According to the traditions of the so-called “fathers of the faith," it really began to be taught as gospel after the Council of Nicaea. Again, please notice that it was NOT taught (as it has been defined), in the first century church as sound doctrine, or by the Hebrew prophets, or even by Jesus' apostles. Origen and many other Gnostic Christians like him, began to merge the idolatrous teaching of Greek philosophers with God's word in the second and third centuries, and they slowly began to take root. So surely, if the Trinity is really "implied" by Scripture (which it isn't ), then the prophets, and apostles have done a great injustice to the Almighty by not directly and out rightly teaching it, where as the Greek philosophers that the Gnostics borrowed from, were righteous in doing so. Does that make any sense? I don't think so. I ask you, "Why imply it rather than clearly and openly teach it, if it is the truth?" Since when does the Almighty send any Scriptural truth, or sound doctrine to his people through idolatrous men like Plato, Aristotle, or Socrates? If this doctrine wasn't directly and openly taught by Jesus, the apostles, or God's real prophets, then why is it taught as truth now? What changed to make it kosher to teach that God is three separate persons, and not just one? Nothing changed on God's end, his word once given, doesn't change. The change occurred when men, who thought of themselves as Christian leaders, added to God's word. That is a BIG no no!
Yes, I realize that there are those who stubbornly state that the New Testament does teach the Trinity through implication. Well, alrighty then -- did you know that the very same (and only) New Testament verse that "implies" the Trinity is hotly debated as being added to the text well after (about a thousand years after) many of the older and more reliable manuscripts were penned? In fact, it is well documented that there are only 8 later Greek texts that contain the added text of verse 7b to 8a, against the hundreds of early Greek texts that omit it. And of those 8, only 4 or 5 of those texts contain them in the marginal notes, not the body of the text. So let's look at 1 John 5:7b-8a (a.k.a. Comma Johanneum) shall we? Let's read it as it appears in the my NKJV study Bible.
7 (a) For there are three that bear witness (b)in heaven; the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
8 (a)And there are three that bear witness on earth: (b) the Spirit, the water and the Blood;
and these three agree as one. (emphasis mine)
7 For there are three that bear witness:
8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
- the Spirit (who witnesses to the Truth)
- the water (representing birth and priestly baptism)
- the blood ( being the righteous sacrifice of Jesus and proof of God's humanity).
When the rest of 1 John 5 is read in this context, that there are three witnesses of God con-cerning the authenticity of our Lord Jesus Christ as being the Son of God, the chapter makes a whole lot more sense, and affirms the rest of Scripture which teaches us that there is only ONE God, not three separate co-equal, co-eternal persons being one God.
The Sad Sad Story of Erasmus of Rotterdam
Now I will briefly elaborate on how these verses got contaminated. It is fairly (albeit grudgingly) admitted by Trinitarin scholars that a man named Erasmus (a sixteenth-century Dutch Catholic priest and scholar) directly translated the New Testament from the original Greek texts, into Latin to update the Vulgate, but didn't include the Trinity formula in his translation. Can you imagine the liquid hot panic that erupted from the bowels of the Vatican clergy when Erasmus' translation of 1 John 5:7-8 didn't contain their implied idolatrous Trinitarian teaching? To be honest, even Jerome's Vulgate didn't contain the Trinity formula, it was added much later. The last thing they needed was a reputable scholar publishing the word of God from the original language of the New Testament without their false teaching. What to do, what to do? Well, instead of killing him, or putting him on trial for heresy (which was their usual M.O.), they opted for the more subtle art of trickery instead.
As the story goes, when Erasmus rightly defended himself from the Catholic authorities accus-atory chagrin by saying that he could not in good conscience publish 1 John 5:7-8 according to the current Vulgate version, because the many Greek texts in his possession didn't contain the implication of the Trinity, he unfortunately said something that left himself vulnerable to their deceit. He said that if they could produce a Greek text that contained the Vulgate's New Testament's version of 1 John 5:7-8, then he would include it in his next publication of the Greek New Testament. And wouldn't you know it? Amazingly, the Catholic charlatans supplied Erasmus with a single Greek New Testament manuscript (Codex Britannicus/ Montfortianus) that contained the augmented verses in question. And so, as they say, the rest is history. For more information on this account of unscrupulous Scriptural intrigue, I urge you to look into the work of the late Bruce Metzger and others who contend that the Comma Johanneum doesn't contains any Trinity formula.
The council was called to hammer out some pressing matters in the so -called "Christian" (more like Catholic) church at that time. Things like:
- The calculation of the date of Easter [spring feast of the false gods Ishtar and Tammuz, by using the paranormal science of astrology]
- The construction of the 1st part of the ecumenical creed of Nicaea [syncretism- the mixing of righteous and pagan faiths]
- The declaration of the principles of cannon law [laws used by Catholics (fake Christians) to persecute and murder real Christians]
- To hammer out the Trinitarian issue of the nature of The Son of God and his relationship to the Father.
Apparently, it wasn't until a later ecumenical council that they realized their error in leaving out the Holy Spirit in their little “Tri-Divine Menagerie” discussion. This is one of those “D'oh! I forgot something”, or “but wait- there's more!” kinda things I guess. Honestly, that alone should tell you there's something rotten in Nicaea! Remember, by this time, many true Christians were sporadically being persecuted, and even martyred by the fake Christians (Catholics). This sordid behavior still goes on in varying degrees even to this today, by the Jewish, Catholic and Islamic faiths. But that's another story!
Who called the council to convene?
