Genesis 1:26–27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God said, “Let us make man in our image”. God didn’t say “Let me create man in my image”. Interesting! Isn’t it? This is the first revelation of God as the Trinity God, meaning 3 persons one God. One of the most mysterious doctrine of Christianity. It has enormous implications which I will describe below. No religion in the world has 3 persons in One God. One God religion is Monotheism. That will includer Islam etc., but only Christianity has 3 persons in one God. But that precisely stumbles a lot of people.
John 1: 1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Did you see that? In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God! This is saying God was with God, linguistically speaking. But in reality, it’s the Son was with the Father, and they are God. Trinitarian God doctrine is immense. In fact without a Trinitarian God, there could be no love in this world. Because God the creator of this world had no one to love and be loved, as its just him. A very lonely God indeed! But Christianity shows us the God of Christianity has 3 persons loving one another from all eternity, and when he created the world, he simply shared his love with us. Or they shared their love with us. They didn’t have to learn how to love because God is love. But you can’t say that for any other religions.
The other concept is diversity and unity. How a monotheism one person God will not appreciate that as he all alone before human’s creation. So only in Christianity our God has that diversity and with true unity. And we as his creations are called to reflect his image, as we are created in his image, that diversity and unity is just part of us. And today that concept is actually from the God of Christianity. And same goes for Love, as we learnt love from our God, who had loved one another from all eternity.
Tethered with that is the social slogan of “tolerance” today which is proclaimed all over the world. You really can’t have tolerance when you are screaming for it, and in the process of it, shutting down those who differ from your opinion. In the process of doing that, you are not tolerant yourself. Calling others not being embracing and tolerant, is actually being intolerant. That’s not the case with the Trinitarian God, who has in a worshipful, joyful, delightful, loving and enjoying one another’s presence from all eternity. They don’t even need to proclaim tolerance, or intolerance, they merely go by who they are by themselves, which is what we called the simplicity of God, which means God never changes, h what he says is what he does. There is no hiccup per se. No changes. His words are eternal. The whole idea of tolerance can only be achieved within the framework of the righteousness of God. When we meet his righteousness, there is no such thing as intolerant. Racism will be thrown out of the window because that will not be the righteousness of God, so tolerance or not, doesn’t even arise. God will not tolerate sins, so shall we not. We love one another to build one another up. Rebuke in love, for the glory of God. With God in the center of our lives, marriage, career, jobs, relationship, we will always be strong and be held by stead hands from above.