The doctrine of the Trinity was the result of councils held by Emperors Constantine I and Theodosius I in the 4th century A.D. It was created to reject Biblical Christianity in favor of Roman paganism by pagan Roman emperors.
A Godhead of Three is Biblical
There is definitely a Godhead of three as seen from 1 John 5.
|“||1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.||”|
- 1 A Godhead of Three is Biblical
- 2 Not the Same Being
- 3 History
- 4 The Trinity is a Heresy
Not the Same Being
However, the doctrine of the Trinity as invented by Catholicism in the 4th century A.D., that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are the same being is entirely unBiblical.
Jesus is a Created Being
The Bible clearly shows that Jesus is a created being, the original creation of God the Father. While Jesus is superior to the rest of Creation, and made everything else that exists (Colossians 1:16-19) He did not always exist.
|“||Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Colossians 1:12 ¶ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Christians Are One in the Same Way
They are one in the same sense we are one with God, because they indwell one another spiritually the same way Jesus and God the Father indwell Christians who believe in Jesus. However, they are not the same being.
|“||John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
God the Father is Greater Than Jesus
This clearly does not mean they are the same being though with no distinctions, or Jesus would not have said His Father was greater than He was. And Jesus of course is clearly greater than we are.
|“||John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
God the Father Has More Knowledge Than Jesus
|“||Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
A Progression of Authority
Paul elsewhere speaks of this progression of authority, the church is subject to Jesus (Ephesians 5:20-24), and Jesus to God the Father.
|“||1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1 Corinthians 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Constantine and the Edict of Milan
Roman Catholicism essentially began with the Edict of Milan issued by Emperor Constantine I of the Roman Empire in 313 A.D., which established a policy of religious toleration and freedom for those who accepted the new Roman definition of Christianity (as will be seen, the real Christians were quickly declared heretics and persecuted). Nonetheless, in spite of Constantine's claim of a vision of 'Christianity' causing him to convert, his sincerity is questioned by historians:
|“||"Constantine’s ‘conversion’ poses problems for the historian. Although he immediately declared that Christians and pagans should be allowed to worship freely, and restored property confiscated during persecutions and other lost privileges to the Christians, these measures did not mark a complete shift to a Christian style of rule. Many of his actions seemed resolutely pagan. Constantine founded a new city named after himself: Constantinople. Christian writers played up the idea that this was to be a 'new Rome', a fitting Christian capital for a newly Christian empire. But they had to find ways to explain the embarrassing fact that in this new, supposedly Christian city, Constantine had erected pagan temples and statues."
-Sophia Lunn-Rockliffe, BBC News
Thus Constantine, in accusing others of heresy, was in fact a heretic himself.
Council of Arles
Although the Council of Nicaea is better known, it was preceded by the Council of Arles; both of which were called by Emperor Constantine to address schisms in the Christian Church. The Council of Arles (314 A.D.) dealt with the Donatist Controversy. The Donatists were the dominant force in the Eastern Orthodox Church at the time, and insisted that Christians who had rejected the faith under persecution by Emperor Diocletian ('traditors' or traitors to the Christian faith) should not be allowed back into the Christian Church or recognized as clergy. Thus the Catholic Church was initially defined, from its earliest beginnings, by its support for those who had betrayed the Christian faith.
|“||"In 311 Caecilian was elected bishop, but he was opposed by many because he allowed himself to be consecrated by a traditor bishop (one who had surrendered copies of Scripture to the authorities during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians, beginning in 303). The primate of Numidia, Secundus of Tigisi, who had acquired in the previous 40 years the right of consecrating the bishop of Carthage, arrived in Carthage with 70 bishops and in solemn council declared Caecilian’s election invalid. The council then appointed a reader (lector), Majorinus, to replace Caecilian."
Council of Nicaea
The Council of Nicaea was convened in 325 A.D. by Emperor Constantine I to settle the Arian Controversy. The Arians insisted that Jesus was created by God the Father and that they were separate beings, consistent with Biblical teachings. In spite of this, Constantine originated the unBiblical and illogical doctrine of the Trinity, that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the same identical being; and that Jesus was never created. Constantine and the Catholic Church responded by declaring the Arians heretics and creating the Nicene Creed to declare that God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are all a single being, despite the fact that Jesus repeatedly prayed to God the Father and taught His disciples that His Father was greater than He.
The reign of Emperor Theodosius I, first as Emperor of the East from 379-92 A.D., and later as Emperor of both the East and West sides of the Roman Empire, marked the beginning of Roman Catholicism as the official religion of the Roman Empire. On February 27, 380 A.D. Theodosius proclaimed the Edict of Thessalonica declaring that Catholicism would be the new religion of the Roman Empire and that the Arians were heretics. A year later in 381 A.D., Theodosius called the Second Ecumenical Council, also called the Council of Constantinople, declaring the Nicene Creed and the Doctrine of the Trinity to be the official creeds of the new Catholic Roman Empire.
|“||"Out of political as well as religious motives, he energetically undertook to bring about unity of faith within the empire. His position was improved by the fact that during 379 the followers of the Nicene Creed gained ground, whereupon Theodosius on February 28, 380, without consulting the ecclesiastical authorities, issued an edict prescribing a creed that was to be binding on all subjects. Only persons who believed in the consubstantiality of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were henceforth to be considered Catholic Christians, a designation that here appears for the first time in a document."
-Adam Lippold, Encyclopedia Britannica
Nonetheless, Theodosius himself was no Christian. In 390 A.D. he was excommunicated for having 7,000 people killed in retaliation because the city dared to criticize his imprisonment of a charioteer. He ordered a chariot race, and when the crowd entered, had the gates locked and then his soldiers slaughtered the crowd indiscriminately. For this act he was temporarily excommunicated by Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, until doing penance. He also persecuted the Arians.
In essence, Emperors Constantine and Theodosius declared a fake religion in place of the real Christianity, preserving Roman paganism in the guise of Christianity, and continued persecuting the real Christians like the Donatists and Arians, who were now termed heretics.
The Trinity is a Heresy
The doctrine of the Trinity keeps us from knowing God's true nature, and respecting and coming to God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, as they truly are. The doctrine of the Trinity disrespects both God the Father and Jesus, the Son of God, by denying the very existence of Jesus as an individual Being; it is the spirit of antichrist.
|“||1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
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