I recently had some of my kids’ friends ask me What is the Trinity? Is God the same as Jesus? These questions are always asked by someone who is exploring faith in Jesus. After all, they’re good questions. And confusing ones. God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit. One God? Hmmm…
Most Christians are puzzled by the Trinity, and therefore, can’t explain it very well. Let’s change that!
In all transparency, I feel like I did a pretty mediocre job of explaining the Trinity to them in a way they could grasp. (Heavy sigh.) I’ve been thinking about it a lot, doing some research to see how people smarter than I have explained the Trinity, and come to a better understanding of the Trinity – and how to explain the Trinity in simpler terms.
One of the problems is that most of us – myself included – are tempted to move too quickly to analogies that only help explain aspects of the Trinity. So, rather than starting there, here’s where we’re headed:
- My Starting Point for Trying to Explain the Trinity
- The Simplest – but Still Clear – Explanation for the Trinity
- 3 Helpful Videos
- The 3 Most Common “Trinity Analogies” (and their limitations)