Nazarites point to a pagan origin and say that the Torah does not mention the Trinity. Skeptics claim that the term was invented. Some claim that the concept was needed in the early church but that it is now an anachronism that is no longer needed.
Some even point to the term "Spirit" being feminine gender ("her") in Aramaic, the language that Jesus used. In Greek, the word in neuter gender ("it"). Only in Latin is the term masculine gender ("he").
I look at the concept of the Trinity as a way we try to understand God. We fallible mortals can never understand God perfectly, but the concept of the Trinity helps us get closer to an understanding.
What's your take? Is the word "persons" in "God in three persons" a mental stumbling block? Would a word such as "aspects" convey the concept better?
- United Methodist Articles of Religion - Article 1, the Trinity from the 2004 "Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church"
- Meaning of the Trinity, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (PDF)
- Holy Trinity is a mystery (Catholic); second, personal page
- Catholics, Methodist agree on Trinity
- Evidence of the Trinity in the Old Testament (Catholic)
- Trinity concept no longer needed
- Is the Holy Spirit feminine?
- Ode 36 of Solomon uses feminine gender for "Spirit"
- There is no Trinity (Nazarite)
- Holy Trinity invented (a skeptic)