The doctrine of 'The Trinity1' is defined in the
Quicunque Vult (Q.V.), or the Creed of
St. Athanasius. The doctrine was originally drafted at
the council of Nicaea in 325 AD and elaborated into its final
form somewhat later (c. 450 - 500 AD).
God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy
Ghost (or Holy Spirit) and is generally accepted by most
of the main churches and sects of Christianity.
The Q.V. can be shown to be contrary to Scripture. For example, vs. 25 - 26 read: -
And in this Trinity there is no before or after: no
greater or less; But all three Persons are co-eternal
together: and co-equal.
The Old Testament teaches(although Jews and Muslims deny this) that God would have a
son. This son would reign in Zion, overthrow his enemies and
extend his dominion world-wide: -
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will
declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall
give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession (Psa. 2:
6 - 8)
Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth is this promised son, the Jewish Messiah, and await the time of His return when He will rule the world in righteousness (Jer.23:5-6). But the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is not co-equal with God the Father: -
1. During his ministry Christ said: -
...my Father is greater than I (Jn. 14:28).
2. Since his resurrection;
Christ is at the right hand of God, and yet Paul affirms: -
...the head of Christ is God (Cor.11:3).
3. Finally: -
the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,
even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all
authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all
enemies under his feet... when all things shall be subdued
unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him
that put all things under him, that God may be all in
all (1Cor.15:24-25, 28).
The Doctrine of The Trinity is nowhere taught in either the Old or New testament Scriptures and is anathema to Jews and Muslims. The three brief passages quoted above from the New Testament show that it should be no part of the Christian belief either.
The Q.V. continues: -
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and
the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that
will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
As Paul testifies: -
...without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness... (1 Tim. 3: 16) but it is not
incomprehensible (as the Q.V. claims). In John 17,
Christ prayed that all believers,
... may be one; as
thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be
one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that
they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in
me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world
may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou
hast loved me(vv.21-23). The teaching here is not of
the unity of a trinity of gods but of the unity of the One
God, The Father, with all his sons and daughters;
accomplished through the obedience of His only begotten Son
and by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit in all believers so
that ultimately God will be all in all. Thus will be
fulfilled the promise embodied in the Divine Name:
be who I will be (Ex.3:14 - NIV footnote).
is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all
The understanding of the
mystery of Godliness is hindered by the false
teaching of the trintarian doctrine and the fear it is meant
to instil in any who dare oppose it: -
Whosoever will be
saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the
Catholic Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and
undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. (Q.V. lines 1 to
And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
The very practice of priest-craft, as mediation, is contrary to New Testament teaching: -
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus (1Tim.2:5).
 A less unscriptural definition is given by Thomas Hobbes in 'Leviathan', first published in 1651 - see Leviathan Chap.XLII.
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