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Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three major religions, purport to share one fundamental concept: God is One and no other gods beside Him. This concept was and should be the central belief in these religions. As to Judaism, though still monotheistic religion, has attributed human attributes to God.
This concept of the Oneness of God was stressed by Moses in a Biblical passage known as the “Shema”, or the Jewish creed of faith:
It was repeated word-for-word approximately 1500 years later by Jesus, when he said:
It was when the concept of monotheism was changed that Prophet Muhammad was sent to correct the crooked path of monotheism.
The Holy Quran says:
Owing to philosophical controversies, Christianizing the pagan world, +Christianity has digressed from the concept of the Oneness of God, however, into a vague and mysterious doctrine that was formulated during the fourth century. This doctrine, which continues to be a source of controversy both within and outside the Christian religion, is known as the Doctrine of the Trinity. Simply put, the Christian doctrine of the Trinity states that God is the union of three divine persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – in one divine being.
If that concept of Trinity, put in basic terms, sounds confusing, the flowery language in the actual text of the doctrine lends even more mystery to the matter:
(excerpts from the Athanasian Creed)
Let’s put this together in a different form: one person, God the Father, plus one person, God the Son, plus one person, God the Holy Ghost, equals one person, God the What? Is this English or is this gibberish?
Athanasius, the bishop who formulated this doctrine, confessed that the more he wrote on the matter, the less capable he was of clearly expressing his thoughts regarding it.
Did the Bible teach trinity?
In Matthew 28:19, we find Jesus telling his disciples to go out and preach to all nations. While this “Great Commission” does make mention of the three persons who later become components of the Trinity, the phrase “...baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” is quite clearly an addition to Biblical text – that is, not the actual words of Jesus – as can be seen by two factors:
1) baptism in the early Church, as discussed by Paul in his letters, was done only in the name of Jesus; and
2) the “Great Commission” was found in the first gospel written, that of Mark, bears no mention of Father, Son and/or Holy Ghost – see Mark 16:15.
The only other reference in the Bible to a Trinity can be found in the Epistle of 1 John 5:7. Biblical scholars of today, however, have admitted that the phrase:
The Doctrine Takes Shape
While Paul of Tarsus, the man who could rightfully be considered the true founder of Christianity, did formulate many of its doctrines, that of the Trinity was not among them. He did, however, lay the groundwork for such when he put forth the idea of Jesus being a “divine Son”. After all, a Son does need a Father, and what about a vehicle for God’s revelations to man? In essence, Paul named the principal players, but it was the later Church people who put the matter together.
It can be said that the concept of Trinity was a man-made concept, the aforementioned verses were interpolated in the bible for one goal: harmonizing or reconciling the Christian doctrine with the pagan trinity, Constantine, the famous king, held the first synod to decide the godship of Jesus and later synods were held to decide the the present Christianity that Jesus never knew.
Tertullian, a lawyer and presbyter of the third-century Church in Carthage, was the first to use the word “Trinity” when he put forth the theory that the Son and the Spirit participate in the being of God, but all are of one being of substance with the Father.