Equal Person Trinity
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Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Trinity triangleThe word "trinity" is defined in the Webster Dictionary as "three people or three things as one." In the concept of the Holy Trinity, the three persons mentioned are the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. At first glance, the math of three in one doesn't appear to work. Three does not equal one anymore than one equals three. The equation seems illogical and heavily weighted on one side and this can make the concept of Trinity very difficult to understand for most people.✞

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St Catherine of SiennaSaints have struggled down the ages to understand and to explain this great mystery. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) who was a Dominican Nun wrote, "You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep sea, into which the more I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek." She became a prominent scholar, and theologian in her age despite being born during the Black Death in Italy as the twenty third child in her family. She was a happy child and nicknamed "Eurosyne" which is Greek for "joy." Catherine lived in almost total silence and solitude for many years in later life but still struggled with the concept of Trinity. She wrote, "The soul cannot be satiated by the abyss, for she continually hungers after you, the eternal Trinity, desiring to see you with the light of your light. As the heart desires the springs of living water, so my soul desires to leave the prison of this dark body and see you in truth." Catherine had a deep understanding of the Trinity and seemed to at least grasp something of its depth.✞

Equal Persons

Apple PieThe three equal persons in the Trinity have been pictured in more modern times as being like "the three slices of an apple pie" in which the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are like the three equal parts of the deity. All are of the same essence like the crust and the apple filing, yet the three persons give us three parts distinct from one another.✞

Water Ice and Steam

Thundering WaterfallAnother useful analogy to the Trinity is that of water. Water is a plentiful transparent fluid which forms the lakes, streams, and oceans with the chemical name H2O or one oxygen atom plus two hydrogen atoms (which is a miracle in itself!). Water exists in three quite different states in nature. At normal temperatures, water flows like a liquid. When heated up, it vaporizes to steam. When frozen, it is ice as hard as rock but strangely less dense than water (another miracle). Without this property of being less dense than water, the ice which formed in Wintertime would sink to the bottom of lakes and kill most of the plant and animal life there! Water also exists as fog, dew, many types of cloud and many different kinds of snow. In the Snow flakes come in a great multitude of shapes (which is another miracle!) Basically ice, steam and water are quite distinct but still essentially H2O. They are the same material but in three quite different states. Equally, the Holy Trinity consists of three constituent parts and though in different states, they still combine to form one element. Three in one and one in three!✞

"Equal Persons Trinity"
©1990-2017
by Ron Meacock

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