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Understanding the Trinity

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Michael Thacker

Three in one, an impossible thought for our fragile and limited minds. The notion of the trinity throws many people off as the math just doesn’t add up nor does the theology behind it truly make sense. Many argue the case of the Old Testament with the echoed statement of “The Lord God is one” ringing through our minds. Understanding the trinity is a complex matter, but with an in-depth look the view will then become clear.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4). This verse compels a lot of Christians to the thought that the God of the Old Testament is a different God of the New Testament, but this is a blasphemies’ thought. Looking further into the word one brings a better understanding of the trinity as the word one in Hebrew is echad which is translated as one in unity or altogether as one. This translation helps reveal the true nature of God and how the trinity is set even in the Torah itself.

Another verse that helps better understand the trinity in Old Testament terms is by examining the book of Jeremiah: “For thus says the Lord: We have heard a voice of trembling, Of fear, and not of peace.” (Jeremiah 30:5). Here we have a reference to the plurality of the God-head which indicates that the prophets knew of the Trinity before Jesus came to earth. The references to the Lord speaking in a pluralistic voice echoes throughout the Old Testament just like in the creation of man where the word “Us” is used.

The Trinity is complex and confusing when trying to grasp such a concept, but when we look past our own limited, three dimensional minds unto a higher dimension of space-time, we then begin to remove the veil that covers our eyes. A three into one scientifically speaking makes sense when applying string theory and all its extra dimensions to the scene. The idea that there are eleven extra dimensions besides our own three of space and one of time, and then the three in one becomes not so far-fetched.

God is on a higher plane than ours as He is the creator of all things including the hidden dimensions that our senses do not perceive and therefore the complexity of such a deity would be beyond our understanding. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9).

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all one and the same, but three persons. None can act of their own accord, but instead all act as one, doing and speaking as one. God is love, merciful, Holy and so forth, but these attributes do not define who God is nor are they separate from one another, but instead all the attributes of God work together in unity. The Lord God is one; One in unity forever. He is the singularity of everything and He is life itself. "I and My Father are one." (John 10:30).

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