Just as a mental exercise for myself - not intending to do anything with this, I wrote an essay refuting sola Scriptura, but tried to take a different approach than typical by looking at revelation as a type of the Trinity. Has anyone ever read anything along the angle I take? Any thoughts or places where I go into serious error? It follows in three parts:
Man can often understand something of the nature of God, beyond what he reveals to us through public revelation, by contemplating the many mysteries and complexities of his creation and actions. It is, for instance, because of our human consciousness, our spiritual selves, that we have a glimpse of God’s perfect, eternal spiritual essence.
For another example, just as the Father’s Word became flesh in the person of Christ, his revealed “word” should model something of the nature of the God. Simply stated, revelation, itself, is a model of the Trinity. Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium each contain the fullness of revelation just as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit each contain the fullness of God.
It is a shame, then, that a foundational element of Christianity, the nature of revelation, should be so misunderstood by our Protestant brothers and sisters, who hold firmly to the rally cry of sola Scriptura. So perhaps it is more to the point that, instead of understanding God through the analogy of revelation, our understanding of God can actually help our splintered Christianity understand the nature of revelation.
It is important to remember here that no metaphor, even one intended by God himself, can in earthly terms capture perfectly the mystery and complexity of the Divine. For instance, a human family is also a model of the Trinity in that two people, a husband and wife, become one flesh and that act of love, itself, becomes a third person, just as the Holy Spirit spirates from the perfect love of the Father and Son. Yet the comparison falls short when we understand that the love between the Father and Son is vastly different than between spouses.
That said, to continue with analogy, Christians recognize that the Trinity has always existed, even though it was missing from Jewish theology until the advent of Christ. Likewise, through God’s perfect knowledge, the completeness of revelation has always existed. The message of Paul’s epistles was no less true thousands of years before God inspired him to write them, yet they had a very specific place in salvation history and could not be revealed until then. In fact, not a word of Scripture was written before its time, and until then revelation was passed from generation to generation through oral Tradition. Just as the Jews knew no God but God the creator, the earliest men knew no revelation but that which traveled by memory.