"Of God and of the Holy Trinity"
Westminster Confession of Faith
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Maybe you've heard this one...
You were part of a group that was enjoying an amicable discussion of theology but when the doctrine of the Trinity came up everything changed.
Suddenly the otherwise unremarkable person at your left dons his mortarboard (metaphorically speaking) and assumes the character of a wise sage addressing a group of rather stupid children in short-pants with food stuck to their faces. With a condescending smile that betrays his misplaced confidence the self-appointed professor proudly announces "Oh, the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity is no mystery to me. You see, God is like an egg. There's the shell, the white, and the yolk. Three parts but jut one egg." After offering this gem of "wisdom," the would-be wiseman resumes his seat with the air of a man anticipating applause. Not receiving same, he becomes sulky and the group awkwardly disperses for parts unknown.
But in all honesty what other response could there have been to his astounding claim that "God is like an egg."
The God of the Bible is NOT like an egg.
So what is God like? And how are we to understand the doctrine of the Holy Trinity? Or perhaps a better question - what practical difference do these things make in a Christian's day-to-day life?
Well, the Bible has answers and the Westminster Confession of Faith summarizes these answers very helpfully in chapter 2.
Why not listen to last night's "Know Your Confession" class where we examine these things in some detail.