The Holy Gospel: May 26, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  John 16:12-15

Meditation:  “The Full Picture”

I know a person who does not believe in the Trinity because the word is not found in Scripture.  I suspect there is another underlying reason he rejects the idea, but he ascribes his skepticism to the absence of the term.

I notice that he does this holding a Bible, but the word “Bible” is not found in Scripture either!  The point is, he derives the principles and practices of his faith from more than biblical terms.  We all do.

Today’s reading includes all three Persons of the Godhead.  The Son is speaking.  The Spirit is anticipated.  And the Father is acknowledged.  Trinity—not the word, but the idea.

Trinity is a distinctive view of Christianity.  The major religions of the world “bail out” in relation to some portion of it.  By proclaiming Trinity, Christianity offers a fuller vision of God (but not a comelete explanation–it is still Mystery) than is found when one or more of the “persons” are left out or diminished.

In terms of the man I know, his denial of Trinity keeps his faith highly rationalistic and far less relational—more historic than contemporary.  Trinity Sunday gives us the opportunity not only to embrace the full picture of God, but also an occasion to see if our embrace is limited in some way that keeps our experience of God truncated.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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