Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Threeness of God

Why should God be a communion of three divine persons, neither less nor more? Here again there can be no logical proof. The threeness of God is something given or revealed to us in Scripture, in the Apostolic Tradition, and in the experience of the saints throughout the centuries. All that we can do is to verify this given fact through our own life of prayer.

Bishop Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way (rev. ed. 1995)

2 comments:

peggy38 said...

Beautiful quote.

I have two responses (based on what I believe to be sound teaching like +Ware's) to those who wonder about the Trinity.

The first is alot like what Bishop Ware has said. The Trinity is something that you learn to understand over a lifetime. Its not grasped in a moment.

The second is for those who try to "do the math" and despair of trying to make 1 + 1 + 1 = 1. I say that the Trinity is not a math formula, its a relationship that you enter into and will never exhaust as long as you live.

It looks like Bishop Ware is in the same camp and in the good company of many of the saints who know that the more that you try to explain the Trinity, the further you fall into heresy! Its something to be received and adored, not something to be grasped and dissected.

Bryan Owen said...

Good points that fit very well with Bishop Ware's discussion in his book The Orthodox Way. You can read the entire chapter entitled "God as Trinity" from that book here.