AQA GCSE “God is best understood as the Holy trinity.” Discuss. (12 marks)

Colour Code:

  • Blue – Your argument 
  • Red – Argument against 
  • Purple – Response

The Holy trinity is the Christian doctrine which states that God is best understood as three persons; the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. This, in most Christian denominations is a fundamental concept to the faith.

In opposition to the statement, one might best understand God through the qualities which He is believed to possess. For example, Christian teachings from the Bible demonstrate God as being omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing). This is seen in the Genesis account of creation where God creates the universe ex-nihilo (out of nothing). For God to create the universe implies God must fully understand it and must equally have the power to control it. Thus, it is evident that describing God as omnipotent and omniscient better encapsulates the nature of His being.

Nevertheless, it could be argued that the Holy trinity is the best way to understand the nature of God from the Christian perspective. If one treats the Bible as a type of narrative it tells a story of humanities fall from God and our struggle with sin. Furthermore, the Old Testament alludes to a coming saviour who will rid us of this sin. The prophet Isiah foretold of a virgin birth and a child called Immanuel (God is with us). The New Testament then completes this narrative with Jesus as this saviour whose sacrifice atones for the sins of the world and give salvation to the damned. When Jesus parts he finally leaves the gift of the Holy Spirit whose presence guides Christians to this day. This evidence would appear then to suggest that Trinitarian understanding of God is the best way for Christians to appreciate God’s message and purpose.

Still, this account has issues which could be hard to overcome. There is debate as to whether Jesus should be described as the same substance as God the Father or whether he was the Son of God at all. It is also difficult comprehend a God who sacrifices Himself to Himself. Finally there is difficulty with the Holy Spirit because its nature seems to be different depending on the denomination of Christianity.

To conclude, it is apparent that it could be very difficult to understand a Trinitarian God. Instead, a creator God retains the most important essence of what many Christians would believe, regardless of denomination.

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