The doctrine of the Trinity is man-made and the doctrine of Christ is biblical. (By the way, I consider “doctrine” just another word for “teaching.”) The fact that the doctrine of the Trinity is man-made does not in and of itself mean that it is wrong. I reject the doctrine of the Trinity not merely because it is man-made, but because it obscures, contradicts, and violates the doctrine of Christ that we find in the Bible. That such a man-made doctrine promoted as God-given is what makes it particularly harmful to people (though there is one positive aspect to it).
Let me say at the outset that I am outlining the doctrine of Christ here primarily as it relates to the Trinity. I don’t propose that what I’m writing conveys the fullness of the Christ teaching. That is, it is an injustice to the teaching of Christ to frame it only in terms of answering questions that the Trinity issue raises. I say this because the teaching of Christ is meant for us to fully embrace and obey and live – day by day. God forbid that what I’ve written here become like the teaching of Trinity which is largely a dry philosophical exercise whereby we talk about God without really living for Him.
1. Christ is the centerpiece of all God’s working with man. It is His response to the Fall, and He conceived it in anticipation of the Fall – before this creation came to be. Therefore, Christ was the ultimate plan and purpose of all creation.
2. The entire Christ plan was written into the Scriptures, albeit in “mystery” that it might be revealed at the appropriate time. Some of it was revealed in the New Testament, but some of it was still being written in mystery form (e.g. the book of Revelation), to be revealed with the coming of the kingdom of God.
3. Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, the Son of God. This fact was recognized to some during His earthly ministry, but was not publicly proclaimed until after His resurrection and ascension into heaven. Christ is the image of God, and throughout all the ages to come God will continue revealing Himself through Christ.
4. Everything in the Scriptures testifies of Christ. Everything in the Scriptures points us to Christ. We are told to trust Christ, obey Christ, love Christ, be devoted to Christ – in short, to treat Christ like God. This is because God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.
5. We are told in the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit is the inheritance of those who obey Christ.
6. We are told in the Scriptures that He who has the Son has the Father, that the Father will be revealed to those whom Christ wills to reveal Him, and that he who has seen Christ has seen the Father.
Through following Christ we can find all things pertaining to life and godliness. The Trinity doctrine subordinates the doctrine of Christ to itself, and thus must be rejected if we are to be fully devoted to Christ and ever know the Father.
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