a warrior is not required
to sacrifce himself
Literal Physical Truth of the New Testament
The New Testament did not fall out of the sky a complete book. The
books of the New Testament were not all written at the same time, were not
necessarily written in the order they appear nor were they even originally
written in the same language.
All Christian documents in existence from
before the 4th century are on papyrus. Since papyrus is fragile, only fragments
of these works have been preserved.
Before the invention of the printing
press all documents had to be copied by hand, a laborious process that invited
all kinds of variations: misspellings, altered wording, grammatical
corrections, stylistic improvements, insertions, omissions, etc. Many New
Testament versions have marginal notes added. These marginalia were often
copied into the main text of later versions. No two New Testaments written
before the 15th century are identical !
20th century versions of the New
Testament are primarily based on parchment uncial codices of the 4th through
the 9th century. Many of the earliest of these, like Sinaiticus, have
undergone extensive "correction" by later scribes.
parchment uncial codices of the 4th through the 9th
century5th century Codex
Alexandrinus is largely an Alexandrian witness and the oldest text of the
A passage - "All things came into being through him;
and apart from him no single thing came into being. In him was life; and the
life was the light of men."
5th to 7th
century Codex Washingtonensis or Codex Freerianus
paleographers have deduced that the original scribe corrected some of his own
errors, followed by another who made revisions. Finally, two later hands made a
few additional changes.
Codex Washingtonensis is variegated in
its representation and believed to be copied from one that had been pieced
together out of fragments of several manuscripts. Readings representative of
all of the major text types can be found in this manuscript.
- "All things came into being through him; and apart from him no single thing
came into being. What has come into being in him (is or was) life. And the life
was the light of humanity."
Codex Bezae: the left hand page is the Greek and the right hand side is
Latin. As many as nine correctors worked on the manuscript between the sixth
and twelfth century.
"All things came into being through him; and apart
from him nothing came into being. What has come into being in him is life. And
the life was the light of humanity."
Alcuin of York during the reign of Charlemagne attempts to purify the corrupted
text. This correction is the basis for the Paris edition that was widely
disseminated among the clergy in northwestern Europe.
12th or 13th century Codex 666 reads as follows:
A passage - "All things came into being through him; and apart from him
no single thing came into being that has come into being. In him was life; and
the life was the light of men."
Corrected passage - "All things came into
being through him; and apart from him no single thing came into being. What has
come into being was life in him; and the life was the light of
15th century Printing press invented. The
Vulgate, as produced by Gutenberg, is not entirely without error as the several
editions of the first printed work vary one from the other.
Initially the Hebrews resisted
the writing down of Mosiac
Law. It was understood that the Oral
Tradition was less likely to have
ponerological elements inserted
through the evolution of the definitions of words. The tradition was to
teach each child orally all that had been previously revealed as the work of
the hand of God.
the tradition of Jesus the Tannaim who taught using the Oral
toward translations of Hebrew scripture evolved over time.
Alexander the III of Macedonia
conquered Egypt he introduced Hellenism which
swept the world up along with Alexander.
Hellenistic elements to the evolved
particularly when he brought the stolen stone idol to Eygpt.
time of the birth of Jesus the Hebrews of Alexandria had built a scriptural
edifice now known as the Septuagint which was later translated into the Greek
2nd century BC Readings in the
synagogues must be interpreted from Hebrew
into Aramaic for the local people to understand. A later
Talmudic injunction by Rabbi
Simon ben Gamaliel said that Greek was the only language into which
the Torah could be
The Septuagint is the Greek
translation named 'according to
the seventy' for the group of Hebrew scholars that translated the Septuagint
The Septuagint found
widespread use in Hellenistic culture as well as Jerusalem which had become
a cosmopolitan city.
factors finally led most Hebrews to abandon the Septuagint including:
Greek scribes were not subject to the same rigid rules imposed on Hebrew
scribes; Christians favored the
Septuagint; gradual decline of the Greek language among Hebrews after they flee
the Greek-speaking Roman Empire into
the Aramaic-speaking Persian Empire when
Jerusalem is destroyed by the
95 AD The Hebrew
historian Josephus canonical list of sacred scriptures has three parts:
five books of the Torah, thirteen books of the
prophets, and four books of hymns.
