Let us be gentle in our differences, and I will agree not to quench a warm heart with cold counsel, if trins can agree likewise, for my heart is warm also, toward our common Father.
I answered ‘no’.
I do not accept the Athanasian Creed:
“Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. …(and here I’ve deleted about 7,344 sentences that expound the same thing - yes I exaggerate)…And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.”
I DO believe that trinitarian language is a powerful way of describing, not what is ontologically true - I don’t think it is , BUT is perhaps as close as we can get to describing God. We want and actually have a God who answers to our overwhelming personal needs.
Tillich: “TRINITARIAN MONOTHEISM IS NOT A MATTER OF THE NUMBER THREE. IT IS A QUALITATIVE AND NOT A QUANTITATIVE CHARACTERIZATION OF GOD. IT IS AN ATTEMPT TO SPEAK OF THE LIVING GOD, THE GOD IN WHOM THE ULTIMATE AND THE CONCRETE ARE UNITED.”
The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit - speaks directly to the problem of man’s finitude, estrangement, and ambiguities of Life, as Tilllich writes, “The questions arising out of man’s finitude are answered by the doctrine of God the Father and the symbols used in it. The questions arising out of man’s estrangement are answered by the doctrine of Christ and the symbols applied to it. The questions arising out of the ambiguities of llife are answered by the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and its symbols.”
The doctrine of the Trinity, though not scriptural - yes, just my opinion - is the best way that mankind has come up with to describe someone who is greater than all description.
I totally accept the Apostle’s Creed:
- I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
- And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
- Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
- Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
- The third day he rose again from the dead:
- He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
- From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
- I believe in the Holy Ghost:
- I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
- The forgiveness of sins:
1l. The resurrection of the body:
- And the life everlasting. Amen.