These are some of the most common questions, next to “what is the meaning of life?” that people often ask. They are questions that often drive people either deeper toward faith in God, or completely away from Him particularly when they can’t seem to find a good answer. So, in this document, we will begin to explore these questions and seek Biblical answers in order to try and understand them in the context of the “big picture”, which is God’s Plan for His creation.
In this document, I will try to help paint a word picture made up of smaller pictures of these key elements. Often, when we visualize something, it seems to be easier to remember and perhaps seems to make more sense when it all “fits”.
The word Trinity, simply stated, means “tri-unity”. This is why we often refer to God as a “triune” God. There is only one God, but it is perhaps somewhat misleading to propagate the old description of “three Persons”. The reason I believe this can be misleading is because when we think of the word “person”, we think of an entire and complete human being. This is where it seems much confusion comes from in that people often say how can three Persons be one God?
Islam, for example, distinguishes their God “Allah”, from the Judeo-Christian God because they say we have three Gods, and they only believe in one. For centuries, Christians have insisted we only believe in one God as well, but when we bring in the “three Persons” analogy, they will say “see, you have three Gods.”
Personally, I prefer to think of our one God as having three distinct “properties” that can be observed in scripture and in the real world. To begin this part of the investigation, we should start by examining what God Himself said when He was busy creating us. Look at Genesis 1:26-27Genesis 1:26-27
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26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.
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26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Considering at the time of verse 26, no human had been created yet, as God was in the process of making man. So, who was He talking to in the quotes? I believe the answer is He was speaking everything into existence (not evolving it into existence). Then the next question we must ask is why does He say “Our”? That is plural, so was there more than one God? No. We confirm that in verse 27 where it says “So God created man in His own image”. Now, it’s singular in the next verse. I believe Verse 26 is our first glimpse of God referring to His triune nature; that is three properties of the “Father”, the “Son” and the “Holy Spirit”.
The natural question then is “who are these three people or ‘properties’ of God?” Here is where some think this is a paradox, but in reality it may appear to go beyond our ability to reason, but not against reason itself. So, let us use a bit of logic using God’s own Words to try and understand it better.
God spoke: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” In the world, when we think of our own image in our likeness, we often think of our reflection in a mirror. When I look in a mirror, the reflection looks like me, but it is not me. In other words, it appears to have the same properties I have, but it cannot function as an independent being, as in this example, it is merely a reflection. Continue reading What is the Trinity, Who am I and Why Do I have To Be Born Again?