Sinful Arrogance in Nicaea in AD 325
Christianity started to fail in AD 325 when a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicaea (now İznik, Turkey) by the Roman Emperor Constantine I.
Almost 300 years later since the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus, Christian leaders decided that those who don't admit that Christ Jesus was God must be excluded from the church, which Christ Jesus never ordered. It is unforgivable arrogance that Christian leaders tried to define what Christ Jesus was based on the authority of the Roman Emperor.
In Rome, for example, the Apostles' Creed was popular, especially for use in Lent and the Easter season. In the Council of Nicaea, one specific creed was used to define the Church's faith clearly, to include those who professed it, and to exclude those who did not.
Some distinctive elements in the Nicene Creed, perhaps from the hand of Hosius of Cordova, were added, some specifically to counter the Arian point of view.
1. Jesus Christ is described as "Light from Light, true God from true God," proclaiming his divinity.
2. Jesus Christ is said to be "begotten, not made," asserting that he was not a mere creature, brought into being out of nothing, but the true Son of God, brought into being "from the substance of the Father."
3. He is said to be "of one being with the Father," proclaiming that although Jesus Christ is "true God" and God the Father is also "true God," they are "of one being," in accord to what is found in John 10:30: "I and the Father are one." The Greek term homoousios, or consubstantial (i.e., "of the same substance) is ascribed by Eusebius to Constantine who, on this particular point, may have chosen to exercise his authority. The significance of this clause, however, is extremely ambiguous as to the extent in which Jesus Christ and God the Father are "of one being," and the issues it raised would be seriously controverted in the future.It is apparent that God was displeased with this movement of the Vatican and other churches. So, God preserved Judaists who did not accept the idea that Christ Jesus was God and later allowed Islam to prevail.
However, God did not destroy the Vatican and other Christian churches that upheld the creed that Christ Jesus was God. God must have judged that it was better to allow existence and development of Christianity despite its wrong creed about divinity of Christ Jesus than to destroy it.
From the beginning, Christ Jesus started His mission by preaching to fishermen, farmers, and poor people in the society but not to the elites of the society. He did not teach theology to the Roman Emperor. He did not want His followers to discuss what He was in the relationship with God. Christ Jesus did not come to present a complicated theory about the relationship between Him and the God to illiterate people. Therefore, the First Council of Nicaea and the following Councils must be neglected.
We should allow people to think that Christ Jesus is God, Christ Jesus cannot be God, or Christ Jesus is at the same time God and a man, or Christ Jesus is something else, as long as people accept His teaching and live their lives following His teaching.
Then, even Judaists and Muslims might start to live in accordance with the teaching of Christ Jesus. They will lose reasons for regrading Christians as their enemies or enemies of their religions and God. It is never too late to correct a mistake. The Vatican, especially, should declare that their creed should be invalidated.
Anyway there is not more sinful arrogance than to try to define what Christ Jesus is by simple men, if a Roman Emperor is included.
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Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mar 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.