Who is Cerinthe?June 25, 2021
Who is Cerinthe? He is one of the scholars who grew up in the 1st century AD. He is Egyptian. He completed his education at the Philonic School in Alexandria and later visited Jerusalem, Sésarée and Antioch.
According to tradition, he fell out with Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul due to circumcision and some unknown reasons. This air of hostility towards Saint-Paul spread so widely throughout his travels that there are many fragments of saint-Paul’s letters throwing stones at Cerinthe.
Cerinthe would accept none other than the gospel of Saint-Mathiu. According to Epiphane, Cerinthe, after leaving Jerusalem, went to Anatolia and spread her own “abyss of heresy” there. He traveled through the cities to spread his doctrine, and on one of his travels in Ephése he met the apostle Saint-Jean in the bathhouse. When the apostle saw him, he said to his apprentices: “Let’s get out of here quickly, because the enemy of the truth has entered, so that the building will not collapse under it.”
What worries Cerinthe the most is the question of where the evil in the world comes from. Cerinthe’s system claims to solve this problem. He used to say that he was not a superior being but had received some heavenly revelation.
At the zenith of existence, there is only one God, the source of all my species, and that he did not create matter; claims that it is the work of angels who are at the lower rung of the species ladder and do not know the existence of God. According to him, the God of the Jews is not the chief of the creative angels, as other lore school chiefs teach. He is the angel who reveals the laws of religion. At this point in her system, Cerinthe is a faithful apprentice of Philon.
In the other part of the system, he claims that Jesus was not God, born of a virgin, but a man born of Joseph and Mary, perhaps more perfect than other men, after being baptized, having received the holy spirit and the revelations of the unknown father of all things.
Famous people such as Neander, Ewald, Gieseler, Lipsius, Kurtz, Baur, Dorner, Uressensé, Robertson, Woscott have investigated the true nature of Cerinthe’s thoughts.