Christians, Is the belief in the trinity a must for being a christian?
If not, do you accept other gospels that are not part of the New Testament?
I ask because the trinity was something that was voted on and became christian doctrine by the Council of Nicea. At the same time, several gospels that some christian sects were using were not included in the New Testament.
- Anonymous8 years agoFavourite answer
I believe the trinity is clearly taught in Scripture; however what the Bible says is required for salvation is that we confess Jesus as Lord, and that means to acknowledge His divinity; and to believe in our heart God (the Father) raised Him from the dead.
You cannot deny the divinity of Jesus and be saved; but there are some, Apostolic Pentecostals, who although they have a convoluted teaching concerning the Triune nature of God, nevertheless are saved, since they acknowledge the divinity of Jesus.
- Anonymous8 years ago
For how ever much the Christian faith is supposed to be emotional, this aspect is one of the more rational sides to the faith. If the trinity is not truly one God, then there must be three Gods, which is false. The trinity is not one God with three roles. The trinity is very akin to the concept of the fully man/fully God nature of Christ. Imagine the trinity as a ven diagram with three circles, but all three circles only take up the space of one circle and never separate from each other. And to the manuscripts that are not included in the New Testament, the cannon is what is true, but what isn't cannon is not necessarily false, it just is not inherently true.Source(s): Seminary classes, years of schooling
- Anonymous8 years ago
Yes absolutely it is because Jesus was the first one to describe the Trinity (it was not something voted on by the Council of Nicea at all) Jesus brought in the doctrine and Jesus is God (John 1:1) so He doesn't lie.
If you don't believe the doctrine of the Trinity, then you only believe in God and not Jesus Christ or Holy Spirit. Well be warned for God said if you deny the Son (Jesus Christ) YOU DON'T HAVE THE FATHER EITHER (1 John 2:23).
In addition, Jesus said that when He was going away (crucifixion, resurrection and finally ascension back to heaven), He would send the Holy Spirit back here to be our Comforter and to lead and guide us into all truth (John 16: 7, 13).
And what about Jesus giving the Great Commission to the Church to preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing those who believe, in the Name of - (that's one Name of) - Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)?
Do you really think Jesus would have given us that Commission if there were no Holy Spirit?
Peter confirmed it when he said, "Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and Christ who lives inside every true born again believer (Romans 8:9) because Jesus said we MUST be born again (John 3:3-7) and when we OBEY Christ's command to be baptized and born again, then, God gives His Spirit to those who OBEY Him (Acts 5:32), and if we Christians do not have the Spirit of Christ IN US, we are NOT HIS (Romans 8:9).
God the Father is a Spirit (John 4:24) and God is Holy, so of course, God is Holy Spirit.
Jesus is a Spirit living in the spiritual dimension of heaven with the Father, and Jesus is also Holy - hence, Jesus is also Holy Spirit.
That's because Jesus and His Father are one (John 10:30). Jesus is IN THE FATHER and the Father is IN JESUS CHRIST (John 17:21 & 23).
I guess you just don't read the Bible because Jesus Christ is all over the New Testament and the Holy Spirit is all over the Bible, where He came upon people so they could prophesy etc.
I don't accept anything that is not in the Bible. There is no need. Everyone has received everything we need from God over these many years, through the 1611 Old King James Version of the Bible which is quite sufficient. Anything added only causes confusion.
God told us NOT TO add anything or take anything away from the prophecy of His Word, and there is a stark warning for those who do, so I don't (Revelation 22:18, 19. Proverbs 3-:6, Deuteronomy 12:32 and Ecclesiastes 3:14)
- Anonymous8 years ago
Yes, belief in the Trinity is necessary for being a Christian. To not believe in the trinity is heresy, because it is a foundational belief in Christianity. I'm only telling you the truth. The Trinity doctrine was not founded by the Nicean Council. Its foundation is in the New Testament.
The Trinity is one God who exists simultaneously in three persons. Each is coequal, copowerful, and coeternal with the other. Each person--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--is not the other. Without either there is no God; all comprise the one God.
Analogy of the Trinity: With time, for example, the past is distinct from the present, which is distinct from the future. Each is simultaneous. Yet, they are not three 'times,' but one. That is, they all share the same nature: time
Matt. 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,"
1 Cor. 12:4-6, "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons."
2 Cor. 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."Source(s): Orthodox Christian
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- 8 years ago
No..... not by The Word of God
The so-called council of Nicea had no authority from God for their actions... it was a papist catholic confab
some texts were/are not considered Gospel by those who renounce(d) the papist claims of authority, for the same reason that works today by the likes of Eugene Peterson, and others of that ilk, are not...... there were false teachers writing garbage then just as now.....
for my pov on both subjects you may read at: http://www.thisismikesplace.com/
- ~*BriarRose*~Lv 78 years ago
For Catholics - yes, it is a must as it's very much a part of our belief.
I don't accept other gospels unless the Church accepts them. There is a reason why some things were not added in and If God intended for them to be added, the Church would have done so.
- KarlLv 78 years ago
This knowledge is given by the Holy Spirit to those who truly belong to God and Jesus. Other can not see the truth of it.
Needed? not at first but a true believer is shown by God through his spirit this is so through the Holy Spirit. This spirit does much for us as the bible says:
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
[ The Work of the Holy Spirit ] “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
It teaches us all things (one at a time, not all at once) and testifies Jesus is God and more. But this is only known by those with the spirit as well.
- ROBERT PLv 78 years ago
If you don't believe in the Trinity, then you don't believe in God. The Trinity has always been a reality. The only thing that was voted on, was what to call the Triune God. You must belong to a man-made denomination who has altered the Bible to agree with its beliefs.
- ☦Angel 4 Truth☦Lv 68 years ago
Yes and for it to even come up in the council it had to have already been a prevalent doctrine embraced by some if not most
- robert CLv 78 years ago
most definitely, even though it was the 4th. century before it was made a doctrine, compare that to the 11th. century before the incarnation was made a dogma. if you believe in the nativity ,francis of assisi made the first crib in the 12 century. there were many false prophets in the first 400 years, all preaching error ridden homilies and that was before the bible was first compiled in the 4th. century , the church was protected by the holy spirit