Athanasius Contra Mundum
Around the year 340AD God raised up a man – Athanasius – who stood firm in a day when heresies ran riot. At a time when men were preaching that Christ was not God but a created being, Athanasius wrote a book called ‘On the Incarnation of the Word of God’, defending the true, biblical doctrine of the person of Christ.
The thing that Athanasius is most remembered for is his quote ‘Athanasius contra mundum’ (which translated means ‘Athanasius against the world’). By this he meant that even if he was the only person in the whole world who was standing for the truth he would still stand. He was willing to hold his ground. Even if everybody else believed false teaching and went against the Bible, he would not be moved.
Now, we do have freedom to read the Bible, to go to church, to meet with other Christians and to speak about God. Right now we have the freedom to read Christian books and look at Christian blogs and websites. But if all of this was taken away, would we stand firm? If we didn’t have our Christian families, would we stand firm? If the whole world was going against the Bible, would we just go with the crowd?
Isn’t it incredible that still today Athanasius’ faith can challenge us? If we were all on our own, would we speak up for what is right and good and true? Would we stand our ground and not be moved? Even if it meant death?
By Becsy Wells