by Barrett Wolf
It does not make sense to believe in the Triune God of the Bible.
First of all, Trinity doesn’t add up. It’s just bad math. 3 = 1? No.
Second, the development of the doctrine of the trinity is suspect to a complicated evolution among various Christian groups, which manifested hundreds of years after Jesus. The claims by Jesus recording in the Gospel of John are not expressed in Matthew, Mark or Luke. The anonymity of these gospel accounts further exacerbates my suspicions that Jesus did not actually claim to be God. Rather, some highly literate Greek-speaking/writing anonymous author (not a direct follower of Jesus) said he did. The same can be said about various letters of the New Testament.
And the deity of the person called the Holy Spirit is also in question as Christians typically look to John 20:22 (when Jesus breathed on his disciples) and Acts 5:3-4 (when Peter declares to Ananias and Sapphira that they lied to God, then said they lied to the Holy Spirit). It’s a big stretch to make this doctrine work.
My entire life I’ve been told that this doctrine of the Trinity doesn’t totally make sense and that you just have to accept it by faith. However, this doctrine is the core of evangelical orthodox Christianity and to reject or question it is absolute heresy.
This doesn’t make sense.