We Believe

  

Ἡ μὲν γὰρ ἐκκλησία, καίπερ καθ᾽ ὅλης τῆς οἰκουμένης ἕως περάτων τῆς γῆς διεσπαρμένη, παρὰ δὲ τῶν Ἀποστόλων καὶ τῶν ἐκείνων μαθητῶν παραλαβοῦσα τὴν [πίστιν]

The Church, though scattered through the whole world to the ends of the earth, has received from the Apostles and their disciples the faith

Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα θεόν πατέρα παντοκράτορα,

We believe in one God the Father Almighty,

τὸν τῶν ἀπάντων ὁρατῶν τε καὶ ἀοράτων ποιητήν·

Maker of all things visible and invisible;

Καὶ εἰς ἕνα κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν,

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

τὸν τοῦ θεοῦ λόγον,

the Logos of God,

φῶς ἐκ φωτὸς,

Light of Light,

ζωὴν ἐκ ζωῆς,

Life of Life,

υἱὸν μονογενῆ,

the only-born Son,

πρωτότοκον πάσης κτίσεως,

the first-born of every creature,

πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ πατρὸς γεγεννημένον,

begotten of God the Father before all ages,

δἰ οὗ καὶ ἐγένετο τὰ πάντα·

by whom also all things were made;

τὸν διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν σαρκωθέντα καὶ ἐν ἀνθρώποις πολιτευσάμενον,

who for our salvation was made flesh and made his home among men;

καὶ παθόντα,

and suffered;

καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ,

and rose on the third day;

καὶ ἀνελθόντα πρὸς τὸν πατέρα,

and ascended to the Father;

καὶ ἥξοντα πάλιν ἐν δόξῃ κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς.

and will come again in glory, to judge the quick and the dead.

[Πιστεύομεν] καὶ εἰς ἕν πνεῦμα ἅγιον.

[We believe] also in one Holy Ghost.

Καὶ εἰς ἓν βάπτισμα μετανοίας εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν,

And in one baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

καὶ εἰς μίαν ἁγίαν καθολικὴν ἐκκλησίαν,

and in one holy Universal (Arian) Church;

καὶ εἰς σαρκὸς ἀνάστασιν,

and in the resurrection of the flesh,

καὶ εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

and in life everlasting.

Τούτων ἕκαστον εἶναι καὶ ὑπάρχειν πιστεύοντες, πατέρα ἀληθῶς πατέρα καὶ υἱὸν ἀληθῶς υἱὸν καὶ πνεῦμα ἅγιον ἀληθῶς πνεῦμα ἅγιον, καθὼς καὶ ὁ κύριος ἡμῶν ἀποστέλλων εἰς τὸ κήρυγμα τοὺς ἑαυτοῦ μαθητὰς εἶπε· πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἀγίου πνεύματος.

We believe that each of these is and exists, the Father truly Father, and the Son truly Son, and the Holy Ghost truly Holy Ghost; even as our Lord when sending forth his disciples to preach, said: 'Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'

'And concerning these things we affirm that we so hold and so think, and have of old so held, and will so hold till death, and stand steadfast in this faith, anathematizing all ungodly heresy. We testify before Almighty God the Only True GOD, and our Lord Jesus Christ that we believe all this in heart and soul, and we now so think and speak in truth, being able to show by scriptural evidence and to convince you that we in past times so believed and preached accordingly.

Having then this faith (from the beginning of the Church and holding it to the end) before God and Christ we anathematize all heretical false doctrine. And if any one, contrary to the right faith of the Scriptures, says the one God of the law and the prophets, but denies Christ to be the Son of God, he is a liar, even as also is his father the devil, and is a Jew falsely so called, being possessed of mere carnal circumcision. If any one confesses Christ Jesus the Lord, but denies the God of the law and of the prophets, saying that the Father of Christ is not the Maker of heaven and earth, he has not continued in the truth any more than his father the devil, and is a disciple of Simon Magus, not of the Holy Spirit. If any one says there is one God, and also confesses Christ Jesus, but thinks the Lord to be a mere man, and not the only-begotten God, and Wisdom, and the Word of God, and deems Him to consist merely of a soul and body, such an one is a serpent, that preaches deceit and error for the destruction of men. And such a man is poor in understanding, even as by name he is an Ebionite, and so also he who says that the Son is; the Archangel Michael and/or consubstantial with the Father and the Spirit a Trinity “three whos in one what” , Unbegotten, Uncreated, the Almighty, let him be accursed. Trinitarianism, Gnosticism, Socinianism or circumcision for the gentile let them be accursed. And if he denies Christ a creation and existence as a living person at the beginning but is a thought only before the world was let him be accursed. Teaching not as the divine Scriptures have handed down as each of the true forenamed creedal statements; and if a man teaches or preaches any thing else contrary to what we have received, let him be accursed.

Ἡμεῖς γὰρ πᾶσι τοῖς ἐκ τῶν θείων γραϕῶν παραδεδομένοις ὑπό τε τῶν προφητῶν καὶ ἀπστόλων ἀληθινῶς καὶ ἐμφόβως καὶ πιστεύομεν καὶ ἀκολουθοῦμεν.

