Thursday, June 11, 2009

Faith in the Trinity: Catechism Part I, Chapter 3

How many basic parts are there to an egg? If you list them, do you count the shell, the white, and the yolk? That’s 3 separate parts, right? Is the shell any less a part of the egg than the white or the yolk? Don’t you still call it an “egg” shell? And when you need to add “egg” whites to your cake batter, you still consider them eggs, even though you are only using part of them, right?

Think about your computer now. Is the monitor any less a part of it than the keyboard? Can it function properly without the hard drive? Even with all of the input from outside sources, it is still a computer, and cannot be separated into individual parts alone to be useful or complete.

So it is with God. He is one with Jesus Christ, and they are both one with the Holy Spirit. As Catholic Christians, we are called to believe in the Father, who sent the Son, through the power of the Holy Spirit. These 3 people are one, and as such work together for the common good. Faith requires that we believe and accept the doctrine of the Holy Trinity because it is reasonable, and makes perfect sense.

Just as your mind, body, and spirit are one, though acting in different capacities, so is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit one, in accordance with God’s creation and plan of salvation. When you take care of your body, you are helping your mind and spirit too. When God sent His Son, He sent the Father and Spirit with Jesus.

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