The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

Personal Integrity: You and the Truth

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be."

The purpose of this site is to help inform you of the facts concerning the issue of the doctrine of the Trinity so that you will be equipped to make an informed judgment concerning this teaching. The articles here are intended to illustrate many facts which Trinitarian apologists will not readily disclose to you. They are here to help you make an informed judgment on this matter. But you must be careful that you set out on the right foot. You must embark on your quest by being honestly truthful with yourself and with God.

Cognitive Dissonance

"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered." (Proverbs 28:26).

There is a very common problem among human beings. It is also a very serious problem And it is also an epidemic among those who purport to be Christians, a widespread sickness in the churches of Christendom. Paul, speaking of justifying ourselves said, "Let God be true and every man a liar." Humans have great difficulty being honest with themselves when the truth does not suit their personal desires. Have you ever heard the light-hearted expression, "Don't confuse me with the facts!" As you know, there are indeed some people who don't want to be confused by facts. They don't even want to hear the facts. They have their beliefs and they really don't want any facts coming along to disturb these beliefs. Facts which contradict our current belief system, either require us to change those beliefs to conform to the facts, or to resort to denial, and by nature, we humans really don't like being put in the difficulties of a dilemma where we must choose between those two options, a situation where both choices are not appealing to us. Changing our beliefs or resorting to denial are things which rational humans just don't like to do if they can avoid it. But that is what happens when the truth comes knocking. And when facts do come along, humans are put in a position where they must either change their beliefs and remain truthful to themselves, or they must turn to self deception and resort to denial so that they don't have to change. So humans are often tempted to deny the reality of the facts so that they do not need to change. And if we deny the reality of the the facts then we can also take another step into deception and pretend to ourselves we are not in denial even though we are in deep in denial by denying the facts. So think about this carefully. When you set out to discover truth, you must first decide what you want more. Do you want the truth more? Or do you want the comfort of not changing more? If it is the latter, the truth is something you simply cannot have. This is not about agreeing with me, or anyone else. It is being honest with yourself concerning the identity of the truth and agreeing with the truth, no matter what that truth might be.

I am sure you have observed people who are in denial about something. We are in denial when the facts are set before us but since those facts do not appeal to us, we deceive ourselves into believing otherwise. Humans find ways to conspire in their minds, they dream up ways to justify and convince themselves what they want to believe rather than accept the facts. This happens all over Christendom and it is something that we as Christians do not want to do. As Christians we should desire to be truthful to the truth and be prepared to let things go and be conformed to Christ. We don't want to resort to the self deception of denial. If you think about it, deceiving yourself is insanity. There is nothing to fear from the facts. Truth is something which is always on the side of good and God. There is nothing to fear from the truth. Christians are people who are truly honest with themselves. We are people who look into our own souls and if there is something wrong in there we confess it and change. That is the point of repentance. We follow truth. We deny ourselves and are ready to give up our old ways if the truth requires us to do so. We don't demand what we want the truth to be because we know the truth is not something we can create but something we must find. Rather we follow our Lord's words, "Seek and you shall find." We seek truth, and when we find it, we embrace it no matter what that truth might be. Since truth is no respector of persons, we conform to truth when we find it because truth does not, and will not, conform to us and our own human desires.

"Let God be true and every man be a liar" (Romans 3:4).

To Discover we are Deceived we must Entertain the Possibility that we are Deceived

"The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the foolishness of fools is deceit." (Proverbs 14:8).

We humans also do not like to entertain the possibility that we have been deceived by others. But the problem is that we can never discover that we are indeed deceived unless we actually entertain the possibility that we were deceived and are deceived. In order to know we are deceived we must look into the facts and into our own souls. If we simply footstamp and insist we are not deceived, we have done nothing more than insist that there is indeed a Santa Claus because we like it that way. To be discerning then you must actually..... discern.

"A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless. (Proverbs 14:16).

To Find the Truth you must actually Look

"The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly." (Proverbs 15:4).

Today there are many people who don't even bother to look for the truth. The main reason of this problem is that they have been told by their clergy not to even bother looking. Church leaders suggestively indicate to us that they have already found the truth for you and so you don't even need to bother looking. But this is not what Jesus taught. He said, "Seek and you will find." He did not say, "Go ask the clergy what they found for you."

