What is the value of a doctrine no one understands?
I never claimed that no one understands the teaching regarding the Trinity. I said the Trinity itself is infinitely beyond human comprehension. There's a difference.
The dogma is not hard to grasp. God has one nature or essence, and is Three Persons. With this as our standard, we can make sense of teaching about Jesus and about the Holy Spirit and whether it conforms to what has been revealed to us.
Yet the trinity causes more arguments than anything else it seems. It was the reason for the first church council.
The reason for the first Church Council was the matter of Jesus' divinity. At stake was the Gospel. If Jesus wasn't the Son of God, God in the flesh, then we are not saved.
It seems to me fine to define it as it makes sense to us. No point in big arguments. Scripture did not define it or even teach it anyway. Why make up more things to argue about and cliam infallibiity about? Actually most doctrines are in this catagory.
The Scripture clearly teaches the doctrine of the Trinity, though it does not do so in bullet-point or systematic form. Jesus' baptism is a clear teaching of the Holy Trinity, as are the accumulated references to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. A word was "invented" (or, rather, used) to indicated this teaching on God, "Trinity" (from the Greek "triadas"), but the doctrine itself is throughout Scripture.
This is why Jesus put doctrines second place to what was the most important.
He did no such thing.
He showed this attitude in the parable of the Good Samaritan. It was why He used a Samaritan as the center of His story. He aske us to be unified but so many cannot and justify it for the sake of doctrines which most do not really understand anyway. Peace, JohnR
The Good Samaritan is not about everything having a Coke and singing kum-by-ya. It is about the person of Jesus Christ, who himself teaches that NO ONE comes to the Father except through him. That's not a doctrine you can ignore.