Quick Hit: Is It Unfortunate That the Trinity Is Not Explicitly Taught in Scripture?

This is not really enough for a full-length post, just a little something to stir the waters and keep the blog going over here.

I think it’s unfortunate that the doctrine of the Trinity is not explicitly taught anywhere in Scripture.  (I know, it’s not explicitly taught but it can be easily inferred from several key passages throughout Scripture.)

Why?  Because this gives ammunition to Catholics who seek to defend their view of Scripture as subservient to the Church and its tradition.  (“The Trinity isn’t anywhere in Scripture.  It only came about several centuries after the last of Scripture was written, and that because of Church tradition.”)

It also gives ammunition to premillennial dispensationalists whose belief system (of which the secret pre-trip Rapture is part and parcel) is not taught explicitly anywhere in Scripture, but can be deduced from Scripture if certain key verses are interpreted in a certain way.

What say you, people?

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2 thoughts on “Quick Hit: Is It Unfortunate That the Trinity Is Not Explicitly Taught in Scripture?

  1. I would argue that Jesus explicitly teaches the trinity in John 14. In John 14:16 and again in verse 26 Jesus refers to himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. When Jesus says “The Father will send the Holy Spirit in my name” that’s a clear teaching of the trinity relationship, even though the word “trinity” is not used. The word “homosexual” is not used in scripture, but Romans 1 is pretty explicit on the subject.

  2. Okay, so there is enough here to recognize the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and the nature of their relationship with each other. Still, it does require some reading between the lines to get from what the Bible says about the Trinity to the fullness of what Christians believe and understand about the Trinity.

    The Catholic Church claims that it has played a crucial role in getting from what is in the Bible to the fullness of what we believe and understand about the Trinity; thus its justification for their beliefs about the relationship of scripture and tradition. I grew up in the Catholic Church; I’ve heard all the arguments. I’m not convinced; if I were I would still be Catholic.

    I know it’s a subtle point; just a little something to stir the pot over here.

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