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What Christians Believe about the Trinity

What Christians believe about the Trinity
God is one "what" and three "whos"

The word trinity generally and simply means three people considered as a unit
however for Christians the word has a far more significant meaning; it means
“The union of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit in one Godhead”

Christians believe:
1. there is but one God;
2. the Father, the Son, and the Spirit is each fully and eternally God
3. the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are each a distinct person

Numerous attempts have been made to understand this doctrine, some of which have led
to distortions of this fundamental truth
The Bible does not explicitly teach the Trinitarian view of God, but clearly implies that God
is one and that three persons are God
The doctrine of the Trinity is simply that there is one eternal being of God - indivisible, and
infinite
Within the one being that is God, there exists three co-equal, co-eternal Persons... the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
The Trinity doctrine is concerned with who God is, what He is like, how He works, and how
He is to be approached
Each of the three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is to be worshipped as the Triune God

an eternal mystery
Throughout the ages, many great thinkers have tried to explain the marvellous mystery of
God's triune nature. An acceptance that we are merely human and He is divine surely helps!

It Appears that Tertullian (ca. 160 – ca. 220 A.D.) the early Christian author was right
in affirming that the doctrine of the Trinity must be divinely revealed, not humanly constructed. It is
so absurd from a human standpoint that no one would have invented it. We do not hold the
doctrine of the Trinity because it is self-evident or logical. We hold it because God has revealed
that this is what He is like.

It has been said of this doctrine:
"try to explain it, and you’ll lose your mind; but try to deny it, and you’ll lose your soul"

A big quote from C S Lewis professor, philospher & writer (most famously the Narnia Chronicles)
11/04/2020 What Christians Believe about the Trinity

You know that in space you can move in three ways – to left or right, backwards or forwards,
up or down. Every direction is either one of these three or a compromise between them. They
are called the three Dimensions. Now notice this. If you are using only one dimension, you
could draw only a straight line. If you are using two, you could draw a figure: say, a square. And
a square is made up of four straight lines. Now a step further. If you have three dimensions,
you can then build what we call a solid body: say, a cube – a thing like a dice or a lump of
sugar. And a cube is made up of six squares.

Do you see the point? A world of one dimension would be a straight line. In a two-dimensional
world, you still get straight lines, but many lines make one figure. In a three-dimensional world,
you still get figures but many figures make one solid body. In other words, as you advance to
more real and more complicated levels, you do not leave behind you the things you found on
the simpler levels: you still have them, but combined in new ways – in ways you could not
imagine if you knew only the simpler levels.

Now the Christian account of God involves just the same principle. The human level is a simple
and rather empty level. On the human level one person is one being, and any two persons are
two separate beings – just as, in two dimensions (say on a flat sheet of paper) one square
is one figure, and any two squares are two separate figures. On the Divine level you still find
personalities; but up there you find them combined in new ways which we, who do not live on
that level, cannot imagine. In God’s dimension, so to speak, you find a being who is three
Persons while remaining one Being, just as a cube is six squares while remaining one cube. Of
course we cannot fully conceive a Being like that: just as, if we were so made that we
perceived only two dimensions in space we could never properly imagine a cube. But we can
get a sort of faint notion of it. And when we do, we are then, for the first time in our lives,
getting some positive idea, however faint, of something super-personal – something more than
a person. It is something we could never have guessed, and yet, once we have been told, one
almost feels one ought to have been able to guess it because it fits in so well with all the things we
know already.

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