This post is mainly to briefly explain the Christian faith and it is dedicated to all readers — so if you’re a nonbeliever trying to understand what we believe, this text will maybe be of some use to you. If you’re already a believer and notice a mistake in this post, feel free to correct me with a comment. I’ll be writing from a Christian’s viewpoint. Please read the ‘about me‘ post in this blog if you feel insulted or offended in any way or if you just feel like you need to argue or quarrel.
Many have wondered what all this nonsense is about. I’d like to quote a phrase whose author I have no idea who it was but fits perfectly in this context and topic, and life itself.
“Some things will never make sense to us, but things don’t have to make sense for them to exist”
I’ve divided this post into different parts. Each part holds the answer to a question titled before it.
I should probably start avouching that we Christians believe in the existence of only One God who at the same time is Three.
THE HOLY TRINITY
To the question ‘do we believe in only One God or in three gods?
We believe in only One God in three persons (Trinity). We see God as ‘not loneliness‘ which is as a perfect communion. So Christians don’t worship three different gods, but only one being, which is three and at the same time one.
Why do Christians believe that so?
Because of Christ: Him, the Son, talks about his Father in Heaven
(I and the Father are one; Jn 10,30). Jesus prays to the Father and sends us the Holy Spirit, which is the Love of the Father and the Son.
To the question can we logically understand that God is three?
Nope… Men cannot deduce through reason the mystery of the Trinity. Nonetheless, we recognize the reasonableness of this mystery when we accept the revelation of God in Jesus. If God were only and He were lonely, He couldn’t be able to love from all eternity.
So… The Trinity would be:
GOD FATHER. We worship God as Father for the fact that He is the Creator and takes care dearly of His creations.
The HOLY SPIRIT (aka God’s Spirit, Spirit of Truth or Paraclete). He’s the most complicated member of the Trinity to understand, in my opinion (lol), so I’ll expand a bit more on this one.
It’s important to understand that it’s a term understood differently among Abrahamic religions.
The Holy Spirit in Judaism generally refers to the divine aspect of prophecy and wisdom. It also refers to the divine force, quality, and influence of the Most High God, over the universe or over his creatures, in given contexts.
In Islam it’s merely an agent of divine action or communication. In Hadith (translated as ‘tradition’, meaning a report of the deeds and sayings of Muhammad) it is commonly identified with the angel Gabriel. The Spirit (without the adjective “holy”) is also used as the creative spirit from God by which God enlivened Adam, and inspired the angels and the prophets. The belief in Trinity, however, as it is defined in the Qur’an, is explicitly forbidden and called a grave sin. The same applies to any idea of the duality of God.
In Bahá’í Faith it has the concept of the Most Great Spirit, seen as the bounty of God — It is usually used to describe the descent of the Spirit of God upon the messengers or prophets of God who include, among others, Jesus, Muhammad and Bahá’u’lláh.
For Christians He’s the third Person in the Trinity and shares the same divine nature with Father and Son. When we discover the reality of God within us, that’s when we have contact with the Holy Spirit.
JESUS CHRIST. The Son of God taught us among many other things to consider His Father as our Father too, and to refer to Him as “Our Father”. Many religions before Christianity have referred to God as Father. Before Jesus, Israel already referred to God as Father (and as a Mother). A father and a mother are, in human experience, the representation of origin and authority, who also protect and hold us.
Is Jesus Christ really part of the Trinity?
Well… here we have two possibilities: whether he was an impostor calling himself the Lord of Sabath and letting people call him Lord, or he really was God. So, why do we chose to believe he really is God?
It’s simple: because of the miracles he did, but above all, because of his Resurrection. By resurrecting, He showed his disciples that he really is God. And that’s the reason of all this. The reason why Christianity is what it is and why it came to be is because Jesus resurrected and showed 12 disciples the Truth, which they at the same time, spread around the world and showed the Truth to others. That’s our faith. That’s what all Christians believe.
Okay, you’ve given us all this information, but to understand all this faith stuff, we need to know what faith actually is, right?
I could put it very simply: faith is a gift. I’ll try to go deeper though.
It’s to know and to trust — to trust and know without seeing.
Faith is a gift that is given to us if we ask for it wanting for it.
Faith is the supernatural force, necessary to reach Salvation.
Faith is and means nothing without love.
Being a Christian is a gift, since you are Christian, you have faith, which means you already know the Truth. But our duty as Christians is to share and teach this Truth to non believers.
One is Christian by and for the other, which means that a true Christian wishes God to get into other peoples’ hearts too.
Regarding God again: God is love.
(Elaborate on this love thing, please.) God being love means there is nothing created that is not held and hugged by an infinite benevolence.
So, If God is all love and knows it all, why does he let evil be?
God lets evil be only to make something good out of it (St Tomas Aquino). Evil in the world is a dark and painful mystery. Even Jesus while nailed to the cross asked his Father “Father, why have you forsaken me?“. If interested in the subject, I’ve another post regarding hell.
There are many things we cannot understand. But there is one certain thing: God is all Good. He can never be the founder of something bad. God created the world good, but this one is not yet perfect. Moral Evil is the result of abuse of freedom, and it’s a creation of Men most of the times.
People often ask themselves, how can one believe in a good God when there is so much evil in the world? But in fact, the proper question would be, How could one with heart and reason support all this evil without God?
The death and Resurrection of Christ proves that Evil does not have neither the first nor the last word. From the worst of evils, God made absolute good come out of it.
Most answers regarding Christian faith can be found in the Catholic Catechism.