What Makes God Great?

April 1, 2021 - Nisan 19, 5781

How Can There Be a Trinity?

This question was posed to Frank Turek during one of his live question and answer sessions: how can there be a Trinity if God is infinite? See below for his answer.



Response

God and the Trinity are both incomprehensible, but for different reasons. The human mind can't comprehend God because He is great beyond measure (like the ocean), but it can't comprehend the Trinity because it's logically invalid and undefined.

This is like the difference between thinking about infinity (God) and thinking about dividing zero by zero (the Trinity). We can define infinity (as an endless set of numbers) even while being completely unable to apprehend it any real way. However, we cannot define an undefined logical contradiction, in addition to being unable to apprehend it.

For example, you can ponder infinity, but you cannot ponder dividing zero by zero. This is because your mind can grasp the idea of adding another number forever, but it cannot grasp the idea of dividing zero by zero. While dividing any number by zero is zero, dividing any number by itself is one. Because a number can't be zero and one at the same time, mathematicians say that dividing zero by zero is undefined.

Being a mystery is not what makes God great; being great while being apprehensible is what makes God great.

1 comment:

Hrvatski Noahid said...

Gentiles are commanded to know God. This is a positive aspect of the Noahide prohibition of idolatry, based on the Oral Torah rule "from the negative, one can infer the positive."

Specifically, Gentiles are commanded to know that God is one and totally incorporeal. As an ex-Christian, I find Numbers 23:19 particularly moving: "God is not a man that He should lie, nor is He a mortal that He should relent."