Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Bereans of the Philippines

The bereans of the philippines copied the name berean from the calvinistic sect founded by john barclay. as with other protestant religions, their teachings are based on catholic doctrines. foremost of these is what they call holy trinity. this poses a problem to them because this doctrine has it's roots from paganism. an example of a trinity or triune is god of the hindus called trimurti.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Bereans

Bereans were the inhabitants of the ancient city of Berea, also known in the Bible as Beroea and now known as Veria. According to the Book of Acts, Chapter 17 verse 11, Paul of Tarsus and Silas preached at Berea, and the inhabitants "eagerly examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so", and many of them believed.


The Bereans, as they are called, are a Protestant sect founded in Edinburgh in 1773. It's members are followers of the doctrines of Scottish Presbyterian Minister John Barclay (1734-1798). This is the first known usage of the word to describe a group. The doctrines they uphold can be described as a modified form of Calvinism. Calvinism is also referred to by the name "Augustinianism", because Calvin in turn, followed St. Augustine. Calvinism belong to the second phase of the Protestant Reformation which started to form following Martin Luther's excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church.

Doctrines

Among doctrines practiced by protestants is the catholic doctrine of a Triune God or the Trinity. This Trinity doctrine was affirmed as an article of faith by the Roman Catholics only after the issuance of the Nicene Creed in AD (325). Before that, there was no concept of the Trinity. Indeed, the bible, accepted as the authority for divine teachings, and attested to by bible scholars, never mentioned this word or the idea of a Triune God or Trinity. The early christians worship only one true God, the Father in heaven.

The Nicene creed was introduced at the First Council of Nicaea, during the reign of the Emperor Constantine.



This puts protestants in a quandary. They believe in the trinity, and at the same time they have a contention with the catholics. They profess to believe in the bible, yet the cornerstone of their faith is not biblical!(From my talk page)

Further Reading

Berea (http://www.ccel.org/e/easton/ebd/ebd/T0000500.html#T0000530), Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (http://www.ccel.org/e/easton/ebd/ebd.html)

Trinity Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

Encyclopædia Britannica

Bereans (http://www.bartleby.com/65/be/Bereans.html), The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.

Nicene Creed, Creed, The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001

This was the entry I made at wikipedia.org until it was vandalized by members of Bereans.net. They did not want the items concerning their belief in the trinity because it goes againt their other beliefs of sola scriptura.