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R.C. Sproul on the Trinity

Calvinist theologian R.C. Sproul, in his book, “What is the Trinity?: 10 (Crucial Question Series)“, says:

The concept of the Trinity has emerged as a touchstone of truth, a non-negotiable article of Christian orthodoxy. However, it has been a source of controversy throughout church history, and there remains much confusion about it to this day, with many people misunderstanding it in very serious ways.

I find this to be a very valuable insight and quote, coming from a Pastor who has had to deal with the doubts of his congregation. His crucial question book series seeks to enlighten the Christian masses on the various theological doubts and questions  they may face with the Christian religion. The description to this particular book states, “Though the word Trinity is not found in the Bible, there is no doubt that the Scriptures teach this triune nature of God. Yet the concept still challenges our finite minds.” It continues by stating,  “Above all, he affirms that while this truth is difficult to understand, it is not contradictory.” In summary, this Calvinist Christian scholar teaches us that the Trinity is:

  • A source of doctrinal controversy for the Christian faith.
  • Confusing from its emergence till today.
  • Misunderstood by many Christians in very serious ways.
  • A Triune concept which challenges human thought.
  • Difficult to understand.

These are troubling claims for this Christian academic to proclaim, to understand why, we need to read John 14:26:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

What does verse 26 mean when it says the Holy Spirit will teach believers all things? According to Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, the Holy Spirit’s job is to explain the beliefs about God which are necessary for Christian salvation, evidently the Trinity has to be counted as one of the things necessary to be known for Christian salvation:

“he shall teach you all things: this is the proper work and business of the Spirit, to teach, interpret, and explain all things which Christ had said to them; to make them more plain and easy to their understandings; to instruct them in all things necessary to salvation, and to be known by them, that they might teach them others:”

From this, we can then come to the logical conclusion that the Trinity was not spoken of by Christ, otherwise the Holy Spirit would have taught about it, interpreted it, explained it completely, made it plain and easy to understand for Christians to believe in. Since the Spirit did not do these things, then according to John 14:26, Christ did not speak this doctrine to the disciples. The Trinity, as admitted by this Christian scholar, is a source of confusion for Christians and a source of controversy for the Christian religion.

and God knows best.

I am a Trinitarian Muslim

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

Today I’d like to publicly confess that I am a Trinitarian Muslim. I cannot change what I am, and I hope that the Muslim community will accept me for what I am, because at the end the day, I’m still a Muslim. You must understand that this is not a choice of my own doing. Allow me to explain.

In 1498, Christopher Columbus rediscovered my home island, the island wherein I have lived all of my life. He dedicated this island to the Trinity, and thus named it after the Trinity, the island was therefore known as ‘La Trinidad‘, or ‘the Trinity‘. By his doing, I am now known, as is the rest of my people, as Trinidadians, or, if I were to appropriate it to its original meaning, we are by our historical name, ‘Trinitarians‘. Therefore, due to Christopher Columbus, my nationality is that of a Trinitarian. How unique it is, that my nationality is named after a religious doctrine that, just like my tiny Caribbean island home, is shrouded in conflict, mystery/ secrecy, and absurdity. It’s ironic to me, that my island’s name reflects upon the doctrine it was named after, and in doing so, the doctrine itself reflects upon the nature of my island home.

Just like the Trinity, this island is home to many internal conflicts. Similarly in the religious Trinity, the Father who is God, gave authority to the Son who is also a God (Matthew 28:18), thus leaving the conflicting question, how can God, give God something God is already supposed to have? The conflicts do not end there. According to Christian Theology (a la James White, David Wood and Sham Shamoun), all members of the Godhead are co-equal to each other, yet one member decided that God – the Father, was greater than Him, God – the Son (John 14:28). If each member is co-equal to the other, how can one God – person, be greater than another God – person?

Well, the answer to that is a mystery, which my country is also, as it’s namesake suggests is also familiar with. See, the Trinity, isn’t really full of contradictions, Trinitarians (the religious ones!), refer to it as Holy Mysteries (see #234), they don’t like that whole contradiction word, it makes them look bad. You must understand, you can’t question something if it’s a mystery, especially a holey one. I sometimes like to think of the Trinity’s Holey Mysteries as contradictions we’re not allowed to think much about.

Perhaps the one place that we Trinitarians by nationality have been beaten, is in the way which we express our local culture, that is to say, who we are. I might be mistaken though, as Christians when explaining the Trinity have also had problems in explaining and expressing what it truly is. We’ve had the egg analogy, the water analogy and eventually we had the laughable, three headed dog from hell analogy. If I were to judge, I’m not sure what’s worse, a Trinitarian by nationality dancing in the streets half naked to express his/ herself, or a Trinitarian by religious belief, thinking that God (glorified and exalted is He) is like a three headed dog from hell.

In conclusion, I’m a Trinitarian Muslim, and there are a few thousand others like me. We also have Trinitarian Rastafarians, Shouter Baptists, Atheists etc. I’m unique, and I like that I can claim I’m a Trinitarian Muslim. It’s sad to see though, that the doctrine we are named after, has sadly reflected badly upon the people of my nation and our national identity. Conflicting, Holey, Absurd and Expressionless, I only pray that God saves us from further embodying the madness that is the Trinity.

Sincerely,
Your Trinitarian Muslim Brother Ijaz.

wa Allaahu ‘Alam.