"Paul went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there." Acts 17:17
When was the last time you had a conversation about Jesus with someone who does not believe?
Let's eavesdrop on the following conversation between two friends....
Vick: I've come to the conclusion that all world religions are illogical. With Christianity it's a lot of concepts, one being the trinity.
Matt: Well, let's take a look at the Trinity quickly. The Trinity is the doctrine that there is one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are not three gods. Now, what about that is illogical?
Vick: Well, for starters, why? Why exist in 3 persons?
Matt: Asking why is not an issue of logic but of curiosity. The Trinity is not illogical. Asking "Why" really isn't the issue. Do you see my point?
Vick: Yea, I see. But I can't see why that would be essential for him to survive, or anything for that matter
Vick: Not to mention the idea of a trinity was not popular until well after the 1st century.
Matt: We do not know if it is or it is not essential that God be a Trinity--though I assume it is because that is what He is. We Christians simply state that the Trinity is the doctrine revealed in scripture. It is what God has revealed about himself. Take for example the concept of time. Time exists in three parts: past, present, and future. Each is not the other. But each shares the same nature: time--so, too, with space which is height, width, and depth. Matter is solid, liquid, and gas. You live in the trinity of trinities. Why would the concept of the Trinity be so difficult to accept? The Bible says in Romans 1 that God's nature is revealed in creation. It is all around us. Also, it does not matter if the Trinity was popular or not before or after the first century. The issue is whether or not the Bible teaches it. The Church merely took a while to recognize what the Bible said about God's nature. What they concluded was what we call the Trinity.
Vick: As you refer to the Bible, there are a lot of things about the Bible I do not like....
What adventure is Jesus leading you to dialogue about?
What are you learning as you have these potential life-changing conversations?
How is the Holy Spirit guiding you?
Let's join in on life-changing conversations about Jesus.
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.