Sunday, February 04, 2007

Eusebius on Millenarianism

I'm almost done with my kick on Eusebius I promise. I've said it before, heresies don't die they multiply. Its just interesting that more or less all false Christian teachings are merely regurgitations of old heresies. Here's what Eusebius says on Millenarianism:

We have understood that at this time Cerinthus, the author of another heresy, made his appearance. Caius, whose words we quoted above, in the Disputation which is ascribed to him, writes as follows concerning this man:

"But Cerinthus also, by means of revelations which he pretends were written by a great apostle, brings before us marvelous things which he falsely claims were shown him by angels; and he says that after the resurrection the kingdom of Christ will be set up on earth, and that the flesh dwelling in Jerusalem will again be subject to desires and pleasures. And being an enemy of the Scriptures of God, he asserts, with the purpose of deceiving men, that there is to be a period of a thousand years for marriage festivals."

And Dionysius, who was bishop of the parish of Alexandria in our day, in the second book of his work On the Promises, where he says some things concerning the Apocalypse of John which he draws from tradition, mentions this same man in the following words:

"But (they say that) Cerinthus, who founded the sect which was called, after him, the Cerinthian, desiring reputable authority for his fiction, prefixed the name. For the doctrine which he taught was this: that the kingdom of Christ will be anearthly one."
It is worth mentioning though that St. Papias, St. Justin Martyr and St. Irenaeus all held to at least some form of millenarianism. Which also brings up another point; the Church does not affirm everything that every saint believed or taught (even such great fathers as the aforementioned). This is why 3 legs are needed to sustain the "stool" of Christian authority.

Without sacred tradition, every man is left to interpret scripture in their own way. Without the magisterium, everyone would pick and choose which early Church father beliefs were authentic traditions and which weren't. Again, the three work in unison and provide a firm foundation for authority.

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