What is the Trinity?
The teaching of the Trinity is that God is one person but also three persons: the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity is encapsulated in Matthew 28:19, where Jesus instructs the apostles: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spiritâ€Śâ€? Notice that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all three mentioned in the baptismal formula, yet all three have one name.
So, a basic formulation of the Trinity doctrine is, God is a Trinity of three Personsâ€”the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. However, many who teach against the Trinity misunderstand this formula. They make a wrong assumption about what is meant by God being a Trinity of three Persons. They assume this to be tritheism, a belief in three different gods. What is meant by the word "substance" in the Trinity formula is Godâ€™s Godness. It is what makes the three Persons one God. They all have the same substance. That is, they are all the same God.
Just one God! If we were to use maths, it would not be, 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=1. God is a triune God.
Thus the term: "Tri" meaning three, and "Unity" meaning one, Tri+Unity = Trinity.
My thoughts on the Trinity When it says that God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit it could be symbolising the oneness and wholeness of god as in: The son: birth and childhood The father: Adulthood The Holy Spirit: Death and the afterlife God is all the stages in life but he does not die. He is all at the same time. This is just an idea and I think it is possible that Christianâ€™s could have once believed, or could have ended up believing, this as the teaching of the Trinity is something which has been developed over time. The word Trinity isnâ€™t mentioned in the Bible.
My thoughts on the Trinity: 2 The fact that the Trinity is the belief of three parts of one whole (God), might indicate an origin of the religion once having three Gods and then developing as the years went by. Maybe they tried to change it in order to stand out as so many other religions have more than one God? As the Bible does not once mention the Trinity but only the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one could say that they are actually all separate things. Also, even now, not all Christians agree with the teaching of the Trinity.
My idea for the symbol of the trinity It would definitely feature a circle. That would symbolise Godâ€™s eternal being. I would then have another circle, inside the last but only a little smaller so that the gap between them is small. However, the inner would have three diagonal lines in side (touching the edge) going from top left to bottom right. The three lines symbolise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and as theyâ€™re inside a circle this would signify the oneness of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And that, of course, is inside the outer circle of Gods eternal being.
THANK-YOU! What is the Trinity? By: Celia Westwood-Dunkley
Published on Oct 15, 2013