The truth is that the Trinity isn't even mentioned in God's word, the Holy Bible.Concerning Old Testament scriptures, "theologians today are in agreement that the Hebrew Bible does not contain a doctrine of the Trinity, even though it was customary in past dogmatic tracts .... as proof of plurality in God." If the Trinity doctrine isn't Biblical in nature, how did it become a part of Christian dogma? 145-220) either coined the term or was the first to use it with reference to God.To these people, truth is more important than tradition. This erosion of Biblical truth grew like a cancer -- slow, but sure.Little by little, inacuracy crept in as the Gospel message of Jesus Christ became more and more popular.The Emperor Constantine summoned the first General Council of the Church of Niceae, in 325, to settle this dispute and so reunify the Church.It condemned the teaching of Arius and produced a creed which declared that the Son is of one substance with and co-eternal with the Father. The third general council of the Church at Ephesus, in 431, was called by the two emperors, Theodosius II of the East and Valentinian III of the West.The search for basic truth deteriorated into a widely accepted doctrine which was influenced, not by logic and biblical research, but by politics and human egotism.
Christian leaders then became powerful forces in the church as well as in politics; religious beliefs, many times, were dictated by the state.It is interesting to note that the first General Council of the Church at Niceae stated that the basic question contained in the New Testament was: Is Christ God or not?They stated that it could only be answered with a "yes" or "no." It was either true or not.Many scholars believe that the Trinity, as taught by Christians, comes from Plato as suggested in the In Indian religion there is the Trinitarian group of Brahma, Vishna, and Shiva; in Egyptian religion there is the group of Kneph, Phthas, and Osiris. In Babylonia and Assyria they were Anos, lllinos, and Aos.In Phoenicia the trinity of gods were Ulomus, Ulosuros, and Eliun. Among Celtic nations they were called Kriosan, Biosena, and Siva, and in Germanic nations they were called Thor, Wodan, and Fricco.
But, if God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not one and the same, who, or what, are they?