Didymos Thomas wrote:
The Trinity was invented as a meditative technique. I would encourage you to continue your line of thinking, and to take the discussion to a priest, perhaps even a variety of priests from different traditions, maybe even non-Christian teachers. The whole point is to develop your spiritual life: that's why the Trinity was taught, that's why Jesus taught. The Trinity is a tool: it looks to me like you are using that tool. Keep it up.
You are confusing natural developments with invention... Jusus offers a different vision of God...The Gospels offer a vision of Jesus, sometimes as God... Now, this vision of God reached some sort of final development with the emperor Constantine.. According to Elaine Pagels who has written on the Gnostic Gospels, in Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospels of Thomas...Of this period she writes, that according to historian Erik Peterson: "Athanasius's claim that the son was entirely equal with the father implies that the bishops authority is equal to the emperor himself..Peterson claims that this correlates with Athenasius's refusal to take orders from any emperor, and pervaded the power struggles that characterized the relationship between Bishops and emperors in the west throughout the middle ages...Conversely, he says, that Arius formulation, which achknowledges the fathers priority over his son, survived for centuries in altered form in some of the Eastern Churches, which tended to accept imperial power over church affairs, and later would influence the structure of what became state churches."..Eric Peterson also said many people equate the holy spirit with the people of the church, as well as the Emperor as God the father and Jesus with the bishop... To the people it was allegorical... I think, as their belief in magic shows, much of which was sympathetic magic, symbols played a much greater part in their lives, and carried a greater meaning...
Athanasius was perhaps the man most responsible for the look of the modern Bible, and for the destruction of the Gnostic Bible... It was perhaps some believer's fear of burning the word of God that resulted in the preservation of the Nag Hamadi texts. Ultimately, the whole thing, trinity and all was about asserting earthly authority... Athanasius Bishop of Alexandria was deposed several time by the Arian people of Egypt, and his last replacement was lynched...Politics makes more enemies than friends.