Way back in Part 1 I made the statement that without the Trinity there would be no Christianity. There are several criticisms that can be made against a statement like that. One could argue that the word “Trinity” is no where mentioned in the Bible. A second criticism could be that many genuine believers are saved without having understood the doctrine of the Trinity. Yet another might be there are many “Christian” denominations like Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses that reject the Trinity. Then there is the argument that the Trinity can not be known because it is a paradox or a mystery. In other words, in light of the opposing view points how can one possibly hold the view that without the doctrine of the Trinity there is no Christianity.
I would first begin by saying that each of these opposing arguments are problematic because they don’t take into account the full weight of the doctrine. As I said in Part 1 the doctrine of the Trinity is so foundational that predication would be impossible without it. Thus each of these opposing arguments would prove themselves to be internally incoherent against thorough understanding of the Trinity. Rather than work through each of these criticisms which I find to be superficial at best I would say that the organic relationship between the Trinity and Christianity is demonstrated naturally from the text of Scripture.
As Christians we come to the faith much like our ancestors dating back to the NT church confessing that only Jesus and He alone can save us from our sins (Acts 4:12). Simultaneously believers through out church history are always confronted with the notion that God is the only one that can save. Thus we conclude as Paul the Apostle that Jesus is Lord (1 Corinthians 12:3; Isaiah 45:20-23). This is similar to when Paul writes, “9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Hence in a very real sense when we come confessing our faith in the Holy Trinity (some times you will notice a Pastor who will Baptize in the Trinitarian formulation) this a more thorough and robust way of confessing our faith in Jesus as Savior. However -and more to our point here- if confessing our faith in the Holy Trinity is on par with confessing our faith in Jesus as Savior then when happens when the Trinity is denied or rejected? By necessary default the Jesus as Savior is rejected.
Tell me your thoughts or questions. More to come.