Theconcept of Trinity is regarded as one of the major foundations of theChristian faith since it highlights the nature of God and Hisrelationship with humankind1.The doctrine of Trinity is, therefore, an important component ofChristianity due to its ability to connect three main variables ofthe Christian religion. However, despite its influence, Trinity hasraised several questions. Some individuals find it difficult tocomprehend how God is considered to be both one and three2.For others, Trinity presents a contradiction in the teachings of theBible. For instance, it states that Jesus is God while alsoindicating that He prayed to God. How can a person pray to himself?This paper is divided into two fundamental sections. The first onewill highlight the concept of person and the relationships between aperson and Trinity. The second part will emphasize the idea of God’stri-unity.
Accordingto the 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 Person3.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 existence4.
Theargument of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit being distinctbeings is discussed extensively in the Bible. Philippians 1:2 speaksof God as the Father5.On the other hand, Titus 2:13 states that Jesus is God and Acts 5:3-4declares that the Holy Spirit is God. The main queries in thisinstance are based on whether God is seen in three different ways orwhether the statements highlight the primary roles of God tohumankind. The answers issued to the above questions are that theFather, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct entities6.
Itis God who sent his son into the world according to John 3:16, and assuch, it is impossible for the two to be considered as a singleentity. John 16:10 also states that the Son returned to the Fatherwhile Acts 2:33 and John 14:26 declared that the Father and the Sonwere responsible for sending Holy Spirit into the world and as such,the latter is uniquely different from the Father and Son7. On the other hand, the baptism of Jesus provides an insight intoGod’s communication with His Son. In this case, the Spiritdescended from heaven. It came in the form of a dove as Jesus camefrom the point of baptism. According to John 1:1, Jesus is God whileat the same time, He was with God. This argument indicates that indeed Jesus is a distinct entity from God the Father. John 16:13-15there is a relative association between three persons. However, HolySpirit distances itself from the Father and the Son.
Fromthe concept of Trinity, it can be argued that each component is aunique person with its center of consciousness. The relationshipbetween them is, therefore, personal to some extent8.In this context, the Father refers to himself as “I” whilereferring to the other two constituents of the Trinity as “you.”The Son also refers to himself as “I” while denoting the HolySpirit and the Father as “they.” It is a common feature that thepersonification of the Father and the Son is encouraged at theexpense of Holy Spirit. In most instances, the latter is consideredto be a force rather than an individual. Consider John14:26 and Acts8:16 that define the Holy Spirit as a “he” and not “it.”Additionally, the personhood of the Holy Spirit is further expressedin Hebrews 3:7 in which the Holy Spirit speaks, Acts 15:28 whereby itreasons, and 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 in which it thinks and understandsthe predicaments of individuals9.
Theassociation between the three most important 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. The contradictionarises in instances whereby the law of non-contradiction is violated.It is argued that God is three in one10.Some of the questions that are repeatedly asked relate to how God canbe one and three at the same time. However, additional attention tothe concept of Trinity has shown that God is only in one essence. Asa result, he is regarded to be only one being and not three. Therelationship between person and nature is important in developing inanalyzing the concept of Trinity.
Essenceis a term that has a similar meaning to being. It can also refer towho a person is. John 4:22 declares that God is Spirit. Thisindicates that God can be thought to represent all forms ofdivinity11.On the other hand, a person is used to refer to an independentindividual by highlighting the differences between various people.They can, therefore, exist differently. It is through the concept ofperson that the “I” and “You” frameworks arise. With regardsto Trinity, a person presents a distinction that is not divided bythe existence of God. Rather, it identifies a form of personal life.It is from the definitions of the two variables that a relationshiparises.
Theassociation between Person and Essence can be highlighted in a seriesof ways. Within God’s whole being, three personal distinctionsappear12.These variations are not components of the divine being, but rather,define modes of existence. The forms of existence are relational andas such determine unique centers of consciousness. Each area ofthinking refers to itself as “I” and other parts of “you.”The three components can be stated to be of the same essence whichdoes not exist above the three Persons13.
Numerousillustrations have been developed for the purpose of explaining theconcept of Trinity. However, none of them is considered to beperfect. In one instance, an illustration declares that God is oneperson while at the same time he is the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thisis an indication that He can be both be one and three at the sametime14.In conclusion, Trinity does not refer to the belief in three gods,rather one God that exists in three Persons. The three Persons arenot considered to be part of God. Instead, they are equally God. Thedistinctions of his essence are divided into three interpersonalrelationships. Finally, understanding the concept of Trinity is anessential element in the development of the Christian faith.
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Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of theTrinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
Bowman, Robert. The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity.Blue Letter Bible
Perman, Matt. What Is the Doctrine of the Trinity? DeireGod, 2006
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1Bowman, Robert. The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Blue Letter Bible
2Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
3Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
4Perman, Matt. What Is the Doctrine of the Trinity? Deire God, 2006
5Bowman, Robert. The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Blue Letter Bible
6Perman, Matt. What Is the Doctrine of the Trinity? Deire God, 2006
7Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
8Bowman, Robert. The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Blue Letter Bible
9 Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
10Perman, Matt. What Is the Doctrine of the Trinity? Deire God, 2006
11Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
12Bowman, Robert. The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Blue Letter Bible
13Boora, Kulwant Singh. Oneness of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity. Bloomington, Ind: AuthorHouse, 2009.
14 Bowman, Robert. The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine of the Trinity. Blue Letter Bible