Do we really have a common conception of what the Trinity is? The only one that I could find that seemed common across the majority of cultures was the following and in order to explain it I need the analogy - the analogy of the software computer package world
- The Creator - constructs the systems of the universe, all the functions of the universe that animate it. So again analogously like a master computer package developer. There is implicit in this definition the idea that the resulting creation is also ‘maintained’ and ‘destroyed’ as new versions come along. Just like a software package
- The Created - are the functions, the data flows and the data stores– the package that has been created, but it is the master copy.
- The Implemented – the master package then gets implemented on the physical things in the universe to animate them but subsets of the master package are used for each thing. Thus one subset is related to human beings and we get a copy of that subset. Another subset may relate to a horse and all horses get these functions. Dogs get doggy functions and so on
Let me use the analogy again. Suppose I was a computer company wanting to produce a packaged payroll system for use by small businesses. My business is the Creator of the system.
The system produced - the packaged payroll system - is the Created system. I then produce a lot of copies of this package which can then implemented at various other businesses all over the world. Thus for my one system, there will be hundreds of thousands of copies implemented on the hardware - the Implemented system.
For one master copy– the Created system – I can produce as many copies as I need to. Software can be copied any number of times, perhaps slightly tailored each time to suit the hardware needing the software, but the master copy remains intact and unaffected however many copies I take.
So analogously this works just fine, and it appears that is roughly how the spiritual word works.
But as we have seen, the Intelligences are both Creator and Created. One part of them is Creator and the other is the Created, so the reality is that there is no real split. Creator and Created are thus more correctly thought of as roles.
But as a concept it is quite a handy one and a huge amount of symbolism is based on this split.