"The Bible does not teach the doctrine of the trinity. Neither the word "trinity" itself, nor such language as "one in three," "three in one," one "essence"or "substance" or three "persons," is biblical language. The language of the doctrine is the language of the ancient Church, taken not from the Bible but from classical Greek philosophy" [Shirley C. Guthrie, Jr., Christian Doctrine, p 92].
"It is necessary that we recall the reader's attention to the profound differences between this fully developed Christianity of Nicaea and the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. ...The teachings of Jesus of Nazareth was a prophetic teaching of the new type that began with the Hebrew Prophets. It was not priestly, it had no consecrated temple and no altar. It had no rites and ceremonies. Its sacrifice was "a broken and a contrite heart." Its only organization was an organization of Preachers, and its chief function was the sermon. But the fully fledged Christianity of the fourth century, though it preserved as its nucleus the teachings of Jesus in the gospels, was mainly a priestly religion of a type already familiar to the world for thousands of years. The centre of its elaborate ritual was an altar, and the essential act of worship the sacrifice, by a consecrated priest, of the mass" [H. G. Wells, Outline of History, 1920 Edition, pp 522, 523].
"The idea of stamping out all controversy and division, stamping out of all thought, by imposing one dogmatic creed upon all believers, is an altogether autocratic idea." "A second great autocrat who presently contributed to the stamping upon Catholic Christianity of a distinctly authoritative character was Theodosius I. Theodosius the Great (379-395). He forbade the unorthodox [non-Nicaeans] to hold meetings, and handed over all Churches to the Trinitarians" H. G. Wells, Outline of History, 1920 Edition, pp 523, 524.
Copyright Notice | Tribute | Introduction | The Eastern Greek Orthodox Church | Greek Claims of Orthodoxy
The Cabbalist Jewish Connection | Nicaea Where Truth Was Declared Illegal | Constantine Takes The Bait
Constantinople A Rival Religious Papacy | A Religion Of Works For Salvation
Things Greek Orthodoxy Must Admit | The Curse Of Nicaea Upon Constantine And His House
Additional Trinity Notes | Patripassianism | Gnosticism
Quotes Worthy Of Notice | True Orthodoxy
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