Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Solemnity of the Holy Trinity 2009

I have posted about this several Trinity Sunday's ago, but the celebration of the doctrine of the Trinity reinforces for me why we need the Church to be the final arbiter of doctrine and interpretation of Holy Scripture. The Nicean Creed of 325 AD was the "White Paper" for what the Christians need to understand about the nature of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Arians were saying Jesus was not God and many bishops of the Church were siding with them at the time. This occurred despite the fact that many of the books of the New Testament (not yet defined as the NT) were available to the Church and were being read in Mass at the time. The Council of Nicea and the creed that resulted resolved the issue of the nature of G0d, at least on paper.
Unfortunately, the heresy of Arius continues to rear its ugly head to this day by well-meaning people whose incorrect private interpretation of the Bible justifies their belief. Check out these 100 proof texts from the Bible that the author uses to "prove" Jesus is not God.

So today on the Solemnity of the Trinity, I thank God for the wisdom He provides us through the Catholic Church to rightly understand the nature of God. Not that we can ever fully comprehend the mystery of the Trinity, but we know and understand it as we do through by the work of the Holy Spirit through the bishops of this Church one humid summer 1684 years ago in the city of Nicea.

Check out the weather for modern day Nicea here.

An excellent discussion on the "catholicity" of the Council of Nicea here.


Blogger kkollwitz said...

Those early councils sure were rambunctious! I marvel that given the decisions they had to make, that they seem to have gotten them right every time (IMHO).

Must have been exciting and humbling all at once.

June 09, 2009 9:45 PM  

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