Trinity 6: Why This Actually Matters
After five posts exploring the Trinity, it’s important to consider why it even matters. Most Christians do not spend much time considering the Trinity. Why should we?
(1) The Trinity sets Christianity apart from the other religious traditions in that there is one God, but God is Father, Son, and Spirit. Christianity is monotheist, but also Trinitarian. The doctrine of the Trinity, then, lies at the center of Christian theology, and sets the Christian faith apart.
(2) The doctrine of the Trinity shows that God is not only “out there” but God is also with us, as Christ walking among humanity as humanity, and as the Holy Spirit among us. The Trinity allows us to understand how God is intimately involved with the world within history and within our lives.
(3) God’s three-in-one-ness shows that at the core of God there is relationally. God’s core essence is a community of love. God’s very being reaches out to relate and to love. The Trinitarian understanding of God shatters the image of God as a solitary figure standing apart from humanity, and shows that God is relationship and love, inviting humanity into the Trinitarian community.
(4) The Trinitarian nature of God also guides humanity into forming a community based on love and equality. The church, as the image of God in the world, is to reflect the loving community of relationships that is God.
We all fall off the balance beam a bit, imagining God more as one or more as three. We may not even think of the Trinity at all. And our faith is probably fine. We can honestly trust God and put our faith in Christ for salvation without having given much thought to the doctrine of the Trinity. But, if God is this beautiful Triune God, a community of love and relationship, then the doctrine of the Trinity is worth considering. If for no other reason than to come to know, love, and stand in awe of the God we worship just a bit more than before.
And, if you’re like me, and wondering, was it all worth it? Were the years of arguments and councils, of books still being written and vocabulary being created… was it all worth it?
But, when it comes to understanding the God the Bible proclaims, I’d say yes, it’s definitely worth it.