“In Christ alone, who took on flesh Fullness of God in helpless babe”
For most christians, Jesus is God and the only true God. The Christian religion is identified as the religion of the God Jesus. The Father and the spirit are secondary. Mother Mary – the mother of God is also more popular than the Father and the spirit.
More than ‘trinity’ the Divinity of Christ is foremost to the Trinitarian:
‘it was their fundamental doctrine that the Christ whom they adored as the first and brightest emanation of the Deity appeared upon earth to rescue mankind from their various errors, and to reveal a new system of truth and perfection’ – Gibbon
Do you agree to the above? Then, You share with the core beliefs of the Gnostics.
Before Trinity creeped in, a very early mystic group rose that declared the divinity of Jesus.
They like trinitarians could not relate to the Father. The New testament God is seen superior to the Old testament God:
“The God of Israel was impiously represented by the Gnostics as a being liable to passion and to error, capricious in his favour, implacable in his resentment, meanly jealous of his superstitious worship, and confining his partial providence to a single people, and to this transitory life.” – Gibbon
Let us look at a typical trinitarian and gnostics:
Most trinitarians would know Jehovah as Jealous, cruel, angry, etc while Jesus as one full of grace. Clearly for the gnostic and the trinitarian Jesus was a far superior God that answered their difficult questions.
Gnostics were a ‘In Christ Alone’ christians.
Does your pastor have difficulty explaining passages of judgments during the Exodus, etc. then do not worry for the gnostics also share their difficulties with your pastor but unlike your pastor found a solution:
“The conquest of the land of Canaan, and the extirpation of the unsuspecting natives, they were at a loss how to reconcile with the common notions of humanity and justice. But when they recollected the sanguinary list of murders, of executions, and of massacres, which stain almost every page of the Jewish annals, they acknowledged that the barbarians of Palestine had exercised as much compassion towards their idolatrous enemies as they had ever shown to their friends or countrymen” – Gibbon
Just like trinity ended as an unsolved mystery so also the gnostics launched into great mysticism denying the truth of the Father and his mercy and love. They like trinitarians leaned not on the wisdom and love of the Father but the creation of divine Jesus superior to the Father.
Marcionism was an Early Christian dualist belief system that originated in the teachings of Marcion of Sinope at Rome around the year 144. Marcion believed Jesus was the savior sent by God, and Paul the Apostle was his chief apostle, but he rejected the Hebrew Bible and the God of Israel. Marcionists believed that the wrathful Hebrew God was a separate and lower entity than the all-forgiving God of the New Testament.
As a trinitarian you object that the Father is your good God but your theory of atonement portrays him as a blood thirsty God:
The premise of Marcionism is that many of the teachings of Christ are incompatible with the actions of the God of the Old Testament.
So, you pastor like Marcion, tells you to ignore the Old testament. The Catholics – the orthodox church denied later their subjects should read any of the bible.
Gnosticism was a form of Christianity that was extinguished by the Catholic church later on. But its teachings takes one to the obscure with an inability to reconcile Jesus’ Father and Jesus. Trinity also has the same issues: ‘3 in 1’ where 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, etc.
1Jn 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.
The above verse may be used by both Trinitarians and Non Trinitarians to prove their doctrine.
every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is human is from God.
The gnostics believed that the divine Christ entered the body and left the body, the trinitarians say that he was both man and God.
In the beginning of the fifth century, the unity of the two natures was the prevailing doctrine of the church. On all sides, it was confessed, that the mode of their coexistence could neither be represented by our ideas, nor expressed by our language. – Gibbon
Consider Nestorius’s teachings: It became the root of controversy when he publicly challenged the long-used title Theotokos (Bringer forth of God) for Mary. He suggested that the title denied Christ’s full humanity, arguing instead that Jesus had two persons, the divine Logos and the human Jesus. As a result of this duality, he proposed Christotokos (Bringer forth of Christ) as a more suitable title for Mary.
Some of Nestorius’s opponents argued that he put too much emphasis on the human nature of Christ, and others debated that the difference that Nestorius implied between the human nature and the divine nature created a fracture in the singularity of Christ, thus creating two Christ figures.
Jesus the divine, his dual nature and the Gods of the Trinity continue as a refined mysterious gnostic religion of the gentiles.
How did the divine logos develop in the womb of Mary – welcome Infant Jesus – the divine Baby. Was he fully divine and human @ month 2?
Protestants cannot bring themselves to worship the divine infant logos who they claim was fully God and fully baby as they sing “In Christ alone, who took on flesh Fullness of God in helpless babe“