The Rebbe sighed. “I don’t know either. But maintain we must, and affirm we must, that that which clearly exists and besides which nothing else clearly exists – that is God.”
The Rebbe stroked his beard for a few minutes and thought some more. “And what is soul, Moshe? Soul is that being that knows with certainty that God exists and that besides God nothing else clearly exists.”
“And faith, Moshe? Faith is the way the soul knows that God exists and that besides God nothing clearly exists.”…This story also teaches us that God is not some independent “out there” entity. God, soul, and faith – the known, the knower, and the knowing – are inseparable. We are one. (Conversation between Reb Liadi and a student, Moshe, as quoted in, “Jewish with Feeling,” pg. 29, Schachter-Shalomi, Z.)
This quote appears to succinctly sum up the function and intention of the Holy Trinity in Christian doctrine. The first part refers to the Father-aspect, God. Good enough. The second part, soul, refers to the Son. Any being which knows without a shadow of doubt that there is a God, must in fact be God. For the soul, this makes sense – after all, our souls are the little pieces of Him, that he breathed into us so we would be able to recognize Him and identify Him accurately later, during our numinous encounters. For Jesus, it makes sense because the only way he could know for certain that the Father exists, is if He were God or really, the Son of God.
“OK, but wait – I know there’s a God, does that mean I’m God?”
“No you don’t, and know you aren’t. You believe there’s a God, you take it on Faith there’s a God, but you don’t really know there’s a God. You also don’t know that I exist. You can see me and hear me and watch me fidget in this chair, but you don’t really know I exist. I don’t know if you exist, either, but in each of us separately lies the innate intrinsic information that we do. But I can’t prove me to you, and you can’t prove you to me. Anyway, you know you’re not God. Here, watch, I’ll just pull down this temple so you can rebuild it in three days..”
“Wait, wait! Ok, so, nu, I’m not God.”
However, you want me to exist, you love me so strongly as a neighbour, fellow human being, or another Jew, that you need for me to exist. That Love is Faith. I need you to exist, too. I need to know that my Love for you is going somewhere. But I don’t know for certain you’re not a delusion I’ve created purely through the strength of my Faith. (Creating delusions often happens to humans – sometimes we’ve called them saints; at other times, schizophrenics).
That Love-Faith is the Holy Spirit, the string binding up the brown paper parcel labelled, “C/O God.” It is the wind that makes the ship on the water go. It is the Information Super Highway of Knowing, between Father-the-Known, and Son-who-Knows. The Holy Trinity. Game, set, match. I don’t know if I’ve just proved Jesus’ divinity, or relegated him to an allegory. Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my PhD in Theology now.