To those who adhere to the Trinity doctrine, this post is not meant to convince you it's wrong. I have complete respect for your belief system and your freedom to follow the dictates of your own conscience.
Rather, I only wish you to consider the possibility that one may be a sincere, earnest follower of Christ, a devoted Christian, and not adopt the Trinity doctrine.
For me, perhaps one of the most ironic traditions held by some in our Christian community is the idea that one must be a Trinitarian to be considered a Christian.
Really... that logic comes across as a bit non-sequitor.
Mostly because Jesus Christ does not believe in or teach the Trinity.
In fact, Christ is far from teaching it. So how is it one must believe in the Trinity, which is very different than what the Savior taught, to be a follower of Him? Who made this rule up? There is no seeming rationale in this requirement of believing in the Trinity to be considered "Christian" and a follower of Jesus Christ.
The Trinity doctrine is a tradition (and only a tradition) that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are all one being. The Bible does not back this up (unless someone wants to cherry-pick out a few verses and ignore a whole lot of others). What more, the majority of credible modern-day Christian scholars from several different mainstream denominations state the Trinity doctrine can't be derived from reading the Bible. Don't take my word for it, you can Google this one.
Extra Reading: Google > Is the Trinity Doctrine in the Bible?
Whether you choose to believe the Trinity doctrine or not, I believe being a follower of Christ, esteeming Him as the one and only Savior and following his teachings is what defines one as a Christian. At least the dictionary seems to agree.
By the way, just curious, have you ever wondered who was in charge and running the Universe while Jesus was busy being a baby and a child growing up? Did the Universe go without a God in charge during this time?
Having just read Matthew, Mark and Luke, there are numerous verses in which Jesus teaches that He and the Father are two different Beings with a very close relationship. Here is a list of a few out of MANY. I'm certainly not expecting anyone to read all of them. When you get the idea - skip down to the conclusion.
But first, please read these verses just as Christ says them. After all, He is Master of His own words and He promised to teach things which had never before been revealed since the foundation of the earth. (Matt 13:35) Resist the temptation to qualify and filter Christ's words through someone else's inferior authority (i.e other prophets and kings in the Bible) or somewhere outside of the Bible, and especially not someone from Old Testament times who had a lesser knowledge and understanding common to their era:
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
25 ¶At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. (Matthew 11:25-27)
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. (Matthew 17:5)
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. (Matthew 20:23)
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39)
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53)
36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. (Mark 9:36-37)
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 ¶But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. (Mark 13:31-32)
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)
19 ¶So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
(When Jesus was 12 yrs. old) - And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? (Luke 2:49)
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22)
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13 ¶And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; (Luke 6:12-13)
26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26)
21 ¶In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. (Luke 10:21-22)
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:28-30)
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Luke 22:41-42)
69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. (Luke 22:69)
46 ¶And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (Luke 23:46)
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be
full. (John 15:9)
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. (John 14:28)
And I haven't even read most of John or the rest of the New Testament yet! However, if you read John chapter 17 from beginning to end (no cherry-picking single verses here), it reveals the nature of the divine relationship between the Father and the Son as well as our potential to be included. My other favorite verse is Revelation 3:21-22.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
I believe Christ. I take Him at his word. I believe that the Savior's words should be a gateway and a test for all other prophets and biblical kings' teachings to be matched up to and measured by, not the other way around. Christ's words stand supreme for me. That's why I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, three distinct personages, each with their own divine role. Hopefully you can see why someone might have good cause to not adopt the Trinity concept and still be a sincere Christian.
I believe it is only through Christ will I be saved. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a Christian...a non-trinitarian Christian.