From a contributor, as adapted from “Beyond Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis and the Betrayal of Christianity” by Brandon Torobov.
When pressed to explain some hard-to-grasp points of the Christian doctrine – e.g the Trinity or why an omnipotent God should require the sacrifice of a human being before delivering salvation to repentant sinners – people offer a distinctive particular answer which is “illogicality”.
Human logic they say can never expect to grasp divine logic – and this certainly seems hard to dispute. Yet the argument doesn’t end there.
Mainstream Christian teachings which are complex and counterintuitive, we are told, are that way because God Himself created a reality that is strange, unpredictable and mysterious. So anytime a component of Christian faith contradicts human instinct, experience and common sense; humans must train themselves to accept this as evidence of God’s handiwork! What a shame!
Confusing is that theological principles which appear disorganized, unclear, inconsistent, inaccurate or logically indefensible are used as proof of the validity of the scriptures.
Why should there be three Gods in a religion that aims to obey the First Commandment (which forbids worshipping anything other than one God)?
Why is the trinity so closely connected to the mission of Jesus? Slowly and over the years Christians have been brainwashed/taught not to ask questions like:
1. What is the historical origin of the trinity
2. Why must a trinity exist? What of a duology or Quadrology or a Unity?
3. Where in the Bible does Jesus mention the trinity by name?
Asking these questions nearly always produces the same answers – it is a mystery and it must be believed because it is a mystery.
In the Bible you find verses like:
“Get behind me Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve” Luke 4:8.
This doesn’t look like the words of a man preaching that God is simultaneously 3 and 1. And this doesn’t seem like the word of a man who believes what he is preaching is divine because it’s so hard to understand.
Looking at early Gospel passages, we’ll find it hard to believe that Jesus’ aim was to preach something mysterious, difficult or illogical. For example in this verse; he warns people to fear God alone:
“And I tell you, my friends; Don’t be afraid of people who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will tell you the person you ought to fear! Fear the ONE who, after He has killed, has the power to cast in Hell. Yes; I’m telling you, fear Him!” Luke 12:5.
Not once, however, does Jesus warn people to repent their failure to embrace the doctrine of the trinity.
Trinity is not just it!