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There are many people who are technicially born into Christian homes, yet they don't fully agree with the doctrine of Trinity etc.

According to the creed of Roman Catholic Christianity, if someone is not 100% comfortable (believing in it without a doubt in their mind) with the concept of Trinity, does that automatically make them a 1) Non-Christian and consequently 2) go to Hell

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The answer to your question will be different depending on which branch of Christianity is giving the answer. Are you asking for the Roman Catholic perspective? Some other perspective? –  MετάEd Oct 9 '13 at 19:16
@MετάEd I totally agree with you. Should the OP want this question to be answered he will have to do some revising of his question. First and foremost, it is a question which is asking to define what it means to be a Christian - which is against the scope of the site FAQ. Secondly, it's a truth question and not answerable without defining a specific context / denomination. With all of that said... WELCOME TO Christianity.SE! –  The Freemason Oct 9 '13 at 19:19
I'm not sure, in general or if you can break it down to major sects of Christianity. From what I understand it is a major tenet of faith but confused on what the official answer is. –  Blankman Oct 9 '13 at 19:20
@Blankman There are no "official" Christians - therefore no "official" answer. However there are orthodox Christians (little O on purpose). –  The Freemason Oct 9 '13 at 19:20

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Trinity is a Dogma of the Catholic Church. Hence as with all dogmas a Catholic is bound to believe it in order to maintain the bond of faith.

You have asked: if someone is not 100% comfortable..... Who is this someone? If they are non-baptised person, Catholic church has no official stand regarding them, only God will know.

If they are baptized Catholic then:

  • Once a Catholic always a Catholic. Even a excommunicated person is a Christian who is not in union with the body of Christ. Baptism leaves a indelible mark on your soul.CCC 1272
  • No-one can be sure about any specific individual will or will not go to hell. That is, only God can tell whether they will be saved or not. But if they are willfully refusing to believe a dogma, a divinely revealed truth, proclaimed as such by the infallible teaching authority of the Church, then it can be implied that they are refusing to remain in the church. And those who refuse to remain in the Church will not be saved.CCC 846

One being not comfortable is different from one says he believes Jesus is not God. Your question title and its content differ in its meaning.

If one is not comfortable:

Please remember you don't have to understand a dogma to believe it. So, you can believe in a dogma even if you have doubt. All that is required is your full will, For as long as one remains willing to submit to the Church's decision he remains a Catholic Christian at heart and his wrong beliefs are only transient errors and fleeting opinionsCE : Heresy.

If one says he does not believe in a dogma:

This will make him a Heretic. A person who obstinately persists in heresy will not be in union with the church and hence cannot be saved.

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One thing that I can't understand, is how can you believe in something yet have a doubt? Meaning if I ask this person if you belief in the Trinity, they say "I am baptized and raised in a Catholic family", but I can't answer the question because I have my doubts and I am not sure. Is this person (in theory) still a Catholic? –  Blankman Oct 11 '13 at 20:22
@Blankman, as I answered in my quested, once baptized he is always a catholic. Everybody has doubts, its natural. Some great saints had doubts all thru their life. It not the doubt but how one reacts to it matters. These doubts are considered transient errors and fleeting opinions as long as you try to clear them up and not give in and accept them as facts. –  Jayarathina Madharasan Oct 12 '13 at 2:35

There is no requirement of a Catholic to believe in a deity whatsoever. Just as the Church offers no insight as to whom shall be saved or not. An insistent atheist is as likely as Pope Francis (or anyone) to have salvation, just as is a person who has perhaps never heard of the Church or of Jesus etc. This has always been the case made explicit by Pope Paul VI's Epistles on Faith and reiterated by Pope Francis succinctly; "Who am I to judge?" Pope Francis also talked candidly about doubt to students and made the analogy that it is like walking a journey, you will tire, stumble and fall. He mentions that it is helpful to have friends for when you fall. But it is important that you get up rather than just lie there.

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Welcome to the site! This answer would be a lot better if you could add references. What makes a good supported answer? Also, I always recommend all new visitors read the help page and How we are different than other sites? –  David Dec 3 '13 at 3:27
Wow, I've never heard anyone take Pope Francis that far out of context! –  Peter Turner Dec 3 '13 at 3:59
This is simply wrong in the sense that it is not representative of Catholic teaching. –  Caleb Dec 3 '13 at 11:16

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