Sapiential Books or Books of Wisdom is a
term used in biblical studies to refer to a subset of the books in the
There are seven of these books, namely the books of
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Book of Wisdom, the Song of Songs
(Song of Solomon), and Sirach. The Testament of Job is a book written in the
1st century BC.
The author of Wisdom of Solomon was
an Alexandrian Jew
during the silent persecution initiated in Egypt under Caesar Augustus.
The Wisdom of Sirach is a work of ethical teachings written by the
Jewish scribe Shimon ben Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira of Jerusalem approximately
175 BC. Ecclesiastes includes the presence of
and Aramaisms which point to a date no earlier than 450 BC and no later than
180 BC, when Eliezer ben Sira quotes from it.
The early Christian Church
used the Septuagint since most of its earliest members were Greek-speaking and
because the Messianic
passages most clearly pointed to Jesus as the Messiah.
When Saint Jerome started preparation of the Vulgate into
Latin he started with the Septuagint. Even when Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian
and other translations appeared,
the Septuagint continued to be used by the Greek-speaking portion of the
Christian Church. Scribes of the New Testament, also written in Greek, quoted
from the Septuagint frequently, though not exclusively, when relating
prophesies and history from the Septuagint.
The Eastern Orthodox Church
still prefers to use the Septuagint as the basis for translating the Old
Testament into other languages, and the Greek Orthodox Church (which has no
need for translation) continues
to use it in its liturgy even today.
Many modern Catholic translations
of the Bible, while using the Masoretic text as their basis, employ the
Septuagint to decide between different possible translations of the Hebrew text
whenever the latter is unclear, corrupt, or ambiguous.
The Greek of the Septuagint has many idioms and
phrases based on Hebrew, and the grammatical phenomenon known as attraction is
common there. Some parts of it have been described as "Hebrew in Greek words".
However, other sections show an ignorance of Hebrew idiom, so
that the literal
translation provided makes
little sense. The translators usually, but not always, employed one and the
same Greek word for one Hebrew word whenever it occurs. Thus the
Septuagint can be called a mostly concordant
translation. However, as in most
translations of any literary
work, often more than one Hebrew word gets
translated into one and the same
Greek word, removing some nuance from the text.
Vulgate 382 Emperor
Theodosius I orders Saint Jerome under the direction of
Pope Damasus I and the
Council of Rome to produce the
Latin Vulgate. The Vulgate is written in everyday Latin, versio vulgata, as
opposed to Ciceronian Latin of which Saint Jerome was a
The bedrock of
Roman Catholicism is Saint Jerome's
Vulgate. Roman Catholicism
united Western Europe, under the Pope, for over a thousand years until
translated the Bible into German
in 1530 AD.
The closest equivalent in English to the Latin Vulgate is
the King James Version which shows a marked
influence from the
Vulgate in the vigorous rhythm of its
The Vulgate, designed
to be easier to understand, was directly translated from Hebrew rather than the
Saint Jerome was responsible for at least three
slightly different versions of the Vulgate.
The Romana Vulgate
was the first, soon replaced by later versions except in Britain, where it
continued to be used until the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Vulgate was produced a few years later with revisions.
Vulgate is largely identical to the Romana Vulgate except for the book of
Psalms, which Saint Jerome translated from the Hebrew
for this version.
Old Latin Vulgate The Latin Bible used before the Vulgate is usually referred to as
the Vetus Latina, or Old Latin Bible, or occasionally the Old Latin Vulgate.
The Old Latin Vulgate remained in use in some circles even after Saint Jerome's
Vulgate became the accepted standard throughout the Western Roman Catholic
Church. Gauls continued to prefer the Old Latin Vulgate for
The Old Latin Vulgate was not translated by a single
individual or institution, nor even uniformly edited. Each book varies in
quality of translation and style. The Old Latin Vulgate books were most likely
translated from Greek, not from the Hebrew Septuagint as each book varies in
quality of translation and
Church of Rome strives to refute the doctrines of Protestantism,
the Vulgate is reaffirmed in the Council of Trent as the sole authorized text
of the Bible. To reinforce this declaration, an attempt is made to standardize
the spelling and overall text of the Vulgate out of the countless editions
written during the Middle Ages.
1590 Pope Sixtus
V (1585-90) produces the Sistine Vulgate.
Clement VIII (1592-1605) produces the Clementine Vulgate which has been
the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church until the 1960s, when worship
in vernacular languages was first permitted.
1907 Nova Vulgata
commissioned in by Pope Pius X of the Benedictine Monastery in Rome, though
many decades would pass before it would be completed. The main difference
between the Nova Vulgata and the Vulgata Clementina is that it takes account of
the modern textual criticism. There are a number of changes where the modern
scholars felt that Saint Jerome had failed to grasp the meaning of the original
languages. Spelling reflects a more Classical leaning than the Renaissance
spelling of the Clementine edition. Nova Vulgata does not contain some
books found in some editions of the Vulgate - for example the 3rd and 4th Book
The Nova Vulgata is currently the
official Latin version published and
approved by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Nova Vulgata has not been widely embraced by conservative Catholics, as it
sounds unfamiliar compared to the Clementine, a fact common in the history of
the Bible as new translations attempt to supplant older, more familiar
The Stuttgart Vulgate is published by the German BibleSociety
(Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft), based in Stuttgart. In this edition, Biblia Sacra
Vulgata, the German BibleSociety seeks to reproduce the original, pure Vulgate
text that Saint Jerome produced 1,600 years ago.
The Stuttgart Vulgate
attempts, through critical comparison of important, historical editions of the
Vulgate, to achieve the original text, cleansed of the errors of a millennium
and a half's time.
The main critical source for the Stuttgart Vulgate
is Codex Amiatinus, the highly-esteemed 8th century, one-volume manuscript of
the whole Latin Bible produced in England, regarded as the best medieval
witness to Saint Jerome's original text.
your point of view, one of the beauties or one of the problems with the Bible
is that, by carefully picking and choosing your passages, you can get anything
you want out of it.
Using passages from the canonical gospels,
scholars, theologians, and lay alike have
'proven' that Jesus was a Pharisee, an
a revolutionary Zaddikim intent
on overthrowing Roman occupation, a Kabbalist, a
Taoist and even a supply-side
Of course others have also found passages to repudiate all
of these assertions and prove that Jesus
of Nazareth wore three hats - Tannaim /
Therapeutae and dined
with the Essenes.
Over time, as we all know, everything decays or becomes corrupt. This
would have been the case with 1) the original sayings of Jesus, 2) the original
writings about Jesus and 3) the copies of texts of
We have no way of
knowing exactly what changes were made and what was added to the original texts
dealing with Jesus but research suggests
that the original texts were simply the
statements and sermons of Jesus which were later elaborated
Thousands of men spent their entire lives redefining the religion
which we now call "Christianity."
There was much debate about who wrote
what and what was true as opposed to
what was heretical even in the first
century after the birth of Jesus. The process of selection and status gradually
evolved, and even the Bible itself tells us that what we currently have is not
the full story or a complete
One generation removed from
the living Jesus
gnostic thought began to build
Mystery upon the evolving myth of Jesus the Tekton.
Mystical Gnosticism is simply a religion of
redemption - wisdom of
truth gained through the coupling of
experience with knowledge.
Clement of Alexandria used the term 'gnostic'
to describe anyone who had penetrated deeper into the Gnostic Mysteries .
