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Faith of the Church: Trinity

Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Trinity 102: Trinity Explained

The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion: that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

These Three Persons are truly distinct one from another, but they are not three distinct Gods.

Christ is not the second God. He is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

The Holy Spirit is not the third God. He is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.

We mortals are used to there being one person per being: but the central being of Reality has three persons: three 'actors' if you will.

Sounds strange? It shouldn't do. One of the simplest, yet most provocative things we Christians say about God is that "God is Love".

Love is the unselfish giving of oneself to another: but how could God be Love unless God contained more than one 'self'?

So when we say "God is Love", we are at the same time affirming that "God is Trinity" - the love between God the Father and His Christ (the Second person of the Holy Trinity) is the Third person of the Trinity: the Holy Spirit.

God is not lonely. From all eternity, from before the creation of men and angels there has been a dance, a movement at the center of reality between the Persons of the Trinity. It is a dance of uncreated love that we cannot imagine, and yet we will be part of it for all eternity.

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