People often talk about the three aspects of the trinity existencing in a perfect community.
It occurred to me that maybe this is a good way to think about the trinity, and how they are three in and one at the same time.
If you watch a community functioning at it’s best, you don’t really know where one person begins and the next one ends. Nobody relies on strict, legalistic divisions of labor. Everybody just participates perfectly. It is organic. The whole group would suffer if one part was removed, and yet, nobody could exactly point to the missing person and say “Bob? His duties were x, y, and z.” I’ve read the trinity’s interactions compared to a dance. And this is a metaphor that’s more useful, I think, then comparing the trinity’s interactions to an office, for example, as we do (probably without realizing it) whenever we start trying to wrap our brains around the difference betweeen Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It’s not a bad thing, when we try and deliniate the different jobs, aspects, and importances of the aspects of the trinity. But I suspect that they are doomed to fail, because doing this fails to account for the organic nature of community.
What do you think: are there any particularly helpful– or unhelpful– ways that you’ve heard people discuss the Trinity?