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Most Church historians will acknowledge that the Church went through a dark period with little recorded history at the close of the first century AD. History reveals Christianity again at the end of the second and beginning of the third century after Constantine had acknowledged Christianity as the official religion of the empire, but there were two very distinct groups. Some were Sabbath keeping Christians, but the majority was keeping Sunday and many other pagan traditions. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians (4:8-12) is evidence of that. The weak and beggarly elements that they were returning to was their former pagan traditions, not Jewish traditions. The Galatians were a religious people, and their pagan deities had numerous festivals and customs. It was those they were returning to! I suppose there were some false apostles who discovered the best way to sell a new religion was to repackage the old one by altering its manufactures’ instructions and sell it as new and improved.
During the second century of Christianity, Rome persecuted all Christians. Theological discrimination was not a problem! All Christians had the equal right to be tossed into the lion’s pit, burned at the stake, beheaded, or nailed to a pole. Be assured, that no matter what, those who fearlessly profess the name of Jesus Christ in the face of death are worthy of the Lamb. (Rev. 12:11) There were numerous sects with various doctrines within both main groups. Some were outright pagan but called themselves Christian. Religion is much the same now as then. Today, it is big business!
Major Corporations have a CEO and a Board of Directors. The Board meets to establish corporate policy and the CEO administers it. The Board may sometimes give the CEO infallible control of running the company. The current Universal Church (Catholic) is like a corporation. Its Board of Directors is the Council of Cardinals, the CEO is the Papacy, and the Pope is a mortal man that gets voted into the position. Its Board meetings are Ecclesiastical Councils that determine canon law for the church. From 325 AD to 1962 there have been 21 Catholic Councils. The first four approved doctrines that are a direct violation of the first four commandments. (Dan. 7:25)
Council of Nicaea (325 AD) This was the first council and was convened by Constantine. The time and day for keeping the Passover was changed. The idea and philosophy of the trinity doctrine was introduced, although not widely accepted. Constantine had made Sunday the official day of rest a civil law in 321 AD.
Council of Laodicea (364 AD) This council issued the famous decree that Christians should not Judaize by keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath, which is the fourth commandment. If Christians were found Judaizing, they were to be excommunicated and cut off from Christ. [How can men cut off from Christ those who are keeping his holy commandments? In their minds – killing them! (Dan. 7:24, 11:32-35; 2 Th. 2:3-12; Rev. 3:16-19, 12:11-17, 14:12, 16:8-9; Matt. 24:9-13, 15:7-9, 22:37-40; Jn. 14:14-15; Ex. 20:1-17; Is. 58:13-14, 66:23)]
Council of Constantinople (381 AD) This council adopted the final formula for the trinity doctrine that was later incorporated into the Athanasian Creed. From the time that the concept was first introduced there had been much controversy over the godhead and the nature of Christ. The Holy Spirit was given a separate entity status (personage) in order to make the God in Three Persons formula plausible. [The triad godhead in the Babylonian Mystery Religion was Ishtar, Sin, and Shemesh. Ishtar, the Goddess of fertility and rebirth could not be replaced with Mary Mother of God because it would have been too obvious. To whom are we to pray? (Mt. 6:5-13, Lk. 1:28, 42-43)]