(Teachings rejected as Unbiblical or Inconsistent) Tritheism Rejects “God is One” and claims there are “three gods” Subordinationism Rejects “God is Three” and claims Son was created and therefore “subordinate” Adoptionism Rejects “God is Unity” and claims Jesus became godlike by being “adopted” at his baptism
Modalism Rejects “God is Diversity” and claims one God takes on three different “modes” Why the Trinity? C.S. Lewis- “A cultured person… is almost compelled to be aware that reality is very odd and that the ultimate truth, whatever it may be, must have the characteristic of strangeness .” Explains… What God has revealed about himself (full biblical record of who God is) Other aspects Red-headed Step-child… Trinity tends to be viewed as important for Christian belief, but one that rarely has application to daily life Few know why it is important Importance Uniquely Christian belief Why might the Trinity be important for Christianity?
The significance of the Trinity is LOVE God has eternally existed in relationship A full, delightful, perfect, satisfying, loving relationship Father eternally loves Son and expresses his delight Son eternally loves Father and represents his Father Spirit eternally exists as the person Significance of the Trinity Without Trinity… God is Alone and Needy (if relational) God is Capricious and Deceptive (if not relational) Because of Trinity… God is fully satisfied within himself Perfect relationship exists- perfect joy, perfect love Human relationship with God is possible Human interpersonal relationships have meaning Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Who is God reveled in Trinity? God’s self-revelation through Old Testament: Compassionate, Gracious Slow to anger, Quick to Forgive Abounding in Love, Good to All Yet- guilty won’t go unpunished (Just) God’s self-revelation through the New Testament:
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- New Testament, Trinity