Download a Permanent Printable PDF Version of This Article.
Vic Biorseth, Sunday, July
From the beginning of the Church, the official teaching was that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were one God, in three Divine Persons, and that Jesus Christ, Son of God, was also God. That was actual doctrine, and orthodox teaching. Obviously, not an easy idea to teach to new Christians, especially to highly educated Greeks and philosophers, schooled in worldly logic.
The situation was exacerbated by the rise of Gnosticism, the heresy that claimed to hold "secret knowledge" about God that "the Church doesn't want you to know". Sound familiar?
This was the situation the Church began to rise out of after Emperor Constantine ended the Roman persecution of Christians and began the era known as The Peace of Constantine.
Arius, a Libyan by birth, was a Priest in Alexandria, Egypt. When he began emphasizing the divinity of the Father over that of the Son, based not on Revelation but on worldly logic, that began what would become known as the great Arian Heresy. His popular new ideas and interpretations swept North Africa and the Eastern Church, before the Western Church was even aware of them.
When it all blew up in heated controversy, Constantine called for a Great Council to settle the matter. The First Council of Nicea was that Council, and it adopted St. Athenasius' formal doctrinal formulation, written down as the Athanasian Creed. Thus, the Doctrine was formalized into Dogma. The new Creed was to be held by all Christians under pain of losing salvation.
Thus, the Trinitarian nature of God and the hypostatic union of Jesus Christ, taught from the beginning, was concretized in written words and published to the whole Christian world.
This followed the pattern set in Acts, in which Jesus promised the Apostles the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Acts 15 was the First Council, to settle the matter of circumcision and the old law requirements for non-Jewish Christians. When the matter was settled, the Apostles, in union with Peter, pronounced it after first saying "... For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us ..." (Acts 15:28)
Here is how we described the guidance of the Holy Spirit as it involved Councils of the Bishops in union with the Pope, in the Infallibility page:
The first thing to remember is that the teachings of Jesus Christ to His chosen Apostles were heard, not read. He spoke; He did not write. The Bible didn't exist yet. It would be long after His Ascension into Heaven that they would begin gathering their own letters and writing the four Gospels that would comprise the Bible, as we know it today.
The Apostles had to remember what had been taught, and do it through multiple generations, for everything that was taught was not written down.
An impossible task for mere men; yet nothing is impossible with God.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, and blessed be God forever.
Hover-Link Footnotes: For the convenience of those readers using devices that lack a mouse, these footnotes are provided for all webpages, in case any webpage contains any hover-links. (If you don't have a mouse, you can't "hover" the mouse over a link, without clicking, to just to see the related Acronym appear.)
Return to Latest News page
Return to HOME PAGE
Respond to This Article Below The Last Comment
Language and Tone Statement
Please note the language and tone of this monitored Website. This is not the place to stack up vulgar
one-liners and crude rejoinders. While you may support, oppose or
introduce any position or argument, submissions must meet our
standards of logical rigor and civil discourse. We will not
participate in merely trading insults, nor will we tolerate participants merely
trading insults. Participants should not be
thin-skinned or over sensitive to criticism, but should be prepared to
defend their arguments when challenged. If you don’t really have a
coherent argument or counter-argument of your own, sit down and don’t
embarrass yourself. Nonsensical, immoral or merely insulting submissions will
not be published here. If you have something serious to contribute to
the conversation, back it up, keep it clean and keep it civil. We humbly
apologize to all religious conservative thinkers for the need to even say
these things, but the New Liberals are what they are, and the internet is what it is.
If you fear intolerant Leftist repercussions, do not use your real name and do not include email or any identifying information. Elite Culturally Marxist Authoritarians will never tolerate your freedom of speech or any opposition to their own pro-Marxist/anti-Christian/anti-American/Globalist/anti-Nation/immoral/anti-white/racist and bigoted point of view.
Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
Catholic American Thinker
Free E-zine Subscription
Your email is perfectly secure here. We use it only to send you the
Catholic American Thinker
The purpose of this grouping of articles is to describe the Christian Trinitarian God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Trinity Pages
These pages describe the true nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as described in Scripture and continuous teaching of the Church. Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and those Protestant sects who deny the Divinity of Jesus are not going to like this.
The Athanasian Creed: Setting the Record Straight on the Blessed Trinity. The adoption of the Athanasian Creed settled the matter, in an explanation of the trinity of the persons of God and the twofold nature of the one divine Person of Jesus Christ.
God The Father: On the First Person of the Holy Trinity, and His Title: Father. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our Father, the One and Only Lord of All That Is.
God The Son: Consubstantial with the Father, wholly man and wholly God. Scripture is clear and repetitive about it: Jesus was both God, and Son of God; both man, and God, at the same time.
God The Holy Spirit: The Third Person of the Holy Trinity, guiding His Church. The Holy Spirit is God active in the world, doing the will of the Father, fulfilling the promises of the Son.
If you can't find the page you're looking for, try the