The Gnostic universally
heralded Jesus the Tekton as the one who
brought recognition of Knowledge
of the Truth.
"In Gnostic terms the body's site of power has been
referred to as those of the 'sleepers' and 'wakers.' The 'sleepers' being those
whose conscious self has yet to break through the layers of the body's social
conditioning. The spiritual-somatic experience has been seen as a threat to
hierarchical societies because it exists beyond their bounds of power. This is
one reason why ecstatic experiences - whether through spiritual or other means
- have been suppressed, outlawed, and discredited by religions and mainstream
institutions alike. Ecstatic experiences that can break down human thinking
patterns and conditioning structures are unnerving for institutions of
social-political power. How can you control, regulate, and discipline a
body/energy/experience that has no physical location?" - Kingsley L.
Titus Flavius Clemens Titus Flavius Clemens, Clement of Alexandria, succeeded his
mentor, Pantaenus, as head of the catechetical school at Alexandria to become
the leader of the Christian community in Alexandria, Egypt for the last two
decades of the 2nd century after the birth of Jesus.
Clemens emphasized the permanent importance of the use of philosophy to
understand the relation between knowledge and
a comprehensive knowledge of
the essentials, knowledge allows the
believer to penetrate deeply into the understanding of what he actually
believes and by so doing perfect his faith.
In order to attain the "Faith of Knowledge," to find the
Truth, which is so much higher than the mere "faith of conjecture," or simple
reception of a truth on authority, philosophy is permanently
To judge those who professed esoteric
knowledge or the Truth all that was needed, Titus Flavius Clemens argued
correctly, check to see if they
lived a moral life which was the test of real wisdom.
anti-intellectual pietists, Clement
of Alexandria championed the ideal of
Titus Flavius Clemens characterization of
the real Christian as an
intellectual whose life is a moral example for others
development of the monastic ideal.
During the persecution of Alexandrian
Christians, Titus Flavius Clemens found refuge in Jerusalem. Titus Flavius
Clemens was succeeded at Alexandria by his brilliant protégé,
Catholics attempted early on to stamp out any train of thought,
to destroy all branches of the gnostic
mysteries and destroy any text of the
Christian religion which did not strictly adhere to Roman Catholic
After the gnostic confrontation and until
the Reformation, the Roman Catholic
Church was the overwhelmingly dominant
force in Christianity.
The rigid, entrenched mentality of
Catholic orthodoxy must be taken into
account in any reasonable examination of the Christian
Schisms, dissensions, and new ideas were crushed by a
pronouncement of spiritual death (excommunication) or
physical death (inquisition/crusade.)
This dogma was and is not to be challenged;
dogma is inflexible to change:
God is supernatural (outside of
nature); God is three-in-one, (the Father,
the Son and the
Holy Spirit); God requires
humans to worship him as a human
Emperor (descended God) on Earth is
worshiped; that something called the soul (which exists outside of nature) is
condemned by God to a place called hell unless one believes in and follows the
religious dogma of whichever sect or cult one has joined or been born into;
that to some, belief in their sect or cults religious dogma guarantees one a
secure position in the nether realm of heaven; that to others good works and
belief are necessary to gain admission to heaven, and that to still others good
works, belief and a following of religious law is the only way to gain
admission to heaven.
Catholic Church needed then and needs now
to control the information
made available to the public about Jesus.
Without a uniform dogmatized religion the Roman
Catholics realized they would lose control of adherents.
It was from this Roman Catholic Church that the
ultimate lists of approved, canonical, and heretical texts issued.
Even within what is now the Roman Catholic Church there has always been
The Synoptic Gospels, Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark
and Gospel of Luke, order of creation was debated and revised.
Gospel of John was considered heretical and was added later.
