The original teachings of the Bible, as expressed by the apostles, was quickly diluted in the following centuries with Greek philosophical ideas. Subsequently, under Constantine the Great the church became a state church, whereby the church structure was adjusted to what was common in paganism. And finally, in the Middle Ages, the Bible was taken away from the congregation. All this has led to forgetting to stay in touch with God’s original message.
At the time of the Reformation, the Bible was recaptured by the people. But the legacy of the Middle Ages was that man had no further interest in what was stated in God’s plan for this earth and the salvation thereof. The message was transformed into a no longer coherent system of doctrines without any overall plan. And man was only interested in his personal salvation in an Empire ‘up there’. In our modern times the message is then further adjusted to a set of ethical standards and values, without any special goal.
Since the time of the Reformation we have , the original Word again in our hands. Now we need to find the original message again. With this series of articles we want to show you the way.
Dutch original / Nederlands origineel: Gods vergeten Woord 1 Inleiding
To be continued: God’s forgotten Word 2 Lost Code
Please do find additional reading:
- Politics and power first priority #1
- Hellenistic influences
- Raising digression
- Bible containing scientific information
- Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
- Missional hermeneutics 3/5
- 1 Timothy 3:15 (debatepolitics.com)
The emphasis throughout the Bible is the Church, not itself! The Church is not built on the Bible, but rather built upon the the apostles (and Christ, of course, the most integral part). Truth is found from the Church, and the Church is built from the apostles, not the Bible. That is not to say that the Bible is unimportant; obviously it is. However, even the Bible attests to the fact that we hold to the Church, the Church built upon the apostles; that is where we find truth.
- Thomas Helwys, the Baptist Church, and the Churches of Christ (godsbreath.net)
How woeful and wretched is the estate of you all (if you repent not) that join in this wickedness to deprive the church of Christ of such a blessed and comfortable ordinance of Christ” (Helwys. In Mystery of Iniquity. Ibid. P.65-67).
The Baptist churches actually emerged from the history of the churches of Christ, called “non-conformists”, when they accepted Calvinism and the name “Baptist”. Yet, the Baptist churches claim their history started with Helwys, who supposedly established them. Yet, churches of Christ existed before, with, and after Helwys, and these churches taught him and baptized him. Let us all simply be Christians and members of the Church of Jesus Christ. Thomas Helwys’ words of reformation and restoration stand to compel the Baptists to reconsider what their preachers are teaching.
- Our Protective Father (dailybibleplan.com)
He prepares a place for us in His heart and His home, He gives us wings and allows us to escape the enemy through His Word, and He saves us from eternal destruction.
- Constantine and Christendom: Glory or Calamity? | Catholic Lane (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com)
Today we will see how the church became allied (sometimes, anyway) with the state, and how armed resistance to the state is also sometimes allowed under our doctrines. All of this as well as much more come from Constantine, who provides one of the major turning points in Christianity.
Here we see the beginning of the Church Militant, and the beginning of Christendom as we understand it. We have spoken here of the importance of this to western civilization.
At first, Christians found it hard to adjust to this radical transformation. In the end they found it impossible to discern the divine will without reference to salvation history. Our ancestors in the Faith had to take divine Providence as it actually transpired, not as one might suppose the Great Helmsman of history could more fortuitously have steered the course of events. Proud minds ready to second-guess God wonder why the Divinity did not stop Christians from having recourse to the sword; or why God let the Church be sullied by immersion in power politics. Such thinking overlooks Isaiah 55:9: “For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.” Only in that context can we understand the ways of Divine Providence. Otherwise it is incomprehensible that from the days of Pontius Pilate until Diocletian and Galerius the Beast, we suffered upon the cross of persecution. And then, during the dominion of Christendom, the not infrequent burden for believers was to labor under the hypocrisy of ostensibly Catholic rulers. And so we went from tyrants who persecuted us, to rulers who deceived us. How could such a mix of misfortunes have come to pass?
- October 27, 312 – Constantine’s Conversion (gentlereformation.org)
Saturday, October 27, 2012 marks the 1700th anniversary of Constantine’s conversion. Anniversaries help us to remember what God has done and to give thanks for his wondrous acts for his people. Why should we celebrate this day? Born in about 280, Constantine was crowned Caesar in York, Britain by his troops in 306 upon the death of his father. He controlled Britain, France, and Spain, and would soon vie for supremacy in the west with his rival, Maxentius, who controlled Italy and North Africa.
- A corruption of Faith (lunaticoutpost.com)
Christianity was first classed as Christianity in 44 AD in a place called Antioch in Syria, 11 years after Jesus death. There were no set guidelines for the faith; this Christianity was starting to differ from the Nazarene teachings. As the new religion spread over the lands they each adopted their own customs. This lead to a very chaotic, and differing religion. For many generations over the period of a few hundred years Christians were persecuted with great zeal as we shall see in due course. It was not until Constantine the Great relaxed the laws in 313 AD did the tides start to change for the Christians, for better or worse. Later in 397 AD the New Testaments were selected and confirmed by the Bishops.
Only 27 documents were selected and approved for use in the canonical works, these were subjected to much editing, in favour of the interests of the Roman Empire and Church. In this editing they managed to eclipse many of the original beliefs that was more suited to their vestment, one major factor was that the rights of the woman were omitted, sadly.
In AD 314 Constantine introduced the Omnipotent God and to deal with the anomalies (truths) of doctrine he replaced them with aspects of pagan sun worship traditions.
- St. Constantine the Great (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
Constantine then shared rule of the Empire with Licinius Licinianus, exerting his considerable influence upon his colleague to secure the declaration of Christianity to be a free religion. When, however, Licinius and Constantine launched a persecution of the Christians, Constantine marched to the East and routed his opponent at the battle of Adrianople. Constantine was the most dominating figure of his lifetime, towering over his contemporaries, including Pope Sylvester I.
- Constantine and charlemagne (slideshare.net)
- How I View Christ & the Scriptures (daviddflowers.com)
I believe Scriptureshould be read using aChristocentric hermeneutic (interpretation). This means that Christ is not only the center of the salvific story told in the Scriptures, but that all Hebrew perceptions of God in the OTshould be understood in light of Christ, thefinal self-revelation of God.To affirm that the OT is inspired isn’t to say that the Hebrews saw God in his fullness, or that all portions of Scripture are equally authoritative (e.g. Canaanite genocide, imprecatory psalms, nationalism, levitical laws, etc.).
- The Meaning of “Holy Tradition” [By Dr. Guy Freeland (Lecturer in Liturgical Studies and Hermeneutics at St Andrew’s Theological College Sydney) Source: The Greek Orthodox Youth of Australia in Dialogue 2 (1986): 98-105.] (modeoflife.org)
Holy Tradition carries the past along with it, but it always relates to, operates within or perhaps, in a special sense, even constitutes the present. Holy Tradition is only, and can only be discerned through the operation of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, working in the body of the Church in the here and now.
Another common usage of “tradition”, is where the word is used of this or that cultural element or custom of a given people, peoples or institution of some actual or supposed antiquity. If we talk of the traditions of the legal profession, say, then we are probably talking of such practices as the wearing of gowns and wigs by judges and barristers or over-indulgence at bar dinners. In the same vein we talk of school or service traditions. We also frequently refer to folklore ceremonies and customs as traditions. Again “tradition” in this sense has penetrated the ecclesiastical domain. Orthodox are very prone to label almost anything which hasn’t obviously only been introduced within living memory as “traditional”.