I agree in principle. Can I put it this way?: To be a Christian one must believe the truth about God and Jesus Christ.
After all, if we don’t have the basics about who God is, what hope is there?
As you probably know, the word Trinity isn’t in the Bible. Neither is there any verse that says “God is three” or “God is Triune” or “The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are all God.” or anything similar.
This is because the doctrine of the Trinity slowly crept into the church and was finally adopted among much controversy about three hundred years after Jesus walked the earth.
The only scripture that said anything vaguely like that was 1 John 5:7 in the Vulgate Bible.
(Embarrassingly, that has now been exposed as a 9th century addition by someone trying to fake Biblical support for what was by then considered “the central doctrine of Christianity.”)
In fact, not only does the Bible not mention the Trinity, what it does say about God and Jesus often contradicts the teaching that they are the same or equal.
Jesus taught his followers to pray to “our Father” (Matt 6:9)
He said “the Father is greater than I am” (John 14:28)
That the Father knew things the Son didn’t (Matt 24:36)
That Jesus was sent by the Father (John 6:38)
He prayed “Let not my will but yours take place” (Luke 22:42)
To Mary: “I am ascending to the Father and to my God and your God.” (John 20:17)
and the Disciples understood the same
Peter said: “You are the son of the living God” (Matt 16:16
Paul wrote: "The head of the Christ is God"
Stephen saw Jesus standing at God’s right hand (Acts 7:56)
and we could go on almost indefinitely.
Against mountains of scriptural evidence showing Jesus was not God but his son, there are only a handful of statements that provide circumstantial evidence. A few comments that can be read two ways.
it is therefore understandable,believers of the Trinity hold on desperately to John 1:1 - where in most English translations it says: “the Word was God” (the word being Jesus of course)
(This verse doesn’t teach the Trinity either since only two people are mentioned)
And they are horrified to see JW’s have had the audacity to print “a god” in the New World Translation.
What gives the JW’s the right to change the Bible like that?