- March 24, 2020
The concept of the Trinity is an essential component of the Christianfaith. It is a subject that has attracted varying levels of debatewith various forms of arguments being forwarded by the specialists.This has been attributed to the differences in interpretations of theBible based on the existence of numerous faiths (Boora, 2009). Thispaper will discuss various phrases and statements that have beenforwarded by different authors for the purpose of understanding theactual meanings behind the declarations that have been made.Furthermore, the study will venture into the analysis of words withhidden meanings in the statements.
From George L.Johnson’s “Is God a Trinity?
2.10 “The termTrinity is not a Biblical Term”. The author of the article providesa background of information regarding the analysis of the concept ofTrinity among Christians (Johnson & Coulter, 1998). In theintroduction section of the paper, he acknowledges the existence ofGod by declaring that He is a Being of Substance. He also states thatit is a term that is coherent among Christians and specifically theCatholics and Protestant (Boora, 2009). He also discusses increasingnumber of Christians around the world. The same trend is witnessedamong the American public. In this case, the term refers to the factthat the concept of the Trinity is contained in the Bible. However,it discusses the existence of three beings in one.
9. 4 “He is the Creator God” is a statement that discusses therelationships between three primary beings (Johnson & Coulter,1998). The association between the three most critical components areconsidered to contradict each other as well as other beliefs of theChristians. The tri-unity offers an explanation regarding some of themost arguments proposed by the Trinity concept (Johnson &Coulter, 1998). The contradiction arises in instances whereby the lawof non-contradiction is violated. It is argued that God is three inone. Some of the questions that are repeatedly asked relate to howGod can be one and three at the same time. However, additionalattention to the concept of Trinity has shown that God is only in oneessence. As a result, he is regarded to be only one being and notthree (Boettner, 2011). The relationship between person and nature isimportant in developing in analyzing the concept of Trinity.
12.1 “Is theHoly Spirit a Person” This is a statement that discusses the natureof Holy Spirit in the doctrine of Trinity in the Christian faith(Johnson & Coulter, 1998). It is God who sent his son into theworld according to John 3:16, and as such, it is impossible for thetwo to be considered as a single entity. John 16:10 also states thatthe Son returned to the Father while Acts 2:33 and John 14:26declared that the Father and the Son were responsible for sendingHoly Spirit into the world and as such, the latter is uniquelydifferent from the Father and Son (Boora, 2009). On the other hand,the baptism of Jesus provides an insight into God’s communicationwith His Son. In this case, the Spirit descended from heaven. It camein the form of a dove as Jesus came from the point of baptism.According to John 1:1, Jesus is God while at the same time, He waswith God. This argument indicates that indeed Jesus is a distinctentity from God the Father. John 16:13-15 there is a relativeassociation between three persons. However, Holy Spirit distancesitself from the Father and the Son (Brower & Rea, 2012).
From the conceptof Trinity, it can be argued that each component is a unique personwith its centre of consciousness. The relationship between them is,therefore, personal to some extent. In this context, the Fatherrefers to himself as “I” while referring to the other twoconstituents of the Trinity as “you.” The Son also refers tohimself as “I” while denoting the Holy Spirit and the Father as“they.” It is a common feature that the personification of theFather and the Son is encouraged at the expense of Holy Spirit. Inmost instances, the latter is considered to be a force rather than anindividual. Consider John14:26 and Acts 8:16 that define the HolySpirit as a “he” and not “it.” Additionally, the personhoodof the Holy Spirit is further expressed in Hebrews 3:7 in which theHoly Spirit speaks, Acts 15:28 whereby it reasons, and 1 Corinthians2:10-11 in which it thinks and understands the predicaments ofindividuals.
LorraineBoettner’s “The Trinity.”
4.2 “Tritheism”is a term that discusses the inclusion of three central concepts ofChristianity into the idea of Trinity. These variables include theFather, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Boettner, 2011). According tothe doctrine of Trinity, there is a single God, and he is known toexist in three distinct persons namely the Father, Son, and HolySpirit. In other words, God is one in essence and three in Person.From the definition, three key findings can be made. In the firstinstance, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three different entities.Secondly, a person is considered to be fully God and finally, onlyone God is in existence (Brower & Rea, 2012).
10.5“Trinitarian.” Based on the teachings of Jesus, Trinitarianrefers to the argument that the Father and the Son are one and thesame entity (Boettner, 2011). The case of the Father, Son, and theHoly Spirit being distinct beings is discussed extensively in theBible. Philippians 1:2 speaks of God as the Father. On the otherhand, Titus 2:13 states that Jesus is God and Acts 5:3-4 declaresthat the Holy Spirit is God. The main queries in this instance arebased on whether God is seen in three different ways or whether thestatements highlight the primary roles of God to humankind (Boora,2009). The answers issued to the above questions are that the Father,Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct entities. Numerous illustrationshave been developed for the purpose of explaining the concept ofTrinity. However, none of them is considered to be perfect. In oneinstance, an illustration declares that God is one person while atthe same time he is the Son and the Holy Spirit (Boettner, 2011).This is an indication that He can be both be one and three at thesame time. In conclusion, Trinity does not refer to the belief inthree gods, rather one God that exists in three Persons. The threePersons are not considered to be part of God. Instead, they areequally God. The distinctions of his essence are divided into threeinterpersonal relationships. Finally, understanding the concept ofTrinity is an essential element in the development of the Christianfaith.
14.2 “…essenceof being.” Essence is a term that has a similar meaning to being.It can also refer to who a person is. John 4:22 declares that God isSpirit. This indicates that God can be thought to represent all formsof divinity. On the other hand, a person is used to refer to anindependent individual by highlighting the differences betweenvarious people. They can, therefore, exist differently (Erickson,2011). It is through the concept of person that the “I” and “You”frameworks arise. With regards to Trinity, a person presents adistinction that is not divided by the existence of God. Rather, itidentifies a form of personal life. It is from the definitions of thetwo variables that a relationship arises (Erickson, 2011).
The associationbetween Person and Essence can be highlighted in a series of ways.Within God’s whole being, three personal distinctions appear(Brower & Rea, 2012). These variations are not components of thedivine being, but rather, define modes of existence. The forms oflife are relational and as such determine different centers ofconsciousness (Erickson, 2011). Each area of thinking refers toitself as “I” and other parts of “you.” The three componentscan be stated to be of the same essence which does not exist abovethe three Persons (Boettner, 2011).
From the analysisthat has been conducted above, various statements and words have beenselected for further evaluation. Some of them include Trinitarian,Tritheism, and Essence. Through annotation, the deeper meanings ofsuch statements are discussed further. They provide an in-depthanalysis of the concept of Trinity among Christians. Additionally,the identification of some declarations of the scholars highlight thearguments that have been proposed over the years by academicians andother believers.
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Brower, J. &Rea, M. (2012). Understanding the Trinity.
Boettner, L.(2011). The Trinity.
Johnson, G. &Coulter, F. (1998). Is a God a Trinity? Christian Biblical Church ofGod
Erickson, M.(2011). The Godhead (Trinity) Explained