Trinity and Beyond

Where did the idea of a “holy trinity” come from?  You will not find it mentioned anywhere in holy scriptures.  There are, however, a number of great eternal truths and teachings from antiquity in regard to three energy aspects within the Source-power of creation.  Such principles of primal energy involvement antedate any and all faith systems of man’s invention.  Understood by the surprisingly advanced ancients was that all things in Creation are generated out of an aggregation of primal energy which they symbolized as water.

That same initiative energy involvement is also called “waters” or “seas” in the Genesis account of Creation, but unfortunately that text failed to understand the three coequal principles active as Source.  And the “holy book” method of presentation does not exactly stimulate an understanding.  For example, Genesis 1:19 says, “And God said, Let the water under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let dry land appear: and it was so.”  Taking this literally it is easily assumed to mean when the material Earth came into existence from nothing.  In more ancient understanding, that which came to be referred to as “dry land” actually concerned involvement of primal energies as a prototype, not a fully developed material thing.

The “seas” and “waters” of the Genesis account (indeed in most holy tales) refer to pre-physical conditions (as does the word “wilderness”), i.e. to the initial energy involvements that gather as prototype energy forms.  In other words, these are not yet cosmic forms, but could be termed the idea around which energy will combine as an energy structure.  That is why in Genesis 2:4-5 there is an attempt to clarify chapter one confusion by stating, “…the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the  field before it grew.”

Non-manifested energy power (principle # 1) carries within it the polar activity (#2), which carries endless potential (#3).  These three principles are indeed one Source, and the one creative power is indeed three components; these comprise the true trinity out of which Creation occurs.  In ancient teachings this initial stage was commonly spoken of as chaos and it was thought of as the seed-ground of the cosmos, so it did not carry quite the meaning that is commonly applied to the word chaos today.  From this more ancient understanding of Creation the opening of Genesis also speaks of chaos and “the deep,” acknowledging that no perceivable order could be discerned.

Through the long historic march of religious interpretations, the turbulent three-in-one Source powers were usually shown as descending through a line-succession of three “gods,” which personified those three coequal primary principles.  That explains the reason why each preceding god in the Pagan lineup was always characterized as more violent than the succeeding one.  The major difference in Pagan belief systems was that these three “gods” were not credited as the actual cause of Creation energies, but rose as the directive principles within and over those energies.  Pagan gods such as the Babylonian Marduk (the Merodach in biblical version); the Egyptian Ammon; the Greek Zeus; the Roman Jupiter to mention a few, all carry the identical theme as ruling gods who were cast as third in succession  and presided over the establishment of life conditions.  In other words, primal energies had to be qualified before they could be made manifest with temporary density.  Pagans, therefore, reflected more scientific understanding of primordial/elementary conditions than do religious theologies of today.  And this is why the wise Pagans never begged or expected special divine intervention from their gods.

Most all the stories in western cultures’ “holy scriptures” were inspired by such wisdom known to these prehistory ancestors, but much of that wisdom had become fragmented and misinterpreted after various calamities suffered by planet Earth.  In addition, men seeking status and power used and suppressed the knowledge that survived.  In ancient teachings on Creation and the progressive stages of energy involvement by which Creation manifests in diverse forms, the three coequal principles (or Trinity) had been understood to then involve further as the Quaternary—where energy begins to transform with density.  This too is disguised in “holy word,” and is personified with the “fall” of Adam and Eve—where they are pictured as compelled to leave the all-providing “garden” and venture into their pre-physical archetypes.

Nowhere in original Holy Bible texts was the word “Trinity” every used, nor was there expressed any comprehension of the ancient teachings on cosmology which explained the three interactive generative principles active as Creation.  Any understanding of the three-in-one as it evolved from Pagan understanding to Christian doctrine probably stems from Christianity’s rival Mithraism, the religion of the Persians that was well established in Rome before the advent of the early Christian cult.  That rival faith system had a Trinity, and in the effort to win over converts it seemed pertinent for the struggling cult to also claim such heavenly connection.  By the time that the Christian “fathers” got around to including a concept of the Trinity in church approval, however, any true knowledge of Causation and energy involvement responsible for Creation—upon which the image of three-in-one was based—was long-lost.

But that three-in-one imagery still carried mystical vibes that were made suitable for inclusion in Matthew 3:16 by implying that the persons of the Holy Trinity were manifested together. This was imaginatively accounted for by saying, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the waters: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him…”  And by the time of the revision of Matthew (c. 80-84), the three-in-one principles of Creation were reduced to persons of the “Holy Trinity,” where in Matthew 28:19 it says, “Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

The Trinity concept in Christian use seems to have then evolved as a protective measure against charges by opponents of the cult that Christianity was simply the worship of three gods (as in Pliny, Epistles 96.7).  The concept of three coequal participants in the godhead that evolved in much later creedal formulation is vague at best in the restrictions of the canon.  It was not until 325 CE that the longstanding dispute over the “nature” of Jesus became so intense among church organizers that the Roman Emperor Constantine convoked the Council at Nicaea to settle the rift.  The theories and doctrine of Paul were finally voted upon, not divinely revealed, as being the “official” understanding, which was then summarized as the Nicene Creed, which defined Jesus as “consubstantial with the Father.”  In presentation of the Trinity, or three personalities, the general Christian position is now of one god subsisting in three persons and one substance.

The first NT allusion to a Tripartite formula of godhead appeared indirectly in 2 Corinthians 13:13 (edited c. 100-105), where the self-proclaimed apostle of Jesus, Paul, wishes “…the grace of the Lord Jesus, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit” would be with the citizens of Corinth.  The Trinity aspect was sort of implied in the later gospel of John 10:30, which suggests equality of Jesus with God, with Jesus allegedly saying, “I and the Father are one.”  Clearly the book of (“saint”) John (written c 105-106) drew upon the Genesis Creation episode, for it mimics the opening line by saying, “In the beginning was the Word (implying Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The prehistory understanding of the three-in-one principles, not persons, active within the Source was that it creates through serial transmutation.  The creative “trinity” progresses in a series of reactions into the Quaternary, as mentioned before, at which point the extreme primal conditions are left behind as the involving units of energy modify in density.  At each dimension of energy modification more of the unrefined rudiments are discarded so that the remaining complex energies may activate as centers of awareness; i.e. personal awareness.  To the consternation of those who take man-conceived holy word literally, this means that Creation was/is essentially an evolutionary process.

Western man’s ability for abstract thought apparently atrophied millennia ago.  That loss of ability to consider things or situations apart from the specifics that we think of as “reality” has pretty much left a high percentage of the faithful shackled in literalism.  And therein lies the many problems for understanding much of man’s holy word literature.

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