The title alone, Holy Trinity, seems to command
reverence. No doctrine is as fiercely held onto by the Church as is this one. It
is so universally acknowledged that any who does not hold to its tenets are
thought to be un-saved and are commonly referred to as unbelievers, indeed even
heretics. This Holy
Trinity is so welded to the fabric of Church doctrine that few are willing even
to discuss its merits. The Catholic Encyclopedia even calls it "the central
doctrine of the Christian religion". I don't think that even the resurrection of
our Lord is so widely accepted to be true. Thomas doubted the resurrection, but
according to Trinitarians he was the first of the Apostles to embrace this
concept of the Trinity, when he said unto Yeshua (Jesus), "My Lord and my God" (JOHN
The actual doctrine of the Trinity is quite
lengthy and the presumption that Yeshua is GOD was only a portion of it. The
following is a summation of the doctrine from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
...there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from
another. Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: "the Father is God, the
Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but
one God." In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an
eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from
the Father and the Son. Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to origin, the
Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and
Do you suppose this is what Thomas believed? Do you
suppose this is what the other eleven Apostles believed? Or Paul, or Barnabas,
or Apollos, or Stephen or any of Yeshua's disciples? Do you suppose that his
mother and siblings believed this? Did Yeshua Himself believe that this was the
central doctrine of His religion? If so, there is no evidence of it. There is
not even a hint in Scripture that anyone believed in an "eternal generation" or
an "eternal procession". So from where did it come? It was erected centuries
after the passing of the last of Yeshua's Apostles. So why is it considered
the "central doctrine of the Christian religion"? Church Tradition!
For many people, it seems that true doctrine does not have to stem from
the Bible. If the Church propounds it then that is good enough for
them. If the Priest or Minister says it is true, then they believe it. But what
if the Priest or Minister is wrong? Could they be wrong? Of course! Sometimes
Peter was wrong (MATTHEW 16:22). Sometimes Paul was wrong (ACTS 26:9). That is
why we have the Scriptures, so as to be able to measure what is taught, to determine its
The definition given by the Catholic Encyclopedia for the Trinity seems like
a lot of double talk, and it is. "...there are not three Gods but one God", and
"the Son is begotten" yet "all alike are uncreated and omnipotent". These
contradictory statements may be true and a great mystery that we cannot
comprehend as mere mortals, but we have every right to ask, who then came up
with it. If not Yeshua or His Apostles, who first penned it to paper? Why is it
not explicitly set forth in the Bible, if it is the "central doctrine of the
Christian religion"? Why must we find evidence of it in some creed called the Athanasian Creed?
In his book The Serpent and the Dove, Samuel Laeuchli, a resolute
Trinitarian, wrote on page 76, the following concerning Athanasius.
The language of his theology is by no means
purely scriptural, let alone traditional, but betrays time and again the idiom
of Alexandrian Gnosticism and Hellenistic philosophy. The metaphors of the sun
and its rays, the images of fountain and water, the begotten and the unbegotten,
finally the whole discussion about monad and triad, were all a mixture of
speculation and revelation.
If GOD was able to preserve for us in Scripture for
thousands of years the story of Balaam's ass speaking (NUMBERS 22:28), or of
Yeshua turning some water into wine, why are not the intimate details of this
"central doctrine of the Christian religion" given to us within the covers of
HIS Holy Book? Does not the acceptance of this strange doctrine force its
adherents to reject the sole authority of the Scripture and elevate Church
Tradition as their primary source of truth?
The best that the proponents of this mystical doctrine can
produce from the Bible is a suggestion in some particular epistle or a hint in
some other book or gospel, and after having
put all these scattered pieces together, they come up with a fragmented picture
that sort of looks like the mutation of the Trinity. Are we to expect that this
is how GOD would reveal HIMself? Are we to read between the lines and then
ignore what is plainly written on the lines to discover something as important
as the relationship between GOD and HIS only begotten Son? If the reader will
take the time to simply search for Trinity in say wikipedia and read
about its history, he can't fail to realize that it evolved over many
centuries. This one selection says so much,
...all scholars recognize that the Creeds
themselves were created in reaction to disagreements over the nature of the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These controversies, however, were great and many,
and took some centuries to be resolved.
Consider and ponder this very carefully. If the
"central doctrine of the Christian religion" is not from the Bible, then are we not
to suspect that what is being palmed off to us today as the "Christian religion"
may very well be something entirely different then true Christianity? If our
Church's doctrine defining who GOD is, is not from the Bible, then how can that
Church present itself as representing the Bible? We're not talking about
lesser doctrines, like the different ways to be baptized or whether or not
speaking in tongues is appropriate. We're talking about who GOD is! If that
definition is derived from Church tradition then let it be. Then let Church tradition
be their source for truth. But let them be honest and not hold up the Bible
and intimate that they proclaim it.
For further reading on this topic, see the short
Who Art Thou, Lord?
For additional reading, see
The Origins of the Trinity.