God’s identity is vital. Certainly, I think there is some room for differences of opinion in how God is described, but there are limits. Going past those limits opens one up to all sorts of mistakes and leads one down the wrong path.
I intend to post a series of brief articles discussing this idea in more detail. Here, I’ll simply say that God is Jesus, Jesus is the Spirit, the Spirit is God, but God is not Jesus, Jesus is not the Spirit, and the Spirit is not God. AND, there is only one God. This is basically the Trinitarian formula as set forth by Augustan. Its packed with meaning and nuance. But the existence of only one God is central to Christian theology, however, the distinctiveness of Christ and the Spirit apart from God cannot be denied.
Its a tough idea to grasp, and one does not need a perfect understanding of it. One can visualize the three-in-one God through a variety of mechanisms, but each comes up short in one way or another. However, there are certain ideas, I think, that are just wrong concerning the Trinity and the identity of God. For instance, God is not a god-head, three separate gods united in purpose. Just the same, God is not one God using different body parts, or one God, like water, who can take different forms. Its important, though, to accept that God exists in a way we can never understand fully, and put our faith in God’s saving act on the Cross through Jesus, and to accept the Spirit into our lives, all understanding there is indeed only one God.
Anyway, I plan on researching this topic in some depth, and will post accordingly. It may not be as quick as I would like, but I will go through some issues I discover in my research.