The creation of the Catholic Church by Roman Politicians has long been a debated point among historians. What is the truth?
The story of Christianity is a fascinating journey through the political and historical landscape of human existence. Starting with Jesus of Nazareth, promoted heavily by St. Paul, and made the official religion of the Roman Empire by Constantine, Christianity has been one of the major forces that has shaped western civilization. Our current banking system, the root the word holiday, and even seemingly secular celebrations like Halloween have their roots firmly in Christian doctrine.
But how did these church laws come to be? Obviously there was a time before Jesus lived. Then for a few hundred years after His death and resurrection one could only hear about it via word of mouth alone. This of course led to many different interpretations, who He really was, what He represented, how to best live your life based on His teachings.
The Catholic Church today is a far cry from that secret group of followers wary of being discovered by the then oppressive government of Rome. What happened? How did the Church decide which laws were correct, and which were heresy? How did they determine the actual nature of Jesus? Was he really the Son of God; was he merely a prophet, like Moses?
To answer these questions, a special council was held. In 325 AD, Constantine convened a special meeting to address these issues. To the conference, he invited over a thousand Bishops, but the actual number that attended is likely far less. In this council, these Bishops debated the Nature of Jesus, what was acceptable worship, and what was considered heresy.
The council was presided over by Constantine, the Emperor of Rome. From the council of Nicea, and all the subsequent councils modeled after his, stem the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Those that participate in the Catholic Mass, that recite the Nicene Creed every Sunday, are reciting a nearly two thousand year old profession of faith that came into existence under the direct authority of the Roman Emperor.
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