Grappling with Trinity

February 25, 2009

There was God the Father. He was perfect in all aspect of His being. Part of His perfection was His own understanding of Himself; this complete self-awareness, that is without confusion, but clear, lucid, accurate, and exact representation of His being. But God’s dreams are reality. The God of the Abrahamic faiths are not the god of Brahmans. Our God does not sleep; this world is not a dream of His that will disappear when He awakes.

So this exact image of who He is, is ‘begotten’ into another person, sort of like the ontological proof of God’s existence. For a person’s thoughts about himself and the person himself, are not the same thing. They are distinguishable, yet the same being. When we humans think about who we are, our idea of who we are is flawed; even if we know who we are, we are known to be imperfect. Thus our thoughts of ourselves do not ‘beget’ into another person. But since God is perfect, and His thoughts about Himself are perfect, this representation of Himself is ‘begotten’. This happens co-eternally, for God has never had a flawed conception of who He is; He had eternally the perfect understanding of Himself. Thus the Son is begotten, not created; begotten, yet co-eternal.

Now the Father and the Son have a relationship with one another. Now this perfect relationship, this perfect harmony and love, begins to have its own spirit. It is distinct from the Father and the Son, for it arises from their relationship. But this Spirit is God, for it is also perfect in every sense. It arises from their relationship, but have always arisen; for there was no time before creation when the Father did not have perfect relationship with the Son.

In this triune God we find the answer to the unity and diversity. We find that at the very foundation of reality and truth, there is love. We find the importance of community, and yet also equally find the importance of individuality.

I wish I didn’t give away my copy of The Mind of the Maker. I think Dorothy Sayers said something like trusting the theology of those who have a firm grasp on Trinity, like Chesterton. This seems to make sense; after all, theology means “study of God”.

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