The Faith of the Trinity

People who embrace any of the thousands of "Christian" beliefs need to know what their church teaches, where their beliefs originate, and whether they truly come from God. If they find lies, then they must change or willingly submit to what they know is false, and thereby be guilty of opposing the one true God.

The scriptures upon which most "Christians" base their faith says, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). If someone knowingly holds to a false teaching, then they certainly cannot be worshiping God "in truth." God does not accept such worship!

You need to understand that the doctrine of the Trinity does not have its origin in any of the Protestant churches, but solely in the Catholic Church. Therefore, most of traditional Christianity has accepted this doctrine as truth from the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Encyclopedia under "The Blessed Trinity" states:

The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion—the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another.

Again, the origin of this central doctrine is in the Catholic Church. All other Christian organizations that believe the doctrine of the Trinity received it solely from the Catholic Church, which began to embrace it in the third and fourth centuries A.D.

This same article, "The Blessed Trinity," also says, "In Scripture there is as yet no single term by which the Three Divine Persons are denoted together." The article is explaining that there is no such term as "trinity" in scripture and that there is no such depiction of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in such terms.

The same article in the Catholic Encyclopedia adds:

The Vatican Council further defined that the Christian Faith contains mysteries strictly so called (can. 4). All theologians admit that the doctrine of the Trinity is of the number of these. Indeed, of all revealed truths this is the most impenetrable to reason. Hence, to declare this to be no mystery would be a virtual denial of the canon in question.

Although such articles of the Catholic Church are not plainly written, they are clearly stating that the doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery which cannot be readily discerned by human reasoning.

They see this doctrine as being so obscure in scripture that it must instead be divinely revealed.

That is why this same article on the Trinity continues by its discussion of the term mystery, and states:

The Vatican Council has explained the meaning to be attributed to the term mystery in theology. It lays down that a mystery is a truth which we are not merely incapable of discovering apart from Divine Revelation, but which, even when revealed, remains "hidden by the veil of faith and enveloped, so to speak, by a kind of darkness" (Const., "De fide, cath.", iv).

Thus, the Catholic Church clearly states that the Trinity is not a Biblical term, but only a revealed doctrine. The Catholic faith is that the Trinity was revealed through the office of the Pope to their Church. Why do so many in traditional Christianity accept this from the Catholic Church, along with many other non-Biblical doctrines, but will not accept her authority over them?

Some traditional Christian organizations oppose the Trinity doctrine. The Jehovah Witnesses are one of these. In Watch Tower, a Jehovah Witness publication, an article entitled, "Should You Believe in the Trinity?", reveals that they clearly reject the authority of the Catholic Church and the Trinity doctrine:

After some discussion the question was asked, "If the Trinity is not a Biblical teaching, how did it become a doctrine of Christendom?"

He [Emperor Theodosius] established the creed of the Council of Nicaea as the standard for his realm and convened the Council of Constantinople in 381 C.E. to clarify the formula [for the Trinity doctrine].

That council agreed to place the holy spirit on the same level as God and Christ. For the first time, Christendom's Trinity began to come into focus.

WHY, for thousands of years, did none of God's prophets teach his people about the Trinity? At the latest, would Jesus not use his ability as the Great Teacher to make the Trinity clear to his followers? Would God inspire hundreds of pages of Scripture and yet not use any of this instruction to teach the Trinity if it were the "central doctrine" of faith?

Are Christians to believe that centuries after Christ and after having inspired the writing of the Bible, God would back the formulation of a doctrine that was unknown to his servants for thousands of years, one that is an "inscrutable mystery" "beyond the grasp of human reason," one that admittedly had a pagan background and was "largely a matter of church politics"?

The testimony of history is clear: The Trinity teaching is a deviation from the truth, an apostatizing from it. (www.watchtower.org/library/ti/article 04.htm)

Clearly, the Jehovah Witnesses do not accept the doctrine of a Trinity that originated in the Catholic Church, yet they do accept the Catholic doctrine of Sunday as their day of worship. Those in Christianity who uphold Sunday observance received this belief through the Catholic Church, which began several hundred years before any of them were established. The Catholics clearly state, in their own encyclopedia, that the Bible gives no scriptural authority for changing the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath to an observance on the first day of the week (Sunday). They candidly acknowledge that this change was made through the authority of the Catholic Church.

Why do many in Christianity stubbornly hold to the Catholic observance of Sunday? Why do they feel they must defend this doctrine themselves by twisting and misrepresenting scriptures so that they seemingly indicate that there is some validity in a Sunday observance? The fact is: the Catholic Church is correct when they say there is no scriptural evidence for such a change. Nowhere does scripture give a commandment to observe Sunday as the day of worship, instead of the Sabbath. Ask any preacher what scriptural authority gives anyone that right, and you will have encountered an uncomfortable, unhappy preacher.

Doctrinal confusion continues as you investigate what various organizations teach as the Word of God. The Almighty God states that He is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), yet this world is deeply confused concerning His word, His truth and His way of life.

The more you learn about the differences in doctrines within Christianity, as well as their origins, the more lies and deception you will discover. Do yourself a favor and check an encyclopedia for words like Christmas, Easter, Trinity, and Sabbath and see what you learn. You will find that some doctrines of traditional Christianity have much of their origin in paganism. These things don't seem to bother people, but it should! If something is not fully of God, then it is not of God, and it is not true!

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