Lesson Third of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2
continues the discussion of God begun in Lesson Second
. Against the multiplicity of pagan gods, our God stands alone, the source and end of all life.
Yet God, in contrast to the God of Judaism and Islam, is not simply One, but Three. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are completely equal, yet distinct, yet all are the one true God. The Trinity, which lies at the center of Christianity, is a mystery that we can never fully comprehend.
The questions are numbered consecutively with Lesson Second. For more information and links to other resources, click on each question below.
A. Yes; there is but one God.
A. There can be but one God, because God, being supreme and infinite, cannot have an equal.
A. In God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct, and equal in all things--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
A. The Father is God and the first Person of the Blessed Trinity.
A. The Son is God and the second Person of the Blessed Trinity.
A. The Holy Ghost is God and the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.
A. By the Blessed Trinity I mean one God in three Divine Persons.
A. The three Divine Persons are equal in all things.
A. The three Divine Persons are one and the same God, having one and the same Divine nature and substance.
A. We cannot fully understand how the three Divine Persons are one and the same God, because this is a mystery.
A. A mystery is a truth which we cannot fully understand.