This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, a day set aside to reflect on one of Christianity’s most interesting but difficult-to-understand doctrines: the Trinity. The doctrine of the Trinity posits that God is one God who is also three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Unlike many other tenets of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Trinity is never concisely explained in one place in Scripture (the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible). And it’s certainly a difficult concept to grasp logically. But Christians believe that it is the clear teaching of the Bible, and that the three persons who comprise the Trinity fill distinct but essential roles in God’s relationship with humanity and creation.
Nonetheless, Christians have long struggled to understand the nature of God’s three-part nature without inadvertently drifting into any of many heresies that misrepresent the Trinity. This video humorously illustrates how quickly you can get into theological trouble when you try to explain the Trinity:
But don’t worry—you’re not expected to have all the details of the Trinity completely figured out. The exact way in which the Trinity works is a mystery that we can’t understand, but pondering it isn’t an act of pointless theological hair-splitting: because this is how God reveals Himself to us in the Bible, it’s important and worth reflection.