“I believe in the Trinity.”
What is the Trinity?
“The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the same thing, and are three different things.”
So if Fido, Spot, and Rover are the same dog and at the same time, not the same dog, which of those two statements can I believe, because they’re contradictions together?
“Well, ultimately, the Trinity is a mystery.”
Ok, but the whole point of the doctrine is to tell us how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit relate to each other. So, what you’re saying is that the Trinity in fact doesn’t tell us about that relationship at all since folks cannot explain it, saying it’s a mystery?
Then will you explain it to me?
“I already did.”
Doublethink isn’t an explanation. It simply is our ability to think two contradictory statements are independently true, for the fact and only for the fact that we don’t know which is false. That’s like “All numbers have a square root” and “A number multiplied by itself always results in a positive value”, and then pondering “What’s the square root of negative 1 then?!”. The solution to that, by the way, is literally an “imaginary number”. Is the “Trinity” in theology the “i” of mathematics? If so, “i” can be precisely explained using basic algebra in the context of maths. Is the “Trinity” precisely explainable in the context of theology?
So when you say “I believe in the Trinity”, you don’t even know exactly what you mean, given the Trinity doesn’t explain one relationship, but two contradictory relationships between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?
“It’s a mystery!”
Indeed it is; a mystery why some folks believe it.