Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in … Continue reading The daily Trinitarian prayer of John Stott
I love these Trinity analogies from John of Damascus, particularly the last two: "Think of the Father as a spring of life begetting the Son like a river and the Holy Ghost like a sea, for the spring and the river and sea are all one nature. Think of the Father as a root, and … Continue reading Trinity analogies from John of Damascus
Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with … Continue reading Eternal Trinity by Catherine of Siena
I recently asked some Muslim friends, "What is the one thing you find most difficult or offensive about Christianity?" and whether this related to belief or behaviour. The overwealming majority answered that it was the Christian affirmation of the divinity of Jesus that they found most difficult, with many expressing their objections to trinitarian and … Continue reading What do Muslims find most difficult about Christianity?
Has anyone ever asked you to explain the doctrine of the Trinity? How did you approach it? I seldom offer an explanation for the Trinity as it is not the easiest teaching to understand, even for Christians. But I seldom have to offer; I get asked all the time. For as soon as our conversations … Continue reading How would you explain the Trinity?
I have frequently heard non-Christians assert that the Trinity of Christianity and the Trimurti of Hinduism are equivalent "triple god" concepts. This, however, is a gross misunderstanding. Yes, the number three features promenantly in both teachings, but that is where the similarity largely ends. Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) are temporally differentiated. … Continue reading What is the difference between the Trimurti and the Trinity?
"Wapirra Trinity" by Clarise Nampijinpa Poulson. An Aboriginal Art website explains the image this way: "Her work of art contains, from top to bottom, the following Wapirra (Trinity) Jukurrpa. As usual in the iconography used at Yuendumu, humans are represented by U-forms. Inside the brown, nearly closed arc at the top of the painting are people … Continue reading Aboriginal Christian Painting of the Trinity and the People of God
This image, or at least the beginnings of it, came to me as I was coming down from the Blue Mountains this afternoon. In essence, it's a Christ centered reinterpretation of the sacred marriage, though, in retrospect, it could equally function as a Christ centered reinterpretation of the tree of life. There are some obvious … Continue reading The Sacred Marriage
Benjamin Wheatley sent me this image last night: "One Liam in Three Persons" by ninjaink The artist writes: "As a Catholic, and as a Christian in general, I'm often asked (or told) to explain the nature of the Trinity (one God in 3 Persons). It is a bit of a mystery that takes time and study to … Continue reading The Holy Trinity of Liam Neeson
It is often said that Trinitarian teaching was absent in the earliest, most ancient forms of Christianity, that it was a creation of the Council of Nicea. And yet, while you'll never find an explicit articulation of Trinitianian teaching in the New Testament, there are more than a few implicit reflerences for those with an open mind. Take … Continue reading Myth Busting
Although the New Testament never defines the Trinity explicitly, there are a number of New Testament passages take us their implicitly. For example: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) Because you are sons, God … Continue reading Trinity in the New Testament
I have been revisiting the Nicene Creed recently and something struck me: could it unintentionally encourage Modalism in the minds of some readers?(1) I think the problem is this: on one level the Nicene Creed is an attempt to articulate how the Father (God above us), the Spirit (God within us) and the Son (God among … Continue reading Nicene Niggly Bits