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The dogma of the trinity is set forth in the Nicene Creed and, especially, in the Athanasian Creed. Essentially, the belief is in three persons of one God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
We can easily produce an analogy to briefly demonstrate the truth of the trinity: God is as the sun, Christ is as a perfect mirror placed in the light of the sun, and the Holy Spirit is like the light of the sun. Man sees in the mirror the image of the sun and receives from it the sun's radiance.
Jesus said that
I am in the Father, and the Father is in
Me, which is like saying that the mirror is in the sun's light, and the image of the
sun is in the mirror. Jesus said that
whosoever has seen Me has seen
the Father, and this is like saying that whoever looks at the mirror has seen the
The Nicene Creed asserts that the Holy Spirit emanates from both God and Christ. This is no different from saying that light emanates from the sun directly, and from the mirror by reflection.
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Author - John Roncalio. © 2003, John Roncalio.
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