Just in case the whole impact of the Trinity escaped you.
Yes, every picture we make of God is ultimately metaphorical. Some are more disturbing than others. And, at some level, I think we are missing something grave if we do not acknowledge just how very unsettling God is.
I admit, one of my favorite pictures of Jesus is one of the earlier ones– and you’d swear that He was given crazy eyes. I’m afraid that, to get an in depth look at this, you are better off watching the first episode of Catholicism if you haven’t already. Msgr. Burke can explain it much more richly and clearly (and with even more pretty stuff) than I can. Hint: My favorite icon of Him figures prominently in that episode. But I’ll post it again anyway, because I love it so very much.Each one of my true experiences of God were generally precluded by a period of shock, confusion– and, let’s be honest, fear. Let’s just say, that angels are always running around saying “be not afraid!” for a reason. The human mind is simply not prepared for such an understanding, of something so far beyond our experience or ability to explain. The Trinity is one of those puzzles– because it is difficult to fathom just how ONE God could be Three Persons, or even why or how that would be. (Aleph null to the third?)
A century of materialistic thinking means we are even more woefully unprepared to contemplate such an extraordinary thing. We are completely robbed of any sense of the metaphysical– so it is always scary. We have no way of being able to analyze what we see, and to therefore discern it’s truthfulness. Materialism is an incomplete metaphor for reality for this very reason. If we cannot analyze the metadata, or even have a sense of how it could be organized, or even how it could interact with the human mind– then God is literally indiscernible, let alone comprehensible.
The closest a materialist can come to grocking the Divine Trinity is the clover leaf– and even 5th century Irish pagans were ahead of the curve. They at least knew that things from one world would not be easily discernable in another.
I know this is really late, but I haven’t been able to trust the auto-post, and it’s been a doozy of a week.