Trinity Quotes

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Vera Nazarian
“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:

1. Acceptance
2. Understanding
3. Appreciation

Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.

Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?

So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Thomas Jefferson
“Altho' I rarely waste time in reading on theological subjects, as mangled by our Pseudo-Christians, yet I can readily suppose Basanistos may be amusing. Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus. If it could be understood it would not answer their purpose. Their security is in their faculty of shedding darkness, like the scuttlefish, thro' the element in which they move, and making it impenetrable to the eye of a pursuing enemy, and there they will skulk.

[Letter to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp on 30 July 1810 denouncing the Christian doctrine of the Trinity]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
“The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs... In fact, the Athanasian paradox that one is three, and three but one, is so incomprehensible to the human mind, that no candid man can say he has any idea of it, and how can he believe what presents no idea? He who thinks he does, only deceives himself. He proves, also, that man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.

[Letter to James Smith discussing Jefferson's hate of the doctrine of the Christian trinity, December 8 1822]”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book, and creed, and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free. Mankind will be enslaved until there is mental grandeur enough to allow each man to have his thought and say. This earth will be a paradise when men can, upon all these questions differ, and yet grasp each other's hands as friends. It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other. Why a difference of opinion upon predestination, or the trinity, should make people imprison and burn each other seems beyond the comprehension of man; and yet in all countries where Christians have existed, they have destroyed each other to the exact extent of their power. Why should a believer in God hate an atheist? Surely the atheist has not injured God, and surely he is human, capable of joy and pain, and entitled to all the rights of man. Would it not be far better to treat this atheist, at least, as well as he treats us?

Christians tell me that they love their enemies, and yet all I ask is—not that they love their enemies, not that they love their friends even, but that they treat those who differ from them, with simple fairness.

We do not wish to be forgiven, but we wish Christians to so act that we will not have to forgive them. If all will admit that all have an equal right to think, then the question is forever solved; but as long as organized and powerful churches, pretending to hold the keys of heaven and hell, denounce every person as an outcast and criminal who thinks for himself and denies their authority, the world will be filled with hatred and suffering. To hate man and worship God seems to be the sum of all the creeds.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Reason, Observation and Experience — the Holy Trinity of Science — have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us. In this belief we are content to live and die. If by any possibility the existence of a power superior to, and independent of, nature shall be demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel. Until then, let us stand erect.”
Robert Green Ingersoll, On the Gods and Other Essays

Anne Lamott
“I didn't need to understand the hypostatic unity of the Trinity; I just needed to turn my life over to whoever came up with redwood trees.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

Brando Skyhorse
“Faith is a luxury for those who are able to ignore what the rest of us must see every day. Pessimism, distrust, and irony are the holy trinity of my religion, irony in particular.”
Brando Skyhorse, The Madonnas of Echo Park

Miroslav Volf
“Because the Christian God is not a lonely God, but rather a communion of three persons, faith leads human beings into the divine communion. One cannot, however, have a self-enclosed communion with the Triune God- a "foursome," as it were-- for the Christian God is not a private deity. Communion with this God is at once also communion with those others who have entrusted themselves in faith to the same God. Hence one and the same act of faith places a person into a new relationship both with God and with all others who stand in communion with God.”
Miroslav Volf, After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity

J.R.R. Tolkien
“I perceived or thought of the Light of God and in it suspended one small mote (or millions of motes to only one of which was my small mind directed), glittering white because of the individual ray from the Light which both held and lit it...And the ray was the Guardian Angel of the mote: not a thing interposed between God and the creature, but God's very attention itself, personalized...This is a finite parallel to the Infinite. As the love of the Father and Son (who are infinite and equal) is a Person, so the love and attention of the Light to the Mote is a person (that is both with us and in Heaven): finite but divine, i.e. angelic.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters Of J.R.R. Tolkien

C. Baxter Kruger
“It was not the Fall of Adam, therefore, that set God’s agenda; it was the decision to share the great dance with us through Jesus. Adam’s plunge certainly threatened God’s dreams for us, but that threat had been anticipated and already strategically overcome in the predestination of the incarnation. Jesus Christ did not become human to fix the fall; he became human to accomplish the eternal purpose of our adoption, and in order to bring our adoption to pass, the Fall had to be called to a halt and undone….Jesus is not a footnote to Adam and his Fall; the Fall, and indeed creation itself, is a footnote to the purpose of God in Jesus Christ.”
C. Baxter Kruger, Jesus and the Undoing of Adam

Gregory of Nyssa
“The three most ancient opinions concerning God are Anarchia, Polyarchia, and Monarchia. The first two are the sport of the children of Hellas, and may they continue to be so. For Anarchy is a thing without order; and the Rule of Many is factious, and thus anarchical, and thus disorderly. For both these tend to the same thing, namely disorder; and this to dissolution, for disorder is the first step to dissolution. But Monarchy is what we hold in honor.”
Gregory Nazianzus

