I asked a Catholic Priest at lunch a few years back if one day he will be able to embrace or shake hands with both God the Father and separately with Jesus Christ the Son. He said “separately”. This comment does not agree with the Trinitarian doctrine of “one substance” The Catholic Church and most of Christendom may believe in the non-Biblical doctrine of the Trinity but I don’t think the majority of Christians do.
An important question which Christendom has been debating for over 2 millennia is the following: If Jesus Christ is God then what about God the Father? Is He also a God? If so, then this would show or prove the existence of at least Two Gods and not One. Christendom has united with Islam and Judaism to be Monotheistic, (the worship or belief in only One God). The New Testament is not Trinitarian. Only a few scriptures lend themselves to the doctrine of the Trinity formulated by a council of Bishops and Priests in 325 A.D. i.e. (That Jesus is of the same substance of the Father). However, over 350 Scriptures show that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are Three separate beings and not of one substance. Ex. Jesus praying to God His Father on several occasions, God the Father’s voice being heard at the Baptism of Jesus, and most important Jesus Christ’s own Words when He (as the Resurrected Lord) told Mary that He (Jesus Christ) had not yet ascended to His Father and to His God. Here’s the quote.
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Even the phrase “Son of God” denotes a plurality or at least a duality. Will we take away the Divine Sonship of Jesus by making Him of the same substance with the Father? Why can’t Catholics and most of Christendom accept the testimony of the Bible and accept that Jesus and God the Father are both Gods? Even Stephen the first Christian Martyr said he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God”
You can’t just rationalize the Doctrinal Dilemma between the Trinity concept and the overwhelming scriptures that show the separate nature of God the Father and God the Son by saying “this is a mystery”. If you do, then the very foundation of one’s faith, (that of one’s personal relationship to God) becomes a mystery. The foundation of one’s faith can not be a mystery. I hope I didn’t open up a can of worms, but I would like some comments.