Trinitarian Tuesdays: The Sun

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Sun Pillar (Photo credit: Axiraa)

A Theology Professor of mine introduced me to this concept… these aren’t his words, but the concept is the same:

The Sun could be seen as the Father, the light that is begotten from the Sun can be seen as Christ, as he says I am the light of the world, and the heat from the sun and light which proceeds from them both, can be seen as the Holy Spirit who proceeds from both the Father and the Son as the creed says. So you have them sharing in the exact same essence or substance, yet different in relation to one another and in function. (here)

I can no longer call myself a true non-Trinitarian… so I will stick with non-non-Trinitarian

Post By Joel Watts (9,928 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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5 thoughts on Trinitarian Tuesdays: The Sun

  1. I’m pretty sure these are the words of Michael Servetus. And we know how that ended up don’t we?

      • Servetus from “On the Errors of the Trinity”:“I do not separate Christ from God more than a voice from the speaker or a BEAM FROM THE SUN. Christ is the voice of the speaker. He and the Father are the same thing, as the beam and the light, are the same light. There is therefore a tremendous mystery in the fact that God may be united with man and the man with God. It is a surprising wonder that God has taken for himself the body of Christ in order to make his special dwelling.” (59b)

  2. Probably better than the H2O analogy…ice, liquid water, water vapor. Kind of a cold analogy. I’ve been trying to think of a nice (more generic) physics analogy, since the sun, light, and heat is OK, until someone asks about more than one sun. Don’t want to venture into more than one God. Thought about energy and mass (same through e=mc2), and energy has kinetic and potential, with mass being realized through Jesus. But just doesn’t fit, somehow. Maybe when physics has the theory of everything.

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