On 08/05/2022 03:07, David Dalton wrote:
> Did the Trinity doctrine originate during Jesus's lifetime, later
> but during the lifetimes of the writers of the New Testament,
> or even later, and if so, when? Is there any biblical basis
> for it?
As recorded in the gospels, Jesus made certain statements which indicate
a wider teaching concerning the Trinity. For example, the baptismal
formula in Matthew 28 would be of little meaning if He had not already
explained at least something about the three Persons mentioned there.
However the doctrine was not fully developed. St Paul uses language that
is sometimes at variance with the Nicean Creed, but all that indicates
is that the doctrine was still becoming mature and fully accepted. St
John, on the other hand, is completely Nicean in the first few verses of
his gospel (and, indeed, those verses form an important foundation for
the Nicean Creed).
So yes, there is Biblical basis for the doctrine, though its fullest
expression came later and was heavily influenced by concepts current in
the Jewish and Greek worlds of the time. (It would be a mistake to
reject the doctrine on that basis; our modern world owes a tremendous
amount to Greek thought - democracy, the musical scale, the rules of
mathematics, geometry and logic, and so on.)
> I have a theory of soul alignment
I have no idea what you mean but the little elaboration you give does
not sound Christian.
Kendall K. Down