|The Foundations of Faith:||Seminar 9|
But what is this Trinity? Our Church defines it as follows:
The central belief of Christian faith;
the mystery of one God in three divine persons:
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
To earthlings like us it is a mystery;
how can three persons function as one? In order to understand this concept
well, one must first gain understanding of Spirituality.
For majority of us the concept becomes clearer if we compared the Trinity
to an MP3 player. Like the Trinity, an MP3 player is composed of three
separate functional entities. One is the player itself. A piece of hardware
where music is saved on a magnetic media or a chip. Here, the player would
be GOD Himself. The music would be the Holy Spirit. and your earphones
would be Jesus who is in intimate contact with you (with our ancestors
2000 years ago, and with you in the Eucharist). Jesus brings you the Word
(music), which He receives from GOD the father. The Holy Spirit is the
spirit, which joins the two:
|God the Father||MP3 player|
|Holy Spirit||The music|
The mystical concept of the Holy Trinity
is difficult to understand. It has created much controversy among Christians
and was not accepted in Islam. Intensive theological debates have taken
place in the early Church about the relationship of Jesus to GOD. One school
of thought led by theologian
Arius had it that the Son was not co-equal
and co-essential with the Father, but merely the chief of His creation,
as opposed to the view of equality between Jesus the God-Son and the God-Father
now echoed by our Church. The Trinitarian concept favors the present views
of our Church, that is the equality between Jesus the God-Son and the God-Father
with the Holy Spirit joining the two in one entity. Hopefully the nature
of the Holy Spirit will become clearer in the following section.
In the world of spirits we will receive much understanding and knowledge we did not have on Earth and our eyes will be opened. In fact it was indicated by many mystics that this knowledge and understanding will be pivotal in our own judgement whether we are worthy to share Heaven with God or not. Those spirits judging themselves unworthy of God will remain in the world of the dead. It is NOT a pleasant place to be! Nevertheless, the concept of spirituality is the same for all spiritual world (here heavens 2 and 3). We will have no eyes yet we will see with perfect vision. We will have no ears, yet we will perceive thoughts (voices) of other spirits clearly. Communication among spirits takes the form of mind-to-mind communication. During His public ministry Jesus indicated that spirits (even a number of different spirits) can enter some bodies sometimes at their free will. This is where the concept of the Holy Spirit (the advocate) comes in. It also explains how can the Holy Spirit span two individuals, i.e. God-Son and God-Father both encompassing one God-Head.
Throughout the human history people attempted consulting mediums to learn from the knowledge of these spirits. But because, as we saw earlier these spirits often are unworthy of God (God's rejects), God does not wish us to follow their advice (Lev. 19:31). On the other hand, our attempt consulting the Holy Spirit is highly desirable, we call it the "prayer".
The Afterlife offers three options of which
the Kingdom of God is the true heaven. All who have been
faithful to God and His commandments will live with God in happiness for
ever. Some people however, may not be very bad, yet they are not good enough
and ready to receive the gift of eternal happiness. They will be given
another chance to repent and to be prepared for heaven. This opportunity
is called the Purgatory. Finally, there are many of those
who were very bad people, and always refused to accept God and His righteousness.
These souls are justly destined for Hell where they will
be separated from God for ever.
Unfortunately, there are many christians today who go to mass every Sunday, yet, did not accept the Holy Spirit in their lives. Their participation in the church is purely external. In order to receive the Holy Spirit one must open his/her heart and be open-minded so that the Holy Spirit Jesus is sending can enter (Lk.11:9-13).
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