To take this analogy too far would be to think that God exists in three modes and can express being God in three ways. How would you explain the Holy Trinity with logic or mathematics? It smacks of unitarianism. Why is the "sun" analogy of the trinity considered Arianism? The first read: Well, I’ve been invited to preach at a local church next Sunday and as they… Read More »Trinity Analogies I can just imagine Jesus trying to illustrate the things or happenings in heaven and the linguistic and pictorial limitations he was confronted with due to the limiting nature of earthly languages and The family is a great analogy for the Trinity. This part is easy. However, the Father, Son, and Spirit are not just modes of being. I felt challenged by a few updates on Twitter yesterday. Analogy is the theologian’s best friend in explaining the mysteries of the Faith. Some of the Early Church leaders used the sun as a Trinity analogy. Explaining the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit will be needed at some point when explaining the God of the Bible to children, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses and other non-believers. Sun Analogy. It is emanationist, but that is not so far off the classical understanding of the Trinity. Logic You can teach the logic of the Holy Trinity with seven simple propositions, all of which are supported by the Bible. The Anthropological Analogy. We will explore just two of them here that I have found helpful. Problem? The Family. Father = fire Son = light begotten from the fire Holy Spirit = heat that proceeds from the fire. Another bad analogy is that the Trinity is like the sun, i.e., the sun as such, its heat, and its light. Ye ole sun, light and heat analogy: This analogy proposes that the Trinity is comparable to the sun, light and heat in which the sun is God the Father, The light represents Jesus and the heat represents the Holy Spirit. God is one God. We might say that this analogy emphasizes the oneness of God at the expense of God’s three-ness. We can do better, avoiding images that lead our thoughts in the direction of modalism or tritheism as well. 1. Yesterday was Trinity Sunday, the day when preachers cower and hide away from the challenge of trying to explain the Trinity (God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit). THE SUN. But this makes light (the Christ) and heat (the Spirit) secondary to the sun. Here is a simple and Biblical way to explain the Trinity. There was never a time when the fire had no light or heat. However, as good as this analogy is, it fails with the spiration part, because if the light is the analogue of the Spirit, then we have a variation of Arianism, because the light is not the same substance as the sun, thereby shifting the heresy of a created being (e.g. 1. Jesus in his desire to make human minds understand heavenly things most times use earthly items to explain. 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