Trinity Doctrine: True or False?

Trinity Doctrine

What is the Trinity Doctrine, and from where does it Originate?

Trinity Doctrine

It would seem that although the doctrine of the Trinity is generally accepted as fact by the vast majority of the Christian Churches in the world today, it is somewhat safe to state that the generally understood definition of the doctrine is not accurately defined, nor understood,  and whoever you may ask today as to their interpretation of the doctrine you will find many different answers. So in all fairness me must go to the source of the creed, and the item that compels acceptance of the doctrine for salvation. Trinity Doctrine

What is the Athanasian Creed: Trinity Doctrine

Trinity Doctrine trinity iconThis Creed is named after Athanasius (293-373 A.D.), the champion of orthodoxy over against Arian attacks upon the doctrine of the Trinity. Although Athanasius did not write this Creed and it is improperly named after him, the name persists because until the seventeenth century it was commonly ascribed to him. Another name for it is the Symbol Quicunque, this being its opening word in the Latin original. Its author is unknown, but in its present form it probably does not date
back farther than the sixth century. It is not from Greek Eastern, but from Latin Western origin, and is not recognized by the Greek Church today. Apart from the opening and closing sentences, this symbol consists of two parts, the first setting forth the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity (3-28), and the second dealing chiefly with the incarnation and the two natures doctrine (29-43). This Creed, though more explicit and advanced theologically than the Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds, cannot be said to possess the simplicity, spontaneity, and majesty of these. For centuries it has been the custom of the Roman and Anglican Churches to chant this Creed in public worship on certain solemn occasions.

The Athanasian Creed Defined and Compelled by the Church Trinity Doctrine

(1) Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith;

(2)Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

(3)  And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;

(4) Neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance.

(5) For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son and another of the Holy Spirit.

(6) But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.

(7) Such as the Father is, such is the Son and such is the Holy Spirit.

(8) The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Spirit uncreate.

(9) The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.

(10) The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.

(11) And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.

(12) As also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensibles, but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.

(13) So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty;

(14) And yet they are not three almighties, but one almighty.

(15) So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;

(16) And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.

(17) So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;

(18) And yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.

(19) For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every person by himself to be God and Lord;

(20) so are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say: There are three Gods or three Lords.

(21) The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.

(22) The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.

(23) The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

(24) So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

(25) And in this Trinity none is afore, nor after another; none is greater, or less than another.

(26) But the whole three persons are co-eternal, and co-equal.

(27) So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

(28) He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

(29) Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(30) For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.

(31) God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and made of the substance of His mother, born in the world.

(32) Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.

(33) Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood.

(34) Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.

(35) One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the manhood into God.

(36) One altogether, not by the confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

(37) For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;

(38) Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;

(39) He ascended into heaven, He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty;

(40) From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

(41) At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;

(42) And shall give account of their own works.

(43) And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.

(44) This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

Is the Trinity Doctrine Biblical?

Trinity-Doctrine-NAMELESSNowhere in scripture is this doctrine to be found, and if it is not to be found in Scripture then it most certainly cannot compel acceptance of the doctrine for salvation.

One MUST therefore conclude that the doctrine is erroneous and any true God fearing Christian must prayerfully search the scriptures for the true Biblical requirements for salvation. Trinity Doctrine

The Bible quotes God as issuing a warning against this deeply engrained belief! Careful research reveals that a triune godhead originated in Paganism. Scripture reveals that Lucifer in Heaven was jealous of the close relationship that Jesus had with His Father. Trinity Doctrine

Isaiah records the following:

How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14:12-14)

Where did the Trinity Doctrine Come From?

The early Christians were not Trinitarian! Although other religions for thousands of years before Christ was born worshipped a triune god, the trinity was not a part of the Christian dogma and formal documents of the first three centuries after Christ.

That there was no formal, established doctrine of the trinity until the fourth century is a documented historical fact. Clearly historians of church dogma and systematic theologians agree that the idea of a Christian trinity was not a part of the first century church. The twelve apostles never subscribed to it or received revelation about it. So how then did this doctrine come into being? It evolved gradually and gained momentum in the late first, second and third centuries as pagans, who had converted to Christianity, brought to Christianity some of their pagan beliefs and practices.

Indeed, even trinitarians acknowledge that this unbiblical doctrine did not appear until the fourth century after Jesus. Roman Catholics admit: … one could not speak of trinitarianism in the New Testament without serious qualification… when one does speak of an unqualified trinitarianism, one has moved from the period of Christian origins to about the last quarter of the fourth century. It was only then that what might be called the definitive trinitarian dogma “One God in three Persons” became thoroughly assimilated into Christian life and thought. Trinity Doctrine

The modern version of the trinity, as it is understood today, is drawn almost in its entirety from the pagan Greek philosopher, Plato. The Platonists believe in an Unknown Father, a word (Logos) and a word soul. “The theologian Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and St Augustine were early Christian exponents of a Platonic perspective. Platonic ideas have played a crucial role in the development of Christian theology.  This pagan influence on the development of Christian doctrine was so widespread that “we find Christianity tending to absorb Greek philosophical values, until by the end of the third century the line between the beliefs of educated Christians and educated pagans in the east would often be hard to draw”

Why must the Trinity Doctrine be Rejected?

