Who Would Imagine a Triune God?

One lie that atheists buy into is that Man conjured up God from our imagination in order to explain the things that Science had not yet explained—but now that All-knowing Science has come into its own, Man no longer needs this figment of our imagination to prop us up.

The silly part of this lie is the idea that anyone would imagine God to be as the Bible explains Him. Take the trinity, for example. Note that atheists are quick to point out that the Bible never says God is a trinity, as if this fact refutes the claim. It does not. As early as Genesis 1, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”

And who was this “Us”? John spells that out in the first chapter of his gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then in verse 14, he clarifies the issue: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father.”

Jesus Himself stated clearly, “I and the Father are one,” which is why the Jewish leaders wanted to kill him. His claim, as they clearly understood, was that He was God. In their view this was blasphemy.

To an atheist, it looks like nonsense. So I ask the question, if someone was going to imagine a god to explain the unknown, who would come up with a triune God who fosters more questions than answers?

Why not have a neat, simple all-powerful god, with maybe a couple lesser gods beneath him, if you had to have an “Us” at all? Keep it believable, in other words, or people will reject god because he is too far-fetched.

But no. Christianity has affirmed belief in a triune God—a personal God, at that—indivisible, yet individual. The Father is not God made flesh, but He and the Son are one. That’s only one of the many conundrums the concept of a triune God causes.

Who would conceive of the inconceivable? Who could conceive of the inconceivable? Only those to whom the inconceivable has been revealed. Good Jews like Paul would never have come up with such heretical ideas on their own.

And why aren’t Christians today quick to let the doctrine go as a cultural phenomenon, much like the laws of Moses, other than the fact that we are convinced Jesus taught this truth. This difficult, problem-causing truth. A stumbling block to those who don’t believe.

If I were going to imagine a god, I’d certainly conjure up one that didn’t come with confusing claims like three-in-oneness.

Published in: on November 24, 2008 at 12:03 pm  Comments (7)  
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