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Heresy
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:09:05 AM »
Heresy (from Greek αἵρεσις, which originally meant "choice", also referred to that process whereby a young person would examine various philosophies to determine how to live one's life) was redefined by the Catholic Church as a belief that conflicted with established Catholic dogma. Eventually it took on the meaning of an accusation levied against members of another group which has beliefs that conflict with those of the accusers. It is usually used to discuss violations of religious or traditional laws or codes, although it is used by some political extremists to refer to their opponents. It carries the connotation of behaviours or beliefs likely to undermine accepted morality and cause tangible evils, damnation, or other punishment. In some religions, it also implies that the heretic is in alliance with the religion's symbol of evil, such as Satan or chaos.

(Acts 5:17) Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

(Acts 15:5) But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

(Acts 24:5) For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

(Acts 24:14) But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

(Acts 26:5) Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

(Acts 28:22) But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
αἵρεσις
hairesis
Thayer Definition:
1) act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city
2) choosing, choice
3) that which is chosen

4) a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party)
4a) of the Sadducees
4b) of the Pharisees
4c) of the Christians
5) dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by Thayer's/Strong's Number: from G138
Citing in TDNT: 1:180, 27
αἵρεσις
haíresis; gen. hairéseōs, fem. noun from hairéō (G138), to choose, select. Heresy, a form of religious worship, discipline, or opinion (Act 5:17; Act 15:5; Act 24:5, Act 24:14; Act 26:5; Act 28:22; 1Co 11:19; Gal 5:20; 2Pe 2:1).
In contrast to schísma (G4978), schism which is an actual tearing apart, haíresis may represent a divergent opinion but still be part of a whole. One can hold different views than the majority and remain in the same body, but he is a heretic (hairetikós [G141]). However, when he tears himself away (schízō [G4977]), then he is schismatic. Heresy may lead to schism which is when actual tearing off and separation occur.
G138


αἱρέω
hairéō; fut. hairḗsomai, 2d aor. heilómēn. To take. In the NT, only in the mid. hairéomai, to take for oneself, i.e., to choose, elect, prefer (Php 1:22; 2Th 2:13; Heb 11:25; Sept.: 2Sa 15:15; Job 34:4).
Deriv.: haíresis (G139), heresy; hairetízō (G140), to choose, akin to hairetós, that which may be taken; hairetikós (G141), heretic; anairéō (G337), to take up or away, abolish; authaíretos (G830), of one's own accord; aphairéō (G851), to take away; diairéō (G1244), to separate, divide, distribute; exairéō (G1807), to tear out, in the mid. to select, figuratively to release, deliver, pluck out, rescue; kathairéō (G2507), to take down; periairéō (G4014), to take away that which surrounds; proairéomai (G4255), prefer, propose, intend, purpose.
Syn.: eklégomai (G1586), to choose out, elect; epilégomai (G1951), to be called or named.
Ant.: apodokimázō (G593), to reject after investigation; athetéō (G114), to do away with; paraitéomai (G3868), to resign, ask to be excused.

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Re: Heresy
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 01:10:25 PM »
Sect of the Pharisees, Sadduccees and Nazarenes.

Sect=Heresy. Meaning everyone was a heretic?
The sect of the Pharisees was by far the largest.

So Sect=denomination.
1 Timothy 2:3-4  ...God our Savior;  Who will have all men to be saved...
John 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Romans 4:5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous ...

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Re: Heresy
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 03:06:53 PM »
According to many of my friends, I'm a heretic.  :banana:
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Re: Heresy
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 07:12:03 AM »
According to most Jesus was a heretic too.... :pointlaugh:
1 Timothy 2:3-4  ...God our Savior;  Who will have all men to be saved...
John 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
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Re: Heresy
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 07:33:33 AM »
Yeah, I think of it as "not agreeing or adhering to what's the 'accepted' orthodox or mainstream view".   

Jesus broke many of their dearly held traditions.  Thing is, guess who was wrong?   :wink2:
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Re: Heresy
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 06:09:10 PM »
That's because He was led by the Spirit. Those who are led by the Spirit are the most heretical of all, to the religious. They kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to them. And they really have no idea that they're doing it. Hence, "Father forgive for they know not what they do."  :bsad:

"Yes, a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is serving God."  :pitiful:
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Re: Heresy
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2012, 01:46:20 AM »
I've been coming to the conclusion that any church or group which even addresses "heresy" is not one to which a true Christian should belong.  Maybe it just means that I have been reading too many stories about martyrs lately.  It's kind of like something I read years ago - a Christian writer for whom I had a lot of respect (though I eventually abandoned his Seedline theology) said that any church which calls itself the True Church, is not.  Oh!  Is it ever difficult to conjure up any enthusiasm for any denomination church that I can think of...
Socrates taught Plato.  Plato taught Aristotle.  Aristotle tutored the son of Philip of Macedon.  This boy grew up to become Alexander the Great, largely by slaughtering a lot of people.  That's philosophy.

Jesus spoke the Truth.  He blessed the poor.  He healed the sick.  He even raised the dead.  He died on a cross for us, lived again, and came back long enough to tell us to love one another.  That's religion.