Re: Is there Three Persons In One?
(1) I think there’s a fundamental difference in your understanding of the Trinity and mine. I believe that there is only one God but that–in some way incomprehensible to our human understanding–this single God is comprised of three distinct… personalities, for lack of a better word. Those that believe in the Trinity aren’t polytheists. Because there is only one God, it makes perfect sense to say “in the name [singular] of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.
(2) I don’t see where believing in the Trinity has any bearing on believing in an omnipresent God. I believe that all persons of the Godhood are omnipresent. Some would argue that Jesus, since His incarnation, gave up His omnipresence, but I don’t know that I’ve seen any Biblical evidence of that.
(3) According to John 1, Jesus has always existed and was present during Creation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
John 1:14 makes it clear that “the Word” is Jesus:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
So, there was no “pre-Jesus” time period.
(4) I pray to the one God. I might call Him “Father” as Jesus did in His prayers, or I might call Him “Jesus”. I might even address Him as the Holy Spirit, since He resides within me, in times of temptation to give me the strength to resist and flee. I’m still praying to the same God.