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trinity, godhead, or neither

Discussion in 'Biblical Debates' started by Aqualung, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Aqualung

    Aqualung Tasty

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    That was a very nice point, Katzpur. That's way cool.
     
  2. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    *sigh*

    I'll be glad to, using a quote from The Manual.

    FOR THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR RECORD IN HEAVEN, THE FATHER, THE WORD, AND THE HOLY GHOST: AND THESE THREE ARE ONE.

    Full circle! :)
     
  3. Harvster

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    Aqualung,

    Where you state that the ‘Godhead’ is three distinct persons united in mind, purpose etc, I believe that the ‘Trinity’ is three distinct persons (hypotates [for explanation on the word refer to IacobPersuls reply earlier in this thread]) that are one substance or essence. Unfortunately it is extremely hard to explain and trying to explain it can confound the meaning even further. The diagram I referred you to is the best way of explaining it. I know that it is a rather long link however I do recommend you read it as it gives a better way of explaining what I believe than what I can do as I am not a theologian.

    Harvs
     
  4. michel

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    Thank you, Harvs
     
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    Katzpur,
    Great post I agree 100%. The way it is written is the way it should be interpreted in that sense. I can see what AV1611 is saying however, I believe that this is a prime example were we see that each person of the Trinity has their own role to serve and cannot take the role of another unless the bible states as such i.e Christ being the creator. It's one of those things that never ends and gives you a headache.

    Harvs
     
  6. Aqualung

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    Okay, I'll try to read it. Since I can't thnk how it could be seperate persons, but still the same substance. The triangle with bob, joe, and peter, all being humans, seemed to be the same (god, jesus, and spirit all being "god") but joe, bob, and peter are all seperate beings.
     
  7. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    This is the problem caused by translating Hypostasis into English as person - in English the word person includes both their substance (essence, if you like) and whatever makes them a unique person. Hypostasis includes only the latter idea, which is why I dislike saying person in this context (besides the fact that 'person' in Greek is a different word entirely).

    In effect my person (me, the unique individual) is comprised of my human essence (the nature common to all humans) and my personal hypostasis, that which makes me uniquely me. God, if you're a Trinitarian, is comprised of His uniquely Divine Essence and the three Hypostases that are uniquely the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, then is neither a monad nor a collection of three, individual beings, but what He is is rather difficult to explain (and I still don't think I've managed it here, but who knows?)

    James
     
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    Oh! That all makes sense now. Thanks for the different wording, James. Sometimes all you need is a new pair of eyes. So I guess (if you think the same as harvster. Is that correct?) that we actually don't see it the same way.
     
  9. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Is my ignorance frustrating you, AV? I'm sorry, but I'm doing my best to understand.

    To me, it seems more like going around in circles! :rolleyes:

    You still haven't answered the question I posed a long time ago: In what way are they "one"?

    Since I use the same "manual" as you do, I also believe that they are "one." But I believe I have explained how they are "one," whereas you just keep saying essentially the same thing over and over again without addressing my question.

    By the way, what have I done during the last few days to irritate you? I really would like to know. There has been a very obvious change in your attitude towards me lately, and I don't know why.

    Kathryn
     
  10. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Hi, Harvs.

    Well, since I haven't been able to get a satisfactory response from AV on this, perhaps you can help me out. If Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven with a physical body, I am assuming He still has that body. Therefore, His substance or essence is corporeal; he has a body of flesh and bones. Since you believe that God the Father is a spirit only, that would make His substance or essence non-corporeal. How can He be two contradictory things at once? (Please, please, please don't say "because He is God." God can't be both good and evil, or powerful and powerless, or all-knowing and ignorant at the same time. Nor can He be made of a substance or essence which is simultaneously corporeal and non-corporeal.)

    Kathryn
     
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    That is more than one God. YHWH is God and Jesus is God...? The Holy Spirit is God? If being divine is being deity or God, than all the angels must be God/gods also?
     
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    It would not be correct to say that as YHWH is God and Jesus is the Son of God just as the bible says. If it were correct to say that, the verses would say that and they don't.
     
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    It's more than one God, yes. But Jesus is the only who is our God. He is "directed" by our Heavenly Father, who is also a god, and generally lets us know about his plan through the Holy Spirit, which is also a god. But Jesus is our lord and god. Angels aren't gods. they are messengers sent from god, but they aren't gods themselves.
     
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    Jesus was a messenger sent by God too. There is one God just as the bible says...not many gods. And may I ask why Jesus is a God with a capital G and his Father is with a small g?

    Oh, 1 John 5:7 is spurious.
     
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    I think you did a good job, James - but I believe in the trinity in any case, so I suppose i have an advantage.:)
     
  16. Aqualung

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    There are many gods. But we only have one God. It doesn't really matter if you think it's God, or Jesus. God is essentially directing Jesus, but Jesus is the one who is directly our God. Since they are united in purpose, there is no discrepency between the two, and so it doesn't really matter which you think of. But Jesus is directly our God. God is just Jesus' supervisor.
    Jesus wasn't a mere messanger. He came to restore the higher law. He came to fulfill god's promise to his children. He wasn't just telling people what his plan was, like angels, he was fulfilling the plan.
    Angels aren't the only begotten son of god, either.
     
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    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Jensen,

    There are, in the Bible (KJV, at least) 294 references to the "gods" you say do not exist. Without question, the word is used in various ways, depending upon context. It is also fairly obvious that the word "gods" is often used to describe "false gods."

    However, certain verses seem to imply the existence of "divine beings" of some sort. They do not appear to be "false gods" or anything of the sort. The Bible doesn't actually clarify who they are at all. For example:

    Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

    Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them. (Exodus 18:11)

    For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward... (Deuteronomy 10:17)

    The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD... (Joshua 22:22)

    How do you explain these? (P.S. 1Corinthians 8:5-6 has the answer, in case you don't. ;) )

    Kathryn
     
  18. Aqualung

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    One of the things Katzpur asked, is in relation to 1 Jn 5:7. How are they one? Does that necesarily mean in substance? Or can that mean in purpose? Such as how me and katzpur are one. Generally what she says I agree with. We are one.
     
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    Katz, look. I admit. This IS very frustrating. I find it very hard to believe you're so curious about what "substance" God is made of. I think it obvious that we don't know. I know what you're doing, though. You're using me as a channel to espouse Mormon doctrine, and it's not going to work. This Adam and Eve stuff coming to Earth from another planet isn't going to cut it with me. And the Mormon church today having living apostles and prophets fools only others, but not the true followers of Sola Scriptura. That's why you don't like that doctrine (Sola Scriptura), it cuts off three of your major books you hold to be sacred.

    Again, I'm not here to bash the Mormons; and if your next post has ONE question mark in it, I'm going to ignore it.

    I don't mean to be rude. Just assertive.
     
  20. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    Kathryn,

    On your question about Christ, Christology as taught by the Church and defended by the Councils has it that Christ is fully God and fully man. He is not just God with a human body but has a full human as well as a full divine nature. He is both God Incarnate and divinised man. To go back to similar wording to that which I used to attempt to explain the Trinity earlier. The individual being, Jesus Christ is comprised of two essences, human and divine, and two Hypostases, that which makes Him uniquely Jesus Christ the man and that which makes Him uniquely God the Son. This is extremely important in Orthodox soteriology because the Incarnation has allowed us to regain the relationship with God we would have had if not for the fall. He is one with us in His humanity and one with the Father and Holy Spirit in His divinity, thus man and God are reconciled in Him and in truth. God is not corporeal in nature but man is. This is not a contradiction but a revealed Mystery, and one that is rather easier to accept and understand, in my opinion, than the Trinity. But maybe that's just me. Christological heresies were probably just as common, maybe more so, as theological ones in the history of the Church, after all.

    James
     
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