January 12: Christian Anti-Semitism – Constantine

Constantine, often called “The Great” was a Roman emperor in the 4th century (306 to 337 AD).  He strengthened the empire Constantine through many administrative, financial, social, and military reforms.  But he also enacted many religious changes which widened and solidified the gap between Christians and Jews.

 

Constantine is considered to be the first Christian Roman emperor, evidenced by his “Edict of Milan” in 313-314. Although there remained influences from his pagan background and his culture, he did believe that the well-being of the Empire was dependent on God through the prayers (only) of the Christian church.

 

Renounce the lie

God only hears the prayers of the Christian church.

 

Replace with God’s truth

So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:24-25 NKJV)

 

The Arch of Constantine, dedicated to his victory at the Battle of Melvin Bridge in 312. He and his men saw a vision, either of a sword or a cross, or both. He points to that as the time he became a Christian.

 

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