It has been several years now since I began to investigate a doctrine I had believed all of my life. When I hear someone today ask, "Do you believe in the Trinity?", my first reaction is "What three person God? Why would I want to believe in something which does not exist?" I have never been able to find a single reason to believe in the existence of a three person God. God is the main character in the Bible. And there is not one single mention of a three person God. Not one. One must rather imagine this preconceived three person being back into selected texts. Thinking people should immediately be extremely wary of such a claim. God is the main character of the Bible, He is mentioned thousands of times, and one cannot find one single mention of a three person God. Rather, one must pretend to himself that this three person being must be "discovered" in the Scriptures as if God is lurking in the shadows of the pages of the Bible playing a game of hide and seek much like a game of "Where's Waldo. And then one is also expected to suppose these rare glimpses are a "catch me if you can" God revealing himself as three persons. And then all these glimpses are to be assembled together to craft up a three person God. And then this God is further read back into the Scriptures in other places such as Matthew 28:19, Genesis 1:26, 2 Corinthians 13:14, and numerous other passages. But is not the very act of assembling your own God, or your own image of God, a manufacturing of an idol that meets the requirements of your imagination as it has been formed by your own interpretation of Scripture? Yes it is.
Why should you believe in a three person God never mentioned in the Scriptures? The Israelites didn't have such a God. Jesus himself had a God but he did not have such a God either. And he indicates our God is to be his God. And if there is no mention of a three person God anywhere in Scripture, these facts alone should be enough to tell any reasonable person that there is something very wrong with the doctrine of the Trinity. But people do not usually see these things when they are first introduced to the Trinity. They are usually learning from another Christian, or from the clergy, and they expect they can trust these people. They also do not entertain the notion that they are learning from the wolves, the false prophets, that Jesus and his apostles warned about. And so most of us wade into adopting this doctrine in an act of innocence and are unwittingly betrayed, and betrayed by another who is very likely also unwittingly betrayed by deception.
People ask the question, "Do you believe in the Trinity?" in a variety of ways:
1. Do you believe God is a Trinity?
2. Do you believe in the doctrine of the Trinity?
3. Do you believe in the Trinity?
At the very outset, a person's initial response is going to be influenced by how this question is asked. The first question asks something about God and whether this feature about God is true or not true. If this question is asked a person might begin with some doubt. It does not ask you whether you accept or deny God but whether you deny or accept something about God. The second question simply asks you if you ascribe to a doctrine about God or not. And again it does not ask if you if you wish to deny or accept God. But the third question is much different and this is the usual way it is presented. Trinitarians will present "the Trinity" as if it is something equivalent to the one God. This particular question has the power of suggestion contained within it. As soon as we say, "Do you believe in THE?", we implicitly indicate that we are asking someone if they believe in something that truly exists. The word "THE" all by itself suggests to people we are talking about a truly existent entity. And so we are already led to believe something here is true: it exists. We humans tend to do the same kind of thing with "THE future." We talk about the future as if it exists. But the future does not exist right now. The future has never yet existed. It is something which might exist or will exist but it does not exist today. Tomorrow does not exist today. And as soon as we talk about the future as if it is a presently existing reality like a space in another dimension, we immediately walk down the path of error and could spend endless hours talking about how God knows the future without even considering the most basic fact that tomorrow does not exist right now. There is nothing to know about something which does not exist. And lies exist too and it does not make them true. And so people confuse reality with truth. Reality does not necessarily mean "the truth." Lies are realities too.
Further to the point, if we assume at some point that "the Trinity" is being suggested as something which is equivalent to "the one God" then we ultimately have one person asking another, "Do you believe in God who exists?" Of course it is difficult to answer no to such a question if you are a believer in God. And so since people subconsciously perceive that others are asking them if they believe in something which exists and the something which exists is God, they have taken the first step to adopting the Trinity without stopping to think that this is just a doctrine about God and not God himself. The doctrine exists but the doctrine is not God. God exists and the doctrine exists. None of this makes the doctrine true. But because people tend to think the Trinity is an existent thinig then it is a reality you must believe exists. We can also believe a lie exists in the say way. And if people start to think the Trinity, a doctrine, is really just another way of referring to God then they do not want to reject God so they are easily swayed into feeling they should adopt the doctrine of the Trinity.
Hindsight is 20/20
Sometimes we say "Hindsight is 20/20." We say this because it is easy to see our mistakes after we have made them and how we also blundered our way into these mistakes. Today, I am absolutely amazed that I ever believed in the doctrine of the Trinity. In hindsight I can now see much more clearly now how one is misled into believing this doctrine. We are taken to Matthew 28:19 and taught to count, "one, two, three" and we are then reminded that the word "Trinity" implies "threeness." And so we take our next step to accepting this doctrine. Few of us are wary enough to realize at that moment that "three" does not amount to "one" and counting "one, two, three" does not amount to the doctrine of the Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity means "three who are one," not just that there are three. But we haven't learned this quite yet and so we are being led down the garden path without realizing where it leads. We make a huge mistake. We start by asking ourselves something about God? We start by asking ourselves something about the thing we already believe does exist: God. But we should be asking ourselves a different question at the outset.
We must first ask ourselves a very important question. "Is there any evidence at all that a three person God exists?" I have never been able to find any at all.
Last Revised: March 3, 2011