While I hold with the view that the bible is nothing but historical fiction/geopolitical myth, gross ignorance on both sides of the fence – believers and non-believers – is one of the bigger stumbling blocks to us as a species waking up one morning with the pleasant realization that religion, if not Deism, is something people once did a long time ago.
The Christian Doctrine of the Trinity is one such area of ignorance and I challenge anyone to explain it in a way that even vaguely makes sense.
If those who invented the doctrine never succeeded I doubt anyone in this day and age will be able to either.
Which is one reason there is a Christian sect called the Christadelphians. Without delving into their whole worldview – which is still as daft as the parent sect – suffice to say they reject Trinity. God is God /Yahweh, and Jesus was his kid.
Period (pretty much).
Of course they have always been regarded as heretics. But then, so were all Protestants. ( and essentially still are)
The easiest what to explain the Trinity is to demonstrate what it isn’t and the best way to do this is refer to the bible itself and those who are considered proper biblical scholars.
Most of you are probably familiar with the Johannine comma ….
But just in case …
From the article …
It reads in the King James Version, also known as the Authorized Version: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”
The words above (in italics) are simply not a part of the generally accepted New Testament manuscripts.
“The textual evidence is against 1 John 5:7,” explains Dr. Neil Lightfoot, a New Testament professor. “Of all the Greek manuscripts, only two contain it. These two manuscripts are of very late dates, one from the fourteenth or fifteenth century and the other from the sixteenth century. Two other manuscripts have this verse written in the margin. All four manuscripts show that this verse was apparently translated from a late form of the Latin Vulgate”
…. the word Trinity did not come into common use as a religious term until after the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325, several centuries after the last books of the New Testament were complete. It is not a biblical concept.