Sometimes I think it would be nice to clone myself. I’d be able to be in more than one place at a time, accomplishing more work. I could spend time at home with my wife while not feeling guilty about running around town doing other “important” things.
Then again ………….
If there were 4 of me, there would be 4 times as many demands on my life. Multiplicity would only increase the stress level, not decrease it.
Such is not the case with God – He is 3 persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet there is no struggle for power or any inability to meet the demands that millions of people place on him each day.
We call these multiple persons of God the Trinity. Based on a survey published by Ligonier in October of 2014, Americans don’t have a very clear understanding of exactly what the Trinity is or does:
“Americans believe in the Trinity. But the details don’t reflect traditional views of orthodoxy.
About 7 in 10 (71 percent) Americans believe in the Trinity. That’s the idea that one God exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
But few—even those in evangelical denominations—seem to grasp the details of how Christians have historically taught the Trinity. More than half of evangelicals (59 percent), for example, say the Holy Spirit is a force – not a personal being. Ten percent are not sure, while 31 percent agree the Spirit is a person. Overall, two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) say the Holy Spirit is a force.
More than 1 in 7 Americans (15 percent) say the Holy Spirit is less divine than God the Father and Jesus. A third (33 percent) believe God the Father is more divine than Jesus. One in 5 (19 percent) say Jesus was the first creature made by God. All of those run counter to Christian doctrine as found in historic creeds of the Church.”
The State of Theology – Ligonier Ministries
“You and I live in a three-dimensional world. All physical objects have a certain height, width, and depth. One person can look like someone else, or behave like someone else, or even sound like someone else. But a person cannot actually be the same as another person. They are distinct individuals.
God, however, lives without the limitations of a three-dimensional universe. He is spirit. And he is infinitely more complex than we are.
That is why Jesus the Son can be different from the Father. And, yet the same.
The Bible clearly speaks of: God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit. But emphasizes that there is only ONE God.
If we were to use math, it would not be, 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=1. God is a triune God.” http://www.everystudent.com/forum/trinity.html
Understandably, the Trinity is an infinitely difficult concept for finite minds to grasp. Check out the website above and also the link below for more information about this.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
It’s important to know God and to know what the Bible teaches about him. If this is an area you have struggled with, take a few moments and read the content of these two sites.
Have a great day and don’t forget that a good hot mug of coffee gets the day started right!
All verse quotes courtesy of bible gateway.com