The problem with asking church leaders, theologians, and apologists, about the truth is that you will get a completely different answer from each of them depending upon who you ask. All of them say they found their "truth" in the Bible. Jesus taught us that we must be prepared to forsake everything to follow him. That includes our current beliefs. And if we refuse to lay down our beliefs to find the truth we can never find it. In fact, if we adopt a belief system and refuse to look and see whether it is even true, then we can learn nothing from Jesus because we have already decided for ourselves what we want to believe. If we want the truth, we must actually look for it and be prepared to lay down anything which is not the truth.

"The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh." (Ecclesiastes 4:5).

Truth is not Defending a Favorite Creed

"A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind." (Proverbs 18:2).

The truth is also not all about insisting that our own denominational creeds are the truth and then spending all our time looking for and dreaming up justifications for our denominational beliefs. Stamping the label "The Truth" on anything by an act of our own will, will not make it so. Truth is not something we can create or something we can make true by our own justifications. It is something which must be found. It is a pearl of great price. We must look for the truth, not spend all our time looking for justifications. Truth requires no justification.

When it comes to finding the truth, Christianity is not a self reaffirmation society. It is not about voting on the truth. It is not about a group gathering together and approving among ourselves what we want to be the truth. We could do that type of thing our entire life and never be confirming the truth but justifying a lie for ourselves in the name of truth. Our walk is rather a journey of learning and drawing ever nearer and nearer to pure truth at the end of the road. God confirms us and justifies us. We cannot confirm and justify ourselves. We must humble ourselves before the truth and not arrogantly think it is something we can validate by ourselves. The truth was true before we ever even existed. The truth is true quite apart from our own opinions. Our justifications can make nothing true. Christianity is about us humbly conforming to the truth, whatever it may be, not the truth conforming to us. It is about seeking approval from God not from men. It is not about fearing what our peers might say. It is about fearing our God. We must always search for truth without doctrinal prejudice and seeking to satisfy any favorite theological preconceptions or the truth is something we will never find.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7).

Never Ask a Fox if He should be in the Henhouse

"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." (Proverbs 26:12).

If we want to challenge our own beliefs, the worst way we can do that is to keep asking ourselves why we should believe what we already believe. We should also not ask those who promote these beliefs why we should believe them. Rather, we need to ask ourselves why we should not believe them. There is nothing wrong with testing our beliefs. Indeed, we are to test all things. If our beliefs are true, they will stand the test of challenge and scrutiny. If they are not true, then we must lay them down and leave them behind. Hunting down ways to convince ourselves why we should believe our current beliefs will lead us nowhere but to deception and indeed such an attitude will prevent us from ever finding the truth.

But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish. This is the way of those who are foolish, and of those after them who approve their words. (Psalm 49:12-13).

How do I approach this question?

Quite simply, you should approach this question objectively apart from your own personal desires. Truth is not about what we want but about what actually IS. Reality and truth are not the same thing either. Lies are realities too. If you have trouble being objective, approach the question as if you are challenging somebody else's doctrine. Ask yourself if what Trinitarians believe is true. Ask yourself if their doctrine is the truth or a contrived "made-to-fit" exercise. Ask yourself if they are being truly honest with the facts. Challenge this doctrine with all your might. We should do this with all our beliefs. Test all things not just the things you don't like. Truth always stands firm in the face of challenge. And you must do so without prejudice. If you are prejudiced toward a certain doctrine, what then do you think you will find but what you have already decided that you desire to be true.

Be honestly truthful with yourself. Be discerning when you read what Trinitarians say and suggest or imply. Be discerning when you read what this site says. And do not resort to denial or fall into the trap of dreaming up justifications for yourself in order to delude yourself into thinking you can avoid the facts. We are to be children of the light not darkness.

You are called to be truthful and to discern. You must then make rational and truthful judgments. The true followers of Jesus Christ will judge even the angels. Examine your own heart and allow no darkness to come into it. Humble yourself to what you discern to be the truth. Draw near to God. Pray unceasingly in the Spirit. Discern righteously and discern true. Search your own soul and be purely honest with yourself. You cannot have the truth without personal integrity. If you don't do this then don't ever expect to have the truth. Finally remember what Jesus said, "I am.... the Truth." The Spirit of Truth in the disciples of Jesus guides them into all truth if we only just listen and obey. Discipleship means learning not affirming. Allow the Good Teacher to teach you and put nothing between you and your Teacher. He'll do the affirming, not you or me.

"Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." -Jesus

Last Updated: July 11, 2011