LESSONS FROM THE TRINITY
If allotted only three words to explain your Christian faith, you can’t go wrong with these: “God is love.” If you’re granted a single word, you might consider this one: “Trinity.” In fact, the two say largely the same thing.
Trinity is the symbol of divine love. The traditionally described Father-Son-Spirit reside in perfect unity of essence and will. Trinity tells us we are love, too, since we’re made in God’s image. We are love, and our nature is therefore primarily relational. The implications for discernment are profound. We can never ask: What’s best for me, Lord? We can only inquire: What’s best for all?
If it sounds too touchy-feely to suggest that loving relationships stand at the center of reality, check the science. Quantum theory is demonstrating that survival depends on forces of cooperation rather than domination or competition. According to the science, we can speak of an “entanglement” of particles that react to the same events even when they’re distant and apparently don’t touch at all. You don’t have to prove it on the subatomic level: just look around the globe and see how interconnected life is. Cause and effect isn’t what it used to be. What we exhale in America is inhaled on the far side of the planet.
Trinity sits at the center of our religious understanding, telling us the same thing. All is one, and the unity of interdependence is necessary so that reality doesn’t tear itself apart. “What’s best for all” is “what’s best for me.”
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications