Once upon a time, long before the Catholic Church became liberal and pacifist…

The day St. Nicholas punched Arius the heretic, in the face!

During the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea (AD 325), Arius was called upon to defend his position on the inferiority of Christ. Saint Nicholas just couldn’t listen to all of Arius’ nonsense and so he stood up and laid in to Arius with his fist.

It gets better!

The Church and the Development of Doctrine

Jesus Christ, who we all know to be, the Son of GOD, and therefore a divine person, began His humble life in His human form, His human nature, as a little helpless baby, just like the rest of us. He needed his mother and his foster father, St. Joseph, just like we needed our mother and father, to feed us and tend to our needs. Jesus grew and advanced in wisdom and age (Luke 2:52) just like we all do. It is said that the ‘Creator of the Universe’ was taught how to make furniture by St. Joseph, as Jesus became a carpenter too. Jesus later became the ‘Bridegroom’ (Matt 9:15) and the Church which He founded in Matt 16:18 became His ‘Bride’. Jesus had shown us the humble, infant beginning of the Bridegroom, the facts that He matured in growth, learned, and gained in wisdom. But what about the Bride?

Now, some try to show that the ‘Bride’ started as an adult from birth. They look at the Catholic Church of today and try to equate it to the ‘infant’ Church which Jesus Christ founded, by looking at the ‘Bride’ as fully grown and matured from the very beginning. I actually received an inquiry as to why Peter cannot be found in the book of Revelation, named as the first Pope. Another asked me to show him the Immaculate Conception (defined in 1854) in Scripture (the last book of Scripture was written about 95-100 A.D.). Questions like this abound and few fundamentalists can accept the fact that the Church actually had an infancy.

By the way, who or what is the Church? The Church is all of us. We are the body, and Jesus Christ is the head (Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:24). Like any body we grow and increase in wisdom, and must be fed, both bodily and spiritually.

A newborn baby, being not ready for solid food as of yet, has to be fed with milk. So too, the infant ‘Bride’ Church, had to be fed with milk…”I fed you with milk, not with solid food, for you were not yet ready for it (1Cor 3:2).” It takes awhile for the mind and the body to become accustomed to this new Christian environment. The Bride had to advance in age and wisdom by taking one step at a time, just like the Bridegroom, or like a little baby learning to walk.

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Wasn’t The First Council of Nicaea where most of Jesus and his relationship with his father defined by man?

Q: Wasn’t The First Council of Nicaea where most of Jesus and his relationship with his father defined by man?

A: The main thing the Council of Nicea confirmed was that Jesus was co-eternal and co-equal (as true God) with God the Father.

All of this had been clearly understood (at least) since Pentecost, and had already been a universally accepted part of church doctrine for some 300 years.

Councils typically convene in order to confirm or reaffirm already existing truths of the faith. Rarely do they come up with anything new.

The same is true regarding the Gospels.

All the books and letters of the New Testament have been widely used and accepted by the whole church since shortly after they were written.

Only those writings that were authentic, and that were indeed universally accepted, “made the cut”.

In case you haven’t noticed, it was Jesus, at the Last Supper, who gave us the basic liturgy for Sunday Mass, and it was Jesus who commanded us to remember him in that way.

The Church decided on Sunday as the universal feast day … the eternal observance of Christ’s death and resurrection … our Christian Passover and Sabbath rest … and it did so according to the authority that Jesus personally gave to the apostles and to the Church, while he still walked the earth … not to mention the constant guidance and advocacy of the Holy Spirit … as the Church’s arbiter of all divine truth.

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The closer you look at Catholic theology and philosophy, the better it gets.

Corruption? Even Jesus had his Judas … and Judas constituted about 8% of the priesthood of that time. Plus … all the other apostles ran and hid … save John.

That ought to tell you something very important about the Catholic Church … about some of the sinful and fallible people who run it … and about the truth.

Mat 16:17 And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.