Once, there were words saying “If you try to explain the Trinity, you will lose your mind, but if you deny it, you will lose your soul”. (Pritchard) The knowledge of God the Trinity is the center of the Christian faith. Yet many believers have got confused in understanding the true natures of the personalities and relationships of each person in God the Trinity. Endless questions continuously appear, again and again, giving Christians a sense of extremely misty confusion towards the magnificent attributes of every person in the Trinity. Who has an answer to these questions? None, none but God Himself who has given us guidance through a lot of ways, as He is the supreme creator and ruler of knowledge. The Bible itself is the strongest, richest, and most dependable source of
of God. Yet the doctrine of the Trinity is clearly intimated in a four-fold way.” (27). One of
The Trinity presents a difficult problem for Christians to explain to non-believers. God is composed of three different beings, but one cannot be seen. The Bible states that the three forms of God are: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and all three are equivalent in power. Then again, the Bible also states there is only one God. The trouble of this issue is not that the Trinity is mysterious, but rather that the Bible is unpredictable with its description of the Trinity. But yet, we must believe in the Trinity if we choose to follow God. Although skeptics view the Trinity as three different Gods because the Bible is inconsistent, with respectable sources on the Trinity, I will explain the Trinity and describe the function of each member in the Trinity.
In seeking to better understand an especially abstract concept, such as trinity, the use of analogies has understandably been common. Analogies are used to help us explain complex topics such as Trinity. Since the doctrine of the Trinity is often described and taught to be so complicated that no one can’t get a full grasp of it, we try to find a way to relay a clear understanding of the divine truth to not just new Christians, but to other people as well. A social analogy is able to emphasize the real, subsistent existence of each divine person, and bring out the understanding of the trinity a relationship of love. The strength of is that it shows how three things can share the same being or substance: memory, intellect, and will are distinct, but they share the same nature as constituting one human mind: they are not three minds. At this point we ask questions such as “how can we simplify this? What is a good analogy for the trinity? What if there is no analogy that can’t specifically break down the meaning of Trinity? I feel like this chapter desperately shuffles it way in trying to find answers for God being Trinity, which is a bit frustrating. Overall, we can just say that Trinity is one God, who is present in three persons (Father, Son and
The Trinity in Christian culture is a belief that God is represented in three major forms. In various works of art to include more plainly; The Trinity by Agnolo Gaddi. God is shown in his three most popular forms. God the Father, God the Son known to be Jesus Christ, and God the Holy spirit in the form of a white dove. This painting was done between ca. 1390-1396 by has mentioned before Agnolo Gaddi. Gaddi is from Florence, Italy and is the son of Taddeo Gaddi and the grandson of Gaddo Gaddi whom are all famous painters. Agnolo Gaddi died in 1396. Before his death he is said to have done a few popular pieces to include: Virgin Mary in the Prato Cathedral, Madonna Enthroned with Saint and Angels, and Coronation of the Virgin. His final
Throughout this semester I have learned many of the different christian doctrines. Many of them were challenged and also accepted in my weekend trip throughout Saint Louis. I think one of the most important topics that was discussed during my weekend was the consideration of the Trinity. In the Christian thought the word “trinity” is a term used to talk about the Christian doctrine that God exists as a unity of three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three of the staple thoughts include; God is three person; each person is divine; there is only one God. In their relations to one another, they are stated to be on in all else, co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial. With these three thoughts about the Trinity you also must remember that Christianity is a monotheistic religion.
It is important to note the defined goals of the Trinity. One being that God sent His Son, Jesus did not send God. Jesus tells us in John 6, that He came to do the will of His Father. Jesus was not doing His own selfish will but everything He did was for His Father. Jesus and God sent the Holy Spirit according to Jesus’ words in John 14:26, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. It is necessary to recognize the distinctions of the roles of the Trinity as if the roles were not distinctive there would be no Trinity.
