Unfortunately, there are those who attempt to make it appear that the word ‘trinity’ is synonymous with the word ‘Godhead’ - which it is not. The truth of the matter is that these two words bear no resemblance to each other. This is because the word ‘trinity’ automatically conveys to the human mind the idea of ‘three-in-one’ (tri-unity) whereas the word ‘Godhead’ contains no such meaning. This is why it is so misleading to use the phrase ‘’Godhead or trinity’. It makes it look as though the two words are synonymous when they are not.
Call it Trinity or Godhead we still have big problem with it.
". . . a plan of salvation was encompassed in the covenant made by the Three Persons of the Godhead, who possessed the attributes of Deity equally. In order to eradicate sin and rebellion from the universe and to restore harmony and peace, one of the divine Beings accepted, and entered into, the role of the Father, another the role of the Son. The remaining divine Being, the Holy Spirit, was also to participate in effecting the plan of salvation. All of this took place before sin and rebellion transpired in heaven. By accepting the roles that the plan entailed, the divine Beings lost none of the powers of Deity. With regard to their eternal existence and other attributes, they were one and equal. But with regard to the plan of salvation, there was, in a sense, a submission on the part of the Son to the Father . . ." - Adventist Review -Oct. 31, 1996 - p.12
Here we are left in no doubt as to what the teaching of the present SDA church is, concerning God. According to this teaching, God consists of three persons who are all exactly alike in every respect. None of these persons has a son. None of these persons has a father. However, as a matter of convenience or necessity, each of these persons has decided to ACT a role. One of them is pretending that he is the father of one of the others. That one is pretending that he is the son of the one acting as Father, while the third person is acting as though he is an intangible, unknowable being, subject to the other two, without a will of his own. What a mockery this makes of the plan of salvation and the precious sacrifice which God made in sending His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON!
The trinity teaching had very serious implications for the Christian. It denies that the divine Son of God literally vacated Heaven. It also denies that He actually suffered whilst even more deceitfully it denies that He actually died at Calvary. It is for this reason that this teaching seriously affects the atonement. Some may not believe this to be taught by the trinity doctrine but when investigated this will be found to be true.
If you believe in trinity you believe that:
1. God gave His Son to the world to show His love for men, but the one whom He gave was not His Son.
2. Jesus Christ is God and God cannot die, yet Jesus Christ died on Calvary.
3. A human sacrifice could not atone for the sins of the world, yet only the human part of Christ died. His divine nature did not - could not - die.
4. Death is an unconscious sleep, yet Jesus raised Himself from the dead, therefore must have been conscious in death.
When a reasonable person, seeking for understanding points out these impossible contradictions and seeks for an explanation, there is none forthcoming. He is told that these things are an “impenetrable mystery,” and that it is harbouring on blasphemy to even question whether these things are true. By such methods the father of lies has kept men in darkness ever since the mystery of iniquity first reared its venomous head in the Christian Church.