The Jehovah's Witnesses and some other religious groups claim the
"Christian Trinity is from Pagan roots. Is this true? I say NO!
The following website attempts to determine the origin of the "Trinity" :
It mentions the Roman, Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian triads as a
possible influence on the Christian Trinity. But then states the following:
"The historian, H. W. F. Saggs, explains that the Babylonian triad consisted of ‘three gods of roughly equal rank... whose inter-relationship is of the essence of their natures'.
Is this positive proof that the Christian Trinity descended from the ancient Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian triads? No."
So the answer is that there is no proof of a Pagan origin to the Christian
Some people refer to these triads of gods as a trinity, but there is a big
difference. As the name implies, a triad of gods is three gods added
together. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines Trinity as the
"unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead
according to Christian dogma.
The Pagans believed in many gods and when three of these gods were of
roughly equal rank, they were referred to as a "Triad" not a "Trinity".
A "Trinity" or "Tri-unity" does not add gods together in a group of three
gods. The God of the Holy Bible is different from all other gods that man
has made up. For the Triune God is a unity of three person into ONE God.
There is no other god devised by the human mind was like this. Although
hinted at in the Old Testament, the complete idea was not revealed to man
until Jesus revealed it and put it all together when He told His disciples
that He had been given all authority on heaven and earth, therefore go
baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The word "Trinity", as well as the distinction between "one God" and
"three persons," was first formulated by Tertullian. He wrote explicitly of
"a trinity of one divinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
So my conclusion is that there were no Trinity in pagan religions, only Triads.
So the Doctrine of the Trinity could not of had Pagan roots. What say you?