I Don't Get the Trinity
Q. Why do we call God "Father"? And what role does the Father have in our lives that's different from Jesus and the Holy Spirit?
A. To answer your first question, we call God "Father" because Jesus said to. He instructed his disciples to pray to "Abba" (Matthew 6:5-15), which means "Daddy" in the English language. Never before had God, the almighty creator of the universe, been addressed so personally and informally in prayer. With just one word, Jesus showed that God is our loving Father, and we are his children.
Now about the role of the Father. Your question deals with one of the great doctrines of Christianity called the Trinity. Although it's a very difficult idea to grasp, we believe in one God in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity has a distinct role. Generally speaking, God the Father is the creator, Jesus is our Savior, and the Holy Spirit lives in each Christian, comforting, empowering and leading. But even that's an oversimplification; in reality, the roles are shared by all three persons of the Trinity. The Trinity is a complex concept, and even the world's top theologians have difficulty defining the roles of all three persons.
But it's not important to have the Trinity all figured out. What's important is worshiping and loving the great God the Trinity represents.
Written by Jim Burns
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