As Christians, we believe God is One, yet he is three, the Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. Does this mean any of these definitions is wrong? No! It means we have transcended language. Are we wrong to transcend language? No! We are a Christian Community. As Christian Community, we must talk about the transcendent to be a community and to pass on our heritage to the next generation. Wittgenstein says it well, we must “climb out through them, on them, over them. We must so to speak throw away the ladder, after we have climbed up on it. We must surmount these propositions; then we see the world rightly. Whereof one cannot speak, one must be silent.”
Some argue, we can say this of God, but it also applies to other people. Wittgenstein is a secular writer, not Christian. The same really applies to other people and things. The person standing in front of us is a hypostasis who believes. He is far more, than he presents to us, and to himself. The rock standing in front of us is far more than it seems. We can live in this world oblivious to these facts; we will survive. We can be aware, sensitive to the fact that everything is more than it appears to be. This can only slow us down, and make us more sensitive, appreciative of God and his planet. This is what God calls us to be.
Our Catechism Sections 42-43 state: God transcends all creatures. We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image-bound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God “The inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, ungraspable with our human representations. Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God. In speaking about God, our language is using human modes of expression; it really does attain to God himself, though unable to express him in his infinite simplicity.
We must recall that “between Creator and creature no similitude can be expressed without implying an even greater dissimilitude”; “We cannot grasp what God is; only what he is not, and how other beings stand in relation to him.”
The correct picture of God is easy enough for most to find. Psalms 131 begins our quest: “A Song of Ascents; of the Beloved. Personal Name, my heart is not high, nor upraised mine eyes; neither do I exercise myself in things too great or in things too wonderful for me. I have stilled and quieted my anima; like a weaned child with his mother; my anima is with me like a weaned child. Israel, hope in the Personal Name from this time forth and forever.”