“GOD THE FATHER TIMES GOD THE SON TIMES GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT”?
A Catholic apologist tried to defend the Trinity in saying to try multiplication instead of addition and conclude that you got “one divine nature, three divine persons”:
“INC claims that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit equals three Gods. Why add, not multiply? Try multiplication: 1 x 1 x 1 = ONE. One divine nature, three divine persons.”
One divine nature, three divine persons. Multiply? YOU STILL HAVE THREE. One divine nature times three persons is 1 x 3. Well, 1 x 3 is 3. Simple mathematics, isn’t it? 1 x 3 = 1 is an absurdity as 1 + 1 + 1 = 1.
Why not 1 x 1 x 1 = 1? Well, do Catholics and Protestantants say God the father TIMES God the Son TIMES God the Holy Spirit? Or God the father BY God the Son BY God the Holy Spirit?
When we multiply we usually say “1 times 1 times 1”, or “1 by 1 by 1.” When we add, we usually say “1 plus 1 plus 1”, or “1 and 1 and 1”, or “1, 1 and 1”.
Take note that the Trinity doctrine does not say “God the Father TIMES God the Son TIMES God the Holy Spirit.” Nor does it say “God the Father BY God the Son BY God the Holy Spirit.” The Catholic expression of the Trinity doctrine in Latin is “Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus” or in English “The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Clearly then, the Trinity is addition, thus, 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals three.
1 x 3 = 1 and 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 are both absurdity. THUS, TRINITY IS INDEED AN ABSURDITY! That’s why, according to Catholic authorities themselves, trying to understand Trinity is like BATTING YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE CEILING:
“…when we try to think of God as Three Persons possessing one and the same nature, WE FIND OURSELVES BATTING OUR HEAD AGAINST THE CEILING.” [Trese, Leo J. The Faith Explained. Nihil Obstat: Louis J. Putz, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame. Imprimatur: Leo A. Pursley, D.D. Bishop of Fort Wayne, Notre Dame, Indiana. USA: Fides Publishers Inc.,1969, pp. 25-26.]
1 x 3 = 1 and 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 does not differ from “two and two equals five” which is an absurdity and which God cannot do, according to a Jesuit priest John Walsh in his book This is Catholicism:
“God, of course, cannot perform an absurdity, a contradiction in terms. He canoont, for instance, make two and two equals five.” (Walsh, John. This is Catholicism. New York: Image Book, 1959, p. 25)
If two and two equals five is an absurdity, says Walsh, thus one plus one plus one equals one is no better than this. If God cannot perform an absurdity, according to this Catholic priest, then God would never make up an absurdity such as the so-called Trinity.
INDEED, GOD WOULD NEVER MAKE UP AN ABSURDITY SUCH AS THE SO-CALLED TRINITY.
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