Basics of the doctrine of the Trinity

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Basics of the doctrine of the Trinity

Post by Admin on Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:18 pm

The doctrine of the Trinity declares God to be one being in three persons:  individually, the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God – and, collectively, they are God.

Likewise, humans are triune, being body, soul, and spirit. In so far as being triune is concerned, the key differences between humans and God are that
• the persons of the human (body, soul, and spirit) don’t interact with others or the environment independently – it’s an all or nothing thing. The individual persons of God can and do interact independently.
• internally, the persons of the human can be pitted in conflict with each other, where the persons of God are consistently in accord.

What would transpire whilst talking with a hypothetical human: one whose body, soul, and spirit can and do act independently? In conversation with that person’s body, or soul, or spirit, or with all of them combined in the usual manner, would we be interacting any the less (or the more) with that person? (It might said that we don’t have that person’s full attention when only one of his “persons” is present – but even this hypothetical human is still human, not God.) And if we were to say later, “we were talking with that person” – would the statement be any the less true, if we had been talking with his body, his soul, or his spirit, than if we had been concurrently talking with all of his persons?

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