For we truly and clearly both believe and follow all things from the holy Scriptures that have been transmitted to us by the Prophets and Apostles.

This is the Universal Arian faith; which every man should believe truly and firmly.

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The Memra of Yahweh and the Fall of Sodom and Gomorrah

We are going to examine the passage from Genesis 19:24 which speaks about two ''Yahwehs'' and thedestruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is critical that we understand there is only ONE true God who is uncreated and this same Eternal God lives outside of time and space. It is very important to realize there are not two Yahwehs, and that God is not a Trinity. The Torah makes it very clear that Yahweh our God is ONE, and not three: " Hear, O Israel Yahweh our God, Yahweh is one'' Deuteronomy 6:4. Jesus of Nazareth who was a Rabbi with Semikhah(authority) quoted the Shema has the greatest Commandment in the Torah: "And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?" Jesus answered, "The most important is, Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God, Yahweh is one. And you shall love Yahweh your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'' Mark 12:28-30 In Isaiah 45:5 God speaks through the prophet Isaiah to tell Cyrus king of Persia: " I am Yahweh, and there is no other, besides me there is no God." Isaiah mentions absolutely nothing about a Trinity, and never says God is three presons in one. Now that we have it established that God is one and not three in one; who is this second Yahweh being spoken of in Genesis 19:24? " Then Yahweh rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire form Yahweh out of heaven.'' Does this passage seem confusing to you? When you read this are you seeing two gods being referred to in this verse? To clear up all confusion let's look at this same passage in the Targum of Jonathan which is much older than the Masoretic text: " And the Word of the Lord Himself had made to descend upon the people of Sedom and Amorah showers of favour, that they might work repentance from their wicked works. But when they saw the showers of favour, they said, So, our wicked works are not manifest before Him. He turned (then), and caused to descend upon them bitumen and fire from before the Lord from the heavens." If you noticed it is the ''Word of the  Lord'' which caused sulfur and fire to descend upon the cities of Sodom and Gommarrah from Yahweh out of heaven. Who is the ''Word of the Lord''? Memra of Yahweh Memra is Aramaic for ''Word,'' which in the Greek is ''Logos.'' In order for us to understand the Memra/Logos we need to look into the writings of Philo of Alexandria. According to Philo the Logos has an origin, but as God's thought it also has eternal generation. It exists as such before everything else all of which are secondary products of God's thought and therefore it is called the "first-born.'' Philo says that the Logos is the first-begotten Son   of the Uncreated Father: " For the Father of the universe has caused him to spring up as the eldest son, whom, in another passage, he[Moses] calls the frist-born; and he who is thus born, imitating the ways of his father, has formed such and such species, looking to his archetypal patterns.'' Philo  also said that the Logos is the bond holding together all the parts of the world. And as a part of the human soul it holds the body together and permits its operation. Philo describes the Logos as the revealer of Yahweh symbolized in the scripture by an angel of the Yahweh. The Logos is the first-born and the eldest and chief of the angels. Also the Logos is an intermediary power, a messenger and mediator between God and the world: " And the father who created the universe has given to his archangel and most ancient Logos a pre-eminent gift, to stand on the confines of both, and separate that which had been reacted from the Creator. And this same Logos is continually a suppliant to the immortal God on behalf of the mortal race, which is exposed to affliction and misery; and is also the ambassador, sent by the Ruler of all, to the subject race. And the logos rejoices .... saying ''And I stood in the midst, between the Lord and you'' (Numbers 16:48); neither being uncreated as God, nor yet created as you, but being in the midst between these two extremities, like a hostage, as it were, to both parties." When speaking of the high priest, Philo describes the logos as God's  son,  a  perfect  being procuring  forgiveness  of  sins       and blessings: " For it was indispensable that the man who was consecrated to the Father of the world [the high priest] should have as a paraclete, his son, the being most perfect in all virtue, to procure forgiveness of sins, and a supply of unlimited blessings.'' The logos is a mediator giving hope to men and a high priest unto Yahweh. The Logos is also the Theophany of the unseen God for it is  written: "No one has ever seen God; the only-begotten god, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.'' John 1:18. Theophany means ''appearance of a god'' refers to the appearance of a deity to a human. Since Yahweh lives outsdie of time and space no one has ever seen Him, but the logos being a bridge between  our world and that dimension where Yahweh dwells is the Theophany of God in our reality. Genesis 19:24 shows Yahweh dwelling in His dimension, and Word of Yahweh in our reality bringing about judgement upon the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the Logos that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. We can see that the Memra/Logos is not necessarily a second god but he is the Theophany of Yahweh or the Angel of Yahweh sent to be a mediator between us and Eternal One. This same Logos was manifested in human flesh according to John 1:14: " So the Logos became flesh and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father; and he was full of undeserved kindness and truth.'' I guess I could continue this teaching further, but this should be enough for now. Until next time may the Shalom of Yahweh rest upon you in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach.

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