THE TRINITY AND REALITY – Dr Marty Folsom

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One of the objectives of the gospel is to open our understanding of the world beyond our illusions and ignorance. This might be called making contact with reality.

It is clear from the history of science, that we often misread reality. We had to learn about the stars to see them as “like our sun” but far away. We had to learn that the sun looks like it goes around the earth, but the opposite is reality. It looks like the earth is flat as we look out the window, but a new point-of-view gives a more faithful understanding of reality. We could pursue this line of discovery about nearly all that we now understand. There is much we do not even begin to understand. Reality is a term for what we indwell, but we are not in an appropriate relation to rightly comprehend what we apprehend.

We now know that there are fields of electro-magnetic energies that are imbedded in the world. We know that light and gravity are invisible and more complex than meets the eye. We indwell realities that have no voice. Good science gives voice to what is silent to us. The natural world is full of story, but mute to reveal its past. Geology is one study that takes the actuality of what is seen, but listens for the stories of plate movement, volcanoes, floods and ice ages, and all forms of gradual erosion and blooming life across the terrain. But a good geologist gives voice to all that is not obvious in what is embedded in the sculpted land before us.

Science engages reality, seen and unseen, to give voice. What most science misses is that the field of the personal requires revelation by persons that are able to speak. Reality requires listening before we bring our stories and interpretations. To know a person requires revelation, a self-giving to be known. This is obviously true of humans. If we judge a person based on mere appearances and our experiences, we will bring our prejudices and try to fit the person into our constructs. We will not know them, only our opinions about them. If we really want to know them, we need to hear them on their terms. We must interpret their communication in a manner that is of their choosing and allow them to give meaning to their words, rather than filling in our meanings.

The Science of God is one of making contact with reality at a deeper level. Appropriately, we must begin where the personal God speaks. That is in the person of Jesus. He gives us the story of what He is up to.  But even more fully, He reveals His Father. Further, the Spirit who is promised is also given to bring to our present consciousness what Jesus is still revealing.  The Spirit is at work relating to us as One who has promised to be with us to the end of the age. To be in contact with reality, we must still listen for the voice of Jesus, mediated through the voice of the Spirit who makes contact with the Son, and through Him, know the Father, the Creator of Heaven and Earth—all reality.

Once are opened to the personal reality that speaks the universe into being, we have contact with the context of reality—the Triune God. In our indwelling of Christ by the Spirit, we are standing within a new point-of-view made available by the God who made it all. We now can apprehend what is there as reality, even if we cannot comprehend all of how it works. To think the thoughts of God as revealed in Jesus is to begin the work of science.  With Him and through Him, we engage all God has made and loves in a manner that cares and enjoys, as well as restores and sustains.

Christmas is the inbreaking of the personal God so we can make contact with reality. One small baby gave us the ability to indwell all that is seen and unseen with new eyes that results in a new relation with God and God’s creation. Only with the Trinity do we regain contact with reality, all else is walking in shadows and darkness, blind and deaf to the reality in which we move and breathe and have our very existence.