Is Trinitarianism True Monotheism?
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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
Trinitarian ‘monotheists’ believe there is “One God in Three Divine Persons”. This basically means that there are Three Unique, Intelligent, Individual Persons with the same Divine God-Essence/Nature/Source. A non-Trinitarian monotheist believes that there is only One Person with God-Essence/Nature/Source.
As Trinitarians, we perceive our monotheism as differentiating us from polytheism. But, in doing so, are we over-looking the difference between ourselves and those who are truly monotheistic? Is our belief in One God Who is Three Persons the same as the belief of a God Who is only One Person such as the God of Judaism and other non-Trinitarian Faiths? If we really think about it, is it at all logical to say that believing in Three Persons is basically the same as believing in One Person; that both beliefs equally constitute monotheism? Non-Trinitarians don’t seem to think so.
The shamrock has traditionally been used to illustrate the One God in Three Persons doctrine. The shamrock is one plant; it has one stem, but from that one stem grow three, unique, distinct leaves, and so it is with the Divine Trinity. The Divine Trinity has One Source/One Nature, one Stem, so to speak, but has Three Distinct Persons just as the shamrock has three distinct leaves. But, can we say that this plant with the three distinct leaves is the same as the one plant with one leaf? No, we cannot logically say they are the same and I think doing so does a disservice to those who truly are monotheistic.
Next, we need to ask the question: if Trinitarians cannot strictly and logically state that they are monotheists, does this indicate that they are polytheists?
Madria Erin, of the Auroran Tradition, recently noted that Trinitarians believe in a Godhead while polytheists believe in a pantheon. But what is the difference between a Godhead and a pantheon?
I love this explanation of the Trinity: https://alexandriantheologian.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/just-a-thought-apple-trees-and-the-trinity/.
This article clearly illustrates how the Persons of the Trinity all stem from the same Source. They are like the Three Distinct Apple Trees who each came from a cutting of the Original Tree. This is an example of the Godhead.
The article goes on to explain how the trees that grew from the seeds of the apples of the Original Tree are not the same as the Trinity Trees, nor is their fruit the same. The pantheons of polytheism remind me of the many apple seeds produced by the abundance of fruit from the Original Tree. While the Trinity Trees are literally taken and grown from part of the One Original Tree, the gods and goddesses of the various pantheons sprout from the various seeds of the many apples and so are not literally part of the Original Tree, nor is their ‘fruit’ the same.
Deanists may extend this same apple tree analogy to the Seven Janati. The Sophian Mythos teaches us that Sophia was placed above (and ruled) the Seven Planetary Powers. She is also known to have Seven Pillars, Seven Stars, Seven Faces, etc. The Deanic Faith teaches that the Janati are the Seven Planetary Powers and that they are like a Silver Light which flowed from Dea, through a prism, producing Seven Intelligent, Individual Living Rays. These Rays have been called goddesses or angels, though all admit that both words fall short of describing Their true Nature.
If the Janati are, as has been defined, Intelligent and Individual, then they cannot be understood to be merely aspects or avatars of Dea. Nor are they abstract powers or created angels. The Janati are individual Intelligences… …PERSONS… Who originated from Dea in the same way that the Celestial Mother and the Holy Daughter originated in the Absolute, She Who is the Great Mother. The Janati flowed out of Dea as Seven Living Intelligences Who have the same God-Nature as Dea.
This is why the Lucienne and Janite Traditions teach that Dea is One and Three and Seven. If we can believe that One can be Three, why cannot One also be Seven? All stem from the One Godhead.
Personally, and speaking only for myself, I do not believe that Trinitarians, either Christians or Deanists, are strictly monotheistic, but neither are we polytheistic, believing in a pantheon of gods and goddesses who do not stem from the One Source, Absolute Deity. We believe in a unique Godhead of Persons.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides