Some of the most important writings of the Apostolic Age were those of the new testament and the Apocryphal writings. These apocryphal writings resembled the New Testament writings, and many of them fell into the literary categories of gospel, acts, letters, and apocalypse’s. These writings did not belong neither to the New Testament canon nor did the writings recognize any of the fathers of the church. Some of the documents were written for initiates in groups such as the Gnostics. For the groups that claimed knowledge derived from a secret tradition, the works were genuinely apocryphal, which means, “books kept hidden.” Others were written for open and general use in the churches of which their authors were members. Many of these simply failed to become accepted as part of the orthodox canon of the Bible.
There are many different views toward Christians. From an intellectual point of view, Christians agree with others as far as to follow Christ, and many have viewed them as a people who believe in the divine inspiration of the entire Bible and that this bible is sufficient enough to guide us in the right direction concerning all of our matters of faith. They view us (myself being a Catholic) as a people who believe that the moral principles of Jesus are the absolute truth, and that the New Testament must be our only guide in religious faith. On the other hand, there are those who view Christians.
On the other hand, There were those who had sworn that Christians were atheists. They claimed that Christians were Atheist because they did not worship traditional religion. People actually believed that Christians supported no religion at all and were nothing other than non believers. They had also claimed that Christians practiced incest among one another because of their family gatherings at dinner time. Although not everyone believed these stories, they were still spread throughout many of the religious communities.
In the beginning of IV century Arius announced that the Father is the only one veritable God, and the Son is His creation. Son was created from nothing, but He has an advantage over the other people, because He was created before time and centuries. Arius teaching is one of the forms of subordination, – a teaching about subordination of the Son to the Father, and the Saint Spirit to the Son. ...
The celebrations and the belief in the real, physical presence of Christ in the Eucharist grew from the teachings of the evangelists and St. Paul. They made it plain to the apostolic Church that the Eucharistic elements were literally Jesus Christ continuing His saving mission among men. The Eucharist celebrations began because of the Christians devotion and faith of the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The celebration of the Eucharist is founded on our Catholic doctrine and it is grounded on the solid rock of our Christian revelation. It was founded on our doctrine, and it rests on the solid truth of our revealed faith.
As far as the characteristics of the Church were concerned with Ireneus, he was a bit of a militant that was against any form of organization. Also, his life history, which was to serve the Lord, consisted of much manifestation in the Holy Spirit. His churches in France were known to have the gifts of the Spirit among them, for this Church, the saints raised the dead, and healed the sick by the prayer of faith. He felt that there would be danger to the church if it consisted of any kind of organized brotherhood among the elders, pastors etc. He stood solid for a unified, Spirit-filled, gift-manifesting local church. And he felt that God had honored him for the power of God manifested among the saints. Since Ireneus was the disciple of Polycarp, who in turn was the disciple of Saint John, it would be safe to assume that he had as perfect teaching as is possible on the matters of Church.
One of the steps that took that would indicate the movement from religious freedom to state religion was the Battle of at the Milvian Bridge which involved Constantine. The reason that this was one of the steps was because Constantine basically had his mind set on attempting to ‘universalize’ Monotheism. It wasn’t until he claimed that there was a “miraculous intervention” at the Milvian Bridge in which he had seen ” a glowing cross in the sky with the words, in this sign you will conquer,” that he had decided to bear the signs of Christ and win the Civil war. With this in mind, Constantine and Licinius had agreed upon allowing religious freedom amongst the people. In the year 313, the two came into conflict with one another which resulted in the assassination of Licinius. It was from this point forward that Constantine sought to expand the Christian Empire and structure it as the states religion.
Scholars do not operate in a vacuum, but within the frameworks of their communities, traditions, commitments, and beliefs. Their scholarship, even when specialized, develops within a larger picture of reality. So we must ask: What is in that larger picture Is there a place for God If so, does God's presence make any difference to the rest of the picture Does that presence change the relative ...
It seems as if Hilarion had brought the Egyptian tradition of monasticism to Palestine. He had been a disciple of Anthony and, in turn, the monastic life in Palestine developed according to tradition. At the beginning of the fourth century domestic forms of monasticism arose in Mesopotamia. These were known as the “Sons of the Covenant.” These members were celibate but they were not considered to be monks. Monasticism seems to have come to Greece from the east. St. Basil had brought the monastic life to Greece after visiting the monks in Egypt and Syria. He had formulated the Rule of St. Basil which a tough but ideal discipline. The monks that lived in these monasteries of St. Basil, worked in the fields, cut wood, cut stones and cultivated their own personal religion. They did not make vows. At the end of their stay with the monastery, they made a vow of chastity, but there were no other vows. This was the beginning of monasticism where those involved would basically abandon everything they had and believed for the kingdom of God.
The formation of the creed came from the fact that we acknowledge one supreme and infinite God. We also acknowledge His Son, Jesus Christ whom was created as a man in God’s own image and likeness. We as Christians understand that the death and the resurrection of Christ was so that we may understand and enjoy eternal life. Christians believe in acknowledging the crucifixion and in hope that we will endure the same mind as Christ. Christians express their confessions of faith and believe that Christ is the word of God made in human flesh. These are several of the beliefs and acknowledgments that led to the formation of our creed.
One of the three fathers of church are John Chrysostom, and one of his famous quotes would be “A strange and most glorious mystery do I see.” A second father of the church would be Basil. One of his most famous quotes were, “teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge.” And of course a third father of the church would be Ambrose of Milan. One of his quotes were that “the world belongs to everyone, not just to the rich.”
email: title: Once Saved, Always Saved " You are saved until you sin again," the preacher tells the new convert. Such words can cause a new Christian to have fear of failing and can cause him other to feel like quitting the Christian walk. Jesus Christ has promised that once people ask Him to live in their hearts, they will receive eternal life. Jesus died on the cross for Christian " s sins one ...