Originally posted by borissa
I need to make one thing clear here before I start- If you cannot answer my question from a Christian point of view (whether you believe it or not) then please save your comments for elsewhere. I want to know the Christian views on this topic.
I would just like somebody to explain, in some depth but not too much, the concept of the Holy Trinity, and a sim ...[text shortened]... the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, but what do each of those mean in practical terms to a Christian?
I tend to look at is as if the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all three unique manifestations of the one God. The Father is the archetypal God of the Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus is God in human flesh, while the Holy Spirit is a sort of go-between. The Holy Spirit develops particular signifiance in the gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. It is the Holy Spirit that guides Jesus (consider his baptism, it is the Holy Spirit that makes him go out into the wilderess), his disciples, the building of the church and it is the Holy Spirit that endows the apostles with the Kerygma (the teaching that Jesus was Messiah, who died and was resurrected) and the ability to speak in tongues.
For the most part, it is the Holy Spirit that is the most active part of the church. In sacraments it is the Holy Spirit that we recognize as present. And when Jesus says, (Matthew 16: 19) "For when two or three come together in my name, I am there with them," we identify it as the Holy Spirit that will be present.