Revelation was considered heretical and then added later.
first commentary made on the Gospel of John was by the
gnostics Ptolemy and
Heracleon, as quoted by Irenaeus and Origen. The Gospel of John is
a highly intellectual account of Jesus' life
which would have required a good level of education and was most likely penned
by John the Presbyter (priest)
as opposed to John the Apostle who was
an uneducated fisherman. John the Presbyter most likely penned
Revelation as well.
insisted there could be only one orthodox (literally, "straight-thinking")
church outside of which "there was no salvation."
before 150 years after the birth of Jesus do not generally refer to any
document (including the canonical gospels) as their source for
were originally anonymous, and decisions of authorship came about in the 2nd
century based on legend.
Axial Age scribbling down verbal
utterances of the Oral Tradition - axioms, adages
and proverbs - of Akhenaten,
Pythagoras became widespread
with the use of written language.
The Gospel of Thomas, which was
discovered less than a century ago,
is evidence that such collections originally did
The idea that the Greek
gospels are based on primitive collection of sayings (Greek: logia) goes back
to the very first commentary on the gospels. Early in the 2nd century after the
birth of Jesus, Papias reported
that Matthew compiled the logia of Christ which others interpreted as best they
could. Papias penned, a 5 volume commentary on the sayings of Jesus from the accounts of second
generation church leaders, labeled an Exposition of the Oracles of the
The Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord to this date
provide the earliest record of the composition of the gospels. Papias' work is
among the many texts claimed to be known to ancient Christians that were
destroyed by the Roman Catholic Church.
From a fragment from the
Exposition of the Oracles of the Lord by Papias we learn that;
Papias affirms that he received the sayings of the apostles from those
who accompanied them, and he moreover asserts that he heard with his own ears
Aristion and the presbyter John. Papias mentions them
frequently by name, and in his
writings gives their traditions. Papias relates other miraculous deeds, stating
that he acquired the knowledge of them from
also relates that he had received a wonderful narrative from the daughters of
the Apostle Philip in Hierapolis. Papias relates that a dead man was raised to
life in his day. Papias also mentions another miracle relating to Justus,
surnamed Barsabas, how Justus swallowed a deadly poison, and received no
harm, on account of the
grace of Christ.
Papias set down other things as coming to him from unwritten
tradition, strange parables and instructions of Jesus - and some other things
of a more fabulous nature. One of
these predicts that a millennium after the Jesus resurrection from death, when
the personal reign of Jesus will be established on this Earth. Papias
moreover hands down, in his own writing, other narratives given by the
previously mentioned Aristion of Jesus' sayings, and the traditions of the
Papias has given in the following words regarding the
Gospel of Mark:
"And the presbyter said this: Mark having become
the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately whatsoever he
remembered. It was not, however, in
exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Jesus. For he neither heard
Jesus nor accompanied Him. But afterwards, as I said, he accompanied Peter, who
accommodated his instructions to the necessities, but with no intention of
giving a regular narrative of Jesus' sayings. Wherefore Mark made no
mistake in thus writing some things as
he remembered them. For of one thing
he took especial care, not to omit anything he had heard, and not to put
anything fictitious into the statements."
With regard to the Gospel
of Matthew, Papias has made the following statement:
together the oracles in the Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as
best he could. The same writer used proofs from the First Epistle of
John, and from the Epistle of Peter in like manner."
also gives another story of a woman who was accused of many
sins before Jesus, which is to be found in the
Gospel according to the Hebrews.
This fragment of the Exposition of
the Oracles of the Lord by Papias
translated by the Reverend
Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. Excerpted from Volume I of The
Ante-Nicene Fathers (Reverend Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, editors);
American Edition copyright © 1885
History, a chronicle of a
conflict,In the first few centuries, there were a
number of conflicts over
which direction the Roman Catholic Church would take. The earliest was
Saul of Tarsus, a
Hellenized Hebrew convert to the
Zaddikim Cult, which
already had a supernatural Hebrew
Messiah, versus James, the brother of Jesus, also known as James the Just.
is written by
the winners of the conflict.