We place a great emphases on keeping Bible text in its true context so as to draw correct conclusions and interpretation, and it is vitally important that we Do Not impute our own thoughts and ideals into the text, but to allow the text to speak for itself.

It is such a blessing that we can trust the sure word of God, and if he says he sent His only begotten Son to earth as a sacrifice for our sins then what we are saying to the world if we believe in the trinity is that we don’t believe that He has a Son, and therefor the bible is open to our own interpretations. I truly cannot see how any bible believing Christian will have succumbed to this doctrine.

Likewise they have missed the overall theme of the Father and Son relationship, text after text defines the relationship, no different to that of the one that we know between our children and our fathers.

There are many reasons why this doctrine will be an abomination to our Father in Heaven, but I would like to touch on just four principle reasons why I feel that this doctrine is one of the great overreaching doctrines of the devil.

Firstly: If we deny the literal Sonship of Jesus then we can never fully appreciate the sacrifice that both the Father and His Son have made for the sins of man, and the true risks that They took for the benefit of Their created beings.

Many claim that it was impossible for Christ to be overcome by temptation. Then he could not have been placed in Adams position; He could not have gained the victory that Adam failed to gain. If we have in any sense a more trying conflict than had Jesus, then He would not be able to succor us. But our saviour took humanity, with all its liabilities He took the nature of man, with the possibility of yielding to temptation. We have nothing to beat which He has not endured. {Desire of Ages, p. 117.2)
To the honor and glory of the Father, His beloved on the surety, the Substitute was delivered up and descended into the prison house of the grave.The new tomb enclosed Him in its rocky chamber.
If one single sin had tainted His character the stone would never have been rolled away from the door of His rocky chamber, and the world with its burden of guilt would have perished. But it was only for a little while the divine Vanquisher seemed vanquished. The serpent had bruised the heel, but Jesus could not be holden by death. The stone was rolled away. Then Jesus Christ walked forth from His prison house a triumphant, majestic conqueror, and proclaimed over the rent sephulcher of Joseph, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Ms. 81, 1893, p.11. (Diary entry for Sunday, Juky 2, 1893, Wellington, New Zealand)

Secondly: The trinity doctrine denies the true sacrifice and the literal death on the cross. If Jesus is the same as the Father and is absolutely coequal with “the blessed and only Potentate Who only hath immortality” (1 Tim: 6,16,16), who absolutely cannot die, then Jesus did not die, but lived on. Making a mockery of the cross and the true Biblical message which is the overall theme of the Word of God. It turns the death and the resurrection into a satire for our entertainment, giving us no option but to impute our own interpretations into the message.

Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Fathers acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that their separation was to be eternal. Christ felt the anguish which the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race. It was the sense of sin, bringing the Fathers wrath upon Him as man’s substitute, that made the cup He drank so bitter, and broke the heart of the Son of God. {Desire of Ages, p. 753}

Thirdly: Because it makes the Holy Spirit as a coequal person who is distinct from Christ. The trinity denies that Jesus is himself the Comforter. The Bible however, introduces the Holy Spirit as the glorified manifestation form of Jesus after His ascension, that enables Him to return back to be with His followers to complete His mission at the cross.

In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the abundant help He had provided for His Church. The Holy Spirit the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regeneration agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this Satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the worlds Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and impress His own character upon His Church. {Desire of Ages, p. 671}
The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine the human. This is the mystery of Godliness. The two expressions “human” and “divine” were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was His own. Deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. {5 Bible Commentaries p. 1129.3}

Finally: Because it destroys the sanctuary message, it makes a mockery of the investigative judgement that is taking place in the Heavenly Sanctuary to this very day. How can the same person plead our case with Himself. If the Father and the Son are equal in every sense of the word, on what basis does God the Son plead with God the Father? You only need to do a prayerful study of the 17th of John to see how Christ pleads with the Father for His disciples, or Matthew 26: 39-42 where He pleads with the Father to have the cup removed from Him, never the less, not My will but thy will be done.

How one can possibly believe the trinity, and believe the sanctuary and Bible message is something that I cannot reconcile. I pray that all might come to see this Satanic doctrine for what it truly is, and come to the correct understanding of the Father/Son relationship as given in the Holy Scriptures.