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Re: doctrine etc... Tamar

Posted by Dinah on August 11, 2005, at 21:03:53

In reply to doctrine etc... Dinah, posted by Tamar on August 11, 2005, at 16:28:38

I was raised in the Mormon church, and my family and of course my ancestors were Mormon. My mother's family crossed the plains in handcarts. I can testify that Mormons are Christians, because they consider themselves Christian, and they believe that Jesus is the Christ, and their Savior. I am not one to say that all beliefs need to be orthodox in order to claim Christianity, so I am more than willing to accept that Mormons are indeed Christian, although their beliefs in some areas differ from that of other Christian denominations.

As to the Trinity, I am personally not a Trinitarian, and consider myself a Jamesian Christian rather than a Pauline one. It's been a while since I studied the matter, but since the Council of Nicea was the origin of the rift between Eastern and Western Christianity, is it possible that Eastern Orthodox Christians have a different view of the Trinity?

I'll have to refresh my memory.

No doubt my views of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are influenced by my Mormon upbringing and my Primary School and Sunday School teachings. But I specifically asked my Methodist minister if one had to believe in the Trinity in order to be Methodist, and bless him, the dear man said no. As it turns out there was another non-Trinitarian in my Sunday School class. But she had the sense to keep it quiet until I had been publicly shamed and she came to speak to me privately.




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