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

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

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“I'm a freaking Trueborn," I said, so tired of lying and what was the point? Her husband knew, and there was another Trueborn out there. Hell, there could be a league of them for all I knew, with their own softball teams.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rage and Ruin

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Roth might be a cool demon 99 percent of the time, but I wasn't stupid. Not that I needed the daggers when I had my grace, but I wouldn't just whip out my grace willy-nilly and start a party with it.
I'd end a party with it.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rage and Ruin

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

Athanasius of Alexandria
“It is, indeed, in accordance with the nature of the invisible God that He should be thus known through His works; and those who doubt the Lord's resurrection because they do not now behold Him with their eyes, might as well deny the very laws of nature. They have ground for disbelief when works are lacking; but when the works cry out and prove the fact so clearly, why do they deliberately deny the risen life so manifestly shown? Even if their mental faculties are defective, surely their eyes can give them irrefragable proof of the power and Godhead of Christ. A blind man cannot see the sun, but he knows that it is above the earth from the warmth which it affords; similarly, let those who are still in the blindness of unbelief recognize the Godhead of Christ and the resurrection which He has brought about through His manifested power in others.”
Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation

Richard Swinburne
“Three persons is the necessary minimum for unselfish love betweenpersons of some kind.”
Richard Swinburne

Richard Swinburne
“Three persons is the necessary minimum for unselfish love between persons of some kind.”
Richard Swinburne

“Jesus is exactly like God and God is exactly like Jesus. When you see Jesus, you see God”
Karl Forehand, Apparent Faith: What Fatherhood Taught Me About the Father's Heart

“In the creeds common to East and West, references to the Spirit are brief and occasional, at times sounding even perfunctory. In liturgy, one will find many lines praising Father and Son, followed by a phrase “with the Holy Spirit” as a kind of afterthought. Our language is often revealing—the Spirit is a third person in a third place. At times the Spirit can even sound like an appendage to the doctrine of God and a shadowy, ghostly, poor relation of the Trinity.”
Clark H. Pinnock, Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit

“This truth is an essential part of the perfection of the attributes that guarantees the unity of direction, the unity of will and the oneness of God. For if there were no submission, unity would be compromised. So the concept of mutual indwelling does not cancel out the concept of real submission within the Trinity.”
Imad Shehadeh

“The Father being in the Son, the Son being in the Father, and the Spirit being the Spirit of the Father and the Son is the attribute of intimate relationship within God in complete unity and oneness.”
Imad Shehadeh

“The Father being in the Son, the Son being in the Father, and the Spirit being the Spirit of the Father and the Son is the attribute of intimate relationship within God in complete unity and oneness.”
Imad N. Shehadeh, God With Us and Without Us, Volume Two: The Beauty and Power of Oneness in Trinity

“This truth is an essential part of the perfection of the attributes that guarantees the unity of direction, the unity of will and the oneness of God. For if there were no submission, unity would be compromised. So the concept of mutual indwelling does not cancel out the concept of real submission within the Trinity.”
Imad N. Shehadeh, God With Us and Without Us, Volume Two: The Beauty and Power of Oneness in Trinity

“By leaving the organization of his concerts to others, Liszt sometimes fell victim to amusing errors. He once played in Marseille and included in the programme his arrangement of Schubert’s “La Truite” (“The Trout”). Owing to a printing error the piece appeared as “La Trinité,” and the unsuspecting audience sat through this bubbling music with quasi-religious reverence. When Liszt realized the mistake he got up from the piano and made an impromptu speech, asking the audience not to confuse the mysterious idea of the Trinity with Schubert’s trout, a helpful interjection which caused great hilarity.”
Alan Walker, Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847

Celsus
“If, these people worshiped one God alone, and no other, they would probably have some valid argument against the worship of others. But they pay excessive reverence to one who has but lately appeared among men, and they think it no offence against God if they worship also His servant.”
Celsus

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

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