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An overview of modern anti-Trinitarian heresies
Vivificat! - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary, Opinion, and Reflections ^ | 12 August 2006 | Teˇfilo

Posted on 08/12/2006 11:15:20 AM PDT by Teˇfilo

Folks, the table I shared with you a couple of days back, documenting the different anti-Trinitarian heresies, the time of their birth, and the people and events leading their rebuttal and condemnation as false teaching, had become a piece of conversation in here.

One user observed that nowhere in the authorities in favor of the Trinity do we find "the Bible" and that's because the Trinity, so he said, is a heretical, devil-inspired concept foreign to Scripture and the Truth, or words to that effect.

I suppose that he was talking about the second two tables because the first one quotes Sts. Paul and John as the "inspired writers" who refuted the earliest anti-Trinitarian heresies and we know of Sts. Paul and John as "inspired writers" of inspired Scripture.

Nevertheless, I've decided to further illustrate my point by scanning and saving into a PDF file the Table of Contents (TOC)of the book from I which reproduced the table, What is the Trinity? You may download this TOC, peruse it at your leisure and then consider the following thoughts from a moment:

I am not so deluded as to think that these few words will end the current, revived controversy. People, even well-intentioned people, will chose to believe whatever they want.

Nevertheless, for most Christians who place value on the historical Christian faith and its living, historical connection with the Apostles and the Lord, all the questions regarding the nature of God, of Christ as Emmanuel or "God with us," and of the Holy Spirit who binds them together, were solved about a millennium-and-a-half ago, in a process that lasted hundreds of years, by people in the know, much closer in space and time to the time of the Apostles and very familiar with their ways of thoughts and expression.

Frankly, nineteenth or early twentieth century Johnny-come-latelies, who come waving "the Bible" purporting to have found "the truth" by denying God's Triune nature, have any standing to speak truthfully or authoritatively to this question. I specifically have the following sectarians in mind:

King Solomon was right when he stated that there's nothing new under the sun. Unlike General MacArthur's mythical soldier, ancient heresies don't die, they just fade away to reappear later as if they have not been already debated, refuted, and rejected by the Body of Christ.

Believers claiming to be "Christian" but who deny the Triune nature of God, Father, Son, and + Holy Spirit deprive themselves of much of the grace needed for sanctification and salvation. Their handicap deprives them of the spiritual ability to know and experience God as Love. Their eternal salvation is, if not impossible--for I have no direct knowledge of God's will for each person--is extremely difficult.

My advice: to repent and come back to the Church of Christ; therein you will know God.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Other Christian
KEYWORDS: jews; messianic; mormonism; oneness; pentecostalism; watchtower
Blunders. Typos. Mine. Grammar blunders, that is. There are no doctrinal blunders here. :-D
1 posted on 08/12/2006 11:15:21 AM PDT by Teˇfilo
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PING!


2 posted on 08/12/2006 11:18:59 AM PDT by Teˇfilo (Visit Vivificat! - http://www.vivificat.org - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary and Opinion)
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To: Teˇfilo
ERRATUM: The correct URL to download the PDF file containing the TOC of What is the Trinity? is here:

http://vivificat.cybercatholics.com/PDF/TrinityTOC.pdf.

Sorry about the confusion. URLs are case sensitive; it gets me every time!

-Theo

3 posted on 08/12/2006 11:31:39 AM PDT by Teˇfilo (Visit Vivificat! - http://www.vivificat.org - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary and Opinion)
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To: Teˇfilo
God is a trinity, so is man.

Gen1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, ..."
Gen1:27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

John 10:33-36 "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'[Psalm 82:6]? If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'?

The spirit is the person's mind with all it's knowledge, understanding, and it's set of decisions and values. Body and Soul are just machines that support the function of mind.

4 posted on 08/12/2006 11:38:28 AM PDT by spunkets
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To: spunkets
Looks like you didn't forget "body" and "soul" working to support "mind", but what about "spirit" and "heart"?

There are some Orthodox prayer groups who have up to 11 elements or dimensions.

5 posted on 08/12/2006 12:48:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
"Looks like you didn't forget "body" and "soul" working to support "mind", but what about "spirit" and "heart"?"

No, just didn't elaborate. The soul is the heavenly body, that supports the mind. The same mind that was developed on Earth. The spirit is the mind. I said that. The heart is a function of mind. It has both a rational and emotional component. I don't know those Orthodox 11 elements, so I can't place them.

6 posted on 08/12/2006 12:59:32 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: Teˇfilo

Isn't T D Jakes an anti-Trinitarian? i.e. Jesus Only?


7 posted on 08/12/2006 1:07:46 PM PDT by sola gracia (Living in Victory because of the Cross)
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To: sola gracia
Isn't T D Jakes an anti-Trinitarian? i.e. Jesus Only?

Frankly, I don't know.

-Theo

8 posted on 08/12/2006 1:12:15 PM PDT by Teˇfilo (Visit Vivificat! - http://www.vivificat.org - A Catholic Blog of News, Commentary and Opinion)
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To: sola gracia

Rumored to be...but currently denies this belief.


9 posted on 08/12/2006 6:30:37 PM PDT by AlaninSA ("Beware the fury of a patient man." - John Dryden)
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To: Teˇfilo

Bumpus ad summum


10 posted on 08/12/2006 8:14:56 PM PDT by Dajjal
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To: Teˇfilo
"I specifically have the following sectarians in mind:"

Forgot Christian Science.

11 posted on 08/12/2006 10:35:07 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist
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