The Shadow Image

 

Just as we have the "Bottle Model" to help understand the relationship between GOD and CREATION, we now want to introduce the "Shadow Image" to help understand the relationship between a NATURE (a concrete Life Form) and the PERSON who possesses the nature.

 

Imagine an OBJECT and its SHADOW.

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WARNING: Please, do not try to force this analogy to do more than it is able to do. Particularly, do not try to make anything out of the image of "Light and Darkness." It's tempting, but I just don't think it will work.

Of course, we realize a shadow is really the absence of something. But, we can still say that it has an "existence" outside of the imagination.

Text Box: This analogy has 4 comparisons that are not forced and are most helpful.

1.     Both the OBJECT and the SHADOW have their own existence. Neither one exists only in the mind (they have an ontological existence). And, I submit that the same must be said of the NATURE and the PERSON who possesses the nature.
2.     The SHADOW is in no way part of the OBJECT. Likewise, the PERSON is in no way part of the NATURE it possesses. This is unlike the brain (which is part of the body it controls) or the soul (which is part of the human life it informs). [THIS IS THE KEY TO TRINITY: Trinity reveals that there are two absolutely distinct kinds of being--Life Forms and Persons.]
3.     Yet, the SHADOW and the OBJECT are inseparable. The PERSON and its NATURE are also inseparable.
4.     Finally, if you have three sources of light, one and the same OBJECT can cast three SHADOWS. Likewise, the one NATURE of God (the GOD "BOTTLE PERSON") "casts" three GOD "SHADOW PERSONS."

IMAGINE NOW
that the one God Life ("bottle person") and certain other forms of life ("bubble persons"--human and angel creatures) demand the existence of at least ONE to possess them.

The very nature of this UNCREATED
ONE GOD LIFE... 

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...demands THREE GOD PERSONS to possess it.

 

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[See how I imagine it works. CLICK HERE]

 

Whereas the very nature of a CREATED life form (a "bubble person,") demands only ONE (a "shadow person") to possess it.
(It is made in the image and likeness of God.)

Trinity reveals that there are two absolutely distinct kinds of being--Life Forms and Persons.

 

Temporary created forms of life within God, I am calling "BUBBLE PERSONS."
What exist for no other purpose than to possess a form of life, I am calling "SHADOW PERSONS."

 

Now that we have removed PERSONS from being part of the forms of LIFE they possess, we can appreciate the full impact of the INCARNATION.

 

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