Re: [biblicalapologetics] Re: From Patrick Navas
You managed to evade my question for the second time by saying:
Patrick, your question assumes that I think the apostles were holding something back in their teaching. I don’t think any such thing. They taught what they taught in the words they chose under divine inspiration to use. They did not articulate explicitly, “clearly and directly” as you put it, any of the systematic theologies that later developed. That is, they do not teach in explicit form Unitarianism, Arianism, Modalism/Monarchianism, or Trinitarianism. So the exact same hypothetical question that you asked could be posed to a Christadelphian, a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Oneness Pentecostal.
You used the expression I used (held back) as a basis for rejecting the vailidity of my question, even though I'm quite sure you know what I meant by that. So let me ask it for the last time.
Assuming Jesus and his apostles believed in the Trinity, why do you think the writers of Scripture did not formally present the doctrine of the Trinity to us (example: There is one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) when that is what they did with every other important Christian doctrine? Did they deliberately refrain from doing this in your view? If so, what do you think the purpose was?
From: Rob <faithhasitsreasons@...>
Sent: Mon, May 31, 2010 12:38:17 AM
Subject: [biblicalapologetics] Re: From Patrick Navas
I'm guessing you can see the relevance of my question to yours. If you can't, let me know. And for the record, I responded to what I think is essentially the same question from you on the Parchment and Pen blog.
In Christ's service,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Patrick Navas <patrick_navas@...> wrote:
> In all sincerity, I'm not trying to play back and forth games or anything. I'd be happy to address your question from my perspective (I recently did for a friend of mine), but is itÂ fair for you to do thisÂ given thatÂ you reallyÂ never answered my question?
> From: Rob <faithhasitsreasons@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Sat, May 29, 2010 12:55:59 AM
> Subject: [biblicalapologetics] Re: From Patrick Navas
> Here's a question for you. Is it important to know which books are in the Bible? If it is, why don't any of the biblical writers give us a list of the books that belong in the Bible?
> In Christ's service,
> Rob Bowman