Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Doctrine of the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is consistently attacked by atheists, Muslims, Orthodox Jews and pseudo-Christian cults etc. Atheists claim the concept of three distinct Persons in One God is illogical and incoherent, and therefore jump at the opportunity to attack the doctrine as just another point against Christianity. On the other hand Muslims reject the notion that Jesus Christ can be both God and man based on the teaching of the Qur’an. Likewise non-Christian Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah to begin with. The idea that Jesus is also God along with the Father is further rejected on the claim that the doctrine isn’t monotheistic.

Pseudo-Christian cults are a slightly different story. They claim to derive all their doctrines from the Bible yet allege that it doesn’t teach that God is three Persons in One. It has been my observation that when professing Christian denominations deny the Trinity, they also tend to teach other tenets which depart from orthodoxy. In some cases they also rely on extra biblical guidance.

It would be fair to say that the doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most difficult to understand or explain. On being challenged by other Christians that the rapture isn’t in the Bible, I’ve often asked them to show me where the Trinity was. While I believe in the Trinity, I sometimes use this tactic to make a point. Most of us would have some difficulty defending the teaching. Even William Lane Craig once stated one couldn’t possibly find an adequate analogy to define the Trinity...keep reading 

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