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…
Check out the blog, which covers a wide range of topics / issues, including:
- What is the Godhead?
- Where does the Trinity really come from?
- What about Scriptures that don’t line up with the Trinity?
- Perspectives on other theological matters as well as cultural issues
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And if you really want to get into the gory details, you can order my book, Testing the Trinity, at Booklocker.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesAndNoble.com, just to name a few. It is available in paperback, as well as Kindle and Nook e-books.
And last but note least, please feel free to leave a comment / question!
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