Sunday, August 30, 2009

Explanations for Christianity #1

I am starting off with a series titled "Explanations for Christianity". This post and several of the following will be an attempt to put forth basic yet complex, and commonly misunderstood, themes of Christianity.

The first post is "The Trinity".

3-In-1 God (The Trinity) – Many people argue that Christianity is a polytheistic system of belief, meaning Christians worship more than one God. Three to be exact. This is not true. We believe in One God, who is united as three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. This is where the term Trinity comes from. The Bible states in many passages that God is love, not to say that love is God, but the essence of who God is, is pure, unconditional (agape) love. One way of defining love is - a self-less act or expression toward someone else without condition. In order for God to be love he would have to be multi-person. God could not love if He is only one person because there would be no one else to bestow the love to. Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." God refers to Himself as "us" & "our" and He does it in a book that was written long before Jesus became flesh on Earth. Also, in the book of Genesis it states that in the beginning God existed before all of creation. God does not change. He does not need to because He is perfect in Himself. This means God was always love. Therefore, before all of creation, only God existed and in order for him to be love while being by Himself, He would have to be made up of more than one person. Three persons as One God.

Discuss...

7 comments:

gh0st665 said...

I was once told that if you ever meet someone who says they completely understand the Trinity to run from them. They are either a liar or completely nuts. Ive always looked at theses "mysteries" as something where faith comes in.

Tim said...

Actually, after thinking about it a little more, I don't think the post describes the Trinity or knowledge of the Trinity. It just describes the plausibility of the Trinity, not how it works. Not even Jonathan Edwards' writings would claim the full knowledge of the Trinity.

Adam Pastor said...

Greetings Tim

On the subject of the Trinity,
I recommend this video:
The Human Jesus


Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you to reconsider "The Trinity"

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor

Tim said...

I will need to watch your video before I get back to you in full, but in the meantime, what is the difference between Unitarian and Biblical Unitarian? Which basic premises of the Bible do you agree with and which ones do you emphatically not agree with? I have not taken the time to study Unitarian faith in detail at this point so I was just wondering your basic views?

Adam Pastor said...

Biblical unitarians are unitarians (ONE GOD believers) who believe the Bible i.e. believe that the Bible is GOD's holy inspired Scriptures.

As oppose to UUs, who believe & accept anything.

Historically, long before the UUs were form, unitarians believed the Bible.
That is why today, we call ourselves biblical unitarians, so that we are not confused with UUs.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor
The Human Jesus

ps UU stands for Unitarian Universalists

gh0st665 said...

Wow, you have gotten all heavy and educated Tim. You are truly a Jedi. :D

Seriously though. I never really dived into the trinity or any aspect of it other than the basics. However, I will definatly add your sources to my reading lists.

In regards to disagreeing. Im not challenging you on any of your points. I have no reason to dispute you being right about these things.

However, iron sharpens iron and I do like provoking thoughts and having thoughts provoked.

So, good show. Keep it up.

Tim said...

Yeah, thought provocation is really the main reason I started the blog. As far as being educated, I don't have much official schooling under my belt yet, but I have come across a ministry that deals with basic Christian theology on a whole different level. If you haven't studied Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian)or Mark Driscoll (Mars Hill Church) check them out. It is very refreshing stuff. Then there is the classics Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon. These are no light reads though. But I would have to steal a saying, "the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible itself." Not sure who said it, but it's true.