1+1+1 Does =1

The Trinity in the Mathematics of Motion and Action

"Now that doesn't make any sense. How in the world can God be three but be one at the same time?"

Three yet one? On its face, the idea seems to defy everything we know about the world and how it works. One apple plus one apple plus one apple makes three apples: even a first-grader knows that.

But the Christian God, particularly in the Roman Catholic understanding of God, is an active God, a God Who is reflected in the universe He created, and the very structure of that creation and every action in it is a trinity.

Most people suffered through basic algebra in high school and will likely recall the Cartesian coordinate system; the x-y of algebraic graphing. The graph to the right is a Cartesian graph of the equation 2x = y. As useful as these sorts of graphs may be, they aren't an accurate representation of the universe--they're missing an entire dimension. That dimension is known as "z." If you are looking at the corner of a room, the floorboards would be the x and y axes, the floor would be a Cartesian graph and the corner of the room would be the z axis. All together, x,y,and z make up the reality of the room.



The room, however, is a static entity. It does indeed have a trinity of dimensions, but by itself it does nothing. But suppose a child standing in the doorway tosses a ball into the room. Suddenly, that static room has movement in it. That movement is also a trinity, an active trinity, as it moves through the room.

Examine the ball as it moves through the room. The motion is described by the three elements of the room: the motion reflected on the xy plane,on the xz plane, and on the yz plane (or, in mathematical terms, ax^n + by^n +cz^n.) Imagine the shadow the ball would cast on each plane as it entered, fell to the floor and bounced back. Each of these elements is quite distinct, and they combine in a vector, which can be thought of as the direction of the ball. The vector is a single entity--the ball is moving in one direction through space. But that motion is represented by the three aspects of universal space--the xy plane, the yz plane, and the xz plane. Without one of the planes, the ball would not exist in the universe.

xy + yz + xz = everything

yet, xy + yz + xz = 1

So what does all this have to do with the Trinity? I wouldn't attempt to claim that the three-dimensional nature of the universe with its attendant variables "proves" the existance of God, but for those who believe in God, the nature of the universe God created gives us a glimpse into the nature of God Himself. Nature is three-in-one; why couldn't nature's creator be three-in-one as well?