Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Trinity Love

I believe that the doctrine of the Trinity is essential (in the sense that it is most consistent with) a theology of love. The Bible says that God is love. I am of the school of thought that LOVE is God's core characteristic. Indeed, all other 'attributes' of God are simply His love playing out in context. I believe belief in the Trinity is part and parcel with this theology.

The Father, Son & Spirit are, and always have been, a loving relationship. In trinitarian thought, love is not just something God does... love is something God is. God is a loving relationship. There was never a reality where only the Father existed. If such a time had existed, love could only be at best a potential attribute to be displayed at some future date.

In Islam, for example, God is rigidly one. He created, primarily, in order to have creation submit to Him. How could love be a core characteristic for Allah if, before creation, He was without relationship entirely? Likewise, how could the Christian God have love as a core characteristic without any essential relationship? The Christian God is love. The Christian God is the loving relationship b/w Father, Son & Spirit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I read your thoughts at Steve Gregg's theos.org, I was astounded at the push-back you received about considering love as God's core characteristic. The discussions there, as they inevitably do, cycled back to arguments about the nature of hell. I believe that many of the arguments actually center on differences of opinions about what God's core characteristic is. In fact, strangely enough, a participant there who actually shares my opinion about the ultimate fate of unbelievers, does so out of what I believe is a gross misunderstanding about God's nature. ANYWAY, my question is: could this be stated the other way around? Could I argue for love being the central core of God because of the trinity?

Thanks, Michelle