Last week I went to hear Abdu Murray, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, speak at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Mr. Murray works with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which is a ministry that endeavors “to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Mr. Murray’s lecture was a proverbial drink from a fire-hose, but it was so interesting and thought-provoking. Since the best way to learn something is to teach it, I’m going to try to share with you one of the subjects he touched on.
He said he has three arguments for the Trinity, but he had time for only one–his theological reasoning. (I wish he’d had time for the others because this one was so good.)
We start with the definition (as near as we can get) of the Trinity. God is three distinct Persons, but has only one nature. He is three Persons functioning as one.
Now a God, to be any kind of God at all, must be utterly and completely self-sufficient. He can’t need anyone or anything. But we see throughout the Bible that relationship is extremely important to God. In fact, the essence of much of His word concerns relationships. It’s part of His nature.
So is that why He created humans? Because He needed relationship?
No, because then He wouldn’t be sufficient within Himself.
If you believe in a God who has a relational nature, you have to believe in the Trinity. Three Persons existing in one nature will have perfect relationship between themselves–or Himself, as the case may be. He needs no relationship with any other.
So why did God create humans? Because He knew how wonderful it would be for us to have relationship with Him. He acted out of pure, selfless love. He wanted us to experience the goodness of a relationship with Him.
“Now do we understand that completely?” Mr. Murray asked, laughing. “Of course we don’t. We’re not God.”
We’ll never understand everything about God. If our simple minds could comprehend Him fully, He wouldn’t be much of a God, would He? Some things are meant to remain a mystery.
But aren’t the glimpses of His majesty breathtaking? Truly, our God is an awesome God.
P.S. I couldn’t explain it nearly as well as Mr. Murray did. But if you grasped his basic reasoning, perhaps you know why I was so excited when I heard it. It makes so much sense, and I’d never thought of it before.