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Using the Trinity to teach a kid about love

Kate NewmanThere is a lot going on in the world. A lot of people are thinking about relationships. How are we supposed to love one another? What does it mean to love? What if we took a moment to talk about the Trinity with our children? We can learn how to love by thinking about how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit love one another?

What is Christ taking about when he says, in John 14:10 and 11, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me?” Jesus is in God and yet God is in Jesus. Jesus says one thing, and then Jesus says another. Or does He?

What if we took a pencil and a clear piece of paper, and we sat in a sunny spot and drew the shape of the Trinity. We could draw a triangle in the centre of the page and then perhaps a circle. We could draw a nice sloppy square on one side of the paper. We could decide which shape that we liked the best.

But, if Jesus is both in God and God is also in Jesus, then, it would seem, God has a very particular shape and structure that is not represented in either a circle, or a square, or a rectangle, or a triangle, or a hexagon or—or any shape I can think of really.

Sometimes—because we are human—we think of other people like that 2D picture. That somehow, someway, if we just have the right idea, or lifestyle, or score, or house or car, or theology, or grades, or if we were the best singer, or could run the fastest, God would love us the best.

But God is more than that. If we look out from the drawing and through the window, we would see things as they actually are, with all the shape and colour and light of the real world. Reality is different than any picture we could draw.

That’s how God sees us. We are more than simple shapes. We are complex. God made us that way, God sees us with that much depth. God loves us that way.

So let us be loved.

Kate Newman

About Kate Newman

Kate Newman has been teaching arts and faith to children in the secular school system and in churches for 20 years. Kate has completed a Masters of Theological Studies and has a Masters in Education. She is the principal developer for the Compendium of the Church Mice. She currently works at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria the same church where she was baptized in Children’s Ministry. She is also a mother. She enjoys walks in the woods with her and a good nap. Whew.

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3 Responses to Using the Trinity to teach a kid about love

  1. trinity is the most simple idea to explain: it is a blaspheme create by the early chuch to justify its existance based on books that have been purposfully chosen to that point (paul epistle and the johannic litterature namely). Time passes and trinity became from a blaspheme an idol. Like mary worshipping or saints or transubstantation…

    There is One God, The Eternal. There is one messiah, Jesus. Two great law: Love God, Love your neighbour. (Mc 12:29-31) Period.

    The fact that Jesus teach us any blaspheme against the Father will be forgiven does not allow people to actually blapsheme His Name ceasslessly.

    Does it sound I am not the dogmatic type ? My tone is not harsh though, I just find sad that people need to rely on human trinket to have faith, unfortunatly their faith is founded on dogma, not on The Holy One. Good way to erase their name from the Book of Life if you ask me.

    Is 2:22 Turn away from mortals, who have only breath in their nostrils, for of what account are they?

    • In your theology you have to reconcile the fact that Jesus set himself on equal footing with God the Father (Word was God, I and the Father are one, if you have seen me you have seen the Father ,only God can forgive sins,I am the alpha and omega and many many more). Also the scriptures that ascribe deity to the Holy Spirit ( “Satan has filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit… have not lied to man but to God”,”baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” If your really interested in find out about the reality of the Trinity here is a little excerpt by fellow Anglican JI Packer

  2. Thank you! St. Augustine is good enough for me. Peace of Christ in your heart.

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