Moses speaking for GOD (1500 B.C.) Is He not your Father?……. there is no God besides ME.
Jesus of Nazareth (32 A.D.) Father… that they many know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom You sent.
The Sanhedrin (32 A.D.) We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.
Paul (50 A.D.) There is no God but one. For although there those called gods in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many gods and many lords- yet for us there is one God: the Father.
Paul (60 A.D.) For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.
Clement of Rome (80 A.D.) Have we not one God and one Christ?
II Clement (140 A.D.) The Only God, invisible, Father of truth, who sent forth to us the Saviour and Author of immortality.
Justin Martyr (150 A.D.) There is, and that there is said to be, another God and Lord subject to the Maker of all things who is also called an Angel.
Irenaeus (180 A.D.) The Church, though scattered throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples this faith: one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven, and earth , and the sea, and all things that are in them; and in one Christ Jesus, the Son of God.
Irenaeus (180 A.D.) There is One God Alone, the Creator, He who is above every principality, and power, and dominion, and virtue: He is the Father, He is God, He the Founder, He the Maker, He the Creator, who made those things by Himself, that is, through His Word and His Wisdom, heaven and earth, and the seas, and all things that are in them. He is just, He is good. He it is who formed man, who planted paradise, who made the world, who gave rise to the flood, who saved Noah. He is the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of the living. He it is whom the law proclaims, whom the prophets preach, whom Christ reveals, whom the apostles make known to us, and in whom the Church believes. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Novatian (250 A.D.) Thus the mediator of God and men, Christ Jesus, having the power of every creature subjected to him by his own Father, inasmuch as he is God; with every creature subdued to him, found at one with his Father God, has, by abiding in that condition that he moreover “was heard,” briefly proved God his Father to be one and only and true God.
“The LORD our God is One LORD.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
Trinitarians like to pretend the doctrine of the Trinity was a doctrine believed by the very first Christians. Unfortunately, this necessarily means the Triune God was completely forgotten. Yes, the most central doctrine of the faith somehow got lost through the decades that immediately followed the pages of the Bible. Not only did anyone forget to mention this three person God in the Bible, a large segment of the entire early church seems to have simply forgotten about this God too.
When the Modalists later showed up in the second century, many Christians had simply forgotten about the Triune God. Indeed, there were church leaders who thought the Modalist model of God was a pretty doggone good way to describe God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Other Christians who rejected the Modalist model didn’t seem to be able to know anything about the alleged Trinity doctrine that was taught by the apostles and handed down to their successors. If the church had always had this doctrine of the Trinity they could have roundly refuted the Modalist position by simply pointing out that Christians had always believed in the doctrine of the Trinity since the time of the Apostles. But that is not what happened because no such concept existed in the early church.
For the next 200 years after Modalism erupted, men within the church argued about the nature of Jesus and his relationship to God. Did anyone stand up and try to refute all challenges by simply pointing out the church had always believed in the doctrine of the Trinity, three persons in one God? No, that did not happen because no such thing existed. Such a doctrine did not exist until around the end of the fourth century.
The historical facts show the doctrine of the Trinity was a developed concept over two centuries of debating the issue. This reveals quite plainly to thinking people that this teaching was not something handed down by the apostles. This plain fact is devastating to Trinitarian claims. And so, for Trinitarians, these historical facts are quite simply….. denied. An imaginary account of history is much more congenial to their doctrine.
Trinitarians feel much better pretending to themselves, and to others, that the doctrine of the Trinity was something believed and taught by the apostles and henceforth passed on to the Christians who lived immediately thereafter and so on and so on. Even though they have absolutely no proof that this is the case, and even though the facts indicate otherwise, this is what they want to believe. And that is what they need to believe. Because if that is not the case, their doctrine is found to be a fairy tale developed by wayward men. Unfortunately for them, the facts of history reveal otherwise. And that is something which calls for outright denial of the historical facts on the part of Trinitarians. They simply must deny that their three person God was forgotten by the early church if indeed this teaching has been taught by the Apostles.