The Moral Idea of the Dogma of the Incarnation
a. The question at hand is: “What significance does faith that Jesus Christ is God have for moral life?”
b. Tolstoy notwithstanding, every enlightened Orthodox Christian acknowledges that one cannot be saved without faith in the Divinity of Christ and the Holy Trinity.
c. Certain intellectuals recognize Christ as their ideal without acknowledging Him as God.
d. But if they do not recognize Christ’s Divinity, what benefit can they actually derive from His teaching?
e. A significant part of the Gospel is therefore directly renounced by those who do not confess the Divinity of Christ.
a. Those who claim to accept Christ without accepting His Divinity make Him into a dishonest deceiver and idle dreamer.
b. Renan noticed two facets of Christ’s teaching: (1) mercy toward the repentant and, (2) stern warnings to sinners who remained in iniquity; (1) a teaching about a joyous reconciliation with God and with one’s conscience and, (2) a teaching about a cross, self-sacrifice, enduring the hatred of the world. Renan accepted the former (1) while rejecting the latter (2), creating a sentimental Christianity.
c. There are those who do not acknowledge the Divinity of Christ, while claiming that He was a perfect person. In so doing they emasculate Christianity.
- Why, according to Metropolitan Anthony, is it impossible to fulfill Christ’s commandments without recognizing His Divinity?
- Why are the only available options to accept Christ as true God or else a as a deceiver?
- How is it clear that Christ can be our Savior only if we believe in Him as true God?
- Is Metropolitan Anthony arguing for morality to dogma, or from dogma to morality?