Nicaea I

Thursday, Sept. 15                             

By 318 A.D. Arianism had spread throughout the Empire.  Many churches were led by Arian bishops.  As it reached crisis proportions in 24, Constantine took action.  He called a council of bishops from all over the Empire to settle the issue. Bishops of both persuasions were there to defend their cause.  The main  issue was Arianism, but a few other issues were settled as well.  Interestingly enough, Arius did not have a vote in the proceedings, but was allowed to speak.  His chief opponent was a deacon from Alexandria, Athanasius, also without a vote.  Here we have two non-bishops squaring off against each other, attempting to convince a large contingent of bishops to get their doctrine straightened out.  Orthodox bishops presented Biblical truth so well that most of the Arian bishops renounced their Arian views.  The final document became known as the Nicene Creed, which was faithfully held to by the Church from that time on.  It was reinforced by the Council of Constantinople in 381.  It seemed to resolve the issue.  Arianism was officially condemned as a heresy, but Arianism didn’t go away.  Remnants of this heresy remained, and is still held by some sects in our world today.

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