posted on Dec, 4 2013 @ 09:59 PM
Most people are familiar with the red and white clad merry old elf who delivers presents to all the kiddies on Christmas. A Few know that he was
really a 4th century Catholic bishop who dropped gold coins in the windows of the needy late at night. Very few know that in his time he was known for
something else; delivering a mean left hook to another bishop at an ecumenical council. It wasn't until much later in history that he became known for
all the stuff we're familiar with today, back in his own time he was just the badass who punched out Arius at the council.
It all started when Arius started preaching, saying that Jesus was not divine and was just a regular person who was maybe