Is Trinitarianism Properly Defined as God Existing In or As Three Persons?

For the past 35 years, I have been a student of church and para-church doctrinal statements, also called creeds. These statements, which usually consist of numbered articles, almost always contain an early article about the traditional church doctrine of the Trinity. I have observed in these creeds that the most common method of defining the doctrine of the Trinity goes something like this: "The one God exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." What churches mean to say by this … [Read more...]

Do You Know the Doctrine of the Trinity Was Not Established at Nicaea, in 325 A.D.?

It is widely believed, even among Christians and some of their scholars, that the Catholic Church established its official doctrine of the Trinity at its Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. But this is incorrect. The traditional doctrine of the Trinity as stated in English—that God is one essence existing as three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—was unknown then and for decades later. Although the Nicene Council did not provide minutes of its mee … [Read more...]

Can Genuine Christians Be Trinitarian or Non-Trinitarian?

Yes. I was a Trinitarian for twenty-two years until God enlightened me through scripture that being a Christian has nothing to do with being Trinitarian. Contrary to church dogma, you don’t have to be a Trinitarian to be a Christian. And being a Trinitarian doesn't disqualify you from being a Christian. I can prove these things from the Bible.I was born and reared in Seattle, Washington, where I attended church Sunday school in my youth. When I was thirteen years old, one day after class I a … [Read more...]

Is Trinitarianism Monotheistic?

The bedrock of normative Judaism has always been strict monotheism—the belief that there is numerically only one God, the God of Israel, whose name is YHWH, usually written as “Yahweh.” This belief in one God is what made a Jew a Jew. It distinguished Jews from their neighbors, who during antiquity were polytheistic.Jews have always believed that their faith is expressed so resolutely in what they call “the Shema.” Recorded in their scriptures, it reads, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, … [Read more...]

Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a Clue–They Aren’t in the Bible so It Isn’t True (Part 3)

Part 3: Is the Trinity in the New Testament? Christology developed in the early centuries of Christianity. Writing church fathers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, called apologists, believed Jesus was God, but to a lesser extent than the Father was, and that Jesus’ divinity was derived from the Father. Also, they had no consensus about the constitution of the Holy Spirit.But all of this changed during the 4th century. In 325, the Catholic Church’s first ecumenical council, held at Nicaea, off … [Read more...]

Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a Clue–They Aren’t in the Bible so It Isn’t True (Part 2)

Part 2: Is the Trinity in Genesis? Most Christians believe in the church doctrine of the Trinity, that God is one essence consisting of three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Many cite three passages in the book of Genesis as their primary Old Testament (OT) support for the Trinity: Genesis 1.26; 3.22; 11.7. And they often refer to them when asserting that Jesus preexisted. These texts are as follows:1.26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make m … [Read more...]

If God Is Three Persons That’s Rather Odd, Since We Were Made in the Image of God.

Most Christians believe in the church doctrine of the Trinity, that God is one essence consisting of three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Many cite three passages in the book of Genesis as their primary Old Testament (OT) support for the Trinity: Genesis 1.26; 3.22; 11.7. And they often refer to them when asserting that Jesus preexisted. These texts are as follows:1.26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our li … [Read more...]

At Forty Years Old I Best Saw the Light–Trinity Doctrine No Longer Seemed Right.

I am a born-again, evangelical Christian. The institutional church says I'm not, that I am a heretic. Why? It's creeds. Those creeds say that no matter what a person believes about Jesus, if that person does not believe in the deity of Christ, that Jesus is God, co-equal with God the Father, that person is not a genuine Christian and therefore is not saved. I say that's a bunch of rubbish!I was saved when I was thirteen years old by believing in Jesus as my Savior who died for my sins on the … [Read more...]