The Doctrine Of The Trinity

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Like most doctrines of the Church the doctrine of the trinity do not develop fully until there was a need to establish the orthodox view point. The Council of Nicaea determined and stated that Christ and God were separate yet unified, each fully God. This was more of a statement of belief and not theological doctrine. As heresies arouse in regard to the nature of Christ and his relationship to the Father it became more important to develop a theological doctrine that would support the not fully developed orthodox beliefs of the Church that had been taught and believed since apostolic times. This was especially the case with the heresy of Arianism which taught that the Son of God was not co-eternal and consubstantial with His Father, but…show more content…
So the theology to back the Churches beliefs in the trinity fell to several important Church leaders, perhaps the most important of these were Athanasius of Alexandria, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Augustine of Hippo. It was in 325 that the Council of Nicea set out to define the relationship od the Son to the Father in response to Arianism. With the influence of Athanasius this Council affirmed the doctrine of the Trinity as orthodoxy and described Christ as, "God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance (homoousios) with the Father." But it wasn’t the end o the argument regarding the trinity. It was at the First Council to Constantinople in 381 to adopt the theology that we know understand as the Trinity although there were controversies surrounding the trinity into the fifth century. Our understanding of the trinity is that although there is only one God, yet, somehow, there are three Persons in God. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God, yet we do not speak of three Gods, but only one God. They have the same nature, substance, and being. Even though the Three Persons are One God, yet they are distinct: for the Father has no origin, He came from no one. But the Son is begotten, He comes from the Father alone. The Holy Spirit comes or proceeds from both the Father and the Son. These different relations of origin tell us there are three distinct Persons, who have one and

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