The size of our universe is so massive, it’s just incomprehensible. Many stars we can see in the sky are so distant that they actually don’t exist any more but their light needs millions of years to travel that distance. Even reaching our neighbour, Mars, by a manned expedition remains to this day a futuristic venture, considered as a one-way journey only. Despite the fact that space seems to be infinite, people ponder what is beyond it. Among those asking the question are scientists, approaching the problem in more meticulous manner. As if one incomprehensively vast universe is not enough, there are theories that there exist other universes, parallel to ours. In a recent article, I’ve read about some observations which have been interpreted as confirmation that theory is true. It’s all very interesting, but it sounds a bit weird. Regardless of whether their claims are true or not, it’s hard to see any practical usage for that discovery.
This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity; to put it in simple terms, our belief is that there is one God in three Persons. This belief, among others, is used as a proof of the alleged weirdness of the Christian faith. It seems to be illogical both mathematically and scientifically, and seems to be contradictory to common sense. I have to admit it’s not a thing to comprehend straightforwardly; better heads have struggled over the centuries to explain this seemingly paradoxical equity in a comprehensible way, like St Augustine or St Patrick. I’d say their situation was a bit more difficult; nowadays science provides a lot of phenomena, incomprehensible and contradictory to common sense, but existing and scientifically proven. Think about a pencil; its core is made of graphite which costs next to nothing; a piece of coal for your barbecue costs just a little bit more, but a diamond of the same weight costs a fortune. Outwardly all those three are substantially different; but essentially they are just different forms of carbon. Theoretically you can make your barbecue using diamonds – if you can afford that. Quantum Physics can provide much weirder examples falling outside common sense.
As I said a bit earlier, many people perceive some aspects of science as completely unnecessary and redundant, because they don’t seem to deliver any useful results in practical terms. Pondering over parallel universes might be interesting for a few isolated nerds, but it’s hard to find any practical aspect to their research. Similarly why should we bother whether God is in one or three Persons, if there is no practical application for that answer whatever it may be? I think this kind of attitude is dangerous, in very practical terms. Imperceptibly we hand over more and more aspects of our lives to those who provide more practical, convenient solutions. In material aspects we are more and more dependent on clever manufacturers selling ‘idiot-proof’ goods; in spiritual aspects we are exposed to dangerous ideologies, which can affect our lives in a very practical way, as well as the lives of others. The recent barbaric murder in London was committed in the name of such an extremely simplified, pseudo-religious ideology. Those blaming all Muslims and Islam for such a horrific act of violence, and attacking mosques, were following a similarly reduced, ‘common-sense’ perception of our society.
The mystery of the Holy Trinity is not only about how God has organised his relationships within himself. It’s a pattern for our lives. God the Father created all people equal; God the Son sacrificed himself for all people; God the Spirit teaches us to respect everybody’s individual dignity. Those who take this seriously apply this model to their relationships with others. Therefore we can recognize that people around us are equal, though diverse. Thus God, who is love, makes his believers people following the rule of love.