Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Trinity and the Athanasian Creed

We have been going through the backgrounds of the three ecumenical Creeds of the Christian Church (Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed) for our Adult Bible Class on Sundays.  All three confess the Triune God, but it is the Athanasian Creed which gives the most attention to this teaching.  While some feel it is a bit long, it is masterfully written in that it confesses the Trinity without saying too much or too little of what the Trinity is.

It would be nice to be able to compare the Trinity to something we are familiar with, but there is no analogy and nothing on earth that is like the Trinity.  It is and remains a mystery.  Not that it's a secret.  We believe in one God, and that one God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We are baptized in (or into) the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  (Note: That's in the "name", not "names;" for God is one.)  That is not a secret, but it remains a mystery.  In other words, we can't unravel it. 

Any efforts to try to explain or understand this results in either heresy or a grand headache.  It is best to let God reveal himself as he is than for us to try to craft God into a form we can understand.  In that case, we have invented our own god, which, then, is really no God at all.

To help understand why analogies are bad, I offer you the video below from

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