Jun 01, 2014 · him on the voice of prophecy were going to look at the increasingly popular claim that the New Testament is the work of the Roman Emperor Constantine and will look at whether or not you can believe that the New Testament you now have is the one that the apostles intended you to have him as welcome to another edition of the voice of prophecy today woman a look at Constantine 's Bible you know a ...
- Preliminary Remarks on the Feast of Easter: and How the Word of God, Having Conferred Manifold Benefits on Mankind, Was Betrayed by His Beneficiaries.
- An Appeal to the Church and to His Hearers to Pardon and Correct the Errors of His Speech.
- That God is the Father of the Word, and the Creator of All Things; And that Material Objects Could Not Continue to Exist, Were Their Causes Various.
- On the Error of Idolatrous Worship.
The Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 280 - 337 AD) was one of the most influential people in ancient history. By adopting Christianity as the religion of the vast Roman Empire, he elevated a once illegal religious group to the law of his empire. At the Council of Nicea, Constantine settled Christian doctrine for the ages.
- Persecution Toward The Church
- Persecution by Diocletian
- The Reign of Constantine
- The Council of Nicaea
- A More Ominous Decision
- The Faithful Held Fast
In the years prior to Constantine, a number of Roman emperors had persecuted the Church Jesus established. One such campaign was sanctioned by Emperor Trajan after he received a letter from Pliny (A.D. 111-113). Pliny was a young lawyer and governor over the territory of Bithynia and Pontus, along the southern edge of the Black Sea where some in the Church had originally settled (1 Peter 1:1-2). Following is a portion of Pliny’s letter: “It is my practice, my lord, to refer to you all matters concerning which I am in doubt. For who can better give guidance to my hesitation or inform my ignorance? I have never participated in trials of Christians. I therefore do not know what offenses it is the practice to punish or investigate, and to what extent. … “I have observed the following procedure: I interrogated these as to whether they were Christians; those who confessed I interrogated a second and a third time, threatening them with punishment; those who persisted I ordered executed. Fo...
Later, more persecutions took place. According to the historian Eusebius in his Ecclesiastical History(Book 8, chap. 2, paragraph 4), we read: “It was in the nineteenth year of the reign of Diocletian [A.D. 303], … when the feast of the Saviour’s passion was near at hand, that royal edicts were published everywhere, commanding that the churches be leveled to the ground and the Scriptures be destroyed by fire, and ordering that those who held places of honor be degraded, and that the household servants, if they persisted in the profession of Christianity, be deprived of freedom.” Later, in chapter 5, we read about an unnamed man of zeal: “Immediately on the publication of the decree against the churches in Nicomedia, a certain man, not obscure but very highly honored with distinguished temporal dignities, moved with zeal toward God, and incited with ardent faith, seized the edict as it was posted openly and publicly, and tore it to pieces as a profane and impious thing; and this was...
In A.D. 312 Constantine invaded Italy to oust Emperor Maxentius, who had up to four times as many troops. Constantine claimed to have had a vision on the way to Rome, during the night before battle. In this dream he supposedly saw the Chi-Rho symbol, the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, which some believed was a symbol of Christ, shining above the sun. Seeing this as a divine sign, it is said that Constantine had his soldiers paint the symbol on their shields. Following this, Constantine went on to defeat the numerically stronger army of Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Religiously, Constantine was still a pagan who worshipped the gods of Rome, including the sun god. It wasn’t until much later, just before his death, that he supposedly converted to Christianity.Religiously, Constantine was still a pagan who worshipped the gods of Rome, including the sun god. It wasn’t until much later, just before his death, that he supposedly converted to Christianity—a...
One of the most famous gatherings over which Constantine presided was the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. Over 300 bishops of the Roman church convened to discuss a number of theological questions. One of the decisions reached was that Easter should be observed instead of the Passover. According to the historian Theodoret (393-458), Constantine wrote: “It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the minds of these wretched men are necessarily blinded. By rejecting their custom, we establish and hand down to succeeding ages one which is more reasonable. … “Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries. … Let us with one accord walk therein, my much-honoured brethren, studiously avoiding all contact with that evil way. They boast that without their instructions we should be unable to commemorate the festival properly. This is th...
However, four years before the Council of Nicaea, an even more profound and long-lasting decision was implemented by Constantine. And it went directly to the core of God’s laws. In A.D. 321 Constantine decreed that Sunday would be observed as the Roman day of rest.In A.D. 321 Constantine decreed that Sunday would be observed as the Roman day of rest: “On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost” (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 1867, Vol. 2, p. 380, footnote 1.) This decision had far-reaching effects. Not only was God’s law rejected, but people began to celebrate a pagan day (in honor of the sun god) in...
As a result of these man-made edicts, a large portion of the world has been following false decrees, but not all people changed their beliefs to worship on Sunday. As persecutions over the Sabbath intensified, members of the Church of God migrated to the west, and history reveals that the Church thrived in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. But that is another story for another article. In the meantime, take time to confirm what the Bible teaches about the seventh-day Sabbath. The following resources can help: “The Sabbath, Sunday, Every Day or No Day at All?” and “Which Day Is the Seventh Day?” Continue Reading
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How Does Constantine’s Fifty Copies of Scripture Help Us Understand the Extent of the New Testament Canon? The request of the fourth century Roman emperor Constantine for the church Father Eusebius to have fifty copies of the Scriptures produced at government expense, gives us further insight into the extent of the canon at that time.
Aug 11, 2005 · Constantine Wrote Matthew 28:19 Into Your Bible! Notice the use of "Your Bible" by the author. He obviously does not consider the New Testament his Bible, and can, therefore, trash it. Beware of false messengers!