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The following are quotes from Bishops and apologists of the early church and a few were first or second generation disciples of the Apostles themselves. As such it is very easy to deduce that, not only did they have a large audience and impact, but they represent the teachings of the church at that time and of the Apostles themselves regarding the Deity of ...


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Historically, there have been a number of sects that denied the divinity of Jesus, claiming that he was a man, and nothing more.* In the first few centuries of Christianity, most of these groups held the Christiological heresy (from the point of view of mainstream Christianity) called Adoptionism, also known as dynamic monarchianism. Its basic tenet is that ...


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Did Jesus inherit divinity? ...was Jesus originally without divinity and then as the consequence of an event or action became exalted into divinity by the Father later [?] No and No - according to scripture, Jesus has always been divine: 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. ...


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You answered your question that Mary gave birth to Christ, full stop. This same Christ who walked the earth and was the child of Mary is the God-man. Mary gave birth to the one cohesive person who is Jesus Christ. The second hypostasis of the Trinity entered her womb and took flesh of her and made it his own. This is called the hypostatic union. ...


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Why do I need to explain the reason Jesus Christ is not mentioned or noted as God in the "Roman Creed" and the Didache? ONE is arguing from silence any time you point to specific data that is not present. In this case, Jesus is not mentioned as God in these two documents. A rational inquiry would seek to understand the data (the words) that ARE ...


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These are easy to answer, specifically because they depend on logical or linguistic fallacies. Argument 1 "The Father is the only true God" "The only true" simply modifies "God," and as such, "God" and "the only true" are interchangable; "You are the only true God" and "Only you are the true ...


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Arguments from Silence This is an articulate example of employing the argument from silence. Arguments from silence always rely on an unstated premise (think about it, it's actually pretty funny). This does not mean the conclusion of an argument from silence is always false. It means the argument is not logically valid. For example: P1: They didn't say it C: ...


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The doctrine you are describing is called Adoptionism. It is one of many Nontrinitarian doctrines. Nontrinitarianism is a catch-all category for all forms of Christology which do not agree with orthodox Trinitarian doctrine. Although some forms of Nontrinitarianism are adhered to by some mainstream denominations today, such as LDS and Jehova's Witnesses, ...


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Mormons do not teach that Jesus was fully God before he earned it. When he earned it isn't clear. “I testify that with unimaginable suffering and agony at an incalculable price, the Savior earned His right to be our Redeemer, our Intermediary, our Final Judge.” — Elder Richard G. Scott, The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness, Ensign or ...


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Yes, there have been several "denominations" that have believed Yeshua was a man. However, because a large majority of the church believes this is a heresy (and that to deny the trinity causes one to be subjected to eternal torture), this is not the most popular position. The very first Unitarians were probably the Ebonites, or "the Poor Ones". They were ...


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Let's take these one by one. Argument #1 This is indeed a tricky scripture for Trinitarians (the only one of the 16 that is), but scripture is not absolutely clear that it means the Father is the only true God. Among other interpretations are that 3 things are listed - the Father, the one true God (the Trinity), and Jesus. Argument #2 Scriptures referring to ...


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After spending some time searching, I found two testimonies from ex-Muslims who had life-changing christophanies. Let their testimonies speak for themselves: A former Iranian hezbollah member shares about his encounter with Jesus Christ. [...] So, how is it ... who is this God that says "I forgive you"? And I feel forgiven today. And I asked him '...


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I will give my own "syllogistic" argument that proves the divinity of Jesus Christ and the divinity of the Person of the Holy Spirit. Obviously we already know the Person of God the Father is God. First I would like to define a "syllogism." A syllogism in logic is a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given premises, ...


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Divine attributes that only the Father has but Jesus doesn't. That might take a lot of space to answer. Equally relevant is, what 'divine attributes' does Jesus have. Jesus has been clear on numerous occasions to state the relationship he has with God and his Father. Several NT writers have also shown the differences between God and Jesus. It seems necessary ...


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Outside of the New Testament canon itself, one of the earliest pieces of extra-Biblical evidence is the Alexamenos graffito. This shows a young man worshipping a donkey-headed figure on a cross. This likely comes from around 200AD. It seems most likely to me that worshipping of Jesus as God must have been widespread among Christians for there to be graffiti ...


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The Trinity; or the God head; as we Baptist often refer has no material substance since He (as we often refer to God) is a Spirit. But does have substance in the Spiritual Realm. According to Merriam Webster: SUB'STANCE, n. [L. substantia, substo; sub and sto, to stand.] In a general sense, being; something existing by itself; that which really is or ...


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The disciples were continually learning. They didn't have it all together and they didn't truly understand everything Jesus said or tried to teach them. They saw him calm a storm and raise the dead to life again. They even were given power to heal the sick and cast out demons, but we're limited by their lack of faith on occasion. Peter figured out Jesus was ...


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There's a difference in quality here. The widow's son, Lazarus, and the dead girl were all raised from death back to a continuation of mortal life. They would live out their remaining time and eventually die (again) and be buried. Resurrection is something different entirely. Jesus was raised from death to immortality. In Luke chapter 24, when Jesus ...


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Earliest NT epistles (written circa A.D. 50-60) teaches Jesus is "not a man" (Gal 1:1, 1:11-12), but has "preexistence in the form of God and equality with God" (Phil 2:6) before/prior to "being born in the likeness of humans" (Phil 2:7) by being "born of a woman" (Gal 4:4). This incarnatoion is necessary because ...


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What is the Catholic definition of divinity? Catholic Culture puts it in a nutshell! Divinity Definition The attribute of being divine. In an absolute sense only the infinite God is divine. but the term is sometimes loosely applied to others than God, either mistakenly or because of some relationship they have to God. (Etym. Latin divinus, belonging to God.)...


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Regardless of the dating of the Didache, its formula for baptism is this. baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,2443 in living water. Didache Chapter 7 That, of course, is a Trinitarian formula found also in Matthew. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and ...


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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that God called Joseph Smith as a prophet in modern times, restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through him, and that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him on multiple occasions as part of this process. I'll cite two specific examples of revelations Joseph Smith ...


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Biblical Unitarians have a wide range of views about a wide range of subjects - the term simply groups together people who believe God is the Father, not Jesus, and also hold that the Bible has authority in a strong sense (as opposed to other forms of Unitarianism which view the Bible as having authority in a weaker sense). Biblical Unitarians are a faction ...


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See also the Athanasian Creed (consider consulting one or more denominations' resources for better translations), which addresses some of these, and attempts, generally, to address the Trinity. I say "attempts" because at least some denominations believe it is impossible to perfectly understand the Trinity. The Trinity is weird. Jesus is God (John ...


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User47952's answer contains a lot of relevant stuff. I would add a couple. God is Being (the source, Genesis 1:1), Jesus comes from (is 'begotten' of, John 1:18) Being. God has ultimate authority, Jesus is given authority (Matthew 28:18).


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One does not give birth to a nature of a person, such as humanity or divinity. One gives birth to a person. Mary gave birth to the person Jesus. Because Jesus is both God and Man, both of the statements "Mary is the mother of a man" and "Mary is the mother of God" are true.


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The disciple John most certainly believed Jesus was God. He wrote in John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Then in verse 14 he told us "the Word became flesh." Additionally he records the words of Jesus who said, "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30.) “the Father is in me and I am in the Father." (...


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