A central tenet of Christianity is the Trinity. I accept Trinity but I believe it is a mistake to continue to refer to God as three ‘persons’. By continuing to refer to ‘persons’, defining ‘Father’ as the first person, we cannot help but conjure up the image of an old man with a long white beard looking down from afar. I say there IS a God beyond our knowing, who had been manifested to humanity in three ways.
Creator God is the energy force of creation—of the entire Universe. You can’t fit that into ‘a person’! Can I understand God as a causal energy force? Of course I can’t—but neither can I understand how falling water, or wind, or burning coal, or reflecting sunlight can be the cause of the electricity flowing through wires to light our homes and run our machines and computers at the touch of a button. I don’t understand it yet I accept it. So too, I believe God is the energy force of creation because I am here, and the world exists. St. Paul states: ‘God is All in all. All exists in God’. The human person is of God and God is in the human person. We are free to accept or reject that.
God as Savior chose to manifest the God-self as a human to demonstrate how we are to live this life and to give evidence to immortality. Jesus was clearly ‘a person’, living the individuality of a singular human being, thus demonstrating the sacredness of our individuality. He shared a limited existence in time. Time is limiting, sequential, and one-directional. Eternity is none of these. Eternity is infinite, all encompassing and a totality. God’s Being is in eternity. Life and material being exists in God within that eternity but has the limit of time. As Jesus, God accepted life’s limitations, in so doing, connected humanity to the God-self—then empowering God’s spirit to guide us if we but make that choice. God never insists.
That spirit is the third manifestation of God, known as the Holy Spirit. Teilhard de Chardin added to our understanding of Holy Spirit in his book The Divine Milieu. Divine of course refers to God. Milieu is a French word that does not have an equivalent meaning in English. A dictionary may define it as ‘environment’ but the meaning of milieu is so much deeper, it is the ‘everything’ that sustains one—the air you breath, sunlight, nature, the people and things that surround you. Holy Spirit/Divine Milieu is God’s spirit of love and goodness that envelops us and seeks union. It is ever-present. The meaning carried by the term ‘divine milieu’ brings us to see more clearly that we are all connected. We are of God, we live in God, and we each carry a spark of God within us whether or not we acknowledge and accept it.
We can say all this but it is beyond our ability to actually grasp, yet we are called to trust (have faith) that it is so . . . accepting that it is the key to a higher consciousness wherein we as a people come to recognize our interconnectedness and begin to live differently—emulating Jesus’ call to “Love God with your whole heart and soul and your neighbor as yourself.”
I like the analogy of humans as cells in God’s Being.