Problems with the Trinity
Few Christians are aware of any problems with the doctrine of the Trinity.
And if they were to investigate it further, they would be confronted
with statements like the following:
"The mind of man cannot fully understand the mystery of the
Trinity. He who would try to understand the mystery fully will lose
his mind. But he who would deny the Trinity will lose his soul".
-Harold Lindsey and Charles J. Woodbridge, A Handbook of Christian
Truth, pp. 51-52
So powerful is the Christian belief in the Trinity that it is the litmus
test for whether or not a person is considered to be orthodox. According
to The Watchmen Foundation, the acceptance or rejection of the Trinity
tops their list as to what they consider to be a cult. If a group does
not believe in the Trinity, they are considered a cult.
Thus, the concept of the Trinity should be accepted or else. But blind
belief is not what Christians are called to do. Paul teaches us: "Test
all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). And
Peter admonishes: "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone
who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).
Therefore the Christian is duty bound to prove whether or not God is
Clear Explanation Difficult
Yet, the Trinity is difficult to prove:
'The term 'Trinity' is not a Biblical term, and we are not using
Biblical language when we define what is expressed by it as the doctrine"
-The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, article "Trinity,"
p. 3012 (all emphasis is ours)
"In Christian doctrine, the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
as three persons in one Godhead. Neither the word Trinity nor the
explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament." - The Encyclopaedia
Britannica, on the heading "Trinity"
"The trinity of God is defined by the Church as the belief that
in God are three persons who subsist in one nature. That belief as
so defined was reached only in the 4th and 5th centuries AD and hence
is not explicitly and formally a biblical belief." -The Dictionary
of the Bible, John L. McKenzie, S.J., p. 899
"It is difficult, in the second half of the 20th century, to
offer a clear, objective, and straightforward account of the revelation,
doctrinal evolution, and the theological elaboration of the mystery
of the Trinity. Trinitarian discussion, Roman Catholic as well as
other, presents a somewhat unsteady silhouette
There is the recognition
on the part of exegetes and Biblical theologians, including a constantly
growing number of Roman Catholics, that one should not speak of Trinitarianism
in the New Testament without serious qualification." -The New
Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. XIV, p. 295
One would think that such an important Christian doctrine as the Trinity
would have clear Biblical revelation, but this is not the case. In fact,
the word "Trinity" is never found in the Bible. Moreover,
there is no substantive proof such a doctrine is even indicated.