The Trinity…………

January 11, 2018

Is Jesus God?  Is Jesus a Man?  Who is the Father?  Who or what is the Holy Spirit?  What is the Church?

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

Is there only one God?  If there is only one God, how can there be a Father, a Son, and a Holy Spirit?  While we don’t argue these questions about the Christian faith today, in the fourth century, they were hotly debated.  Not having answers to these questions threatened the Gospel by causing great disunity and confusion in the Church.  A council was called by the Church leadership and the result was the Nicene Creed.  This is the basic statement of the beliefs of the Church, not only the Roman Catholic Church, but of most Christian churches.

Most of the Nicene Creed gives a summary of what Christians believe about God.  It begins with the Father who is the Creator of all things.  It then gives a very brief summary of Jesus the Son of God, His life on Earth and Redeemer.  The third Person of the Trinity, The Holy Spirit is then summarized as the Sanctifier.  These three Persons in one God is called the Trinity.

The Church, relying on the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, gave definitive answers to the questions about the nature of God.  Whenever Christians meet for worship they not only recite the Nicene Creed, they pray it.  Notice that this creed ends with “Amen.”  The next time you pray the Nicene Creed, don’t rush as if hypnotized by the words.  Take the time to pray it slowly, one word, phrase or sentence at a time.  Reflect upon what it says and what you are praying.
The Baltimore Catechism stated that our purpose in life is, “To know, love, and serve God, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.”  What better way can we ponder the true nature of God and get to know Him, than by praying the Nicene Creed?

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