The Three Gods of Christianity
One of the most ludicrous doctrines to be widely accepted among Christians is the Trinitarian doctrine, which takes a number of Bible verses thoroughly out of context in order to validate the idea that God is made up of three components or "persons," which are all distinct from one another yet who make up only one God.
It's doctrines like the Trinity that make us question whether the system of assigning chapters and verses to the Bible was a good idea, especially in the time of the internet. Yes, it allows you to easily refer to any given portion of the Bible, but it has also led to the Bible being turned into an uncontextualised mess of scattered verses which are routinely used to make a point, but rarely are they put into their proper context. Given the verses schema, it's easy to isolate a verse from the Bible that says whatever you want despite the fact that what the Bible actually intended is far removed from your own intentions.
But the Bible, originally, didn't have any verses or chapters. It was a loose collection of texts which some men decided would be a part of the Bible, the complete anthology of all texts considered to be inspired (by God) that are related to the Christian faith. The Bible's history is, if anything, inconvenient to many of the doctrines Christians put their faith in and are deluded into thinking come from the Bible, when in actuality, they come from the minds of clearly disturbed and irrational individuals.
Anyway, the Trinity delineates three separate persons: the Father, who created the world, the Son, who came to earth to die for humanity's sins, and the Holy Spirit, who strengthens faith and does the will of the Most High. Now, each of these persons is distinct from the others, and so each has its own centre of consciousness (otherwise, they would not be separate "persons"), and yet each is God. The three persons make up one God. Can anyone spot the problem here?
If Christians worship three separate people, then why is Christianity considered a monotheism? Why not a polytheism? Because the Trinitarian doctrine defies logic by stating that even though the Godhead is comprised of three separate people, these people are all made of the same substance, hence are the same God. This is such bizarre logic that the only way of arguing against it is to show how bizarre it is.
So, Christianity only has one God. When God the Father was creating the earth, the other two persons were presumably doing something different. And it was God the Son who died on the cross, not God the Father or the Holy Spirit. So, if the three persons can act independently of one another, then how can it be said that they are the same God? You could say that they all act towards a single purpose, but that doesn't make them one God together. They are distinct persons, all three of whom are wholly divine. That makes Trinitarian Christianity a polytheism, not a monotheism. If the three persons are separate, it matters not what they're made of; they are separate deities, not one.
The Old Excuse
Of course, if you think the Trinity doesn't make sense, Christians have one answer for you: God is beyond human understanding; of course it wouldn't make sense to us. And suddenly, everything is resolved! If you're a Christian and anything you say doesn't make sense, you just have to say that God is beyond our form of reasoning, and you're absolved from all criticism!
The Trinity is one of the most nonsensical and bizarre concepts in modern religion. In Christianity, people are baptised in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (which are all male, by the way - Christianity has no divine feminine). The Trinitarian doctrine incorrectly proclaims that all these three persons are the same God, which we've already covered in the first article in this series.
If we accept the logic of the Trinity, then what does that mean for Jesus? The Son is the child of God the Father, which means that there was a point at which the Father existed, but the Son did not. Does that mean God was incomplete before Jesus was begotten? In not, then does it mean that God somehow added to himself? And if we consider the Father and the Son to be the same God, then that would mean that God is his own son and his own father, which makes no sense at all.
Trinitarian Christianity is polytheistic, with the three deities acting in harmony with one another. Each of the three fulfils a particular purpose, contributing to the fulfilment of the will of the Godhead. Jesus sacrificed himself to appease the Father; the Father created the heavens and the earth, and the Holy Spirit inspires and builds faith in God's followers (among other things).
Before Christianity, there were triple pagan deities. A triple deity is one of (mainly) two things: either three separate deities worshipped as one deity (although it is still acknowledged that they are separate deities and not the same), or one deity with three different aspects or modes that are considered separately (these are not separate deities; even though they can be treated or talked about as being separate, it is always understood that they are aspects of the same, single being). There is a third possibility, but we'll leave that out for now.
The Trinity is different from all of these. The three "persons" of the Trinity are not just modes or aspects of the same God; they are literal, unique people all on their own. We know this because that's what the Trinitarian doctrine says, and because Jesus, the Son, died at one point. If God was one person, then God himself would have died along with Jesus and there would have been no one to resurrect him. Therefore, the only reasonable conclusion that we can make about the Trinity is that it is three separate gods worshipped as one. Our problem with this is that Christianity doesn't say that they are separate deities, instead insisting that they are the same deity, which means nothing when they are separate persons with their own consciousness, perspective, and experiences.
The reason for the confusion surrounding the Trinity is that Christianity is pagan clothing fitted awkwardly over monotheistic Judaism. Inspired as it has been by paganism, Trinitarian Christianity has not escaped polytheism, but has instead unknowingly embraced it. And you know what Yahweh said: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." There are many more problematic aspects of Christianity that emerge precisely because it is a pagan religion built on top of a non-pagan religion, such as the fact that, in the Old Testament, Yahweh is very clearly a tribal god. He supports one people, even though the Bible calls him the creator of all people, regarding other peoples as wicked and sinful. He attacks and destroys those people for their practices, which don't align with those of the Jews, according to the Old Testament. But when we move into the New Testament, suddenly this God isn't a tribal god anymore, but a global God who supports all peoples and, instead of destroying them, seeks their redemption, which is the whole point of Jesus' sacrifice. This shift from Judaism to paganism is so obvious that some have asked whether the two testaments are compatible at all: the God of Judaism is clearly different from the God of Christianity. Their attitudes are completely different. Their proclamations regarding the afterlife are utterly dissimilar, which is to say that Yahweh didn't put any emphasis at all on the afterlife, whereas the Christian God never shuts up about it.
The Trinity is just another warped casualty of paganism, which Christianity would grow to outshine and suppress, another concept appropriated and subsequently used incorrectly by Christianity. It's another coat of mysticism over the Christian God to make him seem more complicated and fascinating, when in fact, he's extremely one-dimensional, even for a god.
Or should we say, the Christian gods are one-dimensional. They are the least interesting polytheistic gods you could hope to encounter, which isn't saying much. The pagans had far more interesting deities, far more riveting ceremonies, and far more compelling rituals of worship. In Christianity, you thank your three gods time and again. You convince yourself you have a relationship with them, when in fact, you have learned nothing new about them and they haven't even spoken to you before. That's what passes as religiosity in Christianity. That's what passes as spirituality. Oh, well. You can always just see some money in the street and tell yourself, "See, God left that for me! He is communicating with me after all! His providence has made me marginally richer!"