The Crucifixion Of Christianity: The Nicene Creed
Christians worship one God and believe in a trinity of their God. The concept of a monotheistic religion wasn’t accepted in the pagan Roman Empire. Christian beliefs were insulting to the pagan polytheistic culture. Christians did not have legal rights in the state unless they professed belief and made sacrifices to the pagan Gods. As a result, Christians were persecuted in a penetrating and malicious way.
In 64 AD, Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for the great fire, he initiated, in …show more content…
In 325 AD, confrontations flared up among the Christians. Arius, a theologian and heretic, argued within the church that the trinity of God, Father and Holy Spirit were not equal. The Arian Controversy led Constantine to convene a council with the Bishops, called Council of Nicaea. Through this Council, it was eventually decided that the Son of God was the same as God the Father. Ultimately, The Nicene Creed, a prayer well known and recited in Catholic Churches to this day, was born. The belief in one God, one being with the father and the son has been made an official belief in the Christian faith and Arius’ argument is now considered heresy. Arius was ultimately cast out of the empire for his heretic beliefs. Thus, Constantine again, was an instrumental force in the formation of the Christian Faith we know today.
Without Constantine’s vision, his dream, his leadership in the Edict of Milan and his response to controversy by calling the Council of Nicaea, I believe Christianity would be vastly different and demised. Some scholars argue that Constantine wasn’t operating out of his faith in God, but was ambitiously following his own political agenda by using the Christian faith to further his career. Some scholars also believe that Christianity would have eventually expanded regardless, with or without Constantine’s