Pastor Robbie’s Blog     Campus Pastor – Fairgrove

Posted by on Monday, June 15th, 2015 in Blog

Is it possible that we have been fighting a war over the Trinity? How could such a claim be made when it seems like everyone  has a different opinion about why we still have troops in Afghanistan and now additional troops in Iraq. Of course, these numbers have dramatically decreased since 2011 since we “ended” our war on terror. But yet the rise of Isis is still causing concern as we have had attacks in Paris, Britain and now most recently in Garland Texas all this year.

So why talk about the Trinity? And please understand that when I use the term Trinity what I mean is a holistic understanding of our triune God. Listen to the Athanasian Creed a statement of faith from the fifth century “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the church’s orthodox faith; which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And this is our faith: that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity.”

For some of us it might come as a shock that our very salvation is dependent upon our worship of the Trinity. That seems scary considering how difficult it is to fully grasp the Trinity in our understanding. But yet to grow in God is to know more of God.

What is it about Islam and the Quran that causes such conflict and what do they say about the Trinity that causes such division? Listen to the sharp distinction between Allah and the God of Christianity and the Bible?

In Surah 112

“Say not “Trinity”. Desist; it will be better for you: for God is one God. Glory be to Him: far exalted is He above having a son.

Say: “He, Allah is One.

Allah is He on Whom all depend.

He begets not, nor is He begotten.

And none is like Him.”

Allah is a single-person God. In no sense is he a father and in no sense does he have a Son. Allah is one person, and not three.”

It is evident by this text from the Quran that Islam seeks to draw the strongest distinction between Allah, his prophet Muhammad and the God of Christianity.

So the next time you hear the word Trinity instead of shying away or trying to use some strange analogy about water or eggs to try and explain or understand, go to the Word of God and seek to know Him there. Given all the different preconceptions people have about “God”, it just won’t do to speak of him in obscure and unspecific ways as some general God.  The Holy Trinity allows us to rejoice in the Spirit within us, Jesus’ life, death and  resurrection and the Holiness of God the Father.

If we are content to speak of God in terms so vague they could apply to Allah as much as the Trinity, then we will never enjoy or share what is so fundamentally and delightful different about Christianity!

Let us pray that the gospel that saves will permeate into the darkest places of the world so that we might all rejoice in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit!

Blessings!

Robbie

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