This post is partly about the deceit of ‘oneness’ theology.
There are Believers who think they have made an advance on the Gospel of the Kingdom by departing from trinitarian belief into what is called ‘oneness theology.’ But such ‘theology has more to do with the law and old covenant than such people know. It strips God of God’s Godness and leaves us less than we are. If God is one as in this un-moved mover type depiction he is not love because love is relationship.
It would be fair to say that the kind of theology that strips God of the mystery of the three-yet-one paradox is mostly found in the box called legalism and concrete thinking that for some is a way of life. It’s true that some depart it momentarily but not for long. They are soon back into legalism’s briar patch because they are concrete thinkers and incapable of mystery and paradox by nature. A ‘oneness’ god is not a person. It’s an ‘it’ – an abstraction. All legalistic thinking tends in this direction.
UNGODLY AND SIMPLISTIC
Some find it difficult to shake off the influence of the legalism. It’s their mindset. They have never been able to cope with subtle and complex ideas. There are people who despise thought and it is pretty much foreign to them. This mind-set is what got Donald Trump elected as president of the USA.
Humility and Christ our life opens us go the spirit of wisdom and revelation. In the early church those chosen to carry out the more practical tasks were not bereft of understanding. The criteria for them was ‘full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit’. This is clearly much more than ‘information.’ It’s a state of being that is relationship where we are joined to God and as a result re-joined to ourselves so that our conflicted parts are healed and we are made into a harmonious whole – in the model of God, which is to say in the nature of the trinity who gave us birth.
The Christchurch atrocity might be rationalised by some as an eye for an eye. But this is as far from Jesus as the north pole is from the south. Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’ God is not an abstraction and neither is His Way. It’s the trinity in you.
One of the features of growing up into Christ is the increasing harmony to be found in our spirit, soul and body because we are in Christ and therefore in God. To be in God is to be in the community of the trinity. Baxster Kruger writes, “The dream of human existence begins right here in the unstifled fellowship and togetherness of the Father, Son and Spirit. Everything else to be said about God is a variation on this theme, a description of this relationship of Father, Son and Spirit.” (1)