Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Recently here I have been blogging on Trinitarian symbology and mechanics:

To recap, the Trinitarian apologist may say:
'in terms of what God is, God is one and only one divine being. But in terms of who God is, God is three distinct persons: one what and three whos.'
This line of reasoning may be extended further to Jesus, the second 'who' of the 'what,' or second person of the Trinity godhead. It may be applied this way: 'in terms of who Jesus is, Jesus is one and only one person. But in terms of what Jesus is, Jesus is two natures, the human (outside of earth's atmosphere) and divine, in hypostatic union.[1] Question: does Jesus have to micromanage his human nature to keep it intact? He must since it is in a place it was not designed for, being outside of the atmosphere. Why then retain it? He never had it before his earthly sojourn. So now, upon his return to heaven, he has additional work of micromanaging his human nature? That pushes credulity beyond the breaking point. The term "hypostatic union" is just a band-aid to cover this absurdity, making it appear more believable. As such, it fits perfectly with the warning in 2 Peter 2:3 of πλαστοῖς λόγοις (plastois logois), "made-up words."
Consider too, in Revelation 3:12 the risin Jesus in heaven says "my God" four times. Is this his human nature being micromanaged by the second who (Jesus) praising the first who (the Father), or praising the godhead 'what'?

Which is more believable, that or this: Jesus has a God. Two different individuals are in view, just as in Daniel 7:13 where the son of man and the Ancient of Days are two different individuals. It's as clear as day!

[1] One Trinitarian blog illustrates this using the Scutum Fidei this way:
From: What is the Christian doctrine of the Trinity? http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/what-is-the-christian-doctrine-of-the-trinity Notice how Jesus' human nature is a "what" in the Trinitarian "who-what" theological paradigm. (Footnote added 9/6/12)

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypostatic_union
  • http://www.gotquestions.org/hypostatic-union.html (The scriptural reasoning there is all flawed, but it is included here for additional explanation of the hypostatic union. Pointedly, it states: "The doctrine of the hypostatic union is an attempt to explain how Jesus could be both God and man at the same time. It is ultimately, though, a doctrine we are incapable of fully understanding. It is impossible for us to fully understand how God works." This is weak-minded, uncritical thinking. In a word, unconvincing!)