Monday Musings for Monday December 24, 2012
Volume II, 42/94
Reflections on Trinity and Christian faith
By Assad Meymandi, MD, PhD, DLFAPA*
The triadic nature of man plays a major role in our lives. We think in threes. The best writings almost always brings in three examples. Bhagavad Gita, the Holy Book of Hindus, speaks of rays of divinity enveloping us in groups of three. In Quoran Majid, Surah 36,Ya-sin, Allah speaks of his bounties given to his people in bunches of three. In deutero- Canonical literature to the number three is assigned “holiness” and “purity”. Saint Paul spoke of three most important things in life: Faith, Hope, and Love. Plato wrote extensively, especially in his book of Phaedo, acknowledged as the closest writing about God and Christ by a pagan who lived long before Christ (427-347 BC), about the trinity of the soul, beauty, and perfection of form. The famed Zoroastrian commandments is the triad: Good deed, Good word, and Good thought. The Sermon on the mount, an opus magnum of literature in any language, comes in sentences and pronouncements bunched in threes. The act of Love, the most important contribution of Christianity, “love your neighbor as you love yourself” requires the triad lover, the object, beloved, yourself, and/or your neighbour, and the act of love, all forcefully simulated in Christian theology as God, Son, and the Holy Spirit, three entities in a well integrated one, and not like three peas in a pod. In order to live a meaningful and altruistic life, humans are endowed with the triad of intellect, memory, and will. In practical realm, there are a minimum of three legs to a tripod, and yes, the Holy Trinity, elaborately expressed in the Nicene Creed, 325 AD, speaks eloquently, elegantly, and definitively, of the nature of Trinity (see, I used three adverbs to describe the Creed). So, the triadic and Trinitarian model is most relevant to our daily lives.
In our my personal lives, the triadic phenomenon plays a major role and continues its importance: today, December 24, is the natal anniversary of my most beloved friend and wife, Emily. It is also the eve of the natal anniversary of the Lord. It coincides with our wedding day which we celebrate every month and call it “Montheversary”. A perfect and holy triad with its roots deeply fed by the joyful life giving running book of the Holy Trinity.
*The writer is a Distinguished Life Fellow American Psychiatric Association, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill. He is the Founding Editor and Editor in chief, Wake County Physician Magazine (1995-2012)