98 per cent of Christians believe in the Trinity. Christology should be front and center in any discussion of God and Christ. It would not be stoning offense, I believe, for someone to state that Jesus was an angel. No, something triggered Jews to clean out and even report early Christians to the Romans. The basic tenet of Judaism is that God is what humans are not. Stephen's stoning occurs early in Acts. James and Peter are still controlling Christianity from Jerusalem. Sadly, we have no idea what they believed. James evidently thought Jesus was very irresponsible while he was alive.
I believe the hints of the Trinity occur in Acts and Paul's letters more than in the gospels.
Excuse my Ivy League education but I was taught and priests endorsed this view that no statement by Jesus that he is God exists in the Gospels. If I thought being God were crucial, I would mention it. I would probably do a Powerpoint presentataion with flow charts and art work. Both the Trinity and nonTrinity views of Jesus are extrapolitions of scriputre. No scripture exists where Jesus says he is not God.
Since the Jews would find Jesus being God utter blashphemy, I do not think that Jesus or his apostles believed he was God. This seems to happen as a result of the Holy Spirit or Greek cultural influences. The credal prayers in Paul's letter come very close to express formulation of Trinity. Of course, Paul argues against Christian authority of the time that his experience of Christ Resurrected was as important as knowing Jesus in the flesh. So Paul need not follow Jesus' sayings. When Paul writes, the gospels are not canonized. Jesus' sayings, without narrative, probably were available.
So here is the difference. I admit the Trinity is an extrapolation. I personally read all the relevant scriptures in context and decided that the Trinity view makes more sense for a religion to last. Discussions with priests further reassure me about the Trinity. Any Episcopal priest willing to die for the Trinity is rare. Some parishoners were upset when I mentioned in church that there was no scriptural basis either way. They thought I would be reprimanded. The priest agreed with me wholeheartedly. She said that we can only view the Trinity as a way to come to terms with the fact that all religions have members who experience God in different ways. It is a method of describing the various ways God acts in our lives.
So no one has to die for believing in the Trinity or not the Trinity. The belief that Jesus is/was an angel is contradictory to almost every single Christian denomination.
Of course, Elohim explained this to me. He speaks to me. I hear his voice oh so clearly. This forum often seems like a waste of time. Now that Elohim's primary messenger has been revealed, I am changing beliefs.
I wonder what I believe if I were stripped of culture. Would I even be European? YHWH is a very Middle Eastern God. Perhaps I would be a Druid. It just seems that God should not be depend on political and economic forces.