Oral Torah, Sacred Tradition, Ahadith

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  1. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    Which has been explained, several times over five pages, and by the parable of the vine -- so busted there -- it's not and never was polytheism. It has to do with deeply philosophical ancient debate about the exact nature of Christ.

    So lose the polytheism idea. It's a red herring, or a strawman, or whatever you want to call it.

    And anyway it has nothing to do with answering the question why, without evidence of your own to offer, and rejecting the evidence offered by history -- you are so confidently able to assert that what you believe is correct ,and what others believe is wrong.
     
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  2. muhammad_isa

    muhammad_isa Save Our Souls

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    What was never polytheism?
    I am not arguing that the trinity is polytheistic.
    You are too quick to jump to conclusions.

    Let's go back to what I said a few posts ago..
    "How does your understanding of the belief of the Arians achieve a monotheistic creed?

    If you ignore the question, then why?
     
  3. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
    John 15:5

    I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
    John 15:5

    Now your turn to answer:
    Your problem is not with the belief in the Trinity?
     
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  4. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    You insist the Trinity was Constantine's effect, and is a false belief?
    It has been securely demonstrated in the course of this thread that early Christians used the Trinity formula centuries before Constantine and Nicea.

    Your argument is that Matthew's In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit does not indicate a Trinitarian belief. But it can just as equally -- and more than equally -- be argued that it does? Why should it not?

    So what gives you surety that Christian belief in the Trinity it is not the correct belief/reality, and that your own belief is not the wrong, or incomplete, belief?
     
  5. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic) Admin Moderator

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    I was not aware that "Pilgrim Notes" were a category of Bahai literature. Thanks! It does fit in with the theme of "oral" or extracanonical tradition. Some time ago, @arthra mentioned a book called "Dawnbreakers", which contains a historical narrative of significant events in Babi and early Baha'i periods, if I remember correctly, and which seems to be influential in defining Baha'i identity. Would this also count as "Pilgrims notes"?

    What status do Abdul Baha's writings have? Or Shoghi Effendi's? They seem to have shaped the Baha'i faith and community in ways that Baha'u'llah's writings left open or did not specify. Are they Pilgrim's Notes as well, or is there a different category?
     
  6. muhammad_isa

    muhammad_isa Save Our Souls

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    I'm trying to understand your cryptic answer :)
    "The Son branches in its use of begotten of but not different from the Father"
    Is this is your understanding of Arianism?
    ..that the Son can be subordinate to the Father, but not different from the Father?

    I'm so sorry .. but that does not make any sense whatsoever.
    In the Athanasian Creed, the Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated.
    You can then claim that The son is not "different" from the Father.

    In the belief of the Arians, Father and Son can not be "the same" as one is created, and one is eternal.

    What answer would you like .. that I am a Muslim .. or I am a Unitarian .. or I am a Christian hater?
    It's a pointless question intended only to distract from logical argument, accusing me of being biased.
    I did not write any history books. I did not write any scripture. I just make conclusions which make sense to me.

    I can ask you exactly the same question .. your answer, however, would not interest me in the slightest.
    You are entitled to believe whatever you like, for whatever reason.
     
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  7. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    The branch is subordinate to, but not different from the vine. Arianism is not the point. It's a red herring. Your proper difficulty is with the Trinity belief.
    No, it is the whole point, Muhammad.

    The answer is that you have to argue the correctness of 'your own' scripture, and therefore to dismiss Trinitarian Christianity -- regardless of what is said or evidenced? You already know Christian Trinitarianism is/has to be incorrect and false -- because 'your own' scripture says so -- and nothing's going to make you see otherwise? That is the point? You need to be honest here?
     
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  8. muhammad_isa

    muhammad_isa Save Our Souls

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    I don't "have to" do anything.
    I believe that the Qura'n is true .. yes. I thank God for his blessings.

    I am not a born Muslim who ignorantly argues "my religion is better than yours" :rolleyes:
    I look at the facts, and interpret everything in light of them.

    Perhaps it is you who have to "argue the correctness of your own creed.".
    In any case, if you are more interested in tittle-tattle than serious debate, I'll leave you to it. :)
     
  9. RJM Corbet

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    Ok. So the NT sometimes differs ...
     
  10. Tone Bristow-Stagg

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    Thanks for the questions. There is a can of worms there.

    Pilgrim Notes are to be used as a matter of interest and like a Hadith, they can be supported by official writings. The Table talks of Shoghi Effendi around the time of the 2nd world war contain much grim detail. Some of this found its way into official writings, so to me they are of great interest as to what we will face in the future.

