An endless theological argument prevails, since the demise of the first apostles. The God of Israel is monotheistic and different from the pagan gods. Due to their failure to be steadfast in God’s Word, the Israelites reverted into captivity. Nevertheless, Jesus came to enlighten us. Surprisingly, we now have a Theological concept, dogmatically insisting that the God of Israel is Triune! This is what sustains Orthodox Christianity.
Anything problematic is described in two ways. (1) Lack of sufficient data (2) Misapplication of data. One cannot reach his destination, without direction—or when failing to accurately follow the instructions, leading the way. One is mystified, when unable to accurately follow directions. Jesus lamented over faithlessness among His disciples.
The problems of humanity hang between what is known and what is unknown. The Israelites lacked the certainty of the God who took them out of Egypt. Though having provided that information through Moses. In between the known and the unknown is the “maybe.”
This portrays lacking certainty, carrying the reality of what constitutes problems in this universe. The Trinitarian idea is advocated by those uncertain of what they teach. They base their theology on human reasoning, rather than God’s revelation. They reject God’s word but insisting on believing such highly speculative ideas.
Jesus never inferred or suggested Trinity in His ministry. The Trinitarians are not confident about Trinity, except confidence in Scholarly dissertations. Scholars were there, during Jesus and His apostles. Those Scholars did not contribute anything to what was initiated by Jesus. Tradition, built out of thousands of years, cannot be discarded easily.
But common sense provides that problems are solved when answered “Yes” or “No.” The question, “Should I act, or not act?” must be answered “Yes” or “No.” Without the conclusive “Yes” or “No” questions remain unresolved. Such indecisions can, actually, cause mental illnesses. The person gets occluded in confusion—unable to take progressive decisions—until the undecided issues are resolved.
While appearing as if insignificant, indecision is serious. As affecting humanity from time immemorial. Indecisions are responsible for fatal accidents on highways. There is no regret where actions are based on conclusive decisions, either affirmative or negative. To illustrate, let us use our unenviable Zimbabwean situation.
Bear in mind that there is a cause for every effect. Things do not just happen, without being caused. Only the uninformed superstitious people assume that problems are demonically caused, without anyone contributing to their existence. 1980, was celebrated with pomp and fanfare. But how many people appreciated the significance of independence in that year?
A careful analysis reveals that (1) most people lacked sufficient data. (2) Others, simply, misapplied data—applicable to the term “independence.” The general public did not understand the meaning of independence. The connected ones assumed that being favoured by their kinsmen, in power, portrayed the significance of independence.
The black racists assumed that independence meant being governed by a black man. This brought ecstasy to the racists, whose skin-colour identified with the rulers, without considering the economic welfare. The white racists disconnected with the new dispensation. There was a mixture of both (1) and (2) in the general populace.
In other words, independence was granted to a mystified populace. Countless theories have been advanced, about the Zimbabwean situation. The late former leader, Robert Mugabe, is blamed—but how could one person manipulate the entire population? Others blame the military, leading to ZANU PF hegemony. But how could that development become systematic, without backers?
When having lost trail in a maze puzzle, one becomes confused. One needs to acquire the necessary data in solving the puzzle, and correctly connect the pieces. Zimbabweans were collectively uneducated and got abused. The former colonizer, Britain, never intended to grant independence to Zimbabwe.
In his book, Nkomo shows that in 1980, Britain, as superintending over our debutante elections, deliberately endorsed an illegitimate election process. They ignored a flawed electoral process, even though violating their own standards. While the uneducated Zimbabweans celebrated, Britain was also celebrating the unveiling farce, in Zimbabwe.
White Rhodesians were betrayed, just as the blacks were betrayed. Nothing is as unfair as taking advantage of the ignorant people. That is the condition of this world, thriving on falsehood, rather than truth. The prevailing chaos, today, is a product of 1980 farcical elections. Very few people are yet to appreciate that Zimbabwe is yet to be independent.
The existing chaos confirms the narrative that all problems emanate from the inability to distinguish between the known and the unknown. Being a lack of clarity between “Yes” and “No.” The same applies to Christianity, where Trinity sustains Christianity, without benefiting anyone.
Just like Zimbabwe, only the corrupt minority benefit, while the majority reel in stupidity. The ignorant remain gullible, worshipping the exploiters. Corruption is not only in politics but also in Christianity. There is only one test of an evil system. The majority suffer where only a few enjoy a good life. This exactly defines an evil system. In other words, a good system is judged by providing the greatest good to the majority.
