Does it bother you that the divinity of Jesus was decided by a vote by bishops?
Yes I was talking about the Council of Necea. For those Christians who do not know, this is part of what happened at that Council taken from gotquestions.org (a Christian site) (thx for the site CS):
"The main theological issue and focus had always been about Christ. Since the end of the Apostolic Age and beginning of the Church Age, saints began questioning, debating, fighting, and separating over the question, “Who is the Christ?” Is He more divine than human or more human than divine? Is the Father the One and only True God, or are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit the One true God? Once the Nicea Council meeting was underway Constantine demanded that the 300 bishops make a decision by majority vote defining who Jesus Christ is. The bishops voted to make the full deity of Christ the accepted position for the church."
Asked by Anonymous at 9:46 AM on Jul. 22, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by hot-mama86 at 6:47 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
Jesus' opponents sought to kill him because he "called God his Father, making himself equal with God" (John 5:18).
When quizzed about how he has special knowledge of Abraham, Jesus replies, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58), invoking and applying to himself the personal name of God-"I Am" (Ex. 3:14). His audience understood exactly what he was claiming about himself. "So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple" (John 8:59).
In John 20:28, Thomas falls at Jesus' feet, exclaiming, "My Lord and my God!" And Paul tells us that Jesus chose to be born in humble, human form even though he could have remained in equal glory with the Father, for he was "in the form of God" (Phil. 2:6).
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 12:22 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 12:26 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
Constantine had called the Council together to settle a dispute that had arisen when a priest from Egypt named Arius began to deny that Jesus was God, causing a scandal by repudiating the faith of Christians everywhere. Arius gained a number of followers (known as Arians) and the controversy between the Arians and traditional Christians grew so sharp that the emperor called the Council to settle the matter. Personally, Constantine tended to support the position of the Arians, but he recognized the authority of the bishops in articulating the Christian faith, and the bishops of the Council reaffirmed the traditional Christian teaching that Jesus was fully divine. ...
Answer by flatlanderjenn at 12:25 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
Answer by LindyCam at 9:56 AM on Jul. 22, 2010
Answer by micheledo at 9:55 AM on Jul. 22, 2010
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 9:22 PM on Jul. 22, 2010
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 9:25 PM on Jul. 22, 2010