Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Trinity -1

Of all the doctrines, which I believe theologians have wrong, this one bothers me the most.  It is so blatantly un-Biblical, and yet preachers can spend whole sermons defending it by using Bible verses that do not even touch on the subject.

To say that God died on the cross is just as absurd as saying that Mary is the Mother of God.  Neither of these two statements can be true.  If Mary was the mother of God than God would not have existed before Mary gave birth to Him.  Similarly, if God died on the cross, according to the teaching of the bulk of Evangelical Christianity, the universe would have smashed into nothingness because God (according to the Church’s teachings) would not have been alive to maintain the universe, which He is credited with upholding. 

Admittedly, Saint Paul wrote before the doctrine of the Trinity ever became an issue, but in 1 Tim. 1:7 he wrote, They understand neither the arguments they are using nor the opinions they are upholding.  Here Paul makes it sound as if he is talking about those who teach the doctrine of the Trinity without any Biblical validation.

Mr. Thiessen is the author of the book of Theology I refer to often.  He writes, it is sufficient to say that the Scriptures … prove His (Christ’s) equality with the Father.  However, he mitigates his statement referring to equality between Father and Son by writing, The Father’s communion of life to Him (Christ) is an eternal process.   Surely, he can see the weakness in his argument; if one consistently imparts life to the other than they cannot be equal. 

 There are a lot of Bible verses that substantiate my claim, lets look at some of them:

Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. Mat. 19:17.  Christ, here, denies His divinity; He says there is no one that is good except Jehovah, and Christ also says that He is not included in the one that “is good”.

Jesus said, you will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it was prepared by My Father.  Mat. 21:23.  Christ is admitting His Father's superiority over Him.

Christ told us that the Father knows something that he, the Son, did not know; But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Mat. 24:36.  With a statement like this, in our minds, how can we claim equality for the two?

Christ said, I appoint unto you a kingdom as my Father has appointed unto me. Luke 22:29.  If the two were equal there would not be a greater one to appoint a kingdom to the lesser one?  In Christ’s statement where does one find even a hint of equality?

Christ said, I am going to the Father, for my Father is greater than I. John 14:28.  If there was no other statement in the Bible about Christ being equal to the Father, that one verse alone should forever settle the argument against the doctrine of the Trinity, or that the Father and the Son being equal!

If Christ, while He lived on earth, knew everything, how is it that in the Garden of the Olive Press (Gethsemane) he prayed, if it is possible let this cup pass me by.  Mat. 26:39 TJB   Christ did not know whether or not it was possible, but if it were at all possible, he prayed, that He would not need to die on the cross.  In this verse again it seems so obvious that the Father and the Son are not equal; but the doctrine of the trinity demands that the two are equal.

Well, there is a lot more where that came from.  So far we have barely skimmed the surface of the Gospels.  Then we come to Acts, Paul's letters, Hebrews, etc.   The weight against the doctrine of the trinity is so very overwhelming in the Bible, and yet, preachers tell us that the doctrine of the trinity is Biblical.