Great religions of the world had spread the light of faith, morality and learning in the agespast. However, by the sixth century AD, so completely were their scriptures and teachingsdistorted that had the founder or the Prophet of any one of them returned to Earth, hewould unquestionably have refused his own religion and denounced its followers as apos-tates and idolaters.Judaism had, by then, been reduced to an amalgam of dead rituals and sacraments with-out any spark of life left in it. Also, being a religion upholding a strong racial identity, it neverhad a message for other nations or for the good of the humanity at large.Through mysticism and magic many polytheistic ideas and customs again found their wayamong the people, and the Talmud confirms the fact that idolatrous worship is seductive.The Babylonian Gemara (popular during the sixth century and often even preferred to Torahby the orthodox Jews) illustrates the state of the sixth century Jews' intellectual and reli-gious understanding. It contains jocular and imprudent remarks about God and many ab-surd and outrageous beliefs and ideas, which lack not only sensibility but also inconsistencywith the Jewish faith in monotheism.Christianity had fallen prey, in its very infancy, to the misguided fervor of its overzealousevangelists, unwarranted interpretation of its tenets by ignorant church fathers and iconola-try of its gentile converts to Christianity. The doctrine of Trinity, which came to have the firstclaim to the Christian dogma by the close of the fourth century, has been thus described inthe New Catholic Encyclopedia.
"It is difficult, in the second half of the 20th century to offer a clear, objective, andstraightforward account of the revelation, doctrinal evolution, and theological elaborationof the mystery of the Trinity. Trinitarian discussion, as envisioned by Roman Catholics aswell as other sectors, presents a somewhat unsteady silhouette. Two things have hap-pened. There is an arrangement on the part of the exegetes and Biblical theologians,including a constantly growing number of Roman Catholics that one should not speak of Trinitarianism in the New Testament without serious qualification. There is also the close-ly parallel agreement on the part of the historians of the Trinitarian dogma and systematictheologians that when one does speak of an unqualified Trinitarianism, one has movedfrom the period of Christian origins to, say, the last quadrant of the 4th century. It wasonly then that what might be called the definitive Trinitarian dogma 'one God in threepersons' became thoroughly assimilated into Christian life and thought."
Tracing the origin of pagan customs, rites, festivals and religious services of the pagans inChristianity, another historian of the Christian church gives a graphic account of the persis-tent endeavor of early Christians to ape the idolatrous nations. Rev. James Houston Baxter,