Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Opus 2011-34, Basic Beliefs: The Trinity

Closely entwined with the idea of the Divinity of Christ is the Doctrine of the Trinity.  Simply stated it teaches that there is one God in three persons:  The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It is not three gods, it is one.  It is not one person, it is three.  I had a professor once who said that if you ever think you understand the trinity, you have probably drifted into some kind of heresy.

You will not find the term “trinity” in the Bible.  It is not used.  It is a term that was coined to explain a paradox.  You see, the Bible clearly states there is one God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV)  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
You cannot argue with this because it is so clear.  At the same time you can find Bible verses that teach that the Father is God, that Jesus is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God.  Then you have them talking to each other and being separate.  It is confusing.  It is clear.  It is a paradox.  It is the trinity.

homo unius libri

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