torsdag 12. januar 2012

Nr. 185: Trinity doctrine reasons in Jewish contempt!

Nr. 185:

Trinity doctrine reasons in Jewish contempt!

When the emperor Constantine in the 4th century. assumed Christianity as the Roman religion, it led to many conflicts. Judaism was considered a "blasphemous peoples' religion, Jews for" God-killers, "a" harmful sect "and imperial decrees restricting their freedom. The more power the church had, the worse it was for the Jews. At the famous Council of Nicaea in 325 it was decided that the church no longer was to celebrate Easter at the same time as the Jews. "It would be undignified," reads the reason, "if we at this holy feast followed the Jewish custom, those who defiled their hands with the monstrous crime and remained spiritually blind. From now on we will no longer have anything in common with the enemy against us Jewish people, for our Saviour has shown us another way. "(W. Keller bd.1 s.152). Church cut his Jewish roots and removed from its foundation. When some Christians openly showed sympathy for Jewish worship, thundered the bishop of Constantinople, John Chrysostom (d. 404): "The synagogue is not only an illicit house and a theater, but a den of thieves and a shelter for wild animals
- Certainly is no idol there, but the more enjoying the demons themselves. There is a meeting place for Christ killers, for those who persecute the cross. - If someone calls it a brothel, cargo cave, devil asylum, Satan's fortress, the soul's destruction, all accident gaping chasm or whatever, he says less than it deserves. "(W. Keller bd.1 s.162) . His sermons were used in the church's teaching. The scholar Jerome (d. 420), who lived in Palestine and taught Hebrew by rabbis that he could translate the Bible into Latin, said: "When it is necessary to despise the individual and the people so detest I Jews with an unspeakable hatred." ( W. Keller bd.1 s.164). Augustine (d. 430) was the spokesman for the Jews could live freely in Christian countries, but otherwise had nothing left for them. Church fathers writings on the Jews was a hatred of Jews creed, that all Christendom could take inspiration from, when fuel was collected for anti-Semitism fires and fire.

It was at that same meeting in Nicaea that the Trinity was accepted and further developed

However, it is not entirely correct. The Council of Nicaea maintained that Christ was of the same substance or essence as God, which formed the basis for the later Trinitarian theology. However, this Council adopted the Trinity not because it was not said anything about the Holy Ghost as the third person of a triune deity.

Constantine's role in Nikaia
At the time when the notion that Jesus is God, was under development, it met strong opposition of the biblical reasons. To try to settle the conflict called the Roman Emperor Constantine all bishops to Nicaea. There was no more than 318 - a fraction of the total - who met up.
Constantine was not a Christian. He probably went over to "Christianity" in later life, but he was not baptized until he lay on his deathbed. In a book on church history says Henry Chadwick, "Constantine worshiped, like his father, the Unconquered Sun,. . . his conversion should not be interpreted as an inner experience of grace. . . It was a military question. He never got a clear understanding of Christian doctrine, but he was sure that the Christian God could give victory in war. "- The Early Church.
What role did this unbaptized emperor to the council of Nicaea? Encyclopædia Britannica relates: "Constantine himself was chairman, led an active discussion and suggested personal. . . the crucial formula about Christ's relationship to God in the creed which was prepared by the Council: 'consubstantial with the Father'. . . In fear of the Emperor signed the bishops, with only two exceptions, creed, and many of them did so much against his wish. "
Constantine's role was therefore crucial. After two months of fierce religious debate took this pagan politician in and hit a decision in favor of those who said that Jesus was God. But why? Definitely not because of any Biblical conviction. "Constantine was not really any understanding of the questions that were asked in Greek theology," says a book about the Christian taught history. (A Short History of Christian Doctrine) What he understood was that the divisions in the religious area was a threat to his kingdom, and he wanted to strengthen his kingdom.
However, there was not any of the bishops in Nicaea which promoted the idea of ​​a trinity. They only took a position on Jesus' nature, not to the Holy Spirit's role. If the doctrine of a Trinity had been a clear biblical truth, they should not then be argued that on this occasion?

