I came across the term subordinationism while looking in wikipedia. I was wondering is it heretical for a Catholic, or a Christian for that matter, to believe that there is some form of subordination within the Godhead?
In other word, is the whole idea of subordinationism considered heretical by the Church? Arius obviously believed that God isnt a Trinity, but I get the impression that the idea of subordinationism is not the same as Arianism. Apparently Origen believed in subordinationism as well, but probably not the same as Arius.
Because there are a few bible verses that may hint towards subordinationism:
1 Corinthians 15:28
22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 “For God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.
26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself,
27 and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
28 You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
The main verses which stick out for me are 1 Corinthians 15:28 and John 14:28.
What’s the Churchs position? From what Ive seen there doesnt seem to be much authoritative information on the Net, but some of you may know some.
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