I don’t think it’s unfair to say that many Christians have significant gaps in their understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Chalk it up to a slew of bad analogies: the three parts of an egg, the three forms of water, the three-leaf clover. While these examples seek to clarify God’s nature, they do nothing but lead to a host of Trinitarian heresies. There’s Partialism, Modalism, Tritheism, Docetism (among other devious -isms) which are all based on distortions of who God fundamentally reveals Himself to be through Scripture.
James White writes in his book, The Forgotten Trinity, that “True worship must worship God as He exists, not as we wish Him to be.” If right worship is predicated on having the proper object of worship, then a twisting (or flat-out denial) of the Trinity is nothing less than the worst form of idolatry, namely our desire to make God into our image. God is wholly unlike us. He is not confined by time or space. He is holy. He is eternal. He is Other. Why would we expect Him to exist as we do? Moreover, why would we, mere creatures, think we could fully comprehend the nature of God?
Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.John Wesley
Thus, in the pursuit of God-pleasing worship, I’m linking an excellent quiz Tim Challies posted a few years back. It’ll test how well you understand the basics of Trinitarian doctrine. I hope everyone aces it. If not, take a look at the resources Challies suggests and commit to boning up. It’s not enough to be Trinitarian in name alone. We must be functionally Trinitarian in practice. Going forward, let’s take doctrine seriously, striving especially to have a robust knowledge of who God is so as to implement that knowledge into our worship.
Here’s the quiz: