Instead of being a turn off, this gives me hope for contemporary living. People today want information, they want certainty; they want transparency: anything less is considered very “iffy”. When someone withholds information we become a little suspicious. This need, and it is a need, to have certainty can be destructive as people withhold acceptance thus creating pools of suspicion and doubt. In the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, God is liberating our minds from that need. God is encouraging us to live without needing to know everything in black and white because all too often the world, although often reduced to black and white, isn’t. We need courage to live with uncertainty because it demands of us we grow with situations and life itself. If everything is spelled out for us then where is the room for growth, for that moral growth that is so essential for human existence?
The great minds – the physicists, the engineers, the philosophers, the medical scientists are all working to help our understanding of the world in which we live and it is fabulous but they will tell you themselves it is because we want to learn more we realise there is a great deal more to learn. The closed mind or the mind that needs all the answers neatly wrapped up for them is the mind that will never grow, will never take a risk, never produce new insights into the world and that for me would be an appalling state of affairs.
I like the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, because, it is not a recipe - but rather an invitation to live in an uncertain world exploring every aspect of it with hope and courage.