I mentioned some time back that Aurelius Augustinus was for practical purposes the father of all Trinitarians. This is not to suggest that he had been alone in deriving the doctrine that the Living God is a composite being made up of three persons God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. But he did provide the most interesting arguments to try to prove it. I am not suggesting that there are either less or more than three beings who are Deity and God as mentioned in the scriptures. But I will suggest right away that the scriptures teach the members of Deity are each a distinct person though all are God. Each has a different or given station as seen by mankind. There is One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ep. 4:6) who conceived the plan of salvation in its every detail throughout the ages. And there is one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him (1 Co. 8:6), who is the Messiah and the Lord of creation, who also executed the plans the Heavenly Father had originated. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability (Acts 2:4), indicates where the Spirit of God confirmed each and every part of the proceedings here as was his appointed portion. They are distinct yet all are unified in purpose and direct in operation as it has concerned mankind. Otherwise, we would have Jesus praying to Himself for assistance, and God the Father confused both within and about Himself. Yet God has said He is not the author of confusion. I suppose that should also apply to the explanations he has given us concerning them, whether we understand it all or not.
To help “explain” the exploding Trinitarian theory, the Nicene Council came up with a lot of things, one of which was the Doctrine of the Procession of the Holy Spirit. It is based solely upon John 15:26 – where Jesus speaking to the twelve apostles said, “But when the Helper (or Comforter) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”
Out of this single passage, scholars and those known as church fathers decided that the Holy Spirit was a “personal property or characteristic individuality” belonging to all of God as composed by the three persons God; while the “unbegotten fatherhood” belongs singly to God the Father, and something they styled “eternal generation” is limited alone to God the Son. You will never find any of this in a Bible. I wonder how they could ever come to know them. But then we should already have an answer.
It is like most other religious matters. It appears quite a lot of thinking went into this and hardly any reading and study of the scriptures. And we owe these men a hearty thanks-so-much for taking the extremely complex and making it hopelessly impossible to fathom. But then, the original Nicene Creed, as translated into English, ended with the words, “…and [we believe] into the Holy Spirit.”
The same groups also came up with the Doctrine of the Two Wills of Christ, known scholastically as monotheletism and dylotheletism. This is in essence the age old argument that Christ could not have possessed the pure nature of God while on earth (that is the Trinitarian version of God) because his rational will would have been in conflict with his reasoning will: as in impulse versus will – God against God in conflict as a man.
Most people, it seems, don’t believe that Christ is God anyway, and as a result, these men concluded that he was too far under rational human will while here to maintain what he was as God, forced into a sort of split personality. So there must have been some form of separation of God from the human form in order to be rational. Hence the polysyllabic Latin forms listed above. We plain folk just have to sin you know. And why should Christ be different if he was really human while he was here. It is just too confusing and very difficult to sort out. So to get to the deep end, you need to listen to the priest, bishop and cardinal who each have an indwelling of the Spirit – because we said so. At least that is the inference I must take out of this circling high altitude godless drivel, with not so much as a speck of scripture supporting any of it.
In this last look at a few of the slight problems inherent with Catholicism, I will end by quoting what Pope Innocent III stated to the soiled and pitiable Francis of Assisi while he stood in audience at Rome. “Go, brother, go to the pigs, to whom you are more fit to be compared than to men, and roll with them, and to them preach the rules you have so ably set forth.” And as the history goes – Francis did as he had been bidden by the then reigning Vicar of Christ, feigned successor to Peter.
I’m getting old and can’t seem to remember where the command to preach to the pigs is found in the gospels. And I’m puzzled as to how Innocent (who seems on the surface not quite so) managed not to burst out laughing and roll right off of his high and holy seat. Poor Francis could have used a bath and perhaps a psychological examination too. By the way, Francis of Assisi is the most venerated of all the Roman Catholic “saints.” That may change when John Paul II “gets his due” (and you know he will).
This is all very sad business, as millions have been led to destruction by the wicked schemes of men and theories such as these and the many others we can find out there, if we will only look.
The angels have said, “Worship God.” We can live by that.
For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given; “If even a beast touches the mountain it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.