As anyone who knows me fairly well can tell you, the Deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity are issues that are very close to my heart. A year ago a bombshell was dropped when a dear friend of mine (whom I had up to that point considered a Christian) testified to me that she did not believe the Trinity was taught in the Bible – she said it was a heretical teaching that had been introduced into the church at a later date, and propagated by manipulative leaders, thus leading astray the ignorant masses into false doctrine. She further claimed that Jesus Himself was not God – nor had He ever claimed to be. To her, He was a mere mortal who – while born miraculously of a virgin and therefore in a sense the “son” of God – was certainly not eternal God, and was most certainly not to be worshipped as such.
Apart from the heart-wrenching anguish this obviously caused me, this event also awoke in me the need to know the truth, and the passion to find the answers. For the last year I have poured over every source I could find to tell me about the history of belief in the Trinity. I have watched every scholarly debate I could get my hands on. I have listened to lectures and read papers late into the night, studying the facts and eschewing sleep in favor of information. I’ve even debated Unitarians (that is, those who say that there is no Trinity and that Jesus was only a man) on web forums, just to get a feel for the arguments and to better understand the issues. And I’m not done.
Now, to be sure, I have also branched out into other areas of apologetics besides the Deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity, and for an amateur apologist, you could say I’m a jack-of-all trades. It’s a rewarding study, apologetics.
That said, I view the Deity of Christ to be THE CENTRAL ISSUE to the Gospel ‘once and for all delivered to the saints’. To me, if that was not God on the tree, then I am dead in my sins, hopeless. This is why I am a Christian: that Jesus Christ, “though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
With this in mind, I will be starting a question and answer series on this blog titled: “Answering Unitarians”. Every week I will be taking one question on the Deity of Christ/the doctrine of the Trinity and answering it to the best of my ability – by the grace of God.
On the top banner, you will find the button labeled “Answering Unitarians – Submit a Question”. I welcome your questions (and your feedback) so please don’t hesitate to write in! If you have friends that fall into the Unitarian camp (make no mistake, it’s becoming more common than you realize), feel free to direct them here as well.
So what happened to the friend I mentioned? She still denies the Trinity, still holds that Jesus was merely a man anointed by God. Last we spoke, she seemed to be mulling things over, but in the end she shrugged me off saying: “It doesn’t really matter whether Jesus is God or not – it’s not going to change the way I live my life, I’ll still be trying to obey God and be a good person one way or the other.” Pray for her.
Does the Deity of Christ really matter in the end? If you’ve read this far you know my take, in short form. This is the question I will be answering in greater depth for our first installment. Don’t miss it!