The Danger of Free-Floating Biblicism

Christians today need to read their bible with the Church of yesteryears. Between the 2nd and 5th centuries there arose a number of Christological Heresies that were confronted by faithful Christians who grappled with these errors. These Christians exegeted the scriptures and developed an accurate understanding which has stood the test of time. While Historic Christian Theology is unlike O.T. prophetic revelation, the Church Fathers did have the Holy Spirit, which I believe, worked to guard and establish accurate belief about Christ and the Trinity. The heresies of Arianism, Adoptionism, Gnosticism, Monarchialism, Subordinationism, and others were effectively refuted by these stalwarts of the faith..

Today, some Christians are reading their bible without the benefit of these prior faithful pioneers, and as a result, are falling into the same errors as those who were rebuked many centuries ago. Even the Apostle Paul quoted Greek “poets” on a number of occasions as having some kernel of truth. In Acts 17.28, Paul even quotes two Greek philosophers in his contention that the God who made everything does not live in temples or is served by humans (part of the so-called Mars Hill disputation). Paul disputed with philosophers (Epicureans and Stoics) using other philosophic writing to do it. Neither were these quotations isolated incidents; but rather, he used many phrases or allusions from Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Seneca and others to help explain truths recorded for us in the N.T. Besides the two direct quotes of “poets,” here are some sayings of Paul which strongly resemble written material from Greek and Roman Philosophers: Acts 17.24 ,25, 26, 29; Rom. 7.22-23, 8.6, 12.4; 1Cor. 8.2, 9.24, 12.14-17, 25, 13.12; Gal. 5.23; Phil. 1.21, 3.19; 1Th. 5.15; 2Tim. 4.6.

Many early Christians were well-trained in Greek thought and yet were converted to faith in Jesus. Some of their philosophic understanding was harmonious with The Faith and did not diminish their ardent love for Christ. Here is an article arguing for taking the good parts of Hellenic Philosophy to help understand biblical concepts.

Why Should We Affirm Christian Platonism? — Credo Magazine

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