Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God. But he is not God.
Jesus did not pray to himself and worship himself, did he? The Trinitarian Doctrine – also known as the Trinity of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit – is used to confuse Christians.
In 529 AD the violent Eastern Roman Emperor of Constantinople Justinian I, set forth the Justinian Code which prohibited Jewish language in regards to a certain Scriptural verse from being uttered during Roman worship services.
That Bible verse was Deuteronomy 6:4:
“Hear O’Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord in one!”
This verse is known as the ‘shema’ – or central prayer and creed of Judaism and the verse is echoed by Jesus Christ himself in Mark 12: 28-33.
33And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
The Scriptural truth revealed in the Old Testament (Deut. 6:4) that the Yahweh is our Lord God and God is one was confirmed by the Son of God Jesus Christ in Mark 12.
So when emperor Justinian censored Deuteronomy 6:4 he also, in effect, censored Jesus Christ since Jesus Christ confirms this message. The Christian leadership censored Jesus Christ’s message about his Father in order to push their new Christian Trinity doctrine.
Jesus Christ’s word was banned from the very church that was formed to teach Christ’s word to the people. Banning Judaism’s ‘shema’ that the Lord is our God and God is one is the same as banning Jesus because you can’t separate a man – especially the son of man – from his word. A man is his word. And Jesus said in Mark 12 that the first commandment of all is “The Lord our God is one Lord” and that we should love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. This is a direct reference to Deuteronomy 6:4.
But why would Christian leaders hide who the one and only true God is from Christians? Why would they confuse Christians with the Father-Son-Holy Spirit, all-in-one, three-in-one, godhead trinity so that they don’t know who their one and only true God is and who they should worship?
I will tackle that question in the next post.
In the meantime, check out the ‘Trinity on Trial’ website. I find it very helpful on sorting out this insertion of the Trinity into Christianity.