The purpose of this thread is to clear up a fallacy that many of us take as truth.....
OK so I started a thread yesterday to get some answers from Intelligent christians on what I see as major discrepencies within Christianity.
Im pleased to say I found quite a few (a couple nuff nuffs as well) and I look forward to continuing the discussion with one in particular.
I asked them to answer 5 questions for me and one of them was this
1) have you heard of the council of Nicea? what do you think of it?
Now I feel the need to point out here that I had heard of tthe Council of Nicea long before Dan Brown came along, Ive been fascinated by Religion and
Mythology since I was a child and I had read extensively on the foundations of christianity and the early church.
While I dont remember names and dates linked to events and had a great grasp of the general bigger picture and something I took as "gospel" truth was
that at the council of Nicea the books of the Bible were chosen from 100's of potential sources................. Feck me dead it turned out I was
I was so confident in this knowledge that I didnt even bother to google it coz I "knew" it was right. I ended up in an argument with a guy over the
validity of my statement. Over the course of about 10 back and forward posts he came back with a link to a christian website saying the council of
Nicea had nothing to do with the bible.Let me tell you I actually laughed out loud and told him he was an idiot for using a christian website as a
source as it was obviously biased. After a few others chimed in and said that he was right I thought maybe I should look into it
Heres one of the sources I found that isnt christian based but if you ggogle council of nicea and bible youll find plenty more
What was discussed at the council of Nicea
The main topic of the meeting was the question of whether or not Jesus and god were one in purpose or one in person with the one in person side
when I couldnt find a reference that suited my argument I was somewhat distressed as I normally have a great memory for this sort of stuff and could
distinctly remember reading it somewhere that the bible was made at that council, I have an extensive library on religion back home so i called my
mother today and for about 90 min made her go through my books while I was on the phone with her.
This is the closest I could find to something that would support my argument
" The creed was used by church leaders as a guide to what teachings were divine and which were heretical. This lead to suppression and in some cases
even death to those who didnt follow its decision. The creed set the stage for deciding which of the many texts that existed in early christendom were
to be used in the bible"
So there you have it, they didnt decide the books they decided what was acceptable christian theology/dogma.
Now I normally enjoy finding out I was wrong on something as it means I just learnt something new but in this circumstance it wasnt that great.
the above quote combined with reading the da vinci code one too many times lead me to make an absolute D!ck of myself and as of now I have made a
decision to boycott Dan Brown (at least till his next book comes out, say what you like about him but his books are a great read)
While I admit I was wrong in that they didnt compile a bible at the council the Nicean creed was effectively used from then on to decide what was
acceptable christianity and what wasnt which lead to alot of censorship and book burning. Not long after the council a Bishop sent a compilation of
works he thought appropriate and good for the furtherence of chrisendom to Emperor Constantine who in turn made 50 copies and had them distributed
throughout his empire. This compilation (with some additions and edits over the years) is the bible we have today.
So its definative, to all who thought like me (and I know theres lots of us) we were wrong, we were suckered in by fiction and then spouted it as
So anyway there are 3 morals to this story
1) before you start a thread or get into an argument be sure you have your facts straight
2) boycott Dan Brown (at least till his next book comes out)
3) dont argue with christians coz nowadays they not only have the bible but they also got google
p.s please no haters, Ive had my a$$ handed to me enough times in the past 24 hours LOL
edit on 17-5-2011 by IkNOwSTuff because: (no reason