It is the position of various denominations that throughout the bible, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are each depicted as God. Their conclusion is thus that God is one, yet has three aspects. Various other denominations believe this is a mistaken view and that only the Father is God, the other two being subordinate entities. This point of disagreement has given rise to significant interdenominational contention, despite in my opinion there being enough common ground to overcome this difficulty. I herein propose a solution that aims to find common ground between the two disparate views.
Proposed Solution to the Trinity Problem:
1. God is love. [1 John 4:8; 16]
2. God never changes. [Malachi 3:6, James 1:17]
3. In the beginning the Logos [the Word] was God. [John 1:1]
4. Therefore the Logos [the Word] was and always is love.
“And the Logos became flesh and dwelt among us… the only begotten of the Father. [John 1:14]” This passage could thus be reworded via substitution as, “And love became flesh and dwelt among us… the only begotten of the Father.” The a-part thus states that Jesus, qua love incarnate, dwelt among us. As the b-part indicates, love is the only begotten of the Father, which makes sense because God is love (i.e. Love only begets love).
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct entities, as exemplified when Jesus was baptized: the Holy Spirit (1) descended on Jesus (2) like a dove, and the Father (3) said, “Behold this is my son in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). Nevertheless the three are unified through love, as each is a full expression of divine and perfect love.
As full expressions of love, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit always act in one accord. This view is further supported by Jesus’ treatment of the indwelling Father when he says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23), in conjunction with, “as the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:9-10). And of course the overarching commandment Jesus gave was, “that you love one another” (John 15:17).
Love is, in my estimation, the key to overcoming this particular interdenominational tension. The Father is love, the Son is love, and the Holy Spirit is love. Furthermore, Jesus states: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Since we each look to the Bible for guidance, I believe that through our sincere love for God and our mutual desire to walk in a manner consistent with His word, we would do best to make efforts to find common ground whenever possible concerning such doctrinal disputes, so as to better glorify God via showing the world we are His disciples. Let us always remember, “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8) and also, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).