THE HOLY TRINITY
have always based the legitimacy of their faith on the Bible and,
therefore, they were faced with the problem of finding also in
the Cabala the proof of their beliefs. In reality, as I have already
noted, the holy trinity is a completely abstract concept and,
as we have seen, it has a deep correspondence in the nature of
quite apart from religious disputes, they found plenty of "proof"
of the triune nature of God in the three dimensionality of nature
and the tripartite nature of contradiction (After all, the simplest
way of subdividing two extremes is a median point: hot, warm,
cold; behind, here, in front; yesterday, today, tomorrow; wet,
moist, dry, etc.).
interesting thing is that when the first Christians set about
interpreting the Cabala on the basis of the trinity, they had
no trouble at all. In effect, it had no trouble with them because,
after all, the concept of three dimensionality was certainly not
strange, as we have seen, to the system of the Cabala. In the
old testament we find references to the three dimensional nature
with which God manifested himself to man:
«I am the Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob» (Exodus 3,6; 15; 16; 4.5).
when God appears to Abraham:
«He raised his eyes and saw that three men were standing next
to him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance to the
tent to meet them and he fell to the earth saying: My Lord, if
I have found grace in your eyes do not pass by without stopping
first at the house of your servant.»
(God is on his way to Sodom and Gomorra to see if it is the case
to destroy them, and during the whole story he continues to manifest
himself in the form of three persons with only one will. Genesis
18,2 and after).