Holy trinity

The Holy Trinity is the closeness of God to humanity

UNDERSTANDING GOD

By Mgr. John Wynand Katende

Monotheists (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) believe that God is far too great for a human to fully understand. There is a huge gap between God and mankind.

God belongs to the invisible world and we belong to the visible world. God must therefore reveal himself to us and allow us to understand him. In doing so, he also manifests his closeness to humanity.

When God wants to talk to human beings and tell them something they don’t know, He sends prophets to speak for Him. In order for people to understand this, God does not use heavenly language but human means of communication. When God spoke to Moses in the burning bush in the wilderness, he limited himself to the level of Moses and spoke the tongue of Moses ((Exodus 3). This shows God’s humility and love for sentient beings. humans.

The Christian belief in a Triune God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is however blasphemous / scandalous, especially in Islam. In Deuteronomy 6: 4 God says, “Hear, Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. “And in Exodus 20: 3:” You will not have other gods before me.

From Hebrews 1: 1-3 we learn that “in these last days he spoke to us through his Son… The Son is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact representation of his being. So God reveals Himself in a more perfect way than a voice or a book. He revealed Himself through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the exact representation of God, his image. Jesus’ name is Emmanuel, God-with-us.

In John 3: 12-13, Jesus is revealed to be the physical and tangible manifestation of God. He said to Nicodemus, a high-ranking religious Jew who could not understand him, “No one has ever been to heaven except he who came from heaven, the Son of man. Jesus is physically man, but in his Spirit he is God. A simple example is like water in a bucket. The bucket is like the body of Jesus, the water is like the Spirit of God.

In Exodus 33:20, God said to Moses, “You cannot see my face, for no one can see me and live. It’s like we can never get to the sun because of the distance millions of miles away and because of the extreme heat. But the sun can come to us in a limited form, by its light. This is how God came down to us. Jesus presents himself as the light that came down from heaven (John 9: 5).

As the fire has light and they are not separated even though the light travels millions of kilometers, God the Father and Jesus the Son are inseparable. They have the same nature. We cannot go to God ourselves. He has come down to us because he loves us and wants us to live in spiritual light, not spiritual darkness.

What about the Holy Spirit? Because God is Spirit, he is spiritually discerned. According to 1 Corinthians 2:14, it is the Spirit of God who makes us understand the Trinity as the true nature of God. As the light brings warmth with it, so does the Son of God. Jesus is light and the Holy Spirit is the heat, energy or power of God. The Holy Trinity can also be explained by using the analogy of water as solid ice, liquid water and gas vapor.

God answers the prayer of a true seeker. If we are to understand the Trinity, we must pray and ask God to open our spiritual eyes. In doing so, we will be able to experience the saving love of God, which corresponds to his revelation as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The writer is a Catholic priest in Kampala