    Nabils Narrative is a bit of both, with a sad story attached.

    Baha'u'llah asked Nabil to write this and Nabil collected and recorded eye witness stories.

    Baha'u'llah proof read some of this and a copy existed with corrections but was stolen by the Covenant Breakers and is yet to be recovered.

    Abdul'baha also did some proof reading and corrections. In the end, it is a very reliable look at the History of the Faith and the events that unfolded. Shoghi Effendi translated this work so the Baha'i could study the history, so it is a very important work for us to read. It has many heart wrenching stories.

    Both Abul'baha and Shoghi Effendi's writings are under the Covenant, so they are accounted as Authorised Scripture as is the guidance given by the Universal House of Justice.

    This is a list of Pilgrim Notes

    https://bahai-library.com/Pilgrims

    This is the light we are to see them in

    https://bahai.works/Lights_of_Guidance/Pilgrims'_Notes

    Regards Tony
     
  11. Thomas

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    Sorry, I missed it? Can you repost/repeat?

    Yes.

    Good question! The development of Christian doctrine walked along the knife-edge of thinking in Hellenic philosophical terms, without drifting into Hellenism. It was the theologian's dilemma. Arianism can be seen as a form of Neoplatonic emanationism:

    The "One" is beyond being, and the One emanates a sequence of lesser beings, in a gradated series of hierarchies.

    I could explain Arius' model in terms of Plotinus' Enneads, written a 100 years before Arius, but that would only be as an example of metaphysical speculation, not as a formative source.
     
  12. Thomas

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    But your 'impartial historians' didn't accuse Arius of polytheism. No-one did. His condemnation at Nicea does not mention polytheism. I don't know where you got this from?

    LOL. Where'd you get that from :rolleyes:
     
  13. muhammad_isa

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    That seems reasonable to me..

    I'm not as educated in this field as you .. I don't really understand that 'language' :)

    That is what you allege.
    OF COURSE, "the One" emanates lesser beings. All of mankind are "lesser beings" i.e. they were created

    As I have already said, I understand that you believe in a particular formula for the trinity that "preserves the Oneness of God".
    There is a fine line between thinking that Jesus was Holy or that Jesus was God.
    It is clear to me that the Arians did NOT believe that Jesus was God. They reserved that for "the Father".

    ..so what is wrong with the Arian's belief, in your opinion? Why is your trinity formula "the truth" and
    what you believe their's to be, wrong?
     
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  14. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    I think I need to try to rephrase my clumsily worded comment below, which may have been misunderstood:

    It is Three because the tradition is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Son (branches) in the usage is begotten of but not different from the Father vine. And the fruit, the Holy Spirit, is the product of both. It’s getting hung-up on the human idea of the literal Father and Son that is creating the difficulty ?

    What I meant to say is that in the analogy: the Father is the vine, the Son is the branches (of the vine) and the Holy Spirit is the fruit. So although the branches are begotten of the (unbegotten) vine, they are the same substance.

    In response, of course, to any misunderstanding that the Christian Trinity implies three different gods.
     
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  15. muhammad_isa

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    I wasn't aware that I have cited any "impartial historians" about this issue..
    However, what do you think about the following?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Councils_of_Sirmium

    Well, what do you think?

     
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  16. RJM Corbet

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    Christ is far more than just a spokesman/prophet/messenger for the Father. Jesus was without sin. The life of Christ is the demonstration. There is infinite wisdom and mystery in the life of Christ.
     
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    I ask again ... where do you get that from?
     
  18. muhammad_isa

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    Simple deduction?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Councils_of_Sirmium

    Your arguments about the Arians, that they also believed that "Jesus is God"
    is not particularly relevant, in any case.
    What IS relevant is that they believed that "the Father is greater than the Son" !
     
  19. RJM Corbet

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    How does it dismiss modern Christian Trinitarianism? The assumption is that it is false polytheism foisted upon the world by Constantine at Nicea, in order to promote a divine Jesus as Sol Invitus.

    But it's been proven in this thread that the Trinity doctrine far predates Constantine or Nicea. It's a red herring.

    Although the parable of the vine was meant in a different context, it nevertheless does explain the issue.

    The truth is these doctrinal wranglings don't really matter to me at all. But I am just asking anyway.
     
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  20. Cino

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    Since Jewish Kabbalah also has an emanationist model of creation, similar to neoplatonism, while remaining fiercely unitarian, I think @muhammad_isa has a point here, @Thomas.

    I find your discussion fascinating, btw, learning a lot! May I suggest you start a thread of its own on Arian Christology?
     

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