Images of God and the Holy Trinity

My image also shows hat all three persons are equal with one another as all circles are the same size. The image that I have drawn shows my belief about God the Father as a caring man. I have also added different words around the image of God the Father with symbols to tell us what words describe God. I have drawn this image to represent God the Father because my current image Of God the Father is a large man up in heaven who sits in a throne and is a loving man.

My previous image I was brought up thinking was that God was an emotional man who cried rain when he was sad and who threw thunderstorms when he as angry and this influenced me in real life by stopping me from doing bad things that will anger him as I grew a bit scared of him. As grew older and learnt this topic, my image of God the Father has changed to just a father figure who listens to us when times are hard and I felt that I was not as scared of God as I was back when I was younger.

I have also learnt that God can be seen in many different ways and the Bible interprets God the Father in many ways. In Psalms 93: 1-2, it says ‘The Lord is King’ and this tells us that they view the Lord as a king. Then the quote ‘the Earth is set firmly in place’ tells us his throne is firm over Earth and that he would be the King forever. This means that he is Omni benevolent and eternal as he is all powerful and would stay on throne forever.

On the contrary, God may also be seen as an enemy. In Psalms 9: 3-4, it is mentioned that the ‘enemies turn back when you appear’ telling us that the enemies greatly fear God as they will ‘fall down and die’. God the father can be seen as impersonal when people feel intimidated by him, but people will also see him as personal as he is also seen as kind and informing and someone to turn to when times are hard in the form of prayer.

God is also seen by some people as omniscient and omnipresent as people think that God knows everything that happens in a person’s life, especially if they did something bad, and this gives us the feeling that he is always there beside us. We also associate God the Father as the one who created the universe. Then I have drawn the image of God the Son, Jesus, as a man with a cross, the river behind him, a lamb, the bread and wine, a star and a part of the Creed. I have drawn Jesus in this way because it is one of the more familiar interpretations of Jesus that I have from being taught about the Bible.

The cross behind his back represents the cross he was crucified on, the river represents the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the lamb represents how Jesus was sacrificed for the forgiveness of our sins, the bread and wine represents Jesus’ blood and body and the star represents Jesus as the light of the world as well as the star that led the Shepherds and the Wise Men to Jesus. From the Creed, wrote ‘was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and came man’ because, whilst being fully God, he also became fully man by becoming ‘incarnate’. This tells us that he is both fully human and divine.

Further evidence of God and Jesus being one is in John 1 0:29-30 where Jesus describes that ‘the Father and are one’, essentially saying that he is also God. In John 1 1: 32-35, ‘his heart was touched’ when he saw the people weeping which tells us that he feels emotions like we do and is man. However, other people from different parts of the world portray Jesus in a different way. In South America, a picture called ‘The Laughing Christ/ Jesus the Liberator’ shows us that Jesus is a kind man who would be by your side and looks more welcoming/friendly and you can approach him as he is human like us.

Contrastingly, The Angry Christ from the Philippines shows Christ reprimanding us for doing something bad and that we should be more conscious of what we are doing. My image of Jesus has changed from just simply Jesus the one who sacrificed his life to bring us forgiveness, but also to someone who we can relate to because, even though he sacrificed himself ND is God, he is also human which means that he feels what we feel and knows what we are going through in a deeper form.

F-anally, I have drawn the Holy Spirit in a dove form with fire and wind surrounding him as well as a tree representing the fruits of the Holy Spirit and a gift box representing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have drawn the Holy Spirit as a dove because that was my original image of the Holy Spirit and doves represent peace. Have drawn the dove as tongues of fire and wind because in Acts 2: 1-13, the Holy Spirit is scribed as tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there’ as well as the wind.

The Holy Spirit is described as wind because it can be felt but not seen and has powers to bring along changes to things which are visible, it cannot be controlled by people but it can create change just like how the Holy Spirit brings change to a person and they can go wherever it wants, just like how the Holy Spirit enters the house. The Holy Spirit is described as fire because it is comforting especially on cold days/ days when o feel miserable, it brightens up the place and is powerful, and it cleanses, just like how the Holy Spirit cleanses all the people in the room.