Is Trinity Doctrine Truly Christian?

Growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness Christian, I’ve never in my 20+ years of actively studying the Bible, ever found substantial evidence of the Trinity being true. And am I the only one? No.

"Neither the word Trinity, nor the explicit doctrine as such, appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Old Testament: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord' (Deut 6:4)" - The New Encyclopedia Britannica (1976, Micropaedia Vol. X, p.126)

We could imagine, if this was shown to a Christian who believed in the Trinity Doctrine, that they would choose to ignore the statement, by using the excuse that it was probably written by someone who wasn’t a Christian, or believed in God. No matter how evident the proof is. So let us read a statement from a Catholic perspective:

"The formulation 'one God in three Persons' was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century. But it is precisely this formulation that has first claim to the title the Trinitarian dogma. Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective." - New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967, Vol. XIV, p.299)

This explanation is pretty evident – the Trinity Doctrine was never taught by Jesus. It was not ever even close to being suggested as a part of biblical teachings until the 4th Century.

 

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4 thoughts on “Is Trinity Doctrine Truly Christian?”

  1. While appreciative of your bringing this topic to the table, it is really untrue that believers didn’t consider Jesus God until the 4th century. It is recorded in Scripture itself… again and again and again. The Church merely defended against heresy in the 4th century such that it is recorded and confirmed in a creed to dispose of error.

  2. Even before the 3rd Century – Christians did have disagreements and one side said Jesus was not God, while one said he was. Let it be known that those who believed Jesus was not God, were the followers of Jesus’ own brother – James.

    1. Yes, it is true that even prior to the third century teachings considered heresy by the church were consistently introduced. I am curious though of your source of the James followers and the evidence of his doctrine that would be against the deity of Jesus.

      1. It was a Bible teachings documentary firstly, then continued study of the Bible. It was the letter of james that was not included in the Bible. This is common knowledge and not denied by the Roman Catholic Church…? There is also the controversial bible in the Greek Quarter of Jerusalem.

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