Just a little quiz on Christology. Which of the following statements, if any, are orthodox; or which of the following statements, if any, are heretical?
1. The Son of God, the Second member of the Trinity, in the Incarnation, stopped being God for a time and became man for a time.
2. The Son of God took on the form of a man, but was not really a man.
3. The Son of God, the Second member of the Trinity, laid aside some of His attributes for a time and became man for a time.
4. Jesus was simply a common man when He was born and was later glorified by the Father and adopted as God.
5. In Christ there two persons: a human person and a Divine Person.
6. Christ was neither God nor man, but a special combination of both at the same time.
7. Jesus was a human person and the Divine Son of God, the Second member of the Trinity became His soul.
8. In the Incarnation, God was specially formed in the womb of Mary as the man Jesus Christ.
This quiz has been adapted from an old blog post
by Andy Undervile. In case you are wondering what the answers are. You can go here
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All eight statements are heretical. They are all false!
The orthodox formula is that Jesus is one Person in two natures.
The Athanasian Creed states, “For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man. God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man of the substance of His mother, born in the world. Perfect God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood. Who, although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhood into God. One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ.”
The Belgic Confession words it: “the person of the Son has been inseparably united and joined together with human nature, in such a way that there are not two Sons of God, nor two persons, but two natures united in a single person, with each nature retaining its own distinct properties. Thus his divine nature has always remained uncreated, without beginning of days or end of life, filling heaven and earth.”
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