Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Following are definitions of Christian ideas of the Godhead, based on their respective articles at

Arianism is the belief that Jesus was not one with the father, and that he was not fully (although almost) divine in nature, as taught by Arius (c. AD 250-336). Arius lived in Alexandria, Egypt in the early 4th century.
Binitarianism is the belief of two in one God, as opposed to one (unitarianism) or three (trinitarianism).
Nontrinitarianism includes all Christian belief systems that reject the doctrine of the Trinity -- that the God of the Bible is three distinct persons in one being.
Sabellianism (also known as modalism, modalistic monarchianism, or modal monarchism) is the belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are different modes or aspects of one God, as perceived by the believer, rather than three distinct persons.
Trinitarianism is the belief that the one God exists in three Persons and one substance, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Unitarianism is the belief in the single person of God, in contrast to the doctrine of the Trinity.

"Isms-ism" -- there are all kinds of variations that spin off of these beliefs.


Adam Pastor said...

Greetings R.L. Vaughn

For more info,
On the subject of the "Tri-Unity",
I recommend this video:
The Human Jesus

Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you in your quest for truth.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor

R. L. Vaughn said...

Adam, thanks for stopping by and posting.

I hope that I am on a daily quest for truth, and thanks for recommending the video. I would note, however, that this post is intended only to identify and define different views of the Godhead and are not set forth as various possibilities I think may be true.

Looking at the beliefs set forth on the Reformation Fellowship website, it seems that the second bullet sets forth Jesus as a Messiah who had no existence before conceived in the womb of Mary. Is that correct?


Adam Pastor said...

Yes. That is correct.

Both Matthew & Luke have no concept of Christ pre-existing his own conception.

The video explains more.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor
The Human Jesus