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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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How Arianism answers John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and a divinity was the Word. John 1:1 Universal Arian Bible. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1 ASV

During conversations with trinitarians the subject invariably comes up John chapter 1 verse 1 is said to be proof trinitarianism in the Bible. Is it really proof trinitarianism? As we examine this argument we will discover that this verse does not prove trinitarianism at all. And it does not actually call Jesus the almighty God.

First we must Define what trinitarianism is. Trinitarianism is the believe that God is three persons and yet one God. Arianism on the other hand believes that God almighty is uncreated and has always existed. And Jesus has come into existence having a time of non-existence to then afterward having a time of existence. We also believe that he is the first of all things to have come into existence. Arianism goes on to say that Jesus experience the transformation from being like God his father to being a human. There are many other things about arianism but these are the important points for this verse to be understood.

The first clause in John chapter 1 verse 1 is " in the beginning was the word" trinitarians assume that these words mean that Jesus has always existed. No such claim exist in this section. The only thing that can be understood is that Jesus existed in the beginning. Does not explain whether or not he came into existence. Only that he was there at the beginning.

The second portion of this verse says "and the Word was with God". Now this verse explained clearly that the word who is Jesus is not God. In the Greek there is a definite article before the word god that is not translated. And what this means is the specific God or it could mean the obvious God. Given the context of the Bible we would all know which God would be the obvious one. Given that in Judaism there is no Trinity God and John was not a trinitarian apostle. John would be thinking according to Jewish theology and not some new doctrine of the church 300 years later. This portion of the verse is explaining that the word who is Jesus was with it obvious God. What's interesting is that Jesus or the word is not being included as the God, but only being with the God. So as far as the trinitarian doctrine goes this portion of the verse is not teaching trinitarianism. But it's teaching that the God and the word are not the same being. If the Trinity Doctrine were true and John where a trinitarian then would you need to point out that the word was with the god if the word was also the god? Why even mention it if it's obvious the trinity would mean they all three were there. The reason why this verse does not accommodate the doctrine of the trinity is because there was no doctrine of the trinity when it was being written. The need was there for the Apostle to clarify that Jesus the word was there with God in the beginning.

Next we see the last clause of the verse which says "and the word was God." At this point trinitarians would be rising for a standing ovation of this verse thinking it proves the doctrine of the trinity. Let us examine the verse closer to see if that is true. The main problem with this clause for trinitarianism is that it uses the past tense word "was". Think with me for a moment when is it proper to say of God the Father that he was God? When is it proper to say of your God that he formerly was God? This section of the verse says that the word who is Jesus used to be God in the past. It's saying that the word who is Jesus only in past time was God. The wording of the last clause shows that there is a problem with this first supporting the notion that Jesus is being called the Almighty God here. To support trinitarianism you would not put "was God" but you would put "is God" because he would still be God if the trinity were true. Trinitarians would write "and the word is God" not "and the Word was God". That a trinitarian would not do.

Naturally the first question that comes to mind is "then what does it mean"? In arianism We Believe that Jesus was born in the form of God. According to Philippians chapter 2 verse 6 which says "who was in the form of God". What we understand from this verse is that when Jesus was brought into existence he was made in the same form that God is. And because he shares his form or species Jesus is like him in appearance and likeness and substance what is not commingled with him. To be the form of something means you are not what your formed after. So when the verse explains that Jesus is in the form of God or when the Bible says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God it's proving that Jesus is not the God that he is resembling. If you are speaking about a certain individual you would not call that individual a copy of himself or a form of himself or the image of himself because that takes away from the fact that you're actually speaking about the actual person. So when this verse talks about Jesus being God formerly in the past, it is speaking about his form that he existed in. When the word God is being used in this clause it's talking about his nature. Let me give you an example. I am a human and if I have a son he would be called human. Now God is not the name of God but a description. The description God can reference his nature or his kind. In this sense of the word the last clause is describing the nature or kind that Jesus is. So as we examine further we understand that the reason why it says was God is because it's speaking about the state of his existence at that time. What kind of being was he at the beginning when he was with God? He was a divinity formed after the nature image species kind that God is. To clarify it is not saying that Jesus is almighty God. It's only speaking of his nature what his first species was. Clearly a human having a child will have a child of like substance. A child similar in-kind himself. This is why Jesus is called the son of God. Because he is literally the son of God made after his father's image and likeness and substance. But we must understand giving the other verses calling him the form of God and the image of the invisible God and the exact representation of his person. These words convey a resemblance toward an original not that he is the original himself. So when we see the last clause of John chapter 1 verse 1 it cannot be talking about him being almighty God because if it is he is only formerly almighty God. And that just won't work for trinitarianism. But if it's talking about his nature as a Divine being coming into existence after his father's kind and only being in that form temporarily because he later on transformed into a human. So given what we understand about the John chapter 1 verse 1 there is no way it is telling us that Jesus is almighty God. What it is telling us is that Jesus existed in a form like his father but was not his father at the beginning. Anything beyond that is not found in the verse.

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