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Regent University BIBL 111: Intro to Christian Hist/Thght Professor Jessica Charney The Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople, and Chalcedon May 26, 2017 Jessica Charney 6/1/17 12:54 PM Comment: MissingsomeAPAformattingfor TitlePageSeethislinkformoreinfo: 560/01/
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Introduction The purpose of the Ecumenical Councils of the fourth and fifth centuries was to get a clear understanding of the deity of Jesus Christ. During this time there was still a lot of confusion on the relationship between Jesus and God. A lot of false teaching was being taught and the church was falling way from the teachings of the apostles. The apostles taught on the importance of the church being in unity, the intention of these meetings was to help the church to become united again. In this paper I will be discussing the differences between the councils of Nicaea, Constantinople and Chalcedon, and the differences that they had on the deity of Jesus The Council of Nicea: The Council of Nicea was formed to deal with the teachings of Arius. Arius believe the Father was greater than the Son and that the Holy Spirit was the least important of the three (Lane, 2006, p.28). In 324 Constantine became Emperor of East and West. Constantine called on the Council of Neicea to discuss these matters in June of 325. The Council consisted of about 220. After discussing the matters that were brought to the Council they condemned Arius and created an anti-Aryan Creed. Some things that Arius believed were that Jesus Christ was created by the Father out of nothing. He believed that the Father is the true God and that Jesus Christ is “begotten not made , “Jesus Christ is of one substance with the father” ( Lane, 2006 , p. 29). Some of Arius
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