Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Now that I understand that the Oriental Orthodox, the Eastern Orthodox and the Catholics, and indeed, the Protestants, all believe in the same unity of the two natures of Christ, I am further along then I was before. For some reason I thought that when the Oriental Orthodox rejected the 4th Council they were rejecting the two natures of Christ however this is not the case.
So now that I have done more reading online, I realize that I am not going to convert to the Oriental or the Eastern Orthodox church because I can't. I don't believe Christ had two natures. Indeed, I find myself in the camp of Sabellius!
Yeah! At least I know that my ideas have a name now, and it is Sabellianism or Modalism. (according to wikipedia).
So I guess there isn't a church that adheres to this view that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three manifestations of one God.
And I guess this makes me a heretic. Oh well, I can't lie, its what I believe. I don't believe for one second that Christ was in any way human. Its just like if I was to put on baby clothes and have someone push me around in a stroller. Would that make me a baby? No. So too, if God takes on flesh, does that make God a man? No.
That's how my logic works. But thank you everyone for your help. If it was not for this discussion I would have never found out the formal name for my beliefs.
While Sabellians did indeed not profess a belief in the physical Incarnation of God in the form of Jesus Christ, I don't think you are necessarily a Sabellianist just because you believe that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One God, for that is indeed the Orthodox teaching. Christology can get quite confusing, especially in the English tongue which is not poetic enough to convey the depth and meaning. At the least in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (an OO jurisdiction) our Christology and Theology teaches that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are indeed One God, in Three persons.
They share equally amongst themselves the exact same Divine Essence or Divine Nature, but in the Ethiopian theology and languages there can be no abstract nature which is not manifested into some sort of form. Essentially the "nature" of something is its "function" and the manifested existence is its "form". So in Ethiopian theology, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all share unified, One Divine Nature (which is their mutual and unison function, to be Divine, to give Life
to the Universe, to bring Light into the void of Darkness, to bring Something into Nothingness) but are manifested into three distinctive Forms which still convey the same function (IE, are remaining fully Divine).
God the Father is in His own manifested Person as the Father, and the Son is in His own manifested Person as the Son, and the Holy Spirit is in His own manifested Person as the Holy Spirit, but between all three is only One Divine Essence, so we indeed believe in only One God, in Three Persons.
At least this is the particularly Ethiopian
interpretation of Orthodox Christology. How is this different than Sabellianism? Sabellianism essentially taught that there were no distinctions
in the Persons of the Trinity, and that they were all sort of different apparitions of the One God. That God didn't manifest His Oneness into three Distinctive yet mutually unified forms, rather that God simply exists as Three sorts of Visions of the One God, sort of like if the different Persons of the Trinity were merely the visual effect of looking at God from different angles of perception. This is indeed heresy, as God exists in Three Persons, but remains One God. Jesus Christ is not a different God than God the Father, but He is indeed a unique manifestation of that One Godhead. Jesus Christ is not merely a different perception or glimpse of God.
In human terms, just as our own human soul and personal nature is ephemeral rather than substantive, and yet is clearly manifested in the physical forms of our unique Persons and bodies, so to does the Godhead manifest itself in the Persons of the Trinity. God the Father does not exist in a physical form, but in Ethiopian theology neither can God the Father exist as a purely abstract Nature or concept, and so subsequently God the Father must exist in some form or Person which is immaterial and yet clearing a real existing manifestation, not an abstraction or conception. The same is true with the Person of the Holy Spirit. What makes the Incarnation so unique is that through the Son, the Godhead miraculously takes on a physical manifestation, the immaterial takes on the material, the immortal takes on mortality, the divine takes flesh, and so this is why we call our church Tewahedo, which in Ge'ez theological terms means "Made Into One Unified, Composite Form"
However, if you do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ was both Perfect Man and Perfect God, you may not be a Sabellian but are surely not in line with Orthodox theology. The crux of our Faith is that Jesus Christ precisely is the Perfectly Divine Godhead yet manifested into a Perfectly Human Body of flesh and blood just as you and me, and in this way we human beings who had previously been separated from the Immortality and Infinity of God through the Divine Mysteries now have a bridge over the gap. That bridge into the Divine is the flesh and blood of our Lord and Savior, which He took from the loom/womb of our Holy Lady, the Virgin Mary who is the True Jacob's Ladder into Heaven.
Christology is confusing for most laity, even for most fathers, so it is best to leave it to the experts. Don't get caught up on one or two things, flow with the Grace of learning which God will give you in His time through a prayerful effort