3. Touches Bottom
Christianity’s answer is simple and real. And it touches bottom. But putting this third part into words isn’t going to be easy either because we’re going to need to talk about the Trinity.
The Trinity is a concept that both Christians and non-Christians can find hard to comprehend. But the Trinity is at the heart and core of Christianity. And the Trinity is part of Christianity’s answer to the question we’re addressing in this paper.
The Bible demands that there is one God. God the Father is God. But the Bible also demands that Jesus is God, otherwise it would be wrong to worship Him. And the Bible also demands that the Holy Spirit is God because it presents the Holy Spirit doing things only God can do.
It took some time for the early church to figure out how to put the Trinity into words:
One God in Three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“Persons” is the word they chose to use in that formula, but theologians explain that they’re using that word in a special way – not in the sense of a “person” who was a created being and therefore had a beginning and an end in time.
Christians believe that Jesus is the eternal Second “Person” in the Trinity. They believe that when Jesus lived on earth as a man, He was fully human and fully divine. He was “Emmanuel”, God with us.
And, also very, very important, Jesus was the one through whom humanity and all the material universe were created.
For Christians, the Trinity is what makes Christianity’s answer to the problem of suffering and evil touch bottom. It’s how the death of the only sinless man who ever lived, who was in fact the Creator of all people who ever lived, by making Himself human, by making himself vulnerable, by making himself killable, could sacrifice Himself to suffer and die to pay for the crimes and sins of His entire creation.
One Creator paid for the sins and crimes of One Creation. And that means that one payment was enough.
And then three days later Jesus was resurrected. And that One Resurrection was enough.
The Trinity is how Christianity’s answer came down from the highest infinity and touched bottom.
And then came back up.