The Trinity Part One: Introduction to the Series

Misconceptions, and the Biblical Reality: We must understand the truth about the Trinity so we can identify false doctrine when confronted with it. Like training bank tellers who learn to recognize counterfeit currency by focusing on the features of genuine currency, we must learn God's truth so as to be able to recognize counterfeit doctrine when presented with it. Some of the models we have used have built-in problems: God is One in Three, and Three in One. The word "Trinity" does not occur in the Bible. But the concept is discussed repeatedly in both Old and New Testaments. Perhaps the clearest statement of the Trinity is found in 1 John 5:7: "For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the Water, and the Word; and the three are in agreement. See also John 1: "The Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." The "Word" is defined in Scripture as Jesus.

So what's the problem?

  1. The human concept that singularity cannot include plurality.
  2. Human limits of comprehension. Our minds are able to perceive and understand four dimentions: Height, width, depth and time. Because of our limited understanding, we make certain assumptions as to what can and cannot be true. But when we are able to add a dimention to our understanding, our basic assumptions change.

Example: The internal angles of any triangle, no matter its shape or proportion add up to 180 degrees. However, that's true only of a triangle on a flat surface. Add another dimention, that of a sphere. Lay the same triangle on a spherical surface, and the theorem no longer works. Therefore, adding a dimention changes our basic understanding. Rabinnical scholors have determined that God has at least 12 dimentions, most of which we are unable to perceive. So we accept them by faith.

Can Singularity co-exist with plurality? Yes, even in our limited understanding.

Why did God set up the Trinity? Larry proposes this answer as to why God did this to us:

Next Week: - Be thinking about how you would answer a person who demanded proof from you that the Bible teaches the doctrine of the Trinity.