Questions for Brandon E: #5 Why Have So Many Christological and Trinitarian Controversies Occurred Since the Apostolic Age?

This is the fifth in a series of questions for Brandon E which began with this first question.  It is similar to the questions that have preceded it, but it is not identical.  It focuses the inquiry in a slightly different way.

Why have so many Christological and Trinitarian controversies occurred since the Apostolic Age?

4 Replies to “Questions for Brandon E: #5 Why Have So Many Christological and Trinitarian Controversies Occurred Since the Apostolic Age?”

  1. This question is very similar to your previous question, which I responded to there:
    http://blogforthelordjesuscurrentevents.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/brandon-es-objections-4-why-was-there-no-christological-controversy-in-the-apostolic-age/#comment-3121

    A short answer is that after the apostolic books of scriptures were completed, various persons from various backgrounds began to interpret them with various and to teach new, controversial things, such as Sabellianism, Arianism, Nestorianism, etc. More new controversial teachings equals more controversies.

  2. There was no confusion about the identity of Jesus in the 1st Century church – that is, the New Testament church – up until the time of its prophesied apostasy. All the controversy on that subject has been since that apostasy.

    The confusion about Jesus’ identity arose when the organized church failed to believe that Jesus had come according to promise. Bible scholars have called this the “de-eschatologizing of the church” (see Martin Werner’s The Formation of Christian Dogma).

    1. How could the 1st century church be clear and without confusion about the identity of Jesus, if you proclaim that the “the revelation to the human soul that Jesus was God was not given until the coming of the Lord” at which point the New Testament church came to an end?

      http://blogforthelordjesuscurrentevents.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/brandon-es-objections-6-why-did-the-trinity-doctrine-take-multiple-centuries-and-multiple-church-councils-to-evolve/#comment-3226

      http://blogforthelordjesuscurrentevents.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/brandon-es-objections-4-why-was-there-no-christological-controversy-in-the-apostolic-age/#comment-3227

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