You wrote and asked that I explain the concept of the Trinity in the Christian Faith. This concept has caused break up of churches, ministers to preach about biscuits rather than try to explain it, and most of us to just shrug our shoulders and say, “Beats me.” I don’t know if Sufis have a similar quandary or puzzle. But to explain the Trinity is for a layman a near impossible task.
Nevertheless, I will try. As short explanation is simply despite the word Trinity and multiple references to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost there is only one God. One person described as “the mystery beyond us, the mystery among us, and the mystery within us.” Another example I read is to understand the Idea of God as Three and One just look in a mirror. What you see is an interior life, a visible face which in some measure reflects that inner life, and that invisible power you have in order to communicate your inner life in such a way that others not only know about it, but it becomes part of them as well. Yet what you are looking at in the mirror is clearly the one and only you.
Still confused? I am sure you are. So our only hope is to visit St. Johns on Trinity Sunday and hope Luis doesn’t dodge the question. I am interested if Sufis or other faiths have similar divisive and hard to understand doctrines. Comments anyone?
Your friend, Webb
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