Tarsus, the reformulated "Paul", won out in a largely Hellenized population
so it is no surprise the writing of
Saul of Tarsus
dominates the New Testament.
of Christianity is known as Pauline
The conversion of
Saul of Tarsus into "Paul" can be
dated to a couple years after the crucifxion of Jesus of Nazareth, by his
reference to it in one of his letters. According to the account in Acts, it took
place on the road to Damascus, where he reported having experienced a vision of
the resurrected Jesus.
The account says that "he fell to the earth,
and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Saul
replied, "Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou
In Galatians 1:16 Saul writes that
God "was pleased to reveal his son
In 1 Corinthians 15:8, as he lists the order in which
Jesus appeared to his disciples
after his resurrection, Saul writes, "last of all, as to one untimely born,
He appeared to me also."
Saul was a young Hellenized Hebrew
Zaddikim fanatic charged
with the execution and the seizure of disciples of Jesus.
On the road Saul was
struck with the realization that he could mold the evolving legend of Jesus,
one of the last Tannaim, using
the Zaddikim Messiah with
which he had recently become aquainted. Within the Sanhedrin the last
remaining elements of a Hasmonean high priest inner circle cult, the
Zaddikim, still existed. The
Zaddikim were an extremist
apocalyptic sect whose stated aim was to invoke the intervention of
supernatural powers to establish Israel as a sovereign realm. They had
extremist Zealot followers they used a
shock troops. And they
had the Sicarii leadership.
"His whole state of mind shows the influence
of the Gnostic lore of Alexandria, especially the
Hermes literature, hence his
strange belief in supernatural powers. Throughout Paul's writings an irrational
or pathological element could not but repel the disciples of the Rabbis. The
conception of a new faith, half pagan and half Jewish, such as Saul preached,
and susceptibility to its influences, were altogether foreign to the nature of
Jewish life and thought." - Kaufmann Kohler, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El,
Modern scholars believe that Jesus preached mainly to Hebrews
as Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist whose opinions he would have shared.
James, as leader of the Jerusalem Church, taught both Aramaic and Greek
Tarsus, as the 'Apostle to the Gentiles,' made the teaching of Jesus relevant
and interesting to the polytheistic Hellenized population.
for the fledgling Christianity to gain attention in the Hellenized culture, the religion had to obtain
certain characteristics common to the other
religions of that time. There was
a ready structural model to be found in the
State religion of Rome which
had adopted the myths of the Greek city states which had been spread throughout
the Mediterranean by the Greek colonizers - the best known of which was
Alexander III of Macedonia who
conquered all cultures from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas.
325 Anno Domini A new state religion,
Pauline Christianity codified as the 'official' form of Christianity,
protected and promoted by Constantine, is formalized, as "Nicene Christianity" at the
Council of Nicaea.
You could become a Christian layman through baptism but you could only
be a Christian clergyman, initially by being born into the group.
Roman Catholics had to abandon the
right of being birthed into the Church as there was not enough layman being
born to support the clergy.
Nicene Creed solved this problem
by decreeing that after ordination a priest could not marry (prefigures the
352 Council of Laodicea decrees
women are not to be ordained.
385 Pope Siricius
leaves his wife in order to become
pope and then decrees that priests may no longer sleep with their
Council of Rome, authorized by
imperial sanction in the Theodosian decrees in both the Eastern and Western
Roman Empire makes it a capital
offense to practice in form of religion accept
Nicene Christianity as expounded
at the Council of Rome or
Judaism. Both groups consisted of "chosen
ones". You could only be a Jew if your
mother was a Jew so being a Jew was race based.
The Gospel of Thomas was one of the gospels that
did not make the final cut and is a collection of over
one hundred statements made by Jesus.
Although it is known to be a corrupted text, as it was transcribed from Greek
to Coptic, about half of the sayings have direct parallels to sayings recorded
in the canonical gospels, and much of the other half can be linked
theologically to the rest of the
The existence of the
Gospel of Thomas has been known to
scholars since the origins of Christianity, but no copies were known to have
survived any of the puritanical
purges. The work is mentioned by the early
Roman Catholic Church fathers
in a negative context.
