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Q. 6. Are there more gods than one?

Q. 6. Are there more gods than one?
A. There is only one God.

Q. 7. In how many persons does this one God exist?
A. In three persons.

Q. 8. What are they?
A. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

This one took me by surprise. We had gone over this last week until they had it down-pat. The questions are a little more tangible than the verb-centered initial questions. These are nouns. Nouns are easier to memorize, I think.

And Sunday our worship service was all about the Trinity. We sang “Holy, Holy, Holy.” “God the Father, We Adore Thee.”

And I saw light-bulbs in their eyes. They got it. They understood it differently. Or rather, they recognized it just a tad. It’s a beginning.

The Trinity is tough. Yes, it’s a mystery so none of us really gets it. When I was young we had the apple metaphor or the egg metaphor. Remember those? Here’s a suggestion for a magic trick to understand the Trinity. I’m not sure. . . .

I remember thinking my Red Riding Hood Topsy-Turvy doll was like the Trinity. Here’s the vintage version:

If the Bible is God’s Baby Talk, then I guess these are as good attempts as any. Thots?

2 thoughts on “Q. 6. Are there more gods than one?

  1. Illustrations are OK as long as they’re given with explanations as to why they’re inadequate. “Like this, except that…” The usual failing is at the point of indivisibly united essence. That can undermine the doctrine of the simplicity of God – He’s not made up of parts. He’s not a combination of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He’s not three persons put together to form God. All those illustrations leave us legitimately open to the charge of polytheist if we don’t underline their shortcomings.

  2. The Church Fathers would all agree that illustrations are valid, because they serve meditative purposes. By meditating on memory, understanding, and will, and their inseparable operation, Augustine was able to offer a glimpse of the Trinity. But, the Church Fathers also readily acknowledged that illustrations only direct us toward the Trinity; they do not actually explain or circumscribe the Trinity. The problem with many modern illustrations, or rather the people using them, is the claim that they actually describe the Trinity.

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