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What The Greek Church
Claims As Its Orthodoxy

By Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor

Nicaea 325 AD: Called by Constantine: The first decree adopted by the Greek Orthodox Church was the adoption of the Plato Greek philosophy of the "one essence and nature" of the gods, applied to the relationship of the Father to the Son. Now exactly what was the Greek trinity that Plato believed was of one essence and nature?

Plato Pantheism is the theory that the universe and all that is therein is to be taken as a whole as God; The doctrine that there is no God but the combined forces and laws which are manifested in the existing universe; The worship of gods of different creeds, cults, or people on an equal basis indifferently [polytheism] (14). Hence everything is God and constansubstanial with God.

The Plato philosophy was centered around triads of powers that all came into existence at the same time. He traveled both to Babylon and to Jerusalem, and conferred with the most eminent religious leaders. His philosophy concerning God was colored by these travels. His idealogy of the co-eternal, co-existent, and co-equal nature in the world soul, is the basis of the trinity doctrine adopted at Nicaea.

This Plato doctrine was borrowed by the Emperor Constantine at the urging of Athanasius of Egypt, and other Platonizing Fathers, and he applied it to the relationship of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. This is the Jewish-Greek philosophy that gave birth to the doctrine of the trinity at Nicaea (15).

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Biblography

(14) Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 1934, p. 607
(15) Andrew Norton, A Statement Of Reason. "We can trace the history of this doctrine, and discover its source, not in Christian revelation, but in the Platonic philosophy. The trinity is not a doctrine of Christ and his Apostles, but a fiction of the school of the later Platonist."

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