Christian heresies are many. Through studying such errors as Arianism, Gnosticism, Modalism, and Pelagianism, Christians can better understand their own faith. A heresy is a deviation from the truth.
"For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you,"
(1 Cor. 11:19).
- Adoptionism--God granted Jesus powers and then adopted Him as a Son.
- Albigenses--Reincarnation and two gods: one good and other evil.
- Apollinarianism--Jesus' divine will overshadowed and replaced the human.
- Arianism--Jesus was a lesser, created being.
- Docetism--Jesus was divine but only seemed to be human.
- Donatism--Validity of sacraments depends on character of the minister.
- Gnosticism--Dualism of good and bad and special knowledge for salvation.
- Kenosis--Jesus gave up some divine attributes while on earth.
- Marcionism--An evil God of the O.T., good God of the N.T. 11, books in the Canon
- Modalism--God is one person in three modes.
- Monarchianism--God is one person.
- Monophysitism--Jesus had only one nature: divine.
- Nestorianism--Jesus was two persons.
- Patripassionism--The Father suffered on the cross.
- Pelagianism--Man is unaffected by the fall and can keep all of God's laws.
- Semi-Pelagianism--Man and God cooperate to achieve man's salvation.
- Socinianism--Denial of the Trinity. Jesus is a deified man.
- Subordinationism--The Son is lesser than the Father in essence and or attributes.
- Tritheism--The Trinity is really three separate gods.
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