The Doctrine of Christ Versus the Doctrine of the Trinity

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.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

Posts to Date on the Trinity Versus Christ

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5 Responses to The Doctrine of Christ Versus the Doctrine of the Trinity

  1. sorentmd says:

    I’ve noticed recently trend to deny the trinity for the sake of Christ. My question is this, how does the doctrine of the trinity discount anything that Christ did? Certainly you believe that Jesus was God in the flesh, so you believe in a “duality” if that is the case. I think one can find “evidence” of the trinity in scriptures, but I can understand how that might seem retrospective and possibly reading a belief back into it.

    I had a sociology class a while back in which the professor was a Christian. I had an awesome conversation with him one day about the sociological side of relationships, and what are the strongest. It turns out that a 3 person relationship is considered “perfect,” and when he posed the question to the class if that meant we should practice polygamy, there was an awkward silence. I spoke up and said that what would make the relationship more stable would be three separate types of persons. So male, female, and something else. Otherwise, there will be jealousy and other issues that will make it unstable. He agreed, and kind of left it at that. After class I asked him what he thought about the whole concept. He said it is clear that a human marriage has to include a relationship with God first and foremost in order to be most successful. To this, I am sure that you will agree. But he went on to say that he thinks this is one of the strongest arguments for the trinity. God, being able to exist independently of us, and being the “most perfect being” would have to have some sort of three person thing going on. This is because a God who is just one person is extremely “unstable” and cannot be loving in and of Himself, which is supposed to be part of God’s array of “attributes,” a God who is two persons is more stable, but still lacking, yet a God who is three persons is most complete in this sense, and most loving as well in and of himself.

    Let me know what you think of this. As I said, I have heard “proofs” and “disproofs” for the trinity within scripture, so it may be helpful to see what other fields of study say. I feel it is somewhat pointless sometimes to argue over scripture proof texts because it is too easy to throw the other side away by interpreting it differently. My question would simply be are there are verses out there that explicitly deny that the Holy Spirit is not a person of God. And how would you explain baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? This seems to be one of the trinitarians favorite proofs, and I would love to hear how you would explain it.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      My question is this, how does the doctrine of the trinity discount anything that Christ did?

      For starters, read Ten Ways That the Trinity Contradicts Christ and then Ten Ways That the Trinity Displaces Christ.

      To put it in nutshell, however, the real harm that the Trinity does to Christ is to pull attention away from Him.  He Himself is to be the apple of our eye.  And if He is, we will receive the Holy Spirit, and we will find the Father.  However, if we pull back our gaze from Christ and instead focus on this three-headed idol we will end up pontificating about God instead of obeying Him.  “To live is Christ!” cried the apostle Paul. Let’s don’t hide that light under a bushel.

      Let me know what you think of this [i.e. the “theory of three”].

      I quite agree that having God as the third in marriage makes it strong, and Ecclesiastes 4:12 makes a similar case.  Beyond that, however, we’re just speculating about numbers.  And if God invited us to speculate about His number, or even if He were silent on the subject, then all the speculation might be helpful.  However, He was quite emphatic from early on that He was one (Deuteronomy 6:4).  This even became the Shema of Israel – its “Pledge of Allegiance.”  In fact, the entirety of biblical times could be said to be taken up with the struggle between monotheism and polytheism, with God’s people standing in the gap for “one true God.”  Now Trinitarians will hasten to say, “Trinity in Unity” (i.e. three in one) but there are a couple of problems with their saying that.  First, God laid no foundation for a such a concept.  When you get every citizen of every generation of the entire nation to recite every day of their lives “The Lord is our God, the Lord is one,” you can hardly go back later and say, “Well, I didn’t exactly mean ‘one’.”  Second, the whole three-in-one idea depends on accepting the illogical and unprecedented notion that there can be three persons in one being.  It’s like saying, “Let’s assume that water and oil really do mix,” and then basing your entire argument on that assumption.

      If plural singularity is not an oxymoron, then there is no such thing as an oxymoron.  In real life, people won’t even present arguments with oxymoronic foundations.  But in religion people do all kinds of foolish things – and sometimes even get called wise for doing so.  (Consider how many theologians are counted as brilliant because they wrote dense treatises on the Trinity.)

      There are lots of occasions in life where you can observe three of something working well.  But there are also occasions where you can see a pair of something.  And then there are things that occur in fours.  And don’t forget all the seven’s and the twelve’s.  Yet none of these prove that God is any of these numbers.  What we have is His unmistakable and repeated declaration throughout the Scriptures that He is one.

      My question would simply be are there are verses out there that explicitly deny that the Holy Spirit is not a person of God.

      That the Holy Spirit is as closely associated with God as you can get is undeniable.  On the other hand, the prophets of ancient Israel knew all about God being one and all about the Holy Spirit (without Him, they couldn’t have written the Scriptures), yet they did not put forth the idea of God being two-in-one, nor did they try to distinguish between a person and a being, nor did they ever formulate and teach a Binity.

      And how would you explain baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? This seems to be one of the trinitarians favorite proofs, and I would love to hear how you would explain it.

      There are seven verses that speak about baptizing in a name or names.  Actually, the one to which you refer is the only one that references multiple names.  All the rest refer to a single name.  Guess who’s?

    • Mike Gantt says:

      P.S. If three persons is the right number to make a marriage work, wouldn’t bringing a Trinity into it make it five?

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