There are 3 Grand Realities
That Science can
For MORE you need to use the DOOR.
(1) The Trinity
(2) The Incarnation.
(3) Substitutionary Atonement
Big words? Fancy ideas?
If you can accept the Bible as something more than an ordinary book, it is the only place to find out the basic information about what these terms mean, even though they aren’t used there.
Otherwise, you’re on your own.
“Reality”? We’re not going to argue about that multi-meaning word here. We’re talking about the kind of reality that can also accept the human consciousness or mind as real, so real and foundational that science is impossible and even the reading of these words without it.
Realize that books have been written about these concepts. But if someone sat across the table from me, and asked, I’d probably say something like this:
The Trinity underlines the Christian belief that God is 3-persons-in 1. There is basic unexplainable mystery here, but over and over again the Bible teaches that God is one. Implied is that God in some way “self-communicates” as “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit.” One Bible passage that assumes this 3-person distinctive feature is the New Testament Gospel of John chapters 14 – 16.
The Incarnation refers to the “in-fleshment” of the Son who, remaining as God, lay aside many of his divine aspects to be born of a virgin and live as a baby, child, and young man until his death (followed by a bodily resurrection) attested to by 5 biographies (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts) which are part of the Bible. In some cases the Son (Jesus) while on Earth prophetically knew certain information, while not knowing other information (such as the time of the Second Coming). On Earth, the Son experienced weariness, confrontation, torture, suffering, physical execution–experiences common to ordinary people. He also demonstrated a good and worthy way to live in order to be obedient to God.
The Substitutionary Atonement refers to the seemingly unnatural behavior of letting a living sacrifice pay the price in God’s eyes of evil committed by humans. Foreshadowed by a procedure of animal sacrifice detailed in the Old Testament for the Jewish people, the sacrifice of the sinless Jewish Son of God can satisfy the payment for sin for anyone who personally trusts in Jesus as personal Savior.
Accepting the reality of such Truths, provides a personal peace and comfort, as well as a spur to seek God, to understand and enjoy the world He has made, and to look beyond ourselves to the fellowship and needs of those around us.
¹ When discussing such matters, especially so briefly and doing so as a layman, I pray that whatever is true and important may be remembered; and whatever is wrong, misleading, or trivial may do no harm and be quickly forgotten.