The Council of Chalcedon and Today’s Beliefs

In A.D. 451 the fourth church council was held in the city of Chalcedon . The key issue to be resolved in this council was the nature of Christ. The outcome was a statement on the person of Christ that underlies the written creeds and doctrinal statements of most churches and denominations today.  Today’s theologians, Protestant and Catholic alike, readily agree with this.

The council agreed to a statement penned by Pope Leo I :

Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood.

Of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood? Is this what the scriptures teach? Many truisms accepted without second thought in Christianity today derive from Chalcedon and the beliefs of the men who wrote and agreed to the decisions made there. Was the decision at Chalcedon consistent with what the scriptures teach? I don’t think so.

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