The presentation of this paradox has been enunciated most clearly by the various early councils of the Church as they struggled to define the reality of faith in which they lived. The challenge for us today is that we hardly understand the meaning and thought processes that went to formulate what we know as the doctrine of the Trinity. The result is that we focus our attention on specifics that we can understand rather than the whole that we cannot understand. In this way we may focus our lives on an understanding of Jesus as being the Son of God or Christ. We celebrate this in the incarnation and the story of the Resurrection. Or else we celebrate the Spirit and turn our attention to the spiritual gifts as given in scripture. We concern ourselves with the fact that we are speaking in tongues or are evangelists and if we are not then we are not 'true' Christians. In using our limited expectations in this manner we are able to cope but forget that we are sent out to make disciples and then to baptise in the name of the "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28.19). One way or another we will focus our proclamation on one of the three and not all three; we will make disciples who follow one of the three not all three; we will teach about one of the three not all three. How can we do it any other way when we do not understand it in the first place?
It is fascinating to obtain an understanding of Aboriginal cultures around the world and fantasy genre. The reason for this is that there is a ubiquitous understanding of relationship that is found when interacting with these topics. I would say that all aboriginal societies are soundly based on a concept of relationship and community rather than the individual. Most fantasy genre literature enunciates the struggle between the two in some form or another, usually with the community/relational aspect being the favoured outcome. In coming to understand God we need to overcome our more individualistic tendencies and strive towards a holistic understanding of the nature of God. It is only when we turn our attention to a more holistic approach to our faith that we will begin to understand or have a glimmer of understanding of what it means to worship God.
Only in relationship is the whole perceived