First and foremost, I would like to say Happy Trinity Sunday in advance to all of my brothers and sisters out there. Most importantly , praise be to Jesus for the Holy Trinity and we get the opportunity to make the sign of the cross to invoke such an idea. It’s unfortunate that there are Christian (so-called) sects our there who actually debate that there is no such thing as the Trinity. Saint Athanasius had this very fight against Arius at the Council of Nicaea and unfortunately Arius’ influence gripped a lot of Catholics, putting them in a position of heresy. That’s part of the reason we have the Nicene Creed. However, Athanasius actually had something called the Athanasian Creed, which I’ll include in this post.
What is this big fight all about ? It clearly states in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age”. It doesn’t get any clearer than that folks. Some people throw out the argument “the word Trinity is no where mentioned “. True, but there’s a heretical believe of the rapture too but that word is definitely no where to be found (especially since as I just stated the idea is fake). Thus, that’s not really a good argument. Also, let us recall the reaction of Saint Thomas who doubted Christ was resurrected until he placed his finger at Christ’s side to which in John 20:28 he then said “My Lord and my God!”. In the original Greek is literally means “The Lord of me and the God of me”. You notice no rebuke from Our Lord. Also, John 1 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. There are some Christian sects (again so called that I insist that last portion says “the Word was a god”. Hmmmmm, I think that runs counter to something called the Ten Commandments in which one of them clearly states you shall have no other gods before me. One common mistake Christians make is thinking Jesus came about later. That idea is patently heretical. The Trinity was not revealed to those in the Old Testament quite yet, although there were some Jews who were starting to see God as not just God the Father. In Daniel 7:13, it states “there came one like a son of man and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him”. Ancient of Days was God the Father and of course Jesus has been identified as the Son of Man. Dominus vobiscum.
The Athanasian Creed
Whoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic* faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity.
Neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
And yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord.
So we are forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers;
One Son, not three Sons;
One Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is before or after other;
None is greater or less than another; but the whole three Persons are coeternal together and coequal, so that in all things, as is aforesaid,
The Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He, therefore, that will be saved must think thus of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believes faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; And Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ:
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; One altogether, not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.