The doctrine of the Trinity challenges us to adopt an I-and-God-and-neighbor principle. Christians are commanded to live in a relationship of love with God and other people. Then, and only then, can we truly express our humanity. God intended human beings to live in community, as is clear from the Genesis story, when God created a helper for Adam and they both had a relationship with God -- a relationship that mirrored the relationship that exists within the Trinity.
Each Person of the Trinity is engaged in a loving dance that includes all the work of all the others. Salvation itself -- being made right with God -- proceeds from the Father who is incarnate in the Son; all this disseminated through the work of the Spirit.
Dance with the Trinity!
God sent Jesus to bring the shalom of God to the entire creation. Today God sends Christians out into the world. Whatever work they have to do in this world, they do it from the standpoint of the triune God who has created, redeemed, and enabled them. Don't think about the Trinity as just a doctrine, but rather as three Persons who love each other and who also love us. As followers of Jesus, the Son, we are loved by the Father, and inspired to love by the Spirit. All three persons of the Godhead are at work in our lives, in the life of the Church, and in the life of the world.
This image of the relational dance of God is wide enough to include us and all created things. Non-relational images of God do not allow such room, but the loving dance of Father, Son, and Spirit offers us and all creation the divine space in which to live into the fullness of our identity as children of God.
The shared love of the Trinity inspires us to love all created reality. Thus we must be concerned for the environment. Climate change is real, and as humans we must accept responsibility for it. There is a beautiful artistic depiction of the welcome that God gives into the life of the Trinity in a Russian Orthodox icon originating from the 15th century: Rublev's icon of the Holy Trinity. It depicts the story of Abraham welcoming the three visitors who represent God. The three figures in the icon are shown as angels seated at an altar table.
They have identical faces, but their postures and clothing differ as though we are looking at the same figure shown in three different ways. The way in which the figures relate to one another makes this icon so compelling. The Father looks to the Son gesturing toward this Word made flesh, Christ gazes back at the Father but points to the Spirit, and the Spirit opens up the circle to receive the viewer. Between the Spirit and the Father in the Trinity icon is an open space at the table in which the viewer is brought to sit in communion with the Godhead.
It is a lush image of how God relates to himself and to us. This triune God, who made himself known in the Scriptures, invites us to this relational dance. It might be a lot easier for everyone if we had a God who was a bit easier to peg down, but that is not the case. Instead we have a triune God who is difficult to explain. He reveals himself not in the minutia of doctrine but in community, in bread and wine, and in water.
It is especially in the waters of baptism that we can swim in the crazy, beautiful promises of the triune God who welcomes us into the swirling dance of his love that led to Christ's sacrifice on the cross for the sake of the world. Perhaps the Trinity is not such a dry, dusty doctrine after all, but one that bathes us with the love of God. The loving Trinity models community and inspires people to love those who are all around them, whether nearby or faraway.
God is love.
Theology of Dance: The Holy Trinity
What does that mean? We can say that we love ourselves, and it's good to have an appreciation for who we are, but this is not the kind of love we speak of. We when speak of love we mean to freely give ourselves to another person.
We can say God is love because he is a Trinity- three Persons in one God,. We can never come close to fully understanding who God is.
The dance of love: perichoresis
But this fundamental richness of who is God does not take away the fact that there are things we can know with certainty about him, and in fact must proclaim with conviction. God is a community of love. He is three persons in one God, and the three persons are equal. His co-writer and long-time friend Mike Morrell is a freelance journalist and communications director of the think tank Presence International. Such a reexamination of the Trinity is both urgent and essential for three reasons.
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First, our deep need for transcendence—the inner individuation process, which Rohr believes true religion serves. And third, the need to reassess our restricted understanding of the Cosmic Christ as opposed to the human representative, Jesus. Throughout The Divine Dance , the emphasis is on experience or practice rather than words or beliefs, because Rohr concludes that in the search for God we must always deal in approximations, similes, allegories, and metaphors.
When you allow the flow of substantial reality through your life, you are a catholic person in the truest sense of the word, a universal person living beyond these tiny boundaries that human beings love to create. The Divine Dance ends with an appendix of seven practices to help the reader experience the Trinity in daily life.