A formula for a doctrine developed centuries after the beginning of Christianity
This Jewish rabbi choose 12 disciples when he was alive and afterwards took an other Jewish scholar to join the first followers of Christ. Those chosen ones wrote the last books of the canonical Bible, which was completed in the first century C.E.
They warned already for the false teachings that led people away from the truth. Several people enjoyed the Greek philosophical writers and their ideas which were different from the Jewish teachings, but more attractive because they were sounded more magic and gave some nicer hopes than those the Jews and Christians came to hear.
It did not take three hundred years to fabricate enough followers or groups who could join together agreeing with the Roman leaders to adjust their teachings to the Greek and Roman gods. Their ideas became officially formulated in 325 C.E. at a council in the city of Nicaea in Asia Minor, now Iznik, Turkey.
Why, though, was it deemed necessary to define God and Christ centuries after the Bible was completed? Is the Bible unclear on these important topics?
It were proud human beings who thought to be much clearer than God. There were even such leaders who were convinced that ordinary human beings even could not understand God’s Words and therefore they needed to be explained by especially trained scholars or theologians. This shows clearly how they underestimated God’s Power and doubted the power of the Word of God and the love of God that He would give every person, baby, child, learned or feeble minded enough insight to find truth, God, and honour God.
The clear picture had to be that there should not be too much to bring heavy disputes or of trivialities fighting people in his empire.
When Constantine asked the bishops, who may have numbered into the hundreds, to come to a unanimous accord, his request was in vain. There were too many different groups proclaiming their teachings had to be followed. Those who liked the Greek philosophers and those those who held onto Greek-Roman culture also were in the majority. therefore the Roman Emperor also wanting to please the market vendors asked to bring those gods of the majority of the empire as the most important ones and to make toe the Christian gods. He then proposed that the council adopt the ambiguous notion that Jesus was “of one substance” (homoousios) with the Father. This unbiblical Greek philosophical term laid the foundation for the Trinity doctrine as later set forth in the church creeds.
Statements from the Nicaean Creed
Compare some scriptures saying with the a basic statement from the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea.
What the Nicene Creed says:
This means for many Christians that they take Jesus to be the very God, Him being one and the same as God, the heavenly Father of us all and the Divine Creator of heavens and earth.
What the Bible says:
* all italics are ours
A Book of books not mentioning the Trinity
In case God would have found the Trinity an important and essential part of faith, you would think He would have included it in His Word, compiled in 66 books of the Bible. But nowhere in the Bible or Holy Scriptures you shall be able to find the word ‘Trinity’ or an explicit saying that Jesus is God or that God is Jesus or that there is a person who is a god spirit, who would also be God.
Jesus said that
For one thing, the Bible does not mention the word “Trinity.” For another, Jesus never claimed to be equal to God. Instead, Jesus worshipped God. (Luke 22:41-44)
The apostles noticed how several people went away from the truth and warned their followers and those who were looking for the truth to be careful for false teachings, only to stick to the Word of God as presented to the world in the Holy Scriptures.
Only One to be worshipped in spirit and truth
As Jesus wanted to be his followers in unity with him like he is in unity with God, in case this union would mean Jesus is God than all followers of Jesus being in the same union as Christ with God would also be God. But from the text it is clear that those following Jeshua, the Christ or Messiah, would have to be consecrated by the Godly Truth, God His Message Which is Truth. It also tells us that Jesus intercedes for those who believe in him. At other places in the Scriptures we are also told that Jesus is the mediator between God and man. In case Jesus would be God He can not be the mediator because the talking would go straight to Him and all decisions would have to be made by God Himself and not by the son of God.
Nearing the end of his life, when he had gone as usual to the Mount of Olives, followed by his disciples Jesus also asked his disciples to pray not to fall into temptation. He himself also withdrew about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and began to pray. Then he asked his Father to spare him this cup of difficulties he was going to face, but also said that only, not his (Jesus) will but God His Will be done. In case Jesus is God than always Jesus will, would also be God’s Will.
Also when Jesus would be God he would know everything and would know that man can do nothing to God and that God cannot die, because God is an eternal Spirit.
Seen or not seen and not to be given
A third line of evidence concerns Jesus’ capabilities and him telling the truth or not.
When Jesus is God, Who is all-knowing and never telling lies (Numbers 23:19; Psalm 119:160), he would have told lies when his disciples asked him who he was, if they could sit next to him in God’s Kingdom and when he said he did not know when he would come back.
Also God would have lied when He said that nobody can see God and live (Exodus 33:20) because lots of people saw Jesus and stayed alive. Jesus even brought some back to live on this earth again.
19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of יהוה before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. (RNKJV)
20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
22 But Yahushua answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25 But Yahushua called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. (Matthew 20:20-25)
Jesus told those around him that he had heard the truth from God and would not like to be a son nor a father of a lie. (John 8:40-45). He knew and told others that he could not do anything without his heavenly Father (Jehovah God) Who has sent him (Jesus) is greater than him (Jesus).
17 But Yahushua answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that Elohim was his Father, making himself equal with Elohim.
19 Then answered Yahushua and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of יהוה: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. 35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. (John 5:19-36 RNKJV)
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. (John 14:17-31 RNKJV)
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