Problems with the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity

As Jesus, in the eyes of the Trinitarian, is God, then everything in the Bible which applies to God must equally apply to him, as all three parts of the Trinity are co-equal. However this results in many contradictions or paradoxes and aren’t something that can be explained from scripture.

  • Jesus is visible, but God is invisible

Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

  • Jesus was seen, but God was never seen

No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like. (John 1:18)

Only God lives forever! And he lives in light that no one can come near. No human has ever seen God or ever can see him. God will be honored, and his power will last forever. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:16)

  • Jesus was tempted, but God cannot be tempted

The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him. After Jesus had gone without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry. Then the devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’ ” Next, the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God’s Son, jump off. The Scriptures say: ‘God will give his angels orders about you. They will catch you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.’ ” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Don’t try to test the Lord your God!’ ” Finally, the devil took Jesus up on a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms on earth and their power. The devil said to him, “I will give all this to you, if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left Jesus, and angels came to help him. (Matthew 4:1-11)

Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others. (James 1:13)

  • “Made like his brothers and sisters in every respect”, but God is not like them at all, since he is God and does not possess “fallen nature”, which is why he couldn’t send himself

He had to be one of us, so that he could serve God as our merciful and faithful high priest and sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of our sins. (Hebrews 2:17)

  • Jesus died on the cross despite God being eternal

I pray that honor and glory will always be given to the only God, who lives forever and is the invisible and eternal King! Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

  • Jesus was “Raised from the dead” and “released from the pains of death” by the Father, though God can never die

Now hurry! Tell his disciples that he has been raised to life and is on his way to Galilee. Go there, and you will see him. That is what I came to tell you.” (Matthew 28:7)

But God set him free from death and raised him to life. Death could not hold him in its power. (Acts 2:24)

  • Jesus had to depend on his Father for the power to do miraculous works

Don’t you believe that I am one with the Father and that the Father is one with me? What I say isn’t said on my own. The Father who lives in me does these things. (John 14:10)

  • Jesus did not know everything, yet God does

No one knows the day or hour. The angels in heaven don’t know, and the Son himself doesn’t know. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36)

  • Jesus and God are co-equal, but they are supposedly “God” and “not-God” at the same time.

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