Well, isn't the cross a symbol of Christ's gospel? Well....it can be, but just in case you didn't know this dear reader, the cross is internationally known as being a pagan symbol for the sun.
This has been fact since the Fertile Crescent days. Even so, this fact shouldn't take away from Jesus' death, burial and Resurrection. After all, it was the idolatrous Roman Empire that carried out his death sentence, so it's not likely they would have nailed him to a giant menorah, right? All this means is that we Christians shouldn't be wearing a cross to identify ourselves as Christians. Dying to self by bearing our cross daily is a metaphor, not to be taken literally. The identifiers we are to have include spreading the true gospel and to love one another like Jesus told us to.
Please allow me to point out what should be obvious to us, that Constantine's conversion is not the Biblical definition of how one obtains salvation by a long shot, nor is the wielding of an actual sword the Scriptural means of spreading Jesus' gospel. On the contrary, Constantine continued in his paganism, and only added Christian lingo and facades as was the fashionable custom, making it seem to some, like he converted. The only certainty his story reveals is that he was a very good politician. Some will doubt this, but all you have to do is look at the monument dedicated to him by his own government. It doesn't contain one scrap of Christian symbolism, or teachings, only a vague inscription that may or may not throw a nod of acknowledgement toward the Almighty. So why did he go to all the trouble of playing both sides of the religious field? He needed support for his bid for power, and so he must of necessity, pander to as many people as possible. Not much has changed in the political world dear reader. How many of our politicians play the "I'm a Bible quoting Christian" card come election time? LOTS!
Yes, that's right dear reader, the politically pandering Constantine did what his vicious idol-atrous forerunners couldn't do, stem the rising tide of true Christianity with ecumenism. Incidentally, he (Emperor Constantine)with the help of Hosius of Corduba, is the one who forced the definition of hypostasis to mean a plural-essence of being, or persons, in stead of its true meaning as being a singular person, confidence, or substance. Whether he intended to or not, through Constantine's council, Hosius married paganism with Christianity, and unified what we know as Catholicism today. Constantine only wanted to make both sides somewhat happy, so he relied on Hosius' leadership at the council to make that happen. But compromise doesn't strengthen anything, it only weakens whatever it is used on. Make no mistake, neither Constantine nor Hosius of Corduba were friends of God, and neither of them were real biblical Christians.
The counsel was made up of many religious leaders, all of differing Gnostic beliefs, all of which claimed to be based on Scripture, and we all know how that goes, right? The attendees that were debating God's nature at this council were members of what I like to call camps: General Error, Special Error, and Gross Error. This man-ordained council was one of the first attempts to accomplish universal (Catholic) ecumenicism after Christ's ascension, and was presided over by Hosius of Corduba. While this attempt at unity sounds nice on the surface, this is nothing more than veiled com-promise, which is (as you guessed it) of the Devil.
Dear reader (thanks be unto God), we now have ready access to the Scriptures! God caused many brave men to spend their precious lives upon the task of bringing God's word to the hungry masses, in defiance of the Universal (Catholic) church that had deliberately taken it away from them--from us! Instead of having the priesthood manipulate us with the God's word, now we can read it for ourselves, what a rich blessing!
However, there are indeed things within Scripture that can only be discerned spiritually and by faith, for as 1 Cor. 2:14 clearly says, spirit bears witness to spirit. Yes, there are people who read, study, and enjoy the Scriptures solely for their merits as a masterful work of literature, and that's fine. But there are also those who read it for the sole purpose of using it as a means of profit, whether it be monetary, or to gather a following after themselves, which is bad. True children of God should read it for the sole purpose of learning God's will, and to acquire instruction in the way of righteousness. By obeying Jesus' commandments that are found in Scripture, then we know we are his sheep. But if some black sheep mixed in the flock want to redefine already established terms, or insert their own doctrines, then they are actually goats and wolves in sheep's clothing. Such are the like of Constantine and his ecumenical council, headed by the Catholic Bishop Hosius of Corduba.
Jesus' apostle (Paul) wrote [1 Cor, 11:16, 1 Cor. 14:37,38] that there is no tradition of debate regarding sound doctrine in the churches of God. He said that if these debaters were indeed spiritual, then they would know that the apostle's instructions were from Jesus and not mere men, and then the ecclesia (called out ones) would simply obey them. He further instructed them that if anyone continued to contend with and argue against sound doctrine, then they were to be esteemed as ignorant and patiently instructed in proper doctrine. And some were even to be avoided, or shunned, until they repented from their disorderly conduct. Again, if they didn't repent, then they were to be avoided and publicly labeled as heretics and apostates, but they were never to be physically harmed.
I ask you, "Was Paul ignorant of Gnosticism?" Hardly! Gnosticism (besides Judaism) was a major enemy of the Gospel in his day, as it continues to be in our day. His epistles addressed both dangers of Gnosticism and Judaism, and he warned the reader of their poison. This shows that the Council of Nicaea and subsequent councils after the Jerusalem council of Acts 15 were not godly or biblical, but Gnostic, and Anti-Christ in nature. Why? Because they sought to redefine and debate what was clearly written and taught in Scripture. Truly, Gnostics can never just accept what God says, because they have beautiful and inquiring scientific minds that must analyze, and rationalize his word to death in an effort to justify their idolatry. A foolish practice that has been proven to be fatal, one that not only ensured their own spiritual death, but also effected the spiritual deaths of all who blindly followed them. Beware little sheep, there are ravenous wolves out there, and they are dressed like sheep! The only sure way to unmask these cunning canines is with the use of sound doctrine that comes from our Good Shepherd.