I am having still some difficulties understanding the church’s perspective on the trinity an how it got there. My main concern is with how this doctrine came about. There is little to look to for evidence in the bible and there appears to be much that contradicts this concept. I am not as interested in specific scriptural arguments, but more how the doctrine of the trinity (mainly the deity of Christ) is a required article of faith when it was not important enough to be included in the old or New Testaments. The doctrine was not introduced officially until 325 and I believe it was finished sometime around the fifth century.
I am currently going through RCIA classes and we have already covered the trinity, but the lesson was very watered down and didn’t answer any hard questions. As for scriptural evidence they only mentioned that there are “seeds” or “hints” in the bible and that the term, as well as the concept are not explicitly found in the bible.
They only gave two examples of a “hint.” The first was that God speaks in plural terms a few times in genesis. Most scholars I have read (including catholic, protestant, and others) have rejected this as being even a remotely possibly piece of evidence.
The other example of a hint that was given is in the New Testament Jesus is often called lord (kyrios in Greek). The RCIA director claimed that calling Jesus lord is equivalent to calling someone the one true God. Unfortunately this is clearly not the case as anyone who was a lord or master over anyone else could be called “kyrios.”
I have been studying this topic thoroughly for over two years. One of the scholars I have read is Fr. Raymond Brown. From what I’ve read, he seems to think that the apostles themselves were probably unaware of the divinity of Jesus. I believe he specifically mentioned Paul as being unaware of any doctrine that Chist was somehow God and that the gospel of John or the Johanine community was the first to begin to cultivate the idea of Jesus being God in some sense.
I know that not every little thing about Jesus could be squeezed into the New Testament, but why would something as important and radical as the trinity not come up? Is it possible the apostles were really unaware of Christ’s divinity or did they think the public was not ready for such a radical concept?