In order to properly worship, imitate, and love our Lord, we must seek to know who our God is. However, fathoming the Lord becomes an anguishing process for those who seek to decipher the mystery of the Trinity while adhering the systematic philosophies and sciences that comprise Post-Enlightenment’s standards of reason. Instead, seeking to know our God revealed in three persons invites modern Christians to expand their theological imaginations by returning to the early mysticisms and spiritual practices of the early Christian Fathers and Mothers who created our doctrine of Trinity. In order to complete this task of better understanding the mystery of the trinity, we will first explain the historic doctrinal framework of the trinity, then
The first topic that hit me in Michael Reeves book Delighting in the trinity was when he said, “the trinity is seen not as a solution and a delight, but as an oddity and a problem.”(8) Too many times people discuss the problems of the trinity, for instance the fact that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one but the same. I think too often people over think the trinity and cause this spur, the trinity should cause us to delight in Christ and we should consider the trinity a solution. Reeves is correct when pointing out Paul’s writing about the mystery and how God is mysterious. He continues to say that God is not like a “who cares” kind of mystery but that our God is a mystery that reveals itself. God is the kind of god that reveals himself to us. The trinity is our personal representation of a God that we can know and understand, one bit at a time. Throughout the book Reeves shows the audience exactly what the trinity is and how a Christian can use the trinity and worship to rejoice in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Trinity is a complex subject that he been explained in many ways of the ages. This video uses an object to explain the three dimensions of God. I’ve also heard the Trinity explained using an egg or the three forms of water. However, we are not going to be able to explain the vastness of our creator with mere objects found on Earth. Our human minds cannot comprehend His power and might. Many things in the Bible can be proved but other things need faith. Some decisions, like that to be a follower of Jesus, require 100% commitment even if that commitment goes beyond our reason. We may never have all the answers but the Bible gives us bits of evidence and the rest we rely on
The Trinity believes God is three persons that exist in one being – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The scripture commonly used as a basis for this belief is John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (Engelbrecht, 2009) If you ask a Christian to explain any biblical doctrine they can easily offer an explanation. However, if you ask them to explain the Trinity, they will cannot. This begs the question, “how is it you follow a doctrine which you cannot explain?”
I will like to crave your indulgence to the fact that "Nicene concept of Trinity" is never stated in the Bible, and it is that early Christians as well as the scriptures clearly points out the fact that Jesus was fully divine and pre-existent. For the fact that, none of the early Christian theologians fully asserted the doctrine of the Trinity, not even a speculation about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. According to the father of the paganism description of Trinity "God can in no way be described." (Schindler 148).
As a result, fellowship, prayer, Bible study, worship, and most importantly salvation in its purest form can be discerned and acted upon correctly. In addition, a further understanding can be thus gained regarding the person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Finally, heresies and heretical groups or beliefs can lead God’s followers astray from the truth and create an improper understanding, and thus relationship with God. Positions past and present have, and are, attempting to mislead Christians about the Trinity. A skewed view of the Trinity can result in a view of God as either divinely apart from creation or simply a better version of all the best attributes of humans. Some positions even take away from the Divinity of Jesus Christ. All of these views severely diminish who God is and alters a proper and true relationship and worship. It is a necessity that these errant views be exposed as a hindrance to God in order not to mislead God’s followers. Likewise a Biblically sound explanation of the Trinity is needed. As a result, a true and pure knowledge of the concept of the Trinity is crucially needed to understand God and be obedient to the Bible.
Migliore defines the Christian confession of God as triune as a “summary description of the witness of Scripture to God’s unfathomable love incarnate in Jesus Christ and experienced and celebrated in the community of faith” (Migliore 67). He is quick to explain that “the doctrine of the Trinity is not a revealed doctrine…[because it] did not descend miraculously from heaven, nor was it written by God on tablets of stone”’; rather it is “the product of the meditation and reflection of the church on the gospel message over many centuries” (67). That said, Migliore believes that a confession of the triune God has both a biblical and experiential basis. He states “if talk of the triune God is not to be wild speculation, it will always find its basis and its limit both in the biblical narrative of God that comes to the world through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the actual
Many would agree that the Trinity is one of the most complex and difficult of the Christian doctrines to fully understand. It is tough for many to process the complete meaning of the Trinity. Is it three different people? Are they all God himself? If we believe that God is “entirely other” it may make it easier to fully understand the concept of the Trinity and to answers these questions that numerous Christian’s have. Often, it is difficult for us to explain Heavenly concepts that we cannot physically see for ourselves. The Trinity is important to understand and to building our faith. Powell writes, “As Christians many of us highly prize the doctrine of the Trinity but have no idea why it is so important.” We should cling to the Trinity but first we must comprehend what is meant by this doctrine.