Eaglesway wrote:if God made use of human corruption, intrigue, and heavy-handed religious politics to fully bring it to the world's attention; if it could only be confirmed in this sinner's heart by an ecstasy over the beauty of the thought of perfect relationship within God himself...well, what of it?
Sort of like He did in bringing Hell and eternal torment to the world?
(Said in the most humorous and non judgmental spirit possible )
Taken in said spirit...no worries. And I do see the inherent humor and irony here. All I can say is we must consider apparent historical effect. ECT and the Trinity surely cannot be considered parallel ideas, at least not on the level of effect. The latter seems absurd and pointless to many, but I don't think one could claim it has harmed anyone psychologically or spiritually. Rather, since my own experience is not unique, I can say it has certainly helped, cheered, comforted, and even healed many people through the centuries. The former, on the other hand, has (as most of us know) been a brutal tool for threats, repression, and manipulation - and is, you would doubtless agree, an intrinsically harmful belief, both to the one who holds it to be true, and potentially to anyone coming under his or her influence.