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R.C. Sproul on the Trinity

Calvinist theologian R.C. Sproul, in his book, “What is the Trinity?: 10 (Crucial Question Series)“, says:

The concept of the Trinity has emerged as a touchstone of truth, a non-negotiable article of Christian orthodoxy. However, it has been a source of controversy throughout church history, and there remains much confusion about it to this day, with many people misunderstanding it in very serious ways.

I find this to be a very valuable insight and quote, coming from a Pastor who has had to deal with the doubts of his congregation. His crucial question book series seeks to enlighten the Christian masses on the various theological doubts and questions  they may face with the Christian religion. The description to this particular book states, “Though the word Trinity is not found in the Bible, there is no doubt that the Scriptures teach this triune nature of God. Yet the concept still challenges our finite minds.” It continues by stating,  “Above all, he affirms that while this truth is difficult to understand, it is not contradictory.” In summary, this Calvinist Christian scholar teaches us that the Trinity is:

  • A source of doctrinal controversy for the Christian faith.
  • Confusing from its emergence till today.
  • Misunderstood by many Christians in very serious ways.
  • A Triune concept which challenges human thought.
  • Difficult to understand.

These are troubling claims for this Christian academic to proclaim, to understand why, we need to read John 14:26:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

What does verse 26 mean when it says the Holy Spirit will teach believers all things? According to Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, the Holy Spirit’s job is to explain the beliefs about God which are necessary for Christian salvation, evidently the Trinity has to be counted as one of the things necessary to be known for Christian salvation:

“he shall teach you all things: this is the proper work and business of the Spirit, to teach, interpret, and explain all things which Christ had said to them; to make them more plain and easy to their understandings; to instruct them in all things necessary to salvation, and to be known by them, that they might teach them others:”

From this, we can then come to the logical conclusion that the Trinity was not spoken of by Christ, otherwise the Holy Spirit would have taught about it, interpreted it, explained it completely, made it plain and easy to understand for Christians to believe in. Since the Spirit did not do these things, then according to John 14:26, Christ did not speak this doctrine to the disciples. The Trinity, as admitted by this Christian scholar, is a source of confusion for Christians and a source of controversy for the Christian religion.

and God knows best.

Response: The Triune God – The Greatest Conceivable Being that Exists

There have been many philosophical arguments developed to explain and rationalize the theology of the Holy Trinity. One such philosophical argument, revolves around the concept of the inter-personal relationship between the members of the Godhead. For a quick recap, the Trinity is defined as One God, quantified by Three Persons, who are co-equal, co-existing with each other in the Godhead (the Godhead in itself is undefined and beyond human reasoning but it is that which unites the three persons). In explaining the nature of the relationship between the persons in the Triune Godhead, Sam Shamoun referenced famed Christian Apologist, Dr. William Lane Craig in his article, “The Triune God – The Greatest Conceivable Being that Exists“. The argument is presented as such:

As the greatest conceivable being, God must be perfect. Now a perfect being must be a loving being. For love is a moral perfection; it is better for a person to be loving rather than unloving. God therefore must be a perfectly loving being. Now it is of the very nature of love to give oneself away. Love reaches out to another person rather than centering wholly in oneself. So if God is perfectly loving by His very nature, He must be giving Himself in love to another. But who is that other? It cannot be any created person, since creation is a result of God’s free will, not a result of His nature. It belongs to God’s very essence to love, but it does not belong to His essence to create. So we can imagine a possible world in which God is perfectly loving and yet no created persons exist. So created persons cannot sufficiently explain whom God loves. Moreover, contemporary. cosmology makes it plausible that created persons have not always existed. But God is eternally loving. So again created persons alone are insufficient to account for God’s being perfectly loving. It therefore follows that the other to whom God’s love is necessarily directed must be internal to God Himself.

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