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Does God Suffer from a Multiple Personality Disorder?
The Triune God
One of the most controversial doctrines of the Christian faith is the Trinity which postulates that God is three persons referred to as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are said to be three persons, but together one God with each co-existing simultaneously and each 100% God with all the attributes of the Almighty God. They are not the one God revealing himself at different times in different ways e.g. one time as the Father, another as the Son, and still another as the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the three are not merely in agreement with each other nor merely united in one purpose; they are the One God who exists from everlasting to everlasting.
The Bible Portrays the Father as God
The Father is considered God by Jesus and all the New Testament writers.
The Bible Portrays Jesus as God
Isaiah 9 says the Messiah would be referred to as the Eternal Father and Mighty God.
The Gospel of John begins by calling Jesus the Word of God who was God and became flesh.
Jesus raised the dead, healed birth defects, cast out demons, and rose from the dead. He often referred to himself as equal to God the Father saying, "I and the Father am one," and "I am the way, the truth and the life."
Paul the Apostle referred to Jesus as God in Romans.
In Revelation Jesus refers to himself as the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End of all things.
The Bible Portrays the Holy Spirit as God
Jesus told his listeners that the only forgivable sin was blasepheming the Holy Spirit as such intimating that the Holy Spirit was equal to God.
In Acts 5, Peter told two rouge disciples that lying to the Holy Spirit was equivalent to lying to God.
The Holy Spirit was active in the creation act mentioned in Genesis.
2 Timothy 3:16 says all Scripture was inspired by God. The author of Hebrews said that the Holy Spirit spoke scripture and Peter said it was the Spirit which inspired the Scripture writers (Hebrews 3:7 and 2 Peter 1:20,21).
All Three are Active in the Creation of the World
Genesis 1:1, 2 tell us that God created the heavens and the earth and that the Spirit of God was involved in shaping the earth out of chaos.
The Gospel of John Chapter 1, Colossians Chapter 1 and Hebrews Chapter 1 say all things were made through God the Son, Jesus Christ.
New Believers Baptized into One Name
Before ascending back into heaven, Jesus commanded his disciples to baptize new believers into the singular name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Is it possible for One Being to Be Three, Be in Three Places at Once, and Retain Full Capacity?
[The following explanation is merely a logical argument stating that it is possible for one being (like God) to split himself up and exist in three places at once. It is not meant to say exactly how God exists as three persons at one time.]
The answer to this question is directly related to the nature of that being. If a being is infinite and has infinite capacity then it is indeed possible for that being to personify aspects of itself e.g. its word and its spirit with all three divisions retaining the original capacity of the one. This is seen in the mathematical definition of infinite which is 1-1=1.
For instance, let's say there is a library with an infinite number of books and that half the books are yellow and the other half, blue. By definition of the idea of "infinite," even if you took out all the blue books, the same amount of books would remain. (You would still have an unlimited number of books). Likewise, if a being has an unlimited capacity even if that being split itself into three or more parts, each part would retain an unlimited capacity.
How can one being in three places at one time?
This question cannot be answered in our three or four dimensional reality. However, what if there was more than three or four dimensions? It is interesting that modern astrophysicists now postulate as many as 10 or 11 dimensions. In fact, anyone who believes in the God of the Bible has to accept the notion of a minimum of five dimensions. Peter said that to God one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day. This means that God is not confined to our space time continuum.
If then, God is an unlimited being and if he chose to personify his word and his spirit, he could do so without any reduction in capacity. Furthermore if he was not confined to the four dimensions of space and time, he could present himself in different places at seemingly the same time by taking advantage of extra dimensions.
Is this exactly how God exists as three persons? We could not say for certain whether it is or is not? We can only say that it possible for an unlimited being who exists beyond our four dimensional reality to do so.