Trinity Changes Everything

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Travel back in your mind for a moment to the beginning of time, before Creation, and imagine a God who is not a Trinity: a solitary, all-powerful, self-sufficient Supreme Being. He relates to no one, answers to no one, speaks to no one. He is independent and alone, living in secluded splendor.

His thoughts do not go beyond Himself, because He is all there is. He knows nothing of relationships, dialogue, intimacy, love, friendship, serving, or giving. He has no need to practice consideration, patience, respect, generosity, self-sacrifice, compassion, or kindness. He takes no one else into account, because no one else is there. His existence revolves entirely around Himself.

If such a God were to create a universe, would He make a world of people where it’s all about family, community, and relationships? Would He come up with the idea of something called marriage, where two lives merge and live together as one? Would He establish love as the supreme virtue?

It is highly improbable.

Would He give us the capacity for humor and enjoyment and laughter?

Not likely.

Would it ever occur to Him to become human and to share His glory with us?

It would never cross His mind.

If the Solitary Deity had created us it would be to obtain service and worship. It would be all about His supremacy and our subservience; He would be king and we would be servants. It is not people and relationships that would interest Him but compliance. This God would demand that we bow and obey—you get with the program or you’re in big trouble.

That’s the kind of universe we would expect from the all-powerful Unaccompanied Boss.

You end up with a heavenly Hitler.

Trinity 30But … what if this God were actually a Trinity: a community of love and goodness and creativity and joy? What if this Divine Being were made up of a Father and a Son who love each other with eternal passion in the abounding fellowship of the Spirit? His creative activity would be entirely different, would it not?

We would envisage such a God to make a world where people experience the joys of marriage and family and friendship, and where love is valued as supreme. A realm where there is joy and goodness and beauty and wonder. A planet of sunsets, strawberries, butterflies, waterfalls, roses, and hummingbirds.

Such a God would create people in His image in order to lavish upon them His love and goodness. And it would not be surprising that, if things went awry, He would respond in mercy and compassion, and, if necessary, act sacrificially to rescue His creation.

It is also conceivable that this Divine Community of love would go a step further and invite humans to be part of His family as sons and daughters.

A totally different scenario develops when we have a Father- Son-and-Spirit God, instead of a Celestial Caesar. The Trinity is more than just another item in the creed. It is bedrock truth about God that radically transforms the whole story.

The Solitary Deity ends up looking a whole lot like a Middle Eastern deity who rewards suicide bombers and terrorists with heaven.

The Triune God ends up looking like Jesus giving His life for His enemies on a cross.

Slight difference.

This is the God Jesus made known to us—the stunningly beautiful God of overflowing love and joy, who is Father, Son, and Spirit.

–J. O. Schulz,
What Jesus Wished People Knew About God

Is love an evolutionary fluke or the reason for everything?

kibas0310The only worldview that supports the highest aspirations of the human heart is Christianity. It gives a basis for believing that love is real and genuine because we were created by a God whose very character is love. The Bible teaches that there has been love and communication between the members of the Trinity from all eternity. Love is not an illusion created by the genes to promote our evolutionary survival, but an aspect of human nature that reflects the fundamental fabric of ultimate reality. Moreover, by submitting to God’s plan of salvation and becoming His children, we have the astonishing possibility of participating in that eternal love.

― Nancy Pearcey,
Total Truth

Theology and internal combustion

JK Rowling and Dorothy L Sayers - authors who inspire addictionWhy do you balk at the doctrine of the Trinity – God the three in One – yet meekly acquiesce when Einstein tells you E=mc2? What makes you suppose that the expression “God ordains” is narrow and bigoted, while your own expression, “Science demands” is taken as an objective statement of fact? You would be ashamed to know as little about internal combustion as you know about Christian beliefs. I admit, you can practice Christianity without knowing much theology, just as you can drive a car without knowing much about internal combustion. But when something breaks down in the car, you go humbly to the man who understands the works; whereas if something goes wrong with religion, you merely throw the works away and tell the theologian he is a liar.

–Dorothy Sayers

Preferring a math equation

trinidad-288x300The famous atheist and philosopher, , suggested that if we could penetrate to the centre of the universe we would find a mathematical equation.

Not exactly a heart-warming proposition.

The Bible paints a radically different picture of ultimate reality. What is found at the center of the universe is a celebration—the eternal dance of the Trinity. The God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit has been forever caught up in a symphony of joy, goodness, and love, that is beautiful beyond description. The matrix of creation is a Godfest of glory.

Why would anyone prefer a math equation?

–Jurgen O. Schulz