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Christian Beliefs About The Trinity and Creation

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The Scrripture makes it clear that there is only one God. "I am the Lord and there is no other; there is no God besides me"(Isa 45:5). There are many other references that could be given about the oneness of God like the verses found in Isaiah 46:9; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; and Galatians 4:8-9. Having started by highlighting that there is only one God, we now see that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all have divine attributes. All three Persons are called God, all three Persons are the Creator, and all three Persons are eternal. One could go on and on listing divine characteristics of the Trinity. All three have the Attributes of God, yet there is only one God. The only way we can reconcile these facts is to understand the concept of the Trinity---one God, three Persons. It is also clear from the analysis that the doctrine os the Trinity is not something gathered from just one verse out of context, the concept is derived by examining scripture as a whole. This makes it a very certain and scriptural doctrine. Beliefs About The Trinity-and-creation The Christian understanding of God is monotheistic, in contrast to all forms of polytheism. However, there are different ways in which the oneness of God can be explained. ...read more.

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The perichoretic communion of the Father and the Son remains the primordial model, and Christ's community, the Church, is the model open to analogy, in the sense of likeness. The Church does not correspond to the monarchy of the Father, to the uniqueness of the Son, or to the Holy Spirit, but rather to the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thereby we have a relational oneness and unity with all other Christians who are likewise so joined in relational oneness with God. Being relationally "one spirit" (I Cor. 6:17) with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, allows us to "stand firm in one spirit" (Phil. 1:27), being "united in spirit" (Phil. 2:2), in the "unity of the Spirit" (Eph. 4:3), allowing love to be the "perfect bond of unity" (Col. 3:4) in Christ. The Work of the Trinity in Creation The question of whether or not Creation is eternal is not a new one. The Christian doctrine of creation ex nihilo was put together in the second century to speak against such an idea and to affirm God's transcendence. The question arises anew today in light of the current scientific world view is "how" God creates, rather than giving attention to the question "why" God creates. Yet the philosophical mystery prevails, "why something and not nothing?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Or, as a later Augustinian put it, the task of Trinitarian theology is 'to manifest what is expressly revealed in the Scripture concerning God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; so as that we may duly believe in him, give obedience to him, enjoy fellowship with him, walk in his love and fear, and eventually be blessed with him for evermore'. It is imperative that Christians share the "good news" of the gospel, and its unique understanding of the Trinity. Anyone who is open to God's Self-revelation of himself in Jesus Christ can be drawn into the relational oneness of the Trinity, in the at-one-ment of reconciliation, wherein we are joined in a relational "one spirit" oneness with the three Persons of the Godhead. It is not that we are mathematically merged, or that we are integrated into a single integer union, but we participate in a relational oneness with God, in Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit. Contemporary Christians seem to be ignorant of God as Trinity, and the inseparable implications of divine Trinitarian relations in everything that can be called "Christian." Without Trinitarian understanding, the whole incarnation of Jesus and Holy Spirit outpouring were in vein. Apart from the Trinity there can be no viable understanding of regeneration, sanctification, the church, prayer, worship, baptism, Lord's Supper, and even eschatology. Therefore, apart from a Trinitarian understanding of God, Christianity disintegrates, and has nothing to offer humanity but a monadic religious worship object, or a mistaken monistic worldview. ...read more.

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