The fact is, Bible teachings do not change, no matter how much society does and the doctrine of the trinity was not taught by the apostles or Jesus. It developed from disputes over the nature of Christ and implemented later to establish a common doctrinal position. The booklet ‘Jesus – God the Son or Son of God?’ gives more detail on the origin of the doctrine of the trinity and explores it’s erroneous assertion, citing relevant Bible quotes and explanations.
However, the doctrine of the Trinity is also logically unsound and directly contradicts many passages of Scripture. Below are a number of points to consider:
- Deuteronomy 6:4 clearly states “Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is One’
- From his mother Mary, Jesus inherited the sinful nature which is common to humans (Romans 8) including the ability to be tempted in all things as any other human, thus the ability to sin (Hebrews 4:15)
- Furthering the above point, if one believes that Jesus is God, this suggests that God was born to a human mother. God was never born, but has always been (Psalm 90:2)
- This also states that he was tempted as us. But how can God be tempted? James 1:13 clearly states that God cannot be tempted
- From his Father, God, He inherited the spiritual predisposition that gave him the strength to conquer sin and develop Godlike characteristics (1 John 3:9)
- Jesus had to become obedient (Philippians 2:8), to learn obedience (Hebrews 5:8). Who would he have to become obedient to, and from whom would he learn obedience from if He were God himself?
- Hebrews 2:9 states that Jesus was ‘made a little lower than the angels’ – how could God be lower than the angels if Jesus is God?
- If Jesus is God, why did he have to ‘increase in wisdom’? (Luke 2:52)
- God is already perfect. If Jesus were God, why would he have to be ‘made perfect’ (Hebrews 5:9)
- God called Jesus His ‘servant’ (Matthew 12:18), not a co-equal
- Jesus came into a sinful world to save us. The scriptures clearly state that ‘God cannot dwell in the presence of sin’ (Habakkuk 1:13)
- If Jesus is God, why would he say “My Father is greater than I” ?(John 14:28)
- It is illogical to say that he is a mediator between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5) if he were God
- Would Jesus state ‘I am the offspring of David (Revelation 22:16) if he were God?
- If Jesus is God, how can he be an heir of himself… and how can we be ‘heirs with Christ’ unless Christ is the heir and Son of God? (Romans 8:17)
- Jesus had his own will – “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father… (John 5:30). “I came not to do my will, but the will of Him who sent me” (John 6:38). “Not my will, but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42) How can there be two separate wills in one being?
- Jesus died. He was mortal and therefore capable of death. The scriptures tell us that God is incorruptible. He is incapable of dying. (Romans 1:23)
- The Scriptures say that no man has seen God at any time (John 1:18), yet Jesus lived with the apostles who saw and touched him and beheld His glory (John 1:14). This could not happen if Jesus was God!
- We are brothers of Christ and sons of God (Galatians 3:26-27). We become sons of God by becoming brothers and sisters of Christ who is the Son of God. If Jesus was God, then we would be brothers and sisters of God, which is ridiculous.
- If Jesus was God, he would have been perfect even from birth. He wasn’t perfect, he was a good son (Hebrews 5:9), but he was tempted and only became perfect after he died without sin. There would have been no sacrifice or special accomplishment if he died without sin if he was already perfect.
- 1 Corinthians 15:24,28 says ‘Then comes the end, when he (Jesus) delivers the kingdom ofGod the Father…. when all things are ade subject to Him (God)…. then the son himself will also be subject to Him (God).” So once Jesus has succeeded in removing all sin from the world at the end of the first 1000 years of the kingdom, it clearly states that Jesus turns everything over to God and he himself becomes subject to God. He is not co-equal to his Father. He is not God.
These are just a few logical objections to the Trinity. There are some very serious repercussions to us if we do believe in this false doctrine.
- It takes away God’s glory. It brings down the position of God to a mortal man where humans end up worshipping the created (Jesus) rather than the Creator. This becomes essentially ‘idol worship’ and no-one who worships idols has an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. They will be condemned by God and ‘not only them but those who associate with them” (Romans 1:32)
- It minimizes the accomplishments of Jesus. How has he accomplished anything if he wasn’t capable of sinning which would be the case if he were God?
- It twists and falsifies the Word of God. We are expressly commanded not to add or take away anything from the ‘Book of Life’. (Revelation 22:18-19)
We should be searching the scriptures for ourselves, not relying on priests and preachers to tell us without questioning. It is vitally important not to blindly follow false doctrines or traditions. Jesus said “… in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men…. making the Word of God of no effect through your traditions which you have handed down.” (Mark 7:7,13)
Those who teach that Jesus is God, are not teaching of the Jesus that the apostles’ taught. One who ‘preaches another Jesus whom we (the Apostles) have not preached…. are false prophets and deceitful workers, posing as Apostles’ (2 Corinthians 11:4,13)
We are told in John 4:24 that we must worship in Truth – our salvation is conditional on it! Open your Bibles and search out that truth for yourselves.