Illumination of the Secret Concept
The lack of understanding of the Trinitarian Concept has been the major stumbling block between Christianity and Islam, and among some Christian Churches; thus, the source of untold suffering as they have battled throughout the centuries in defense of what they thought was the "Truth".
No words nor expressions exist in our world to fully describe a reality which is beyond the Created Universe. Therefore, physical world parallels and equivalents will be used as the means of answering this millenary question.
UNDERSTANDING THE SECRET CONCEPT
The concept that has been a mystery
throughout the centuries is best defined with the question: "How is it possible that there is only one
God, yet, simultaneously is three distinct Persons?" We shall
Just as water is only one substance that
manifests itself in three different manners/forms (three physical
states - liquid, solid and vapor), the nature/essence of God is One and
Unique. There Is only one God - Who manifests Himself in three
distinct Divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
+++ One Substance
We shall use a chemical parallel for illustration.
The molecule of the compound which we call 'water', is composed of: two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. The chemical formula is: H2O.
Whenever two atoms of hydrogen are chemically combined with one oxygen atom to create one molecule, the result is always the same and unique: water [H2O].
This unique substance has a group of physical and chemical properties which are always the same and which no other substance has.
+++ Three Manifestations
Water at room temperature and pressure exhibits its 'Normal Manifestation' in the 'Liquid Form'.
Consider then this parallel (remember, it is only a parallel used to describe the indescribable in human terms).
God, The Father ~ 'Normal Manifestation' ~ 'Liquid Form'; then,
'Concrete Manifestation' ~ 'Solid Form' of God The Father, is Jesus Christ; and the
'Spiritual Manifestation' ~ 'Vapor Form' of God The Father, is the Holy Spirit.
One and the Same Substance, Three Distinct manifestations.
Both the 'Solid Form' and the 'Vapor Form' of water [H20] come from the 'Liquid Form': The Source.
To the 'Liquid Form', they go back, because: At Standard Conditions, the 'Liquid Form' is the "Greatest of All" (3) [just as Jesus Christ qualified The Father], yet, all three are equally The Same Substance: H2O - thus only One God.
The reminder "... be perfect as The Father is perfect..." calls us to be as mirrors, perfected to the highest possible level, so that His 'Image', reflected from us, be as perfect as possible. But we must remember, an 'Image' will always be an 'Image', no matter how perfect for... "Who is like unto God?"
When Our Lord Jesus Christ said that seeing Him was like seeing the Father, that is precisely what He meant. Jesus is not an "Image" of God; He is the manifestation of God, thus no different than the Father in substance for... He Is indeed God!
(1) St. Augustine
(2) Clearly defining some of the terms that we will use as we try to explain the Triune Concept.
We will use two terms: substance and nature. Linguistically they
have more than one meaning. The two meanings of each word that we will
listed below so that the reader does not become confused during the
nature = element of the natural
(such as in the case of a chemical compound)
nature = essence of something (Divine in the case of God)
Obviously when we refer to the substance or nature of God, we are speaking of His Divinity, which is unique in the Universe.
(3) For the science buff: We have
purposely left out the
portions of the explanation which deal with Thermodynamic Phase
Equilibria, etc. We do not want to illustrate what was learned under
Prof. Prausnitz at the University of California, Berkeley. We only want
to share what was given by God.
Originally issued only for Worldwide Ecclesiastical Distribution on June 15, 1995. Nazare, Portugal
clarified on May 9th, 2014
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