This weekend in a thread regarding the Mormon church and whether or not it's a cult (I don't believe it is, by any means) I learned an interesting
fact from another ATS member [SNIP] regarding Arianism. I learned that it's still alive and kicking after all this time. I should give some background
and why I find this interesting.
I was raised in a Christian home and my faith has always been important to me. I've always tried to find new and different ways of knowing God and
appreciating the breadth and depth of who He is. Most of the time I feel like the apostle Paul when he called himself the "chief of sinners" as I
always seem to make more than my fair share of mistakes. That said, I'm always continually thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus made. His
incarnation, death, burial and resurrection are central to my Christian faith. I believe He has existed since time immemorial and that He was both God
and man as he walked among us for those 33 years of His Earthly life. My faith has evolved and deepened greatly over the past several years as I've
studied the early Church which eventually led to my wife, daughters and myself entering the Catholic faith this Easter. What hasn't changed is my
belief in the Trinity, the divinity of Christ and the fact that Jesus was and is God (triune with the Father and Holy Spirit). I've believed this
since I was a child as a Baptist and then non-denominational evangelical.
I've always felt that the crux of our Christian faith is that it wasn't merely a man who hung on the cross, shed His blood for the propitiation for
our sins, died and rose from the dead, but rather was literally God Himself incarnate. If it were merely a man dying for us then who cares?
I never want to be the sort of Christian who forces my faith down anyone's throat. I don't presume to know where anyone will spend their eternity or
what their relationship to God is (or isn't) like. [SNIP] Now, I fully understand that all members of all churches and philosophies don't always
subscribe 100% to their own precepts and ideals outlined in said church or philosophy, but what about those ideals and precepts that are core
Last evening as I was working a very slow clinic shift (I'm studying to be a physician here in New Orleans) I talked with a patient who happened to be
a Methodist minister. He had a embroidered Methodist cross and flame on his polo, so I asked what he did. When he said he was a minister in the
Methodist church I started talking with him about their core beliefs. I showed him a few posts from the ATS thread regarding whether Jesus was, in
fact, God. He reminded me something that I'd completely forgotten from RCIA classes last fall - that this heretical belief is called Arianism. Here's
a few links regarding Arius and the Council of Nicea:
You can, of course, find much more via your library or Google searches.
I find the account of Arius very interesting as it relates to the question Jesus posed in Mark 8, Luke 9 and Matthew 16 - "Who do men say that I am?"
There are a few mentions of Arianism here on ATS, but for those who've not studied the subject or were only tangentially aware of it (as I was) you
might find it very interesting.
My posting of this topic is not to convince anyone of any facts, theories or beliefs; that's between you and God (or you and yourself if you're
atheist or agnostic). I merely want to point out that it's interesting that this specific belief is still very much alive in modern Christian
thinking. I'm sure I'll get comments stating that I'm crazy for my Christian faith or for being Catholic or who knows what. That's fine though as
debate can sometimes lead to new discoveries.
edit on 5/21/2012 by TheRedneck because: removed unwanted references to another member.