...continued from Trinity on Trial : Act I
The only doctrine preached by Jesus and the apostles was love. Not a weak, sentiment-ridden love but the meek love which is the sign of a truly great character, the only kind of love whereby it is possible to 'love your enemies'.
It was the outward manifestations of this inner depth of character which demonstrated that the Kingdom of God "cometh not with observation...for, lo, the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21)
The simplicity and purity of this teaching did not satisfy the Hellenist-Latin church fathers and their successors, nor does it prove sufficient for current theologians whose appetite for tortuously complex postulations knows no bounds.
The Trinity was not officially accepted by the churches until the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. The acceptance of the Creed in which it is incorporated is held to be necessary for Salvation, despite the fact that the apostles never found such a statement necessary.
Many preachers and theologians reason that because these doctrines have been taught for so many years, they are somehow thus endowed with weight, with truth. The only truth in this view is that they have been taught long enough to become 'traditional'.
Jesus himself told the Pharisees that they made 'void the word of God' by their tradition. (Mark 7:13. See also Ps. 119:126) Those who rely on 'tradition' to bolster their arguments draw near to their intellectual ancestors.