Describe the traditional Christian doctrine of the Trinity, together with Biblical evidence for that doctrine. (include a discussion of the concept of “consubstantiation.”
Christianity is a monotheistic religion which teaches that there is only one God. This Christian God however, is a Holy Trinity, or tri-unity. This means that the one heavenly nature of God is shared by three equal persons namely, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There is much evidence for this in the bible including Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and 2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, …show more content…
(Include Biblical evidence for this) A discussion of the ontological trinity and economic trinity and the ideas of subservience and equality)
The Ontological Trinity teaches that all members of the Trinity are equal in their nature and their attributes, equally omniscient (knowing everything), omnipotent (having unlimited power), omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time), eternal and unchanging unlike the Economic Trinity which concerns how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit relate to each other and the world, relating to activities. Simply, Ontological Trinity could be seen as dealing with what God is and Economic Trinity can be seen as, what God does.
Different members of the Trinity have different roles. The Father (transcendent meaning beyond the world) takes on the role of creator who creates a plan, the Son (immanent meaning within the world) takes on the role of redeemer and executing Gods’ plan and the Holy Spirit (coming from God and within human beings} linking both transcendence and immanence takes on the role of maintainer who ‘manages’ the …show more content…
(Include a discussion of the Metaphysical explanations)
The following philosophical explanations of the Trinity have been proposed:
• God is three different persons with the same divine nature (eternal, uncreated, almighty and incomprehensible).
• There are three Persons in one God and one God in three Persons.
• God is tri-personal (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the same God, but not the same Person)
• Everyone will serve and worship three Persons as one God, not three Gods
Religious terms for the trinity Metaphysical meaning of trinity (mind, idea & expression)
Father Source of all good, origin, essence( the substance in which all things exist all things are made from, root, creator of all
Son That which proceeds from, begotten of the Father, like the Father in nature and all that the Father is.
Holy Spirit God’s word in movement- the working, moving and breathing, of the Spirit, known to man by revelation, guidance and inspiration. The holy spirit is the comforter.
What variant views of the Trinity exist within Christianity? (How do Trinitarians respond to these views?) View of the Trinity
ANGLICANISM God exists as a Trinity of three persons in the unity of one Godhead (Father, Son and Holy