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Question 31:

In response to Question 4 you write: It is a unity that is realised in its variety and a variety that is moving towards unity. There is variety and still there is also unity, diversity and also equality. How can that be possible? (TR)

 

Answer: The main points of my comments regarding the Trinity of God were, in this context, that we must not and cannot imagine a God, the unity of God, according to a quantitative definition of oneness. God is spirit and love. His unity is in the form of community. In the three-in-one God the relation, the being-in-relationship-to-others, is proved as the highest form of unity. Or to put it another way: the highest form of unity is fulfilled in the communication of many that are in mutual relationship to one another, and in the oneness of a network of relationships. This brings the key sentence of the New Testament to its full splendour: God is love (1 Jn 4:16). When the one God is love, that is, mutual self-giving, then the three persons are the intersections between whom the rhythm of love is consummated – giving, receiving, returning. With that, all three persons are one and the same love in three beings that are indispensable so that God can be love at all, and, moreover, can be the highest selfless love. The one God is community, which means he is the one loving game that takes place between the three persons: to love, to be loved, to love with others.

 

Of course, all this is not at all the result of our natural thinking, but is revealed to us by God himself in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

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