Can 1+1+1=1

As a child, I kept asking my parents this question: How could it be possible that Jesus happens to be here on earth for 33 years and the universe is still working and everything is fine: If Jesus is God so who is ruling the world while he was on earth?

A lot of people may have asked the same question: how could we say that Jesus is God and we can hear Him praying to God several times?

We can hear Christians while their praying saying: “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit only one God Amen.”

Thus, if anyone can hear that, he will be confused:
Is there only one God or three? And if it is only one God, who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

To be able to understand this question we must refer to some examples from our life.

First of all, each morning, we can all see the sun. Though we refer to it as the sun, still, we can see the light of the sun, we can feel the heat of the sun and we can see the sun itself as a big ball in the sky. Can we refer to any other ball in the sky as a sun; a ball that we cannot see its light and feel its heat. In order to acknowledge it as ‘the sun’, it must be composed of those three things.

The same with the fire: Watching the fire, we can see its light and feel its heat. Fire can never be fire without its light or heat: those things are unseparated to a fire.

Well, the same with us ‘humans’. We as humans, each has a soul, a body and a mind. If you don’t have any of these, we cannot say that you are a human.

One may wonder: How the Three can be One! According to the mathematics rules: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3; not 1. But we may say that according to the same rules: 1 x 1 x 1 = 1: not 3.

Christian people believe in the Holy Trinity: but as being One God. So we can say “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit ... One God, Amen."
“The Holy Trinity does not mean plurality of God, but means peculiarities of the One Godhead. God is Being, Intellect and Spirit. With the intellect and the Spirit, God is One Being.
The man created in God's image is a being with intellect and spirit, and the three are one.” Jesus Christ the Son says, "The Father is in Me. and I in Him" (John 14:11). We are not polytheists, we believe in no other gods.

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H.H. pope Shenouda III,the creed , translated by Wedad Abbas , Egyptian printing , second edition , 2003 ,p.15

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