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Hi, I need help with essay on Analyse an English translation of the Nicene Creed demonstrating how Arianism influenced the creeds formulation. Be sure to quote fragments from the creed demonstrating h
Hi, I need help with essay on Analyse an English translation of the Nicene Creed demonstrating how Arianism influenced the creeds formulation. Be sure to quote fragments from the creed demonstrating how it addressed facets of Arianism. Use at least five academic sources taken from the. Paper must be at least 1000 words. Please, no plagiarized work!
To begin with, the English translation of the Nicene Creed begins with the words, “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,…”1. In these beginning words of the Nicene Creed, the Nicene Council Church fathers affirmed that there is only one God, the Father. This formulation was actually influenced by Arianism and it was in made in response to Arius’ heretical teachings that could be interpreted to mean that there is more than one God. Although Bishop Arius had not explicitly taught that there is more than one God, he had, however, taught that Jesus Christ is not God and that he is merely a creature of God. Despite denying the divinity of Jesus Christ, Bishop Arius, however, advocated worshiping Jesus Christ (Holcomb, n.d). By denying the divinity of Jesus Christ and advocating for the worship of Jesus Christ at the same time, Bishop Arius implied that there is more than one God who deserves human worship. This is what made the Nicene Council Church fathers to explicitly state at the beginning of Nicene Creed that, there is only one God, the Father Almighty.
The second element of the Nicene Creed, whose formulation was influenced by Arianism is the expression, “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,…”2. The formulation of this expression was actually in direct response to Arianism. The espression “eternally begotten” is central in the Nicene Creed. As we have said, Arius had denied the divinity of Jesus Christ on the ground that as a human being with material body, Jesus Christ could not possibly be eternal, like God the Father. Bishop Arius saw Jesus Christ as a creation of God, sent by God to earth to teach the humanity about God, and to save humanity from sin. Arius could not conceive how a divine God could have a beginning and could possess a physical material body like Jesus Christ. The Church fathers at the