Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I need help with the Trinity. (I may be hopeless)
A) The Bride of God (Father) is also God's Mother (son)?
B) Jesus prayed to himself, what's the point of praying to yourself who "holds the universe" (akathyst hymn). If to go by his example why not Kosher & circumcision?
C) God was baptized and God came down on himself like a dove which was not there before?
D) Jesus truly died, did God temporarily become a "binity" or did all of God die?
E) How did God rise if God died because no miracles can happen without God?
F) Did God die or not die on the cross? If God was dead, why didn't the world cease to exist? If a "binity" existed, then God didn't die?
G) If God (Jesus) was the lineage flesh from David, then David had to exist before Genesis. "Let us make man in OUR image".
H) The Eucharist in Orthodoxy - The Eucharist IS God, is the lamb sacrificed, God's alive & dead?, transmuted bread & wine, still tastes like bread and wine. So we eat God who is sacrificed, but God's still there. (One reason people reference symbolic). Which part of the Trinity do we eat or do we eat and sacrifice the entire Trinity?
a) Yes, the Virgin Bride of God the Father is also the Holy Mother, and through the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ is also His and Our Sister as well. These are not meant to confuse, if you are stumbling feel these with your heart, don't even attempt to understand the with your intellect, they are meant for a prayerful understanding.
b) Don't you talk to yourself? Do you not have an internal dialogue? Why should God in His Triune form not also have this same ability?
c) God the Father is Formless, God the Son is the Physical Form, God the Holy Spirit is the Spiritual form which is perceived in vision. It was not necessarily that the Holy Spirit came in the physical form of a dove, actually the Holy Spirit has no physical form. Jesus Christ had to be physically baptized so that the formless Godhead of the Father could also be baptized, and the Holy Spirit is the mechanism which these Divine Mysteries are translated from the formless to the formed, from the purely spiritual into the physical realm which Jesus Christ was incarnated.
d) The Death which Jesus experienced was not a lack of existing, it was entering another dimension called Death, outside of the physical realm we understand to be our Earth, our Universe. God did not stop existing in His Godhead when He entered into Death and Hell to save the captives there, quite the opposite. Just as the dawning Sun casts light into the darkness of night and gloaming of the early morning, so did the Godhead in Jesus Christ enter into the gloom of Death (a place, a state of existing beyond our own sense of life and living) and bring Life into Death once and for all time, so that no longer does Death even exist, rather we are now thought to be "sleeping"
e) God rose from the Dead because He Was, Is, and Will Forever Be the Person of Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ rose from the grave, He in the power of the Godhead came out of the place of Death and reentered our own physical realm of our World. The Godhead has the power to raise itself up, just as we living beings have the power to raise ourselves from sleep and slumber.
f) Yes, God in His Godhead experienced the Death of the Cross. However, it is not right to say that the Godhead stopped existing at Death, and since the souls of the departed were in Hell starting with Adam, it is not right really to even say that those dead folks had ceased existing either. Rather, they had translated from the form of living here on Earth towards existing in the limbo of Death and Hell. Jesus Christ also entered into this place of Death outside of our life, and in doing so was not conquered by Death, rather brought Life into Death for all time there after
G) No, David does not have to exist until his own birth. The Geneology of Jesus Christ is a testimony that life on Earth has a purpose. All the ancestors of Our Lord lived normal, earthly lives with grace and sin, joy and blues. However, even every single minute detail of their lives end resulted in Jesus Christ. It is to remind us in our lives, that we do not know the future, nor the potential for God in our lives. We should take courage to face each new day and each opportunity it brings, as one day our own children can rise to be great, as was the family of David which culminated its greatness in having brought forth our Holy Lady the Virgin Mother of God. These ancestors are then types for us, examples, on how to embrace even our daily lives and routines and obligations as part of our walk with God towards salvation not just of ourselves, but the whole world!
H) The Holy Eucharist is the form of the Second Person of the Trinity, the God-Man Jesus Christ, who is perfect God and perfect Man, His Divinity and Humanity fully united in the physical form of His Person (IE, the Body of Jesus Christ). This is called Christology. It is also what divides the various jurisdictions of Orthodoxy and also Protestants/Pentecostals. At least in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church we teach that the Divine Godhead, the Pure Essence of Divinity, is equally present in the Blood and Body (bread and wine) of Jesus Christ. The Trinity exists as One Esssense manifested in Three Forms, just as Water remains H2O whether it is liquid, ice, or a gas. The Godhead remains the same Essence of the Divine whether is in the Person of the Father, the Person of the Son, or the Person of the Holy Trinity. Each of these is a distinct yet unified manifestation of that One, Unified, Godhead. So when we partake of the Communion we indeed partake of the Godhead of the Trinity, but not the other Persons. The Father remains the Father, the Holy Spirit remains the Holy Spirit, only the Divine Essence of the Godhead is mutual to all three Persons.
But it makes sense if its symbolic, despite what the early church fathers say. God's not DEAD, but it's a Sacrifice, and "the bread of life".
It would make more sense "God's not dead, the Eucharist not a sacrifice, but by taking the Eucharist we symbolically consume him".
No, it makes absolutely NO SENSE if it were merely symbolic. If it were merely symbolic how could the Sacraments have the real and operative Power of God to save us? If Christ or the Eucharist were merely symbols, how could they raise the Dead and bring us True Life? God HAD to come in the directness of His Godhead to perform these crucial acts of salvation. Just talking about them or planning them was not enough, messengers and mediators were not enough. God had to do this directly HIMSELF. However the Godhead had no form, hence the need of the Incarnation. If we need God to save us from the Death of our physicality in the world, then God himself in His Godhead had to come INTO this physical realm from His own outside Eternity. This is a mystery. It is not meant to be understood, it is meant to be experienced! Pray to experience the Mysteries of God then, not just to know or believe to understand them. When you think you know them, you don't, instead you must FEEL it