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Trinity

No not Trinity in the Matrix. Has anyone really got the Trinity concept figured out? John Piper has some interesting comments or comments from others in his book The Pleasures of God.

CS Lewis – (Mere Christianity?)
To beget is to become the father of something; to create is to make something. When you beget something you beget something that is the same kind as yourself. A man begets human babies, and beaver begets beavers, and a bird begets eggs that become baby birds. But when you make, you make of a kind different from yourself. Birds make nests, beavers make dams, a man makes a wireless set. . . What God begets is God (Jesus); just as what man begets is man.

This next one by Jonathan Edwards is a bit dense. What he is saying is that when an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God whose thoughts result in actions, contemplates his own nature, His thought creates God which is in essence a facsimile of Himself, so He begat Jesus.

Jonathan Edwards – An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity
If a man could have an absolutely perfect idea of all that passed in his mind, all the series of ideas and exercises in every respect perfect as to order, degree, circumstance and for any particular space of time past, suppose the last hour, he would really to all intents and purpose be over again what he was that last hour. And if it were possible for a man by reflection perfectly to contemplate all that is in his own mind in an hour, as it is and at the same time that it is there in its first and direct existence; if a man, that is, had a perfect reflex or contemplative idea of every thought at the same moment or moments that that thought was and of every exercise at and during the same time that that exercise was, and so through a whole hour, a man would really be two during that time, he would be indeed double, he would be twice at once. The idea he has of himself would be himself again.

Therefore as God with perfect clearness, fullness and strength, understands Himself, views His own essence (in which there is no distinction of substance and act but which is wholly substance and wholly act), that idea which God hath of Himself is absolutely Himself. This representation of the Divine nature and essence is the Divine nature and essence again: so that by God’s thinking of the Deity must certainly be generated. Hereby there is another person begotten, there is another Infinite Eternal Almighty and most holy and the same God, the very same Divine nature.

And this Person is the second person in the Trinity, the Only Begotten and dearly Beloved Son of God; He is the eternal, necessary, perfect, substantial and personal idea which God hath of Himself; and that it is so seems to me to be abundantly confirmed by the Word of God.

I don’t know. Still kind of lost on this one. As long as we worship one God, knowing He is God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, maybe that is enough? Still not sure if I need to understand it better, who understands it better, or if it is necessary.

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