Throughout the text of the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus offers numerous ways to attain
the Kingdom of Heaven. This
makes redemption a personal thing and
bypasses the need for a priest or an
organized church hierarchy.
From an orthodox Catholic standpoint, the
Gospel of Thomas would have been dangerously
Around 233, Origen, mentions the Gospel of Thomas on a list of Coptic gospels. In 1952 it
was established that Papyrus 1 and 655 were also fragments of the Gospel of Thomas.
The Gospel of Thomas was never cannonized and was found to
be heretical because it encourages the
to think for himself!
Origen was the most prolific and influential Christian writer prior to
the legalization of Christianity by Rome. Origen was responsible for
the intellectual triumph of Catholic
Christianity over the gnostic
and pagan cults of Christianity.
Origen distinguished between
different types of biblical interpretation,
historical, moral and spiritual, and
argued that biblical works were primarily theological compositions.
created real problems of interpretation at the
historical and moral levels and because of this Origen was condemned as a
heretic by the Roman Catholic Church a
century after his death.
Roman Catholic Church has always fought against those who would use
the path of knowledge to attain the
Kingdom of Heaven; claiming
that the path to heaven lies in
unquestioning faith in precepts and pronouncements of
the Roman Catholic
This is also true of many of
First Council of
Nicaea, held in Nicaea in Bithynia, convoked by the
Imperial Roman Emperor
Constantine in 325, was the first ecumenical conference of bishops of the
Roman Catholic Church, and
resulted in the first uniform Christian
"Many like the holy apostles,
bore in their bodies the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul, Bishop of
Neo-Cæsarea, a fortress situated on the banks of the Euphrates, had been
deprived of the use of both hands by the application of a red-hot iron. Some
had had the right eye torn out, others had lost the right arm. In short, it was
an assembly of martyrs." - Theodoret, speaking of the assembled bishops
previous trials and tribulations under
said that the crimes of priests ought not to be made known to the multitude,
lest they should become an occasion of offence or of sin. He also said, that,
if he had detected a bishop in the very act of committing adultery, he would
have thrown his imperial robe over the unlawful deed." - Eusebius speaking of
the Emperor Constantine's opening speech
With the creation of the Nicene
Creed, a precedent was established for subsequent 'general (ecumenical)
councils of Bishops' (Synods) to create statements of belief and canons of
doctrinal orthodoxy - the intent being to create unity of belief for the whole
The primary purpose of the council
was to resolve disagreements in the Church of Alexandria over the nature of
Jesus in relationship to the Father; in particular, whether Jesus was of the
same or merely of similar substance as God the Father.
St. Alexander of Alexandria and Athanasius took the first
position; the popular presbyter Arius, from whom the term Arian controversy
comes, took the second. The council decided against the Arians overwhelmingly.
The council also decided in favor of celebrating the date of the Christian
Passover on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Vernal
"The essential feature of that creed (Nicene) was
the safeguard against any denial of the
Son's divinity which, it
provided, through the explicit statement that the Son is homoousion, or consubstantial, with the
Father; not of an essence dissimilar to that
of the Father, or even of an essence merely similar, but of the same
essence. Only two of the assembled bishops,
Theonas and Secundus, persistently refused to sign; and these were
excommunicated and banished, together with Arius.
