I don’t think they do complicate matters, but rather it is a complicated matter.
If we say God is one being expressing himself to mankind in three different roles, that is heresy.
Okay. I think you mean if God is one person pretending to be 3 persons then that is heresy. The term “Expression” needn’t imply something artificail.
But God is self existing. His persons are not simply expressions to us of his identity, as a man’s person is an expression of his being to other men.
Man relates to society through his persons.
On the other hand, God is one in being, and his persons are not limited to the physical world. The persons of the godhead are metaphysical realities, each complete in themselves, not reliant on being emitted or used by the one being, yet also completely united in one being.
There is an apparent contradiction in this as it relates to ontological simplicity.
How can God be one absolutely simple Being - and therefore not a composite - if God is 3 distinct persons.
How is one meant to understand the Trinity without introducing some kind of composition in God?
Also, if the Logos is one distinct person, how can the Logos (the second person of the trinity) be identical to the absolute simple nature of God and at the same time not be identical to the Father (who is also identical to the nature of God)? Again this would appear to introduce composition in God as identical to “Esse”
If mark’s nature is identical to the nature of one circle and Chris’s nature is identical to that same exact circle, then surely Mark and Chris is the same person. How does one introduce a community of persons as identical to the one and simple nature of God without making them identical with each other (especially since there is no principle of differentiation in God due to his absolute simplicity)?
There appears to be a contradiction involved in the concept of the Trinity.
That’s the way I understand the Holy Trinity. Hopefully it helps.
That’s fine but it doesn’t really deal with the problem that I have raised. It more or less ignores it.