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The Arian Heresy

Christianity and Arianism:

Arianism is a Christian heresy that was first advocated early in the 4th century by the Alexandrian presbyter Arius. It taught that Christ is not truly divine but is instead a created being. His basic assertion was the uniqueness of God. Arius believed that God alone is self-existent and immutable. Arius taught that Jesus was not self-existent and therefore cannot be God. The Godhead is unique and cannot be shared or communicated. Therefore, Jesus cannot be God. Arius also believed that Jesus was mutable because the Gospels portrayed Him as subject to growth and change. Because of this mutability, Arius believed that Jesus could not be God. He mistakenly believed that Jesus was only a creature.

The Bible teaches us:

“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 ESV)

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58 ESV)

“For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. . . .” (Colossians 2:9 ESV)

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20 ESV)

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” (John 14:10 ESV)

“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 ESV)

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