January 14: Christian Anti-Semitism – Council of Nicea

Council of Nicaea

The Council of Nicaea[1], (325), was the first ecumenical council of the Christian church. It was called by the emperor Constantine1 who hoped this general council would denounce the heresy of “Arianism.” Arianism teaches that Christ is not divine but a created being. 

Although the Creed has undergone various modifications, it remains the universally accepted and recognized statements of the Christian faith.  The Creed is still part of many liturgical church services and states:

 “We believe in…. one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made; 

Another important decision of the Council was to separate the observance of Passover from the celebration of “Easter.”  Constantine’s hatred of anything “Jewish” caused this irony that separates the Church from the Biblical feasts which were fulfilled by the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua! 

Because Passover is determined by the Jews’ use of the lunar calendar, often the two holidays coincide. 

 

Renounce the lie

For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews…our worship follows a… more convenient course” (Constantine)

 

Replace with truth

Isaiah 66:22-23

“For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord,
“So shall your descendants and your name remain.
 And it shall come to pass
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.

 

[1] For more information:

https://www.gotquestions.org/Nicene-creed.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-28/325-first-council-of-nicea.html

 

 

 

Anti-Jewish rhetoric both in words, deeds and art work.

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