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Three Pointed Diagram

Three Pointed Diagram for the TrinityThe word Holy Trinity comes from the Latin words "Trinitas" and "Trinus" meaning "threefold." The Holy Trinity is made up of the three persons of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In Hebrew, "Holy Spirit" or "the spirit of YHWH" comes from the word "ruach" and literally means "spirit of the holiness" or "spirit of the holy place." The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have quite different and particular qualities but are still essentially of the same essence like water. Pure water is tasteless, odorless and colorless, though a connoisseur of water would argue that he or she could tell the difference between pure water from different places just like different wine. However, water on freezing becomes a solid as ice. Water becomes a vapor on boiling as steam. If you have ever wondered why ice on a lake stays on top of the cold water it is because as water freezes, its molecules move apart, making ice less dense than water and so it floats! This is the opposite to the norm where materials on cooling down become more dense. Another of God's miracles!✞

Separate Parts of Deity

Trinity Tie KnotThe descriptive words "persons" depicts the role of one person in their relationship to the others. In the same way, the Holy Trinity, of "God the Father," "God the Son" and "God the Holy Spirit," may be used to define the separate and quite distinctive roles of the three persons of the Godhead in relation to one another. The Holy Trinity names are also like family names. A person can be a father, a son or a husband at the same time. Similarly a woman may be a mother, a daughter or a wife. God can equally be the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all at the same time.

Colors Analogy

Infinity Sign in Red Yellow and BlueGod is greater than the sum total of the three members of the Holy Trinity. A good analogy for this is found in the concept of the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow. All other colors like orange, purple or green are made up of these primary colors mixed in different ways. Orange is yellow plus red. Purple is blue plus red. Go one step further to add white for tints or add black for shades. Like a rainbow, you have all the colors emanating out from the three primary ones. So also is the complex nature of the Holy Trinity.

Trinitarian Names

GardenThe names for the Holy Trinity are often misunderstood, sometimes with amusing consequences. The little book, "Bishop's Brew" tells of a Vicar's small daughter who was seen burying a dead bird in the garden. Very piously the child said, "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and into the hole he goes. Amen."

"Holy Trinity Persons"
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by Ron Meacock

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