Modalism-A heresy that teaches that God does not have three persons, but that God is just one reality that has manifest under different masks throughout the centuries. They often believe that to say God is 3 persons is to say that there are three Gods. Modalism is often accompanied by refusing to gender God, or call God Father of Son because they are male titles.
Nestorianism- A heresy that believes that wou cannot call Jesus God, because he is not the SON of God. They reason that God is eternal and begotten NOT made so he cannot be called a son literally. He says God has manifested in the Divine Nature of CHRIST, but that CHRIST is separate from the human nature of Jesus. To test is one is a Nestorianist, ask if Mary is the Mother of God. If they say know, she was the mother of Jesus’s human nature, your speaking to a heretic.
I am in tenth grade theology class at my Catholic high school and my theology teacher is teaching both these heresies. What should I do about it? I am fired up because today he singled me out for claiming Jesus is God and said we cant say that we can only say Jesus THE CHRIST is God. SO Jesus is not God according to him. This argument led back to our argument from Friday about the Trinity he was lecturing on, saying that God is manifest as Arche, Logos, and Pnuema, but that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are ONLY Human understandings of how God acts, and that God cannot really be father or son. And he claims that there is NOT three persons, because that would mean there is three different wills and intellects. I responded that somehow there is in one God, because Jesus does not know when the end is coming, only the Father knows. He said that that is because Jesus himself is not God, that was his human nature. And he actually MOCKED the hypostatic union as a fancy word Greeks used to describe something they couldnt understand. Where did I go wrong in arguing, where did he go wrong??
And how can I refute what he is saying?