Today I would like to tackle, at least in part, the second of the two loose threads I deliberately left in my original post on the Trinity earlier this weekend . Today I would not like to answer the important question of what it is that the Holy Spirit is (though I would like to at least wrestle with that difficult question soon), but rather why there is a Trinity in the first place. I would also like to give fair warning that this piece is likely to be very upsetting if you have an emotional investment in the Trinity and that it is speculative, based on inference rather than direct scripture. So this piece is my own thoughts and there is no pretense being made that what is said is scriptural truth.
Throughout the world there are a great many Trinities. The fact that there is so many ought to give us pause. The beings of the Trinities are also highly intriguing. For example, the Hindu Trinity has Brahman (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver), and Shiva (the Destroyer). Intriguingly enough, in Hindu the Creator is not worshiped nearly as often as the other two . We will have much to say about this shortly. Another famous trinity is one of Egypt’s several Trinities. In it we have Osirus-Isis-Horus. Osirus is the Father, Isis the Mother (one of the innumerable pagan earth mothers), and Horus the son. These two Trinities represent a couple of the “types” of Trinities that exist. Either we have the Hindu 3-in-one variety or the Parents-child triad. The “Christian” Trinity of the Father-Son-Holy Spirit is of the first kind, like the Hindu Trinity.
This is important for a few reasons. First of all, though, let us at least ask and try to briefly answer a question that relates to the history of the nature of God dispute. Why is there a Trinity anyway? The pressing theological problem with the Arian heresy was the denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Why even bring the Holy Spirit into it? Considering that it was done in such a patently illogical manner, without any hint of understanding what the Holy Spirit in fact was or its role (a matter I will leave for a future post). But why even bring in the Holy Spirit when one’s problem is dealing with the nature of the relationship between God and Jesus Christ? This is a vexing question.
Let us answer this question with another question. What is it, in fact, that adding a third personage to the Godhead does? This question has some unpleasant implications. Considering that the Bible only shows God as two beings for now, God the Father and Jesus Christ, what purpose is there to adding a third being? Is there a being in this universe that is not God but that wants to be worshiped as a God? Furthermore, does such a being have a vested interested in making the Godhead closed rather than open to future children of God? If there is such a being, is that a being that we ought to be worshiping in any way, shape, and form whatsoever? I know what my answer to the question is, but I would like the reader to answer that question for themselves first.
As a matter of fact, the Bible does seem to indicate that there is one being who precisely fits the bill of a being who would have a vested interest in putting himself in a Trinity to be worshiped. Isaiah 14:13-15 tells us that there is a being, the one who became HaSatan, the adversary, the devil, the serpent of old, who desired to be like God, to join God and Jesus Christ in sitting on the throne, to be exalted above the rest of the angels, to join the Godhead. It does not say that he wanted to be supreme. Rather he merely wanted to be co-substantial and co-equal. Unlike godly angels, who refuse the worship of human beings (see Revelation 22:9), Satan the Devil longs for the worship of human beings, enough to add himself to the Godhead to do it, whether it is as the “Holy Spirit” or as Shiva, the destroyer of worlds. Additionally, this being has a vested interest in closing the Godhead from the future “children of God,” so that human beings do not get to enjoy the state that will be eternally denied to him.
Therefore, by inference, we can see that the Trinity is a response (though not the only response) to the vexing problem (for Satan) of the nature of God that allows him to pursue two goals at once–his goal of being worshiped by human beings and his goal of diminishing the future destiny of mankind and believers, by presenting the Godhead as closed off to anyone except for God the Father, Jesus Christ, and himself. Again, we need not assume that Satan is interested in making himself the exclusive object of worship–he has always been happy with polytheistic faiths, and sometimes is content (as is the case with the Arian heresy) merely to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, but the fact that Trinities appear over and over again in world religions suggests that his ideal solution (and his most popular one) is to add himself to the godhead as an object of worship, minimizing the role of the Creator by preaching Eastern views of nirvana being the destruction of individual personality (therefore making creation out to be evil, as was done in the classic gnostic heresies), or by personalizing the Holy Spirit so as to make himself an object of worship for humanity.
So, if we want to avoid worshiping Satan as part of the godhead, and promoting his unbiblical agenda of denying mankind’s destiny to become part of God’s family, we must avoid heretical beliefs of God that turn God’s spirit into a supposed person. In order to fully answer grasp this destiny, though, we must turn to a deeper examination of what the Holy Spirit is. That subject is worthy of interest and commentary, but I must leave it for another time, given the lateness of the hour. We should be mindful, though, first, to avoid worshiping any being that is not worthy of worship, no matter how earnestly that being desires to be worshiped.