I would nominate myself as the Christian representative, however, my views of Christianity are not the normal Christian views. They are not
Evangelical in nature, Conservative in nature, or Catholic in nature. Nor are they lumped under any denomination, except "Monotheist who thinks Jesus
In that respect, I guess I'm kinda like those "Jews for Jesus"? lol.
And so I don't feel like I'd be fairly representing the Christians here as my Christian theology tends to be quite different, almost Unitarian
I am an Arian Christian, those who followed Arius in the first centuries after the Crucifixion. Arius of Libya, who was eventually denounced and
who's doctrine was "Hereticized" by the Church.
This article is about theological views similar to those of Arius. Aryan is an unrelated linguistic and ethnic concept.
The term Arianism is also used to refer to other nontrinitarian theological systems of the fourth century, which regarded the Son of God, the
Logos, as a created being (as in Arianism proper and Anomoeanism) or as neither uncreated nor created in the sense other beings are created.
The Arian controversy describes several controversies which divided the Christian church from before the Council of Nicaea in 325 to after the
Council of Constantinople in 383. The most important of these controversies concerned the relationship between the Creator and Logos, or between God
the Father and God the Son.
Plus, the Atheist ATS Members you had a round table discussion with are the same ones that are on the opposite side of most theological discussions
that occur here. So it would be naturally rehearsed, lol.
Really, being that I do not accept Trinity doctrine, I'd love to defend Monotheism and the aspects of it but I cannot be made a representative for
Christian ATS members due to this rejection of Trinity doctrine.
The Father always existing, created the Son through his power (virgin birth). Therefore Jesus is not literally God in the flesh. It even states in the
Bible quite often that Jesus was exalted to sit at the right hand of God. Jesus was a regular human being in regards to his appearance, anatomy,
biological make up, etc. If you found a remnant of his flesh, you could map his specific, unique DNA, and it would be as that of a normal man. His
"powers" of healing and miracles to perform, such as walking on water, turning water to wine, and multiplying the fish to feed more people are what
many call the "Holy Spirit", the third part of the trinity. In actuality, the Holy Spirit is merely God's will being enacted on Earth, or
alternatively, God's power. When God uses his power we call it the "Holy Spirit", a third entity when there are really only two entities, the
Father and Son, and only one of these, the Father, is the actual monotheistic "God" YHWH.
This doesn't go over too well with Catholics, lol.
PS: The reason I briefly explained my views is because if I were to be considered for the discussion, I wouldn't want to unfairly represent ATS
Christians, having views much, much different.
[edit on 10/1/2007 by runetang]