Author: Ben Hecksher
This article attempts to conceptually compare the principles of the Trinity, and how it works for people, to how the Internet works, and show the correlation between the two.
The Basics of the Internet:
Unique Identification: Internet Unique Identification is accomplished via a NIC and MAC Address
NIC (Network Interface Card): A network interface controller (NIC, also known as a network interface card, network adapter, LAN adapter or physical network interface, and by similar terms) is a computer hardware component that connects a computer to a computer network. ~Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_interface_controller If a computer does not have a NIC card and MAC address, it can’t access the internet.
A media access control address (MAC address), also called physical address, is a unique identifier; MAC addresses are most often assigned by the manufacturer of a network interface controller (NIC) and are stored in its hardware. ~ source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAC_address The MAC Addresses are unique and are baked into the NIC by its “creator”. ~ Source Josh Russell.
Server: ISP: An Internet service provider (ISP) is an organization that provides services for accessing, using, the Internet. ~ source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_service_provider
Client (Internet): The Internet is a global network comprising many voluntarily interconnected autonomous networks. It is basically a connection to all knowledge (knowledge base) that has access to the internet.
The Basics of the Trinity (as it relates to people):
Unique identification: Soul.
Everyone has a soul that is unique to them that is baked in by “The Creator”. In the Christian belief, once one accepts Jesus as their savior, it allows the Holy Spirit, the third element of the Trinity, to live within each person, presumably in their soul (advent of this was after Pentecost in the New Testament). The Holy Spirit then becomes a conduit to the rest of the Trinity.
Server: Christ. In the Christian belief, Jesus came here as a Servant, and lived a sinless life to allow a relationship with God (that as lost with Adam’s original sin). Since God is perfect, he does not dwell with sin. Jesus acts as the only way to God, and acts like an internet Service provider, or server, to God.
Client: God. God is omnipotent, therefore has all knowledge (everything). In order to access this ‘knowledge base’, one must have the Holy Spirit and have Jesus as their Server, in order to be connected to God, who has all knowledge. This is a specific protocol, and like the internet, if one does not follow this protocol, one can’t access the knowledge of God, as in the internet concept.
Note: in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was placed upon a person in a specific “location”, but could not be carried with them in their soul. So, as another analogy, in the Old Testament, think of a ‘wired connection’, where after Pentecost, think wireless connection. This also evolved in a similar way as the internet.
Conclusion: There is a high conceptual correlation between how the internet and Trinity work.
Credits: The Holy Spirit led me to do this analysis and provided the insight.
Thanks to Josh Russell for his clarifications on internet workings and reviewing this article. His information on the MAC and sentence about the NIC “creator” was used in this article.
Author: Ben Hecksher
Ben currently lives with his wife Diane and son, Ben II, in Northern Virginia, but has lived in many places throughout the United States (Ben is the father of 4 children). As a profession, I have been a Systems Engineer / Architect for over 30 years and have recently retired. I have an interest in reading/researching the Bible and find the wisdom and understanding it provides is priceless; we are to Worship and walk with God, but in order to do this, we need to be immersed in his Word. Knowledge of God’s Word is powerful, but understanding what God’s word states and applying it trumps just the knowledge alone of His Word. To God be the Glory, forever and ever!