Arianism often refers to nontrinitarian theological beliefs that regard Jesus Christ as a created being. Arianism receives its name from Arius
(AD 250 or 256 – 336), a presbyter from Alexandria, Egypt. Modern day arianism is alive and well in the Jehova Witness, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a Mormon), The Way International, and other cults.
Arianism is a rejection of Jesus Christ and a denial that He is who He claims to be, namely God.
Employment of theos as a Christological title:
- Acts 20:28 - Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God (Theos) which He purchased with His own blood.
- Rom. 9:5 - of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God (Theos). Amen.
- Titus 2:13 - looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God (Theos) and Savior Jesus Christ,
- Heb. 1:8 - But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God (Theos), is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
- 2 Pet. 1:1 - Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God (Theos) and Savior Jesus Christ:
- John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word (Logos) was with God (Theos), and the Word (Logos) was God (Theos).
- John 20:28 - And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God (Theos)!”
- 1 John 5:20 - And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God (Theos) and eternal life.
Jesus declares to be God:
- John 10:30-33 - I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
- Mark 2:5-12 - When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
- Mark 14:60-64 - And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.
Passage that shows Jesus to be the God of the Old Testament
- Matt. 13:34 - All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.” in conjunction with Psa. 78:1-2 - Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,