The Trinity and Knowability

The Trinity is a mystery that is dogma and must be believed for one to call themselves a Christian.  This is a leap of faith, because though we know it is true, we are not able to understand everything about it.  Do we need to understand everything about it in order to believe?  Some would say that to believe we must have absolute knowledge of the subject.  To not have this knowability is a contradiction in eyes of many.

There are many things that we have knowledge of, but we do not know absolutely.  The medical field is constantly changing and filled with new advances, but just a few decades ago the damage of cigarettes on the human body was not well known.  Is this a contradiction in the medical field?  Do we not adhere to the advice of our doctor because we do not have an absolute knowledge of his field?  To have that line of thinking borders on insanity.

There is no tension between the trinity and its knowability.  The Trinity was revealed very slowly in scripture because to reveal it right away would lead Israel into Tritheism.  They simply would not have understood it.  The members of the Trinity were together at one time at the baptism of Christ, and Christ mentioned all three.  For those who have issues believing the Trinity, St. Augustine asks a very interesting question.  Do you believe Jesus rose from the dead though you have never seen anyone else do the same (Augustine 7.5)?  We love the Lord Jesus though we have never seen him, and we love the other members of the Trinity as well.  We see the handiwork of the Trinity all around us.  The Trinity is one God with three persons, and we love them because they are God.  It does take an element of faith like most things in life.  That illumination that faith provides assists in understanding it a bit more.  If we fully understand everything there is to know about God, then he ceases being God.

 

Works Cited

Augustine of Hippo. Philip Schaff. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1887.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/130101.htm&gt;, accessed November 11, 2018.

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Happy New Year!

It is finally here.  2018 is upon us.  First and foremost I want to say thank you.  It is because of you that the blog has grown so much over the past year.  Page visits have tripled year over year, the podcast can be heard in multiple places including iheart radio, and I have been receiving feedback about how the content has helped fellow believers with one issue or another.  When I started this page a little over two years ago that was the calling I had, and praise God it has helped someone.

Looking into 2018 there are many things going on.  I will have my own weekly radio show on KKMC 880 am in Salinas, Ca.  I have also launched Theology Still Matters Publications which is the publishing arm in which I self publish all my books.  (By the way, if you have written a book that can help the church feel free to send it over if you would like me to take a look, or possibly publish it under the Theology Still Matters banner).

There are over 400 articles on this site that contain a variety of topics.  This site has everything from book reviews to articles on Christology and apologetics.  It is all here, for free.  If you want to donate to support the page, podcast, and radio show please feel free to do so.  The email address that I use for my paypal account is William.hemsworth@gmail.com.

Lastly, I want to thank you one more time for the tremendous support that you all give.  You all are an awesome group, and I want you all to know that I pray for you all everyday.  Please feel free to send me an email if you need some guidance, advice, or if you want me to address a topic.  God bless you all as we head into 2018.

 

In Christ,

William Hemsworth

Book Giveaway

Over the past few months I have had the honor of reviewing many great Christian books.  The blog, and related social media pages, have grown by leaps and bounds over the past year.  I now want to say thank you and will be having a giveaway for some of these books on the blog’s Facebook page.  If you want to participate the page can be found at www.facebook.com/theologystillmatters.  The first book will be posted later today, and the winner will be announced on the Facebook page Saturday night.

New Year Resolutions

I would like to sincerely thank you all for the your support, and for reading this blog.  It has spawned into other projects over the past year such as a podcast, a publishing contract which I signed about three months ago, and articles in other outlets.  I am continuously in awe with how the Lord is using the little page.  I wanted to share a few resolutions that I will be doing in the New Year.

  1.  I will make it a point to do one blog post per day.  I love to write, and doing this will assist in other writing projects.
  2. I will release one podcast episode per week.  Over the past few months the podcast has been neglected.  I believe I have only posted three shows in the past three months.
  3. I will finish and release my third book.  My first two books will be released around March and April respectively.
  4. I will spend more time with my wife and four children.
  5. I will make a deeper commitment to prayer.  I admit that this is an area that I seem to neglect for some reason.  I pray in the morning, but during the rest of the day this vital practice is a struggle.

These are my five resolutions that I commit to.  Please let me know what your resolutions are by leaving them in the comments.  I thank you again for reading this blog, and I wish you and your family a happy new year.  God bless you and your loved ones!

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