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)
 
 
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.