Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is our core belief. There is one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Getting to know God is a spiritual experience, and not something that can be understood by applying logic to it. The Trinity reflects how God encounters us, how God is different to us, and how God teaches us the truth about relationships and communities.

Trinity is sometimes referred to as the Three in One, the Trinitarian God or the Triune God, where there are three distinct Persons, namely Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each Person is God, not a fraction of God. There is only one God, and that is known as the Holy Trinity. The Father is neither the Son nor the Spirit. The Son is neither the Father nor the Spirit. The Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. The Father is God, as are the Son and the Holy Spirit. Both the Son and the Holy Spirit are from the Father, and the Holy Spirit is from the Son as well.

In an attempt to try to imagine God in a tangible way, you can draw an analogy between the three distinct Persons and the states of water. One molecule of water is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O). Water can have three different states, and it can be all three at the same time. Water can be in solid state, such as our polar ice caps and glaciers; water can be in liquid state, such as our flowing rivers and swirling oceans; and water can be in gas state, such as water vapour in our moist atmosphere. Water can also exist as solid, liquid and gas at the same time. This phenomenon can be seen with melting ice, where the triple point of pure water is 0.01°C.

Theology and science, in unity, are expanding their knowledge of the Creator (God) and God’s creation, namely the universe, which includes our blue planet Earth, with its ample supply of life-sustaining water and rich biodiversity. The common goal for these disciplines, is to search for the truth and the intelligibility of existence. Faith, on the other hand, is the gift that we have gratefully received from God. For it is God that continues to shape both our lives and our thinking. Faith and science, are working together, to protect this planet from climate change, to preserve its biodiversity, and to promote recovery, so that it can continue to sustain life.

Entrance into the Temple: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Psalm 24: 1-2 

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