Eusebius of Nicomedia and
Theognis, while they subscribed the creed, refused to sanction the sentence
against Arius. For this cause they were deposed and banished shortly after the
adjournment of the council, but ere long were restored and regarded by
Constantine with favor." -
History of the Christian Church by Henry C. Sheldon of Boston University,
Thomas Y. Crowell and Company, New York ©1895 The
First Council of
Nicaea was historically significant because it was the first effort to
attain consensus in the fellowship of Christ through an assembly representing
institutionalized Christendom. With the
creation of the Nicene Creed, a precedent was established for subsequent
general councils to create a statement of belief and
canons of doctrinal orthodoxy hoping to
create a textual source that would unify Christendom.
attempts were made to poison the mind of Constantine against the most able
champion of the Nicene creed, namely, Athanasius, who had become Bishop of
Alexandria shortly after the adjournment of the council. Slanderous charges
were urged, and finally had their desired effect (336) in securing the
banishment of the iron-hearted bishop. Meanwhile, Arius had been recalled from
banishment and restored to imperial favor, since he succeeded in convincing
Constantine of his substantial agreement with the Nicene formula, and declared
upon oath that he did not hold the faith for which he had been condemned. To
complete his triumph and that of his friends, it only remained that he should
formally be restored to church fellowship." - Henry C. Sheldon
Unfortunately that did not happen as Arius was poisoned through the
machinations of Athanasius and he was "deprived both of communion and of
After Emperor Constantine came
Constantine's nephew, a philosopher and the last pagan Emperor. Following
Emperor Julian came
Emperor Valentinian who sent
his brother Emperor Valens to
rule in the East.
"The tyrannical pressure of Constantius drove
the Nicene party into the shade, and
caused not a few instances of defection within its ranks. But unflinching
advocates still sustained its cause. Athanasius, in particular, was unmoved by
the storm of adversity, and his ardor was in no wise cooled by his repeated
experience of banishment. The victory, therefore, had already been prepared for
orthodoxy when the second ecumenical council assembled at Constantinople, in
the year 381, under the auspices of the
Emperor Theodosius. By that
council the Nicene creed was successfully re-affirmed. Arianism appeared
thereafter as a vanquished foe, and found little place except among certain of
the barbarian tribes, in whose midst it maintained itself till the sixth
century. " - Henry C. Sheldon
In conclusion, the books of modern New Testament
where chosen by the Roman Catholics to
be the 'word' of God and any writing that did not fall within the dogma of the
Imperial State Religion of
Holy Roman Catholic Church
Most of the historical texts that could have shed light
on what actually occurred when Jesus walked on
the Earth and what Jesus actually said were destroyed for the sole purpose
of elevating the Holy Roman
Catholic Church to the position
of intercessor to God.
Roman Catholic Church defined the religion of Christainity by defining the
books that would be included in the Bible.
The truth is this:
Jesus' original works were in words
not in writing.
Many different men, with many different opinions,
wrote down the oral accounts of the
works, the words and the life
of Jesus embellishing and refining as they saw fit according to their own
belief system, a
system unique to the individual
If we understand that
spiritual corruption is real we can learn to walk with God by understanding the
Bible as a
allegorical guide for living embedded in a marvelous
With this understanding we can
respect every living thing that God has brought into creation for what it is:
the spirit of God
animating inanimate matter, life.
If you see life as a horrible, ugly
thing then you have entirely missed the message of Jesus'
word that Jesus gave his life to bring to you. Jesus told us that the attitude
we have when living our lives is what saddles us with our own personal hell or
showers us with our own personal heaven in this life on Earth.
Redemption frees the soul in this
life, right now, as opposed to some mythical
afterlife that has never been shown to actually exist in
comes from understanding one's own weakness' and working to correct those
Jesus' message has always been a
message of tolerance,
Jesus taught us that respect of the
Creator Jesus taught us to accept
reality as reality is but before we can do that we must examine reality in
Clear White Light of the Creator and Sustainer.
and Sustainer is based on unadulterated Awe !
Clear White Light of the
Creator and Sustainer opens our hearts
and minds to the compassion of
the Creator and Sustainer has shown by the existence of life on Earth.
An emotional breakthrough into
truly living in freedom occurs when one accepts the uncertainty of life rather
than wishing or praying or casting spells that life be different than life
Jesus life model can be summed up in a
"Be kind to each other, improve yourselves and your
surroundings, give generously to those in need, enjoylife and, most importantly:
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