Proof of the Trinity

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

An atheist and a Christian studying for a social studies exam

Katie: Did you know that the Hindu religion has three gods — Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva?

Leah: Pagans had all sorts of numbers of gods.

Katie: You’d say that having one god is best though, right?

Leah: It’s best because it’s true. But, technically, there needs to be three gods for things to be perfect.

Katie: Why? Isn’t one god who can do everything more perfect than one that needs help?

Leah: No, because there are things that a single god can’t do.

Katie: Like what?

Leah: Like love. The only way to have perfect, ultimate love is to love an equal.

Katie: What makes you think that? People can be in love if they aren’t perfect equals, and parents love their children even though they aren’t equal.

Leah: This is about ultimate love, not just love in general. God loves us even though we aren’t anything but specks compared to Him, but you can’t completely, perfectly love someone you are superior to in any way. If you aren’t equal, there’s always some feeling of superiority or inferiority that gets in the way.

Katie: If you say so.

Leah: Anyway, if God was all alone, He would be without equal and there could be no perfect love. There has to be an equal for God to love.

Katie: And like you said, that equal couldn’t be a son if the love was going to be perfect.

Leah: It’s different with God and Jesus. Jesus is God’s son, but they’re completely equal.

Katie: Doesn’t God send Jesus to Earth, and didn’t Jesus plead with God not to forsake him?*

Leah: Conflict makes a relationship more nuanced and treasured, even among equals. God isn’t superior to Jesus.

Katie: That still just gives us two gods.

Leah: The only thing that would make this perfect love better would be to have someone to share it with — another equal. That’s why it’s only logical that the one true God have three persons, so He can have and share perfect love.

Katie: Wouldn’t having a fourth perfect person to share it with make it even better?

Leah: No. Three is sufficient to have both love and shared love.

Katie: And all this is logically required, is it?

Leah: Isn’t it obvious after I explained it?

Katie: I’m just wondering if Jewish people would agree that their God has to be three people.

Leah: I’m sure they would if it was explained it to them.

Katie: Some time, when we have a chance, you should try that. I’ll watch.

*Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”


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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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