The Trinity has no separation.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39).
As soon as you believe in separation all of a sudden you’re at risk of anyone who will tell you how to get unseparated. All you need is someone with an expertise in how to get unseparated who will tell you to do this, this, and this, or you will start to believe you just need to have enough faith.
When religion believes in separation you end up with magic. You end up trying to twist the arm of God through magic. It is not about the mystery of trust and relationship. It’s about ritual and doing the right things.
The distant remote God is the God of retributive justice who needs to be appeased.
Trinity God has never been a religious being. There is no ritual to the Trinity. It is a relationship.
It is like, when the king of all the planets is in the throne room telling his emissaries what to do and in runs his daughter who doesn’t care about position and title but cares about him. There is no religion at that point, only relationship… unless the person is so broken, and we are, I’m sorry but a lot of us are.
A lot of my views about God changed when I became a father. Becoming a parent has an impact on how we think about God. Could you believe God has elected your child to be an object for your wrath?
When you separate your heart from your experience you will probably be struggling with pornography because when you separate your heart from your head that far, something has to fill the gap. And pornography is the imagination of a relationship without the risk of a real one.
The beauty of the Trinity is that it’s always a relationship, always has been and always will be and you’re always in it. Creation was created in Christ. And, when Jesus comes, according to the remote-God view, God has to pour out his wrath upon the son in order for… for what? In order for the balance of some scales of justice to be met. So the solitary God turns his face away.
If God can turn away, you can never trust that God.
In the Trinity there is no abandonment, there is no forsaking.
Some people say, “But Jesus cried out ‘My God my God, why have you forsaken me’
That’s Psalm 22. It is the Psalm of the cross. Psalm 23 is the Psalm of the grave, Psalm 24, the Psalm of the resurrection.
What’s going on is that we have a God who submits by nature, a God who has never been religious. That means that every element of religion that is contrary to relationship, is something we have brought to the table as part of our darkness.
The God of the Trinity is going to climb into the darkness of our religion and speak its language in order to destroy it from the inside out through love.