The Trinity is among the most popularly revered and believed doctrines in modern Christianity. In fact, most church leaders would not consider you as a Christian if you don’t believe in the Trinity. As popular this doctrine as it may seem, you need to know the other side of the story. There are dark secrets that lie within at the very heart of this doctrine.
In this post, let me share with you some of the important truths that you need to know. I must warn you; you probably have not heard of these truths before, and so, you might have a hard time believing it. Nevertheless, they are the truth. Read on!
Truth no. 1: The term ‘Trinity’ is not in the Bible
Use a concordance or better yet, use a search function in your electronic Bible. You will never find the term Trinity. Now, you SHOULD wonder why such a major doctrine in Christendom is missing in the pages of the Holy Scripture!
Here’s what you need to know. The word Trinity was first used by Tertullian at the close of the 2nd century. However, it was only widely used only in the fourth and fifth centuries. This leads us to the next truth.
Truth no. 2: The Trinity is a young formalized Christian doctrine
The Trinity doctrine is a result of the failed attempts of explaining the very nature of God. To solve this problem once and for all, the Roman Emperor Constantine called for the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. It is worth noting that a pagan emperor, devoid of understanding about the Christian teachings, presided the council.
The Trinity was formalized centuries after the Bible was completed and the original Apostles were long dead. Now, think about this: if the Trinity doctrine is truly important, then why didn’t the Apostles even bothered to teach or explain it?
Truth no. 3: The Trinity concept has been around long before Christianity
It might be shocking, but the idea of divine beings existing as triads or trinities are old and recycled pagan ideas. Here are some examples:
- Sumeria – the universe were thought to be divided into three regions. Each of these regions is dominated by a god. Anu’s for the sky; Enlil for the earth; and Ea for the waters.
- Babylonia – their composite god is formed with three heads. They use the equilateral triangle to represent their mythological gods – the same equilateral triangle used today to represent the Trinity doctrine.
- Egypt – the Egyptian mythology reveres three chief gods; Amun, Re, and Ptah.
- Greece – Aristotle is quoted to say, “All things are three, and thrice is all: and let us use this number in the worship of the gods… and these compose the number of the Trinity.”
- India – according to their Puranas, the Hindu Bible, there are three major gods; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Here’s a quote from their Puranas: “there is no real distinction between us. What to you appears such is only the semblance. The single being appears under three forms by the acts of creation, preservation, and destruction, but he is one”.
Truth no. 4: The Trinity doctrine is impossible to explain
Have you tried to explain the Trinity doctrine? It means that there are three gods and these gods co-exist as a single entity. Can you grasp its mysterious meaning? Can you really use a scriptural verse to explain the Trinity? Here are some of the explanations of the theologians:
- Q. Tozer, a religious writer, wrote in his book The Knowledge of the Holy, explains that the Trinity is an “incomprehensible mystery” and understanding it is “forever futile” (1961, pp. 17-18).
- “It is admitted by all who thoughtfully deal with this subject that the Scripture revelation here leads us into the presence of a DEEP MYSTERY; and that all human attempts at expression are of necessity imperfect” (The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1988, p. 1308).
- “My conclusion, then, about the doctrine of the Trinity is that it is an artificial construct. . . It produces confusion rather than clarification; and while the problems with which it deals are real ones, the solutions it offers are not illuminating. It has posed for many Christians dark and mysterious statements, which are ultimately MEANINGLESS, because it does not sufficiently discriminate in its use of terms” (The Doctrine of The Trinity, 1958, pp. 148-149).
These are just some of the admission of Trinity theologians about their new found doctrine. Is it really impossible to understand the nature of God? Is God so out of touch with us that He won’t reveal Himself? Thankfully, the answer is NO. The Bible tells us, “And this is eternal life, THAT THEY MAY KNOW YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). This passage tells us that our eternal life lies in our ability to know God and Christ.
So if someone says that it is unnecessary to understand the nature of God, don’t let that person fool you. The Bible reveals God and Jesus Christ, and you don’t have to vainly understand the Trinity doctrine to know Them.
Truth no. 5: The Holy Spirit is not a god being
The Trinity doctrine heavily lies on the teaching that the Holy Spirit is part of the God family. If you cannot prove the persona of the Holy Spirit, then the whole Trinity doctrine will fall apart. However, we can see in the scripture that the Holy Spirit is referred to as the POWER of God and not a god itself.
- If the Holy Spirit is a god, then why Christ didn’t called it His Father? After all, we read, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). Instead, we see Christ consistently refer to God as His Father and not the Holy Spirit.
- If the Holy Spirit is a god, then why Paul didn’t include it in the salutations of His epistles. This would be a GREAT insult to the Holy Spirit, and it would even be considered blasphemy. However, we read in his salutations that there is no mention of the Holy Spirit. Please read: Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 1:3; II Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; and so on and so forth.
- The Holy Spirit is consistently described as the power of God. Read: Zechariah 4:6; Micah 3:8; II Timothy 1:7; Acts 1:8; Luke 1:35; Luke 4:14; Romans 15:19.
- The Holy Spirit is called as a gift (Acts 10:45), can be quenched (I Thessalonians 5:19), shared or distributed (Hebrews 6:4), poured down (Acts 2:17, 33), described as wind and fire (Acts 2:2-3), and described as a down payment (II Corinthians 5:5). All these described the Holy Spirit but not as a god being. Surely, these descriptions can’t be applied to a real god being.
- The Holy Spirit is missing in all visions. Read: Acts 7:55-56, Daniel 7:9-14, and Revelation 4-5, 21.
Don’t believe that anything with a “Christian” label is really from the Bible and a revealed truth from God. The Trinity doctrine is of pagan origin, unbiblical, and human tradition. It obscures the true nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ. It also clouds our mind to God’s real plan of salvation. God plans to expand His family and to include us in that family. It is not about limiting His family to only three beings.
Therefore, search and study the Bible. Don’t let human traditions replace the truth found in your Bible.