23 December 2011
We are now looking forward to Christmas. According to the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church we are now in the Advent Season. Advent is a time for waiting for the Messiah. Thus we are reminded of the words of St. John the Baptist:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”(Mk 1:3)
And who is this Messiah? Who is this Lord?
Again another John, St. John the Evangelist proclaims:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be… And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3, 14)
We all know that this Messiah, this Lord is none other than Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God. But the question arises: Is Jesus Christ, God? There are Bible-based groups that proclaim that Christ is not God. Instead they proclaim Christ to be human only. I use the term “Bible-based group” for the simple reason that to be considered Christian, one should adhere to the belief that Jesus Christ is God. One of the basic precepts of Christianity is that Christ is God, truly human and truly divine. To affirm His humanity and at the same time deny His divinity is to commit the heresy called Arianism. In tonces, they are not Christians.
You might ask: Mr. Sniper, what is Arianism? Well, Arianism was a heresy that was fought vigorously by the Catholic Church during the 4th century AD. A certain “Arius taught that Christ was less than divine, that he was a creature made by God. Arianism was solemnly condemned in 325 AD at the First Council of Nicaea, which defined the divinity of Christ, and in 381 at the First Council of Constantinople, which defined the divinity of the Holy Spirit. These two councils gave us the Nicene Creed, which Catholics recite at Mass every Sunday.” (Catholic Answers, “The Great Heresies”). Ergo those who believe that Christ is only human cannot be considered Christians. No wonder they hate Christmas so much. But just the same, they get their Christmas bonuses.
As we celebrate this Christmas Season, let us not forget the Lord in our celebration who is both human and divine. For as according to St. John the Evangelist, Christ is the Word who became flesh, the Word who is in the beginning, the Word who was with God, and the Word who is God. (Send your feedbacks at 09067204747)