Arthur W. Pink
“...Our Lord Jesus Christ added nothing to God in his essential being and glory, either by what He did or suffered. True, blessedly and gloriously true. He manifested the glory of God to us, but he added nought to God... Christ's goodness and rightousness reached unto His saints in the earth but God was high above and beyond it all....”
Arthur W. Pink, The Attributes of God

Gerard Manley Hopkins
“The Best ideal is the true and other truth is none. All glory be ascribed to the holy Three in One.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins

John Owen
“But of that day and hour no one knows neither the angels in heaven nor the Son but only the Father.’ We are not to think that the Son of God as he is God did not know the day or hour but only that his human nature did not know it because his divine nature had not chosen to reveal it to his human nature.”
John Owen, The Holy Spirit

Ralph Smith
“Salvation is about restoration--not merely restoration to the original state in Eden, but to the attainment of the goal of Eden.”
Ralph Smith

Gary Patton
“The “Word of God” is not simply the Christian Bible but exists in a threefold form: “The Word” incarnate (Jesus Followers’ King), the word prophesied and proclaimed (Prophets), and the word in scripture (Bible). All three are the self-disclosure of God, The One & Only ...in three, distinct & unique Persons, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.”
Gary F. Patton

John Milton
“If therefore the Father is the God of Christ and the same one is our God, and if there is no God but one, there can be no God beside the Father.”
John Milton, Milton On The Son Of God And The Holy Spirit, From His Treatise On Christian Doctrine. With Introd. By Alexander Gordon

Yann Martel
“But once a dead God, always a dead God, even resurrected. The Son must have the taste of death forever in His mouth. The Trinity must be tainted by it; there must be a certain stench at the right hand of God the Father. The horror must be real. Why would God wish that upon Himself ? Why not leave death to the mortals? Why make dirty what is beautiful, spoil what is perfect? Love.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Gift Gugu Mona
“Faith and prayer will equip you to relate with the Trinity, and relay a Divine message to humanity.”
Gift Gugu Mona, The Essence of Faith: Daily Inspirational Quotes

W.B. Yeats
“Some mediæval straw-splitting about the nature of the Trinity, which is only useful to-day to show how many things are unimportant to us, which once shook the world”
W.B. Yeats, The Tables of the Law

Nakhati Jon
“The Bible and Quran clash since Yahweh avoids complete aloneness in his essence while Allah does not have any internal unity of persons in his aloneness. Their Oneness demonstrates how each willingly shares or holds back themselves.”
Nakhati Jon, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract

Nakhati Jon
“The Word of God shows that the Son and the Holy Spirit neither contend in rivalry nor create a partnership with Yahweh but demonstrate perfect harmony. The oneness of Yahweh consists of divine persons, not partners.”
Nakhati Jon, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract

“Divine persons, although there is distinction between persons, there is no separation, so that they share one and the same essence, and the existence of one person is eternally interdependent on the existence of the other person.”
Imad Shehadeh

A.W. Tozer
“The doctrine of the divine unity means not only that there is but one God; it means also that God is simple, uncomplex, one with Himself. The harmony of His being is the result not of a perfect balance of parts but of the absence of parts... he does not divide Himself to perform a work but works in the total unity of His being. - From The Knowledge of the Holy”
A. W. Tozer

Nakhati Jon
“Oneness describes the joining of persons, while unity describes the bond which holds the oneness together. Even though with God, the Oneness and Unity have always been from eternity past.”
Nakhati Jon, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract

Nakhati Jon
“Even within Himself, a unity of persons forms, called the Trinity, defining the divine persons' unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in oneness.”
Nakhati Jon, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract

Nakhati Jon
“For Muslims, rejecting the view of absolute oneness and accepting something different, categorizes as unbelief. Likewise, Christians must accept Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life and his concluding summary in how to come to God when he said, 'No man comes to the Father except through me' (John 14:6). In both viewpoints, the obvious exclusivity makes the blasphemy of one religion the foundation of another. These exclusive markers become the initial openings for both yet close the door for the other.”
Nakhati Jon, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract

Nakhati Jon
“A oneness-in-unity deity's will, much like his own relationality, seeks to relate closely in giving his communications, but an Absolute Oneness deity will maintain his lofty position allowing only a downward communication. Both communicate consistently with their covenant or contract nature.”
Nakhati Jon, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract

“Asking if your cup is half-empty or half-full is an oxymoron...

Your cup is completely filled with both water, and air. Being filled by two different things makes it completely full.

The beauty of duality creates a (w)hole.”
Laurence BL

James True
“There is a trinity of strings inside you. Your mind, your heart and your gut strike chords in major, minor, augmented or diminished. Put down the binoculars and pick up the stethoscope. Place its chilly steel disc against your bashful skin and listen. This is the sound of a universe. Be as God to your earful kingdom. You are Lord of your body. Every cell is following your commandments. Your heart is an emperor’s drummer with his eyes watching for your cue. You are the maestro of intuition, morals, and reason. Your pelvis wants you here seated. Your throne aches for the rule of someone just like you with no exceptions.”
James True

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