be explained by the modern church, then where did it begin? After the twelve apostles died, a gradual falling away from the original faith occurred.
Great numbers of Pagans entered the church, bringing with them Pagan ideas. The Trinity is one of many Pagan concepts which corrupted Christian doctrine during the early centuries of the Christian era. Originating in Babylon, the "trinity concept" spread throughout the ancient world, and became a prominent feature of the Grecian, Roman, Egyptian, Japanese, Indian, Siberian, Scandinavian, and Persian Mythologies.
The wise Christian will not establish his faith upon human traditions, which he is cautioned to avoid (Col 2:8). It is the duty and privilege of every Christian to study the Bible for himself, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
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