The Athanasian Creed, which is accepted by the majority of the Churches professing to be Christian, furnishes an authoritative answer. It states:
“We worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity there is one person of the Father, another of the Son; and another of Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all one; ... so the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God, and yet there are not three Gods, but one God ... And in this Trinity none is afore or after the other, none is greater or less than another, but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.”
While there are undoubtedly things which mans’ finite mind cannot fully grasp we are not asked to believe things that are contrary to reason. This is evident from such passages as Isaiah 1:18, where God, through the prophet, exhorts Israel to “Come now, and let us reason together.”
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Author: O. L. Dunaway
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Bible reference(s): Genesis 1:26, Gen 3:22, Pro 8:22, Isa 9:6, Mat 1:23, Mat 28:19, John 1:1-4, John 3:13, John 5:23, John 6:33, John 6:38, John 6:51, John 6:58, John 6:62, John 8:23, John 8:28, John 8:58, John 10:17-18, John 10:30, John 14:9, John 17:5, John 20:28, Rom 9:5, Philippians 2:6, Col 1:15-16, Eph 4:8-10, Heb 1:2, Heb 1:8, Heb 7:3, 1 John 4:3, 1 John 5:7, 1 John 5:20, Rev 3:14
Source: The Key to Bible Understanding (Conway, AR: 1958).
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