Nothing is as silly as oppressing the poor majority for the sake of the pastoral leader’s welfare. As a shepherd, a pastor shepherds his flock to the green pastures, not the other way round. In any chaotic environment, what is abnormal is always treated as normal? Yet what is normal is treated as abnormal. The bone of contention that can be cited in Christianity is basically twofold.
Firstly, Trinity, while having not been spoken about by Jesus and the apostles, is broadly endorsed. This is a departure, leading to the existing confusion. Christianity is under the guidance of academics, whose egotistic achievements are worshipped by the ignorant majority, ahead of God.
“I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (John 5:43-47) (NIV).
Jesus exposes those theologians: If Moses did not talk about Trinity, where does this idea come from? They accept glory from one another but not seeking God’s glory. The only problem with deception is that it unnecessarily causes vilification of those with the truth.
This is why Christ was crucified. The wrong thing about Jesus, who could not be real to theologians, was standing for truth. Modern theologians confer Jesus—who is not different from us—with Trinitarian membership. Yet, as one of us, Jesus showed us the way to our Father. They fulfil what John said of the antichrists:
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” (1 John 4:2-3) (NIV).
Right there, John puts it across, unambiguously! Only those on the side of truth can easily understand what the apostle John said. It takes God’s revelation to understand Scriptures. The only reason why those theologians cannot understand is because of their desire to interpret Scriptures according to their preposterous deceptions. They spend time in theological studies, trying to correct Jesus, instead of submitting to Christ’s correction.
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:18-23) (NIV).
Trinitarian deception comes in many forms. But it is packaged in pretending to be good worshipers—pretending to show high respect for Jesus. The gullible fall into that, as mesmerized in the emotional attachment, in consideration of Jesus’ death on the cross. That invokes the idolatrous spirit, as making Jesus an idol for worship. This is done without taking into consideration of what Jesus said, in the following Scriptures:
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:30-32) (NIV).
Of course, this Scripture is foreign to the avowed Trinitarian theologians. But Jesus made it very clear, that He is different from the Holy Spirit. Speaking a word against the Son of Man is not as contemptuous as speaking a word against the Holy Spirit. In other words, Jesus does not deserve to be worshipped, as well as the Holy Spirit deserves to be worshipped. However, there is a need to understand the significance of the Holy Spirit:
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24) (NIV).
The Spirit is God, according to Jesus. This is why He said anyone blaspheming against the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven. Jesus was merely repeating what is in the Ten Commandments: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name” (Exodus 20:7) (NIV).
But, more so, Jesus declared: “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18) (NIV). If Jesus declares having been the only one to see God, how about the Holy Spirit—expected to complete the Triune formula? All these things expose the Trinitarians.
Jesus, as brother and our model, expects followers to come from those desiring to be united with God in Heaven. He came to serve and not to be served. And taught His disciples to apply the same principle. The idea of worshipping Jesus comes from an idolatrous mindset. It resonates well with those obsessed in the idea of idolatry but susceptible to abuse.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28) (NIV).
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:8-12) (NIV).
Apparently, these Scriptures serve to crush the idea of hierarchical leadership that enforces authoritarianism in Christianity. This is the second of the two-fold deception in Christianity. Truth disqualifies the hierarchical arrangement, as only convenient for corrupt Church leaders, abusing congregants in the name of Jesus. Of course, there are things that we do not know, in this world. But there are things that we now know through Jesus. The dangerous thing is to claim to know what one doesn’t know—using that to deceive others.
This is why the teachings of Jesus cannot be effectively cascaded to ordinary people. The uninformed Christians feel obliged to follow leaders, instead of Jesus. This is typical of the ZANU PF system, stupefying the entire Zimbabwean populace. What is said here cannot be popular with orthodox Christianity, all along benefitting from such corruption. This is just as the ZANU PF government finds those exposing corruption unpopular.
Andrew Masuku is the author of Dimensions of a New Civilization, laying down standards for uplifting Zimbabwe from the current state of economic depression into a model for other nations worldwide. A decaying tree provides an opportunity for a blossoming sprout. Written from a Christian perspective, the book is a product of inspiration, bringing relief to those having witnessed the strings of unworkable solutions––leading to the current economic and social decay. In a simple conversational tone, most Zimbabweans should find the book as a long-awaited providential oasis of hope.
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