The further development
After meeting in Nicaea continued debate on this topic for decades. They believed that Jesus was equal with God, was actually taken back into favor for a time. But later, the Emperor Theodosius against them. He decided that the creed of the Council of Nicaea was to be the norm in his kingdom, and convened a synod in Constantinople in 381 AD for formula preparation.
At this synod is there a consensus to equate the Holy Spirit with God and Christ. For the first time in Christendom's trinity to come into focus.
But even after the council of Constantinople was the Trinity generally accepted. Many opposed it and thus vulnerable to violent persecution. It was only in later centuries that the Trinity was firmly articulated in the creeds. The Encyclopedia Americana says: "The final design of the Trinity took place in the west, in medieval scholasticism, when they tried to give an explanation by means of philosophy and psychology concepts."

The Athanasian Creed
Trinity doctrine was more fully defined in the Athanasian creed. Athanasius was one of the clerics who supported Constantine in Nicaea. Profession of Faith which bears his name, declares: "We worship one God in Trinity. . . So the Father is God, the Son of God, the Holy Spirit of God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God. "
Well-informed religious historians agree, however, that it was Athanasius as drawn up this creed. An encyclopedia says: "FAITH was unknown to the Eastern Church until the 12th century. Since the 17th century, historians have generally been agreed that the Athanasian Creed was not written by Athanasius (d. 373), but probably was written in Southern France in the fifth century. . . . Profession of Faith seems to have had the greatest influence in southern France and Spain in the sixth and the seventh century. It was used in the liturgy of the church in Germany in the ninth century and later in Rome. "- The New Encyclopædia Britannica.
There were thus several hundred years from the time of Christ and the Trinity won widespread recognition in the church. What was the guideline for the decisions that eventually was hit? Was it God's Word, or was it clerical and political considerations? Professor EW Hopkins answers: "The final orthodox definition of the trinity was largely a matter of church politics." - Origin and Evolution of Religion.
Apostasy foretold
Treenighetslærens history of harmony with what Jesus and his apostles foretold would happen after their time. They said it was to be an apostasy, a deviation from the true worship, and that the situation would continue until Christ's return, when the true worship would be restored before the day of God came, and this system of things were destroyed.
After having discussed this 'day', said the Apostle Paul: "First the rebellion occurs and the lawless one will appear." (2 Thessalonians 2: 3, 7) Later, he predicted: "When I pulled away, the ravenous wolves need in with you, and they will not spare the flock. And among yourselves men will rise up and the danger of heresy in order to draw the disciples with him. "(Acts 20: 29, 30) Others of Jesus' disciples also wrote about this apostasy and its' lawless' priestly class. - See, for example 2 Peter 2: 1: 1 John 4: 1-3; Jude 3, 4
Paul also wrote: "There will come a time when people can no longer endure sound doctrine, but as they see fit, they take themselves teachers, for they will have that itch in your ear. They will turn their ears from the truth and stick to myths. "- 2 Timothy 4: 3, 4
Jesus explained what lay behind this apostasy from the true worship. He said that he had sown good seed, but the enemy, Satan, would as weeds in the field. At the same time that the wheat began to shoot up, was then the weeds appeared. One might therefore expect that a deviation from the true Christian would be applicable until harvest time, when Christ was to resolve the situation. (Matthew 13: 24-43) An encyclopedia says: "Trinity doctrine in the fourth century, no accurate reflection of the early Christian teachings about God's nature: it was on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching." (The Encyclopedia Americana) How did the this discrepancy? - 1 Timothy 1: 6

