Why What we think about the Trinity Matters

Why what we think about the Trinity matters

We’ve kept emphasising that what we believe about God matters.  When we talk about the Trinity, we are not just in the business of theological formulations and intellectual arguments.  This stuff matters practically for our daily lives and our eternal assurance. Continue reading

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What the Bible says about the Trinity

 

Is the Trinity Biblical?

“The Trinity is just made up. The word doesn’t even exist in the Bible.” Down through history, this has been the great objection raised against orthodox Christian belief. In modern times, the Jehovah’s Witnesses in particular have argued vehemently that the whole idea owes more to pagan religion and philosophy than it does to Biblical teaching.

We have argued from the start that what we believe affects how we live.  If our faith is based on a lie, then our whole lives will be shipwrecked with no sense of purpose or direction.  If we believe a lie, then we commit idolatry and worship a false god.

So, at this stage, we are going to take a little time to provide a summary of what the Bible teaches about God as Trinity.  Of course, if you go looking for the word, then you won’t find it, but what we will argue is that the word ‘Trinity’ sums up the whole Biblical teaching that in God we see two aspects. First of all, the Bible presents God’s oneness and unity – the one true God who is without rivals.  Secondly, the Bible presents plurality and diversity within this one God so that we talk about God as being One God existing as three persons.

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The Father and the Son

What sort of Father?

Some of us might find it hard to think of God as Father.  It holds too many negative connotations.  For some, it will bring them face to face with their own failings and inadequacies as dads and as men.  You know that you have been the absent or impatient dad.  Then there are the stereotypes that our culture conjures up and associates with anything masculine: lad culture, incomplete projects, inability to multitask etc.

Sadly, for many, the word “father” stirs up painful memories, reminders from a past that we have tried to bury deep down and forget about; a dad that was distant or absent, a father who set high and harsh standards that we never could live up to.  Worse still, too many associate the word “dad” with emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Perhaps we would rather not think of God as “Father” at all.  Continue reading