We really need to rethink our approach to all previously held beliefs about Christianity and give them careful, thoughtful consideration. We are no longer 1st century people with 1st century mindsets. We know so much more about how the world works and why things happen like they do and yet we firmly hold on to old beliefs about God. We have left our decisions on how we practice our religion and the “right” way to think about God, about Joshua (Jesus) and spirituality to what ancient authorities decided was correct.
The trinity was a doctrine decided at the Council of Nicea in the year 325AD. The Council was convoked by Emperor Constantine and Pope Sylvester did not even attend – perhaps that is our first indication of the validity of decisions made by the ancient councils? Early church doctrines were most often political versus spiritual decisions as the Emperors and Popes vied for power.
The trinity – the Godhead as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We need to look closely and understand what it is we are believing:
- God the “Father” – God is in fact gender-less and actually plural in nature
- God the “Son” – Again God is in fact gender-less and there is debate regarding the divinity of Yeshua
- God the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit is the power of God and it’s divine wisdom – that wisdom being the Sophia
Perhaps if we re-examine the Trinity we will find a different understanding:
The Trinity as Spirit, Matter and Source:
- Spirit – that which animates us – the difference between a banana and a banana peel
- Matter – we are composed of matter and spirit
- Source – the creator, the source of all
For me, since the only reference to the Trinity in the Bible is:
I John 5:7-8, For there are three that bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in Earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
And the fact that editors added the bracketed words in the early fourth century to the Latin Vulgate translation, they are not in the older Greek manuscripts leads me to conclude the doctrine of the Trinity can and should be revisited.What did Yeshua teach regarding the Trinity – nothing. But he did say that after his death he would leave us the Holy Spirit to teach us and the kingdom of God is found within each of us. What is the Holy Spirit trying to tell us?