The doctrine originated
In the ancient world, dating back to Babylon, it was common to worship pagan gods in groups of three, triads. Worship of the triads were also prevalent in Egypt, Greece and Rome when Christ was on earth, and in the centuries before and after his time. After the death of the apostles began these pagan beliefs to penetrate Christianity.
The historian Will Durant said: "Christianity destroyed not paganism, it was assumed it. . . . From Egypt came the ideas of a divine trinity. "And in his book on Egyptian religion maintains Siegfried Morenz:" Trinity was a main occupation of Egyptian theologians. . . Three gods come together and treated as a single being and will be prosecuted in the singular. In this regard, the Egyptian theology spiritual content directly related to Christian theology. "- Egyptian Religion.
Church men in Alexandria in Egypt in the late third and early fourth century, Athanasius, among others, bore clear signs of this influence as they formulated ideas that led to the Trinity. Their own influence grew, as Morenz considers "Alexandrian theology as a link between the Egyptian religious heritage and Christianity."
In the preface to Edward Gibbons's work on the history of Christianity, we read: "If paganism was conquered by Christianity, it is equally true that Christianity was corrupted by paganism. The first Christians unadulterated doctrine of the deity. . . was of the Roman church changed to the incomprehensible dogma of the Trinity. Many of the pagan tenets, invented by the Egyptians and idealized by Plato, were retained as something worth believing. "- History of Christianity.
A work on religious knowledge notes that many say that the Trinity "is a corruption borrowed from the pagan religions and grafted into the Christian faith." (A Dictionary of Religious Knowledge) and a book about paganism and Christianity say that treenighetslærens' origin is entirely pagan. " - The Paganism in Our Christianity.
That is why James Hastings wrote: "In Indian religion, we meet as the trinitarian group of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, and in Egyptian religion, the trinitarian group of Osiris, Isis and Horus. . . Nor is it only in historical religions that we find that God is seen as a Trinity. We especially remember the nyplatonske view of the highest or last and fundamental reality, "as is" triadic represented. " (Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics) What did the Greek philosopher Plato to Trinity to do?

Plato lived, for it is believed, from 428 to 347 BC He maintained no doctrine of the Trinity in the form it has today, but his philosophy paved the way for this doctrine. Later arose the philosophical movements that had triadic views, and these were influenced by Plato's thoughts about God and nature.
A French dictionary says this about Plato's influence: "The Platonic trinity, which was just a rearranging of older trinities that came from earlier peoples, appears to be the rational, philosophical attribute trinity that gave rise to the three hypostases or divine people that the Christian churches teach about. . . . This Greek philosopher's conception of the divine trinity. . . one can find in all the ancient [pagan] religions. "- Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel.
Another reference work shows the influence that Greek philosophy was: "The doctrine of the Logos and the Trinity received their shape from Greek Fathers, who. . . was strongly influenced, directly or indirectly, of the Platonic philosophy. . . There can be no denying that the errors and corruptions gained ground in the Church from this hand. "- The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.
A book about the church in the first three centuries, says: "Trinity doctrine was designed gradually and at a relatively late stage. . . . they arise from a source that does not have anything with the Jewish and Christian scriptures to do,. . . it evolved and was instilled in the Christianity of the Church Fathers who made use of Plato's principles. "- The Church of the First Three Centuries.
By the end of the third century was "Christianity" and the new Platonic philosophical views were inseparable. As Adolf Harnack points out in his book on the history of dogma, the church's teaching "sound rooted in rock collapse [the pagan Greek thinking detection] soil. Thus, it was a mystery to the vast majority of Christians. " - Outlines of the History of Dogma.
The church claimed that its new doctrine was based on Scripture. But Harnack says: "In fact legitimized the the Hellenic speculation in their midst, the superstitious views and customs of the heathen mysteriedyrkelse."
Professor Andrews Norton said of the Trinity: "We can follow this teaching history backwards in time and discovers that it has originated, not in the Christian revelation, but in the Platonic philosophy. . . Trinity doctrine is a doctrine derived from Christ and his apostles, but a fiction derived from the later Platonists school. "- A Statement of Reasons.
The apostasy was foretold by Jesus and his apostles, beat then in full flower in the fourth century after Christ. The design of the Trinity was only a proof of this. The apostate churches also began to accept other pagan beliefs, such as the doctrine of a burning hell, and belief in an immortal soul, and they began also with idolatry. Christianity had spiritually entered the predicted dark age, dominated by a growing priestly class, "the lawless." - 2 I Thessalonians 2: 3, 7

Why not preach God's prophets of a trinity?
Why had none of the prophets of God, over a period of several thousand years, taught his people about the Trinity? Should not at least Jesus have used his powers as the Great Teacher to clarify the Trinity to his disciples? Would God have inspired hundreds of pages of Scripture without giving teaching about the Trinity if it was the "central doctrine" of the Christian faith?
Can it be expected that Christians believe that God, centuries after Christ's time and after he had inspired the write-down of the Bible, would support the formulation of a doctrine which had been unknown to his servants for thousands of years, a doctrine which is a 'unfathomable mystery' as is 'beyond human comprehension, "a doctrine that had a pagan background, and as' largely a matter of church politics.
Mark. 13: 32: "In the day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father." (This would obviously not have been the case if Father, Son and Holy Spirit were equal and amounted to one deity. And if it were true that the Son, as some believe, did not know the day or hour because of his human nature, we may ask: Why did not the Holy Spirit days or hours?)

Matt. 20: 20-23: "The mother of Zebedee's sons. . . said [Jesus]: ​​'Say that these my two sons may sit by your side in your kingdom, the one on the right and the other on the left side.' But Jesus said, "My cup you shall drink, but who sit at my right or left is not mine to decide. There, they must sit as my Father has given to it. '"(Would not this have been a strange answer if Jesus was God, so it is claimed? Some supporters of the Trinity says that Jesus here just black out from his" human nature " . But this is really a logical explanation, when they also say that Jesus was both God and man, not just one or the other? Does not Matthew 20: 23 rather that the Son is not equal with the Father and the Father has reserved the right to certain privileges ?)

Matt. 12: 31, 32: "All sin and blasphemy will be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, neither in this world or in the future. "(If the Holy Spirit was a person and it was God, would this scripture have meant that it somehow was greater than the Son. This would have been contrary to the doctrine of the Trinity. What Jesus said, shows rather that the Father, as "spirit" belonged, is bigger than Jesus, the Son of Man.)

Joh. 14: 28: "[Jesus said] If you loved me, you were happy that I go to the Father, for he is bigger than I am."

1. Kor. 11: 3: "I want you to know that Christ is every man's head, the husband is the head and the head of Christ is God." (It is therefore clear that Christ is God and that God is greater than Christ. We should note that this was written around the year 55 CE, approximately 22 years after Jesus returned to heaven. The truth here is argued, is thus the relationship between God and Christ in heaven.)

1. Kor. 15: 27, 28: "'Everything he [God] under his [Jesus'] feet. When it says it all, it is clear that God himself is exempt from this. For he is the one who put all things under him. And then, when everything is subject to him shall the Son also himself submit to God who put all things under him, and God shall be all in all. "

Both the Hebrew word Sjaddai and the Greek word Pantocrator is translated as 'almighty'. Because the language is both of those words repeatedly used of Jehovah, the Father. (2 Mos. 6: 3; Revelation. 19: 6) None of the phrases are ever used of the Son or the Holy Spirit.

The Bible teaches that each of them is said to be a part of the Trinity, is God?

Jesus said in prayer: "Father, this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and him you sent forth, Jesus Christ." (John 17: 1-3, highlighted by us) (It is the phrase "the only true God" the Father. He can not be "the only true God" if two others are God in the same degree as he can he? If another is referred to as a "god", he must either be a false god or simply a reflection of the true God.)

1. Kor. 8: 5, 6: "There is NOK so-called gods in heaven or on earth, it's many 'gods' and many 'lords'. But for us there is only one God, the Father. By him are all things, and we are made to him. And for us it is only one Lord, Jesus Christ. Through him all things, and we live through him. "(Here referred to as the Father of the Christians 'one God', and it is shown that he is of a different rank than Jesus Christ.)

1. Pet. 1: 3, LB: "Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, God and Father" (The Bible Father repeatedly that Jesus Christ "God", even after Jesus ascended to heaven. In John 20: 17 Jesus spoke of himself as the Father "My God," and this was after his resurrection. Later, when he was in heaven, he used the same phrase again, as it is written in Revelation 3: 12 But there is nowhere in the Bible that the Father reviews the Son " my God, "and neither the Father or the Son refers to the Holy Spirit as" my God ".)
Father = God
Son = Jesus
The Holy Spirit = God's active force

Sunday observance of "acceptable" when it broke with the Jewish faith. But everything else that is not broke with Jewish beliefs, such as the doctrine of hell, the Trinity, and much more. This led the Catholic Church emerged as a "Christian" doctrine, which it never has been or will be! That one does the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost as scripture says, to a person, is only a counterfeit of reality!

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