Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

The apostle paul – colossians 2:8


to Testing the Trinity, a site dedicated to unravelling and de-mystifying the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, arguably its most central and distinctive teaching. Granted, there are probably hundreds of other sites out there that would make the same claim, so what makes Testing the Trinity different? For starters, the recognition that the Trinity is first and foremost an extra-Biblical doctrine. Simply put, that means that while the Trinity has “one foot in the Bible”, it relies on sources outside of the Bible to “fill in the blanks” as it attempts to weave disconnected verses of Scripture into a cohesive, comprehensive doctrine that explains the meaning of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.

Would you be surprised to discover that…

  • Neither the word Trinity nor its central premise of “one God in three persons” can be found in the Bible?
  • The doctrine of the Trinity was not fully articulated until more than 300 years after the close of the New Testament?
  • It owes more to Greek philosophy and the writings of Aristotle in particular…than it does to the Apostles?
  • The Trinity relies upon exceptions and disclaimers to keep from falling apart in the face of Scriptures that would threaten to refute it?

And yet the Trinity is regarded as the litmus test of orthodoxy…

“It is indeed true that the name ‘Trinity’ is nowhere to be found in the Holy Scriptures, but has been conceived and invented by man.”

Martin Luther

So unlike other web sites, which start with the premise that the Trinity is de facto truth and then try to help you sort it out, the goal of Testing the Trinity is to decouple Scripture from philosophy and subsequently rediscover what Scripture actually says about “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”…rather than what the Trinity says that Scripture says. This is admittedly dangerous ground, to be sure, but there is a simple reason that this doctrine continues to confuse and confound Christians after almost 2,000 years. Quite frankly, the early church succumbed to the “empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense” that Paul warned the church at Colosse to avoid. And so here we are today, still striving to make sense of a doctrine that is inherently…and I believe fatally…flawed.

Could you explain the Trinity to someone else?

  • Would you compare it to ice, water, and steam? This is the heresy of Modalism!
  • Would you liken it to a three-leaf clover? This is effectively polytheism since you can remove one of the leaves without destroying the other two!
  • Do you think of the Trinity like an egg: three different parts that make up the whole? This actually denies the Trinity because the three are not equal!
  • In reality, the Trinity is basically saying that “1 + 1 + 1 = 1”

And yet proponents of the Trinity assert that while it clearly “transcends reason,” it is not contrary to it…

“Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.”

Daniel Webster

So if you’ve ever struggled to comprehend the doctrine of the Trinity, or if the standard “answers” to your questions feel somewhat evasive or inconsistent, then you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find a variety of resources that will help you cut through the noise and dig deeper into the origins of the Trinity, and if you have questions, you can always leave a comment and start a conversation. And although I can’t promise that Testing the Trinity will give you all of the answers, my hope is that you will be better equipped to make up your own mind about what “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” is really all about.

What if there is a better answer?

  • Affirming the full deity of Christ…or not…is what differentiates Christianity from other religions and cults
  • Contrary to what we have been told, when it comes to both affirming the full deity of Christ while staying true to Scripture, the Trinity is not our only option
  • Instead of turning to philosophy as the way to understand “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” we need look no further than Scripture itself to understand the importance of this phrase

And you won’t need a Doctor of Divinity degree to understand it!

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

Galileo Galilei

Because not only does Testing the Trinity give you information that will actually help you understand the Trinity more completely, but it just may convince you that there is indeed a better answer…


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  1. I have considered the trinity.
    I have come to a recent conclusion.
    Either Jesus is God and zero scriptures state this clearly .
    Or Jesus is the Son of God and many scriptures state this very very clearly . He can not be both .
    It’s really that simple . To not understand this is not to know Jesus is precisely.
    Man has created a lot of confusion.
    But simply Jesus is the Son of God .
    He manifested that he was OF God . No man could do the things that he did except God be with him . Yes he was born of God . The Son of God .


    1. Your conclusions are essentially the same ones that put me on the path that I started heading down almost 30 years ago. So while I certainly sympathize with and echo your conclusions, the problem is that simply declaring that “Jesus is the Son of God” leaves a lot of questions unanswered: what does it mean to be the Son? Is the Son worthy of worship? What does it mean to be born of God? Etc… And to be fair, without plausible, Biblical answers to these questions – which incidentally, Trinitarians have become very adept at addressing after almost 2,000 years of practice – your statements have the potential to lead you into places that are far worse than the doctrine you are questioning in the first place.

      Because without answers to these questions…and a host of others…it becomes all too easy to get lured into the outright heresies of Arianism and its many derivatives, like the theology of Jehovah’s Witnesses. And I would be willing to bet that you would not condone their answers to these questions about the Son! Unfortunately, though, these questions do not have “easy” answers due to the layers of Trinitarian doctrine that have been wrapped around Scripture and effectively hide its plain meaning from those trying to answer them. Or to put it differently, most of the answers are indeed “easy” to grasp when compared to the non-sensical declarations of the Trinity, they just aren’t easy to spot while they remain trapped behind the veil of this extra-Biblical dogma.

      This is precisely why I wrote this book, because in order to let Scripture speak for itself and illuminate the person of Christ, you have to first painstakingly remove the clutter that hides it…just like an archaeologist carefully separates ancient treasures from the earth that has buried them for centuries or millennia.


  2. It is stupid to revisit who Jesus is, if he himself revealed himself to you!!! what he is? Jesus is the name above all not only the names but everything. Just pray and wait, that let him reveal himself to everyone, as he revealed himself to you. Bible didn’t do any mistake. But, your angle of perception might have gone wrong.


    1. I’m not sure that “stupid” is the word I would use. Perhaps we could agree on “perilous” since this is an endeavor that certainly has the potential to go very wrong, if history is any indication. That being said, assuming there is merit to my premise, then let’s just say that I’ve been waiting for 30 years for others to see a similar revelation, only to discover that no one is looking. So I hope you will pardon my potentially misplaced zeal, since I do not believe that trying to get to the truth is “stupid.” For even though my perception may have gone wrong, my hope is that this gets people asking the right questions so that revelation might indeed happen.


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