Explain the Holy Trinity in the simplest terms possible

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Q: Explain the Holy Trinity in the simplest terms possible.

A: The Holy Trinity is three divine and distinct persons in one true God.

The Son is eternally begotten of the Father, and is of the same godly “stuff”. Hence, the Son is also God.

The Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, and is also of that same godly “stuff”. Hence, the Holy Spirit is also God.

So … all three persons are God, and all three are eternally united in an infinitely perfect and loving way.

 Hence, they are truly one.

1 x 1 x 1 = 1.

Get it?

Added later, in response to the comment: In this context “begotten” explains the “source” of the 2nd person of the Trinity, the only Son of God. Begotten, as opposed to being created. And since this has ALWAYS been the case, from eternity, we say that Jesus is eternally begotten. In other words, the Son of God has always existed. (God was, is, and always will be.)

The Nicene Creed explains it in more detail (courtesy of newadvent.org). Click the links for more detail :

We believe (I believe) in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man; was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end. And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess (I confess) one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for (I look for) the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”