We’ve been blessed recently with comments from a reader with very different opinions about Jesus and His relationship with the Father from that which we and all of Church History holds to be true. If I am reading our new friend’s points correctly, what is in question, is the veracity of the Trinity.
Our friend, mushtaqtariq writes:
My questions were: Is he Second member of Triune God? Is he Son of first part of Triune God (Because He is Son of father only, he is Not son of son, Not son of holy spirit, also he is “full” God himself, he is not Son of himself), Is he at the same time “fully” God in every respect? Did he die as ordinary mortal man since God cannot die? Hope you will re-consider your answer and my question. God bless.
First, to our commenting friend, thank you for opening up a line of communication with us. We treasure every opportunity to share our faith with anyone and everyone. We want to answer your questions. At the same time, we want to be clear, and unfortunately brief responses in comment blocks can’t adequately get us to the place we need to be if we want to be fair with you and the truth. To the best of our ability, and with the help of others, we hope to get to all of your questions. Practice patience with us.
Over the next several posts we will make a diligent attempt to explain the traditional understanding of the Bible’s declaration of there being only one true God revealed to us in three distinct persons. We’re breaking this work up to try to keep articles at 500 words (give or take a few)… for the benefit of readers and their busy schedules.
I hope many join us and participate in the discussion. In a very brief answer to our friend, “Yes, my firm belief is that Jesus is fully God and one with the Father and Holy Spirit; the Trinity. As the Church Fathers concluded, if this is disproved, all of the faith of Christianity comes crashing to the ground, Jesus would have been no more than a sick and depraved fraud (in no way a good man, as other religions suggest), and we are still in our sins awaiting the day of wrath because of our rebellion against a Holy and Righteous God.”
But take heart in the words of Thomas, speaking to the Risen Jesus, he said “My Lord and my God (John 20:28)!” It is a very difficult doctrine. In some ways (if not most), it is impossible for the human mind to grasp, but the revelation of the Trinity from Scripture and supported by Church History is by no means beyond reason; in fact I believe the evidence in support of it is irrefutable.