(This is a beginning draft…)


   There are 3 great phenomena that we¹ will never fully understand² though we can think and talk about them:


   (1)  The Trinity

   (2)  Substitutionary Atonement

   (3)  The Soul


   Here are 2.5 verses that, offhandedly³, bring them together:


-II Cor. 1:21-23a


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   The Apostle Paul is speaking to fellow believers:


“…Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.

   “But I call God as a witness to my soul, that…”

   This passage, as given, presents the ending of one of Paul’s points and immediately beginning another. (Check note 3 below.)


   Note, however, the assumption of 3 mysteries that are hard to logically explain:

   (1)  The Trinity (Note the 3-fold association of “Christ,” “God,” and “Spirit” that over and over again in the New Testament are assumed, with good “reason” to be 3 persons in one entity, with “God” in many cases being used as a synonym for “God-the-Father,” with “Christ” being synonymous with “God-the-Son.” The “Spirit” is taken to be the 3rd person in the Trinity, “The Holy Spirit,”–which is clearly not the same as the spirits (sometimes equated with “soul”) of humans.

   (2)  Substitutional Atonement (“sealed us” but this only vaguely suggested here that somehow God has taken care of all our sins and imperfections, and has readied us for something more)

   (3)  The soul (Add to that “our hearts” (above) or that part of us that feels, chooses, hopes, etc. that the Bible says over and over lives forever, even though the body may be completely destroyed.)

   Some “logical” questions here, not to be satisfactorily answered in clever footnotes–although considered satisfactory assumptions, or beliefs, throughout the Bible:  How can “3” be “1”? If goodness and even perfection are desirable, or are required, in the “grand scheme of things,” as well as to make life on Earth satisfactory, how can mercy and justice then be satisfied if someone else is receiving our deserved punishment? And how can the individual soul–the hoper, desirer, the chooser, the most real but intangible entity within us–survive destruction of the physical body as Jesus promised it would?

   Apparently, the 100,000,000,000 nerve cells in each of our softball-sized brains are missing some abilities–or information–to explain things.

   In addition to the nature of space, infinity, and the nature of matter “peeked in on” in quantum physics, where the tiniest of particles break all of our rules of what can be done such as be in two places at the same time, or send a complimentary image from one end of the universe to the other. And what, incidentally, is an “end” of the universe?

   Perhaps we are forever too large to “see” certain things. Real things.

   Or too small to see others.

   But size won’t stop our soul from its delightful quest of asking questions.


   ¹ The “we” here should be a more modest “I.”

   ² “Understand” in the modern demonstrable way that science reaches for, that is.

   ³ This is hardly a definitive text for these issues; it’s rather a springboard for what follows.