Ariansm

Crumbs from the Master's Table

Tuesday, Sept. 13                                   

Arianism was by far the most serious threat to Christianity—greater than all the waves of persecution by the Roman Empire and all the Greek and Roman gods.  It persisted longer—about five centuries—and was so widespread that it came close to taking over the Christian world.  The struggle for Biblical truth (orthodoxy) was the chief focus of concern for the entire first five centuries.  The whole thing stemmed from the “one God” doctrine of the Jews.  The Jewish religion stood alone on this issue.  Every other nation in the world had multiple gods.  The whole Empire recognized this distinction.  The incarnation seemed to destroy that doctrine, especially since Christianity stemmed from Judaism and embraced the Jewish Scriptures.  Christian scholars did their best to resolve the problem without losing that “one God”…

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