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It depends on who you ask. That's because it depends upon how you interpret the meaning of certain Biblical passages. Both Trinitarians and Non-trinitarians feel very strongly that their doctrine is taught clearly in the Bible. Trinitarians will answer, "Yes, Jesus did teach the doctrine of the trinity." Non-trinitarians will answer, "No, Jesus never ...


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Update: The short answer: No; it seems that partialism is not a "real," historically defined heresy. Explanation: Before writing this post, I checked the applicable titles from among my usual textual sources -- a variety of historic theological works that are now in the public domain and available online. When that yielded no references to "partialism," I ...


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One could do a great deal worse than quote another answer: There are several heresies that one needs to be careful of when discussing a topic such as this. For example, Modalism which declares that God is not three distinct persons, but that He merely reveals himself in three different forms. Or, Arianism which declares that Christ and the Holy Spirit ...


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However, most Christians believe that God exists as three persons in one God-head. This may or may not be true. I think it is more true to say that nominal acquiescence of a statement of trinitarianism is widely understood as a 'red line' for acceptance by many denominations. The Nicine creed for example is clearly trinatarian, and so are many ...


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It is problematic whenever we attempt to separate the inseparable Trinity, so let us acknowledge that to begin with. The Bible never seems to suggest that the Holy Triune God has the capacity to love in varying measures. Indeed, God only knows one way to love. His love is complete and total--not partial. His love, like He Himself, does not increase or ...


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Trinity is a Dogma of the Catholic Church. Hence as with all dogmas a Catholic is bound to believe it in order to maintain the bond of faith. You have asked: if someone is not 100% comfortable..... Who is this someone? If they are non-baptised person, Catholic church has no official stand regarding them, only God will know. If they are baptized Catholic ...


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The simplest answer is that denying the Trinity diminishes the person of Jesus. There is an enormous gap between saying that Jesus is the Almighty God and saying that he is one of God's creations. Even if Jesus was God's first and greatest creation, he would still be much less awesome than if he were God himself. So, it is understandable that trinitarians ...


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The gesture you describe is indeed the Sign of the Cross. Making that gesture is called "crossing oneself". The Sign of the Cross is called a sacramental. These are "sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church." [CCC 1667] When ...


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This is one of the popular misconception of trinity and incarnation. Jesus as Logos (The Word) is divine. He existed in that form for eternity in the Trinity. But the humanity of Christ did NOT exist before incarnation. Humanity of Christ consists of his human soul and body. Humans are made up of soul and body, so when Christ became human, ie., when he took ...


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For Christians that are creationists, and that accept the doctrine of the Trinity, yes. From CARM.org, which believes and advocates both doctrines. The idea that Jesus is Creator is one of the arguments to support that Jesus is God. * CARM is not alone in this belief, but I decided to link to only one reference. To anyone who rejects the idea of ...


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In theory, all Nicene Christians are Trinitarian, based on their assent to the Nicene Creed, which states among other things that they believe in: God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, any Christians who subscribe to the Athansian Creed will also state: For ...


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If you look at the role of Jesus especially at the very end of time and the beginning of eternity (eternity for us, that is to say) he does not seem that different after all. When Jesus returns, he will not return as the contemporary hippie Jesus. That image is a product of modern humanistic culture and not the Jesus of scriptures. He will return as the King ...


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You have a couple different questions, but the main one seems to be in regard to Abraham and Jesus. Abraham and Jesus Abraham is only the ancestor of Jesus in His incarnation. Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant branches of Christianity teach that God is and has always been a Trinity of Father, Son and Spirit. The Son became a man and entered into His ...


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The following is an attempt to alleviate much of the confusion in the Christian, 21st century mind, regarding the Doctrine of the Trinity and the confused idea that "God is one Person and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each Persons, yet we do not have four persons but three and not three Gods, but one. The old 3 in 1 and 1 in 3 problem." Much of what ...


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As far as we know, he did not use this analogy. It does not appear in the extant writings attributed to him, nor in early hagiographies. There are several places in these documents where a shamrock metaphor wouldn't go completely amiss, and yet it doesn't seem to appear anywhere. In the Confession attributed to Patrick, he talks a lot about how he is a ...


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In order to understand the evidence against the Trinity, you first need to understand the nature of the Trinity - that God is three persons who make up one God. You also need to understand the biblical basis FOR the Trinity. It is founded on a number of clear pieces of evidence: There is clear biblical evidence that Jesus is God. There is clear biblical ...


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I and my Father are one. John 10:30 Jesus and the Father had the plan of redemption from the beginning of this world. Their plans are the same because they are the same in thought. They love us immensely and equally. Their very essence is love. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love 1 John 4:8 If you read through 1 ...


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Your question is whether God could, or perhaps should, have chosen to save us other than by becoming incarnate himself. To begin with, the Incarnation is an act of grace. From the teaching we have received in the sacred scriptures, we know that the coming of God into the world, in the person of Jesus Christ, was a free and unmerited gift of God's love. ...


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In the following Scriptures, Jesus speaks of the separation of persons of the Trinity: John 5:30 through 32 KJV 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There ...


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But the title seems to refer to God the Trinity. Is that correct? No it does not. First trinity is not God. Trinity is how God is. That is trinity is not a person, it is a relationship. So Mary cannot be the mother of Trinity. Secondly it would be nice if you know the context why and when this was declared as a dogma. The problem rose when Aryan said the ...


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Trimurti and Trinity similarity: The number "Three" Trimurti and Trinity differences: Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Spirit while Trimurti is Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. Trinity is "Three persons in one God". Trimurti is "Three distinct gods" 1 John 5:7 (NKJV) For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the ...


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John 1:1,14 is the classic proof text of the eternality of the Son. in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through Him all things were Made, and by him was nothing made that was made. John 1:14 goes on to say that this is Jesus. Furthermore the creeds are very clear that he was begotten not made, which ...


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In addition to Steven Doggart's answer (with which I wholeheartedly agree) I suggest that there is considerable emotional appeal in the idea that God himself would voluntarily give up his position, enter this fallen world with all the frailties of a human and sacrificed all for his lost and rebellious creation. As trinitarians we believe in a God who ...


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Leo the Great wrote for the Council of Chalcedon in 451, It does not belong to the same nature to say, "I and the Father are one," and to say, "The Father is greater than I." For although there is in the Lord Jesus Christ a single person who is of God and of man, the insults shared by both have their source in one thing, and the glory that is shared in ...


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Brief Historical Introduction The Nicene Creed originally did not include the words "and the Son" (called the Filioque clause) because it was based on the words of Scripture in John 15:26 (τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον). It was added later, and not by an ecumenical council (it was originally inserted by the Third Synod of Toledo). Not to mention, even ...


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Al-Hallaj was a sufi mystic from ~900 years after the time of Jesus. He was enamored of the Jesus he knew of, but his own sources and influence were primarily Islamic and his idea of who Jesus was matches the non-divine prophet of Islamic teaching rather that the divine savior of Christianity. He tried to live after the pattern of the stories he had and used ...


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The main reason that it is important to Protestants, that Jesus is the son of God, is because that is the basic precept on which their salvation depends. If Jesus were not deity, (or God) he could not keep the promises he made concerning salvation. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. example: John 10:15 through 18 As the Father ...


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It appears to be an issue directly related to the Latin. As we see in the original Latin that was brought out of the Council of Nicea the line: Qui cum Patre et Fílio simul adorátur et conglorificátur Roughly translated to English, we see it translated to "Who with the Father and to the Son, He is worshiped and glorified". (We'll ignore the literal ...


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The portion of the Nicene Creed as translated in the Catholic Encyclopedia online: 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. (Catholic Encyclopedia - The Nicene Creed) The original ...


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Scope: This post offers an answer for the first part of the question, as I understand it: whether or not Jesus' identification of himself as the Son of God makes the Trinity an instance of Partialism. The Short Answer No, it doesn't. The fact that there is no earthly analogue for the Trinity makes it difficult to accurately describe in human language, so a ...



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