Where to begin (in Church History) (part 2)

Well after starting a daily blog 4 days ago I already missed yesterday.  Oh well, we all make mistakes but I will attempt to do 2 blogs today to make up for yesterday.  So here it is:

 Learning from past people’s mistakes – there is a lot we can learn from people’s mistakes.  If nothing else we can learn to ‘not do what those clods did’.  We all know that our knowledge of God and theology is not exhaustive, nor is our understanding perfect, so we should study all sorts of good writings about God to get the accurate statements and reject the inaccurate.  No one is perfect in their expression of God (except Jesus) but we can take what others said and evaluate it in order to have an answer when someone we know expresses the same ideas.  For example:  It does not take long when studying St. Patrick to come across his use of the three-leaf clover to explain the Trinity to the Celtic people.  The problem is when I think about this analogy it is inaccurate and therefore is an unbiblical understanding of the Trinity.  St. Patrick said the three-leaf clover represents the three persons of the Godhead, however, this is actually what is called Modalism.  This states that each leaf put together makes up the trinity.  This does NOT accurately portray the three-in-oneness of God.  This is inaccurate and unbiblical because each leaf is not a three-leaf clover all by itself, it is merely parts of a whole.  Whereas each member of the Trinity is possesses all the attributes that make up God.  What’s the point – the point is that  I know good Christians who express their understanding of the Triune God in these terms and as a teacher I have students who have done the same and learning from the misunderstanding of St. Patrick helps me to express to the inaccuracies of this idea to them.  Hopefully this will assist them in refining their theology.

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