The Trinity is hard to understand because it deals with two different teachings in the Bible that seem to conflict. On one side we have the unquestioned statement that there is one God.
(Deuteronomy 6:4 KJV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:On the other side you have the equally clear teaching that Jesus is the eternal God.
(John 1:1 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.You can also show that the Holy Spirit is God.
So you have these three as separate persons. We see all three together in one place.
(Mark 1:9-11 KJV) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.One of the great discussions in the church is on how you can have one God and have three Persons.
Might I suggest a kind of schizophrenia?
Before you reject me totally and call out the Inquisition, listen a moment. There are qualities that are sinful in man that are acceptable in God. For instance, we are told that we are not to take vengeance. That belongs to God. We are told that God can punish iniquity but we are to let it go. This doesn’t seem fair, but keep in mind the many differences. Because we are at worst, totally in the control of sin and at best limited by our physical perceptions, vengeance is something that we are not qualified to administer. God, being perfect, is qualified.
God demands repentance before He will forgive. We are expected to forgive as a matter of principle. God can be jealous, we cannot. God has reason to be proud, we do not. God can live with the paradox of free will and foreknowledge, we get tied up in denominational wrangling. God is free to judge, but we are told not to. God can put together mercy and justice. All we see is, it hurts. God can have three persons in one essence and remain perfectly sane. We would be put on medication or locked up.
Rejoice in the knowledge that we are made in the image of God but we are not God. As that button/bumper sticker proclaims, “PBPGINFWMY.” Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet. At least I hope not.
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