Irrespective of my other views on the biblical character Jesus of Nazareth, I have never sided with belief that he is the god, Yahweh.
And there are a few Christian sects – the Christadelphians to name one – who flatly reject the notion that Jesus is God(Yahweh).
As these proper Christians obviously annoy the Gehenna out of True Christians ™ I am, in my own way, firmly disposed to like them. Go the Delphos en Christos.
Even more surprising, but under the circumstances maybe not so surprising after all, is that at least two Christian bloggers I am aware of, who apparently reject formal religion – one even said he hates it – have become Jesus-Followers and fully embrace the Doctrine of the Trinity.
How can one reject formal Christian religion yet retain one of Christianity’s foundational tenets?
Simple: Because the notion of the Trinity – a tri-une godhead is not one of Christianity’s foundational tenets, but a Dogma developed over several centuries.
It was all the disputes and internecine fighting over the nature of the biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth that was the primary reason behind the Council of Nicea; called by your friend and mine, Roman Emperor, renowned humanitarian, child murderer, wife murderer and True Christian™ for all ages , Constantine the Great.
We ought to take a moment to reflect and try to put a few things in perspective, as we are talking about an event – the first Council of Nicea, that was the forerunner of establishing doctrine that would define the path that the Christian Church took from hereon out.
So, here we are, in the 4th century, and the Christians are still fighting about the nature of their god, the biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth, 300 plus years after his supposed death!
It is very important to let that sink in.
If they were fighting over his nature for over 300 years it doesn’t take a genius to realise that no one knew for sure anything about Jesus of Nazareth and based on biblical text, Jesus most definitely did not consider himself to be God/Yahweh.
So it is really silly to assert there are “hints” in the Old Testament or that a phrase such “Let us …” in Genesis suggests the Trinity.
It took a Roman Emperor to get the Church factions around the proverbial table and hammer out a Doctrine of the nature of Jesus of Nazareth. Basically, to put it in its crudest terms, it was decided by vote. And we know it was not Done and Dusted even then!
Which makes this comment by a Trinitarian Jesus Follower all the more ridiculous.
Your conspiracy theory on the Trinity is pure mythology, Ark. That may work on the gullible, uninformed Christian, but not with people who actually have studied it out. Not only was it being fully developed as a doctrine from the first century on, hidden in the Hebrew texts from Genesis on, we can show it from Jewish and Rabbinic teachings, which I can show at another time.
And as author H.G .Wells wrote: ”There is no evidence that the apostles of Jesus ever heard of the Trinity, at any rate from him.”