The Trinity

May 31, 2018

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery beyond human comprehension and explanation. Simply stated we believe that there are three persons in one

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Kingi\hts of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Kingi\hts of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

God, the Father(Creator), the Son Jesus who is Savior, and the Holy Spirit. The whole of Christian faith is based on this belief. Just think of the Creed we use at mass or the Apostles Creed.

In both we profess our belief in the Trinity. We also express our belief in the Trinity when we make the Sign of the Cross and say, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”. At the same time there is only one God!

Of all of the symbols and explanations that try to show the mystery of the Trinity, I recently learned of the one by St. Ignatius. His view was that the Trinity could be explained by music. When distinct individual musical notes harmonize with each other and are played at the same time they form one sound called a chord, as in playing a chord on a guitar, piano, or organ.

I like this explanation.

Of the three major religions claiming Abraham as their ancestor, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, only Christians claim Jesus Christ as the Son of God. The others look at Jesus as a prophet or a holy man, but not God. The idea that there is only one God makes it difficult for Jews and Muslims to accept Jesus’ divine nature.
One of the bases for Christian belief in the Trinity, is what happened at Jesus’ baptism.

The Bible tells us that when Jesus was baptized, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Also, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove. In this one short passage you have the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Christians will never be able to explain the Trinity, and we will never be able to understand it, yet for over 2,000 years, we’ve accepted it and believed it. It is a mystery!

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