In Jesus Christ, God manifested Himself to us in human form.
Churches will tell you that God exists in trinity: three Persons in One being. “The Triune God,” or “The Trinty,” they call it. This is, however, nothing but well-intended, double-talk. God is either one or He’s more than one – He can’t be both. God is not illogical, nor is He contradictory.
Three persons co-existing as one being is a nonsensical concept. Among human beings, multiple or split personalities are rightly considered disorders or aberrations. In the Bible, the only example we find of multiple personalities are when a person was a victim of demon possession – and Jesus cured every person like that He encountered. How could God be like something so troubling?
Beings with more than one head are the stuff of mythology…and nightmares. We naturally recoil at the image of Cerberus, the hideous three-headed dog of Greek lore. And today, when we see conjoined twins, our hearts are broken…and we pray for healing. None of these are true analogies to the trinity – they are just as close as people can come. The paucity of analogies shows just how far removed from reality the concept of a trinity is!
The trinity is not a biblical concept, it is a philosophical one. Can you find any analogy to the trinity in the visible universe? In the Bible, God constantly uses aspects of the visible creation as analogies for the truths He would teach us about Himself and the invisible dimension of creation. Rest assured that if the trinity were a true description of the way God is, He would have put analogies to it in the physical creation.
By contrast, the Bible is constantly comparing Jesus to things we do see in creation: He’s the Lamb of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the good Shepherd, the bread of life, the light of the world, the stone that the builders rejected, the King of Israel, and so on.
The reason that church leaders originally developed and continue to perpetuate the doctrine of the trinity is that it is a way for them to acknowledge the deity of Christ while they deny they He has come again in glory as God the Father of all (for more on this point, see God Is Not in a State of Suspended Animation and Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again). If church leaders were to acknowledge that the kingdom of God has come, they would have to let go of their churches in order to seek the kingdom. (I know firsthand because I was a pastor and I learned that to truly seek the kingdom of God means the abandonment of man-made church. Human beings are overseers in the churches, but Jesus is the overseer in the kingdom of God; for more on this, see Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church.) Who wants to serve God as part of a human-led organization when God Himself is enlisting people in His own organism?
An essential aspect of why God appeared to us as a human being (that is, as Jesus of Nazareth) is so that we could more easily relate to Him. The concept of God being a trinity of persons frustrates that purpose. If God truly was a trinity, He was only manifesting one-third of Himself through Jesus Christ – and what would be the point of that?
Christ explains God; the trinity concept mystifies Him. Christ gives us a way to relate to God; the trinity concept removes Him farther from our understanding. If God wants us to obey Him (and, of course, He does), Christ moves us toward that goal; the trinity concept puts that goal out of practical reach.
Jesus Himself famously said, “No one can serve two masters.” If that’s the case, why would anyone think we could serve three?
The trinity therefore is both an illogical and unbiblical idea.
What is the correct way to think of God? Just as the Bible portrays Him: Jesus Christ our Lord. God became flesh and dwelt among us. We – in our sinfulness – rejected Him to the point of murder by crucifixion. However, He was raised from the dead and ascended back to heaven. From there He eventually re-assumed His rightful place as head of all creation.
When you call upon God, you’re calling upon Jesus – a person. He has lived a life like you are living. He knows the difficulties; He has experienced them firsthand.
Call today and every day upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. He is our God. He is our Father. And His Holy Spirit will make you to know His thoughts in the depths of your heart for as long as you seek Him in sincerity and truth.
Comfort yourself always with this truth: If you turn your thoughts toward the Lord Jesus, it will not escape His notice.
If you would like elaboration on this post about Christ versus the trinity, click on Bible Notes below. Also you can see this index: Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ, which will give you extensive elaboration (well over one hundred posts) on the subject.
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Bible notes on this post.
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