Hence the professors of low superstitions, of mysteries, of magic, of astrology, were the outlaws of society, and were in a condition analogous, if the comparison may be allowed, to smugglers or poachers among ourselves, or perhaps to burglars and highwaymen.
Saint Athanasius says of him that "his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. God became man that man might become god.
It is a gross superstition; it is charged with the foulest crimes; it is despised by the intellect of the day; it is frightful to the imagination of the many. These words are nowhere to be found in the Greek of the New Testament. The Norman Conquest of England was a considerable achievement for that age.
Other paintings and pictures followed, as well as statues and images of our Messiah with sun-rays or a nimbus sun- disc about His head.
If I was born on a Sunday, I would not think of keeping my birthday on a Sunday every year. Did early Christians teach a physical resurrection? We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
He labored tirelessly to establish the Orthodox Faith, for, though his father had been a Christian, many of the people were still pagan.
Such, again, were those degenerate children of a divine religion, who, in the words of their Creator and Judge, "compassed sea and land to make one proselyte," and made him "twofold more the child of hell than themselves.
Thus says the Lord God who established the heavens, and founded the earth and all that is therein, and gives breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein. The fourth century Catholic apologist and teacher Lactantius wrote: It was a dangerous enemy to any power not built upon itself; he felt it, and the event justified his apprehension.
And some non-Church of God scholars do understand that the original Christians did not accept the immortality of the soul, but taught the resurrection of the body.
Excerpted from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 1. The dead know nothing Ecclesiastes 9: And yet they do not by this very means advance their minds to the idea of some good therein hidden; they allow not themselves to conjecture more rightly, they choose not to examine more closely.
And for this reason will we maintain it, not by one casual argument only, but by as many as we are able Most importantly, he prepared a Russian-language edition of the Philokalia which had a deep impact upon Russian spiritual life. These precious values were not given to any nation, but to Israel.
Now it must be granted that, in some respects, this view of Christianity depended on the times, and would alter with their alteration. The Jews had earned imperial toleration on account of the great antiquity of their faith. And God himself, whom Constantine worshipped, has confirmed this truth by the clearest manifestations of his will, being present to aid him at the commencement, during the course, and at the end of his reign, and holding him up to the human race as an instructive example of godliness.
His meanness was unlimited and his rapacity insatiable. He was given a deadly poison to drink, prepared by a sorcerer named Theonas. Since the finding of her relics, Pope after Pope has shown her public honor and fostered a personal devotion to her.
Then suddenly violating every engagement, and again beseeching pardon by embassies, yet after all shamefully violating his word, he at last declared open warand with desperate infatuation resolved thenceforward to carry arms against God himself, whose worshiper he knew the emperor to be.
When she refused to deny Christ, the Prefect had her handed over to a brothel; but everyone who attempted to violate her was mysteriously prevented, and one especially vicious and lewd attacker was miraculously struck dead. Would it not be possible to gather all the different nationalities around his altars?
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Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. The Diocletianic or Great Persecution was the last and most severe persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. Inthe Emperors Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius, and Constantius issued a series of edicts rescinding Christians' legal rights and demanding that they comply with traditional religious practices.
Later edicts targeted. Section 1. The Church of the First Centuries. The primâ facie view of early Christianity, in the eyes of witnesses external to it, is presented to us in the brief but vivid descriptions given by Tacitus, Suetonius, and Pliny, the only heathen writers who distinctly mention it for the first hundred and fifty years.
The name of the glorious Virgin and Martyr, Saint Philomena, is not as well known as it should be. One reason is that many of the Saints' from the catacombs era were removed from the Liturgical calendar in the upheaval of Vatican II.
Read National Sunday Law book written by Jan Marcussen which tells how the Sabbath was changed to Sunday. EPITOME OF BOOK II.
CHAP. IPHILOSTORGIUS falsely relates, that after the general council and the recantation of the Eusebians, and their open return to the orthodox faith, the emperor Constantine punished them, because, while they subscribed to the Homoousian faith, they entertained sentiments at variance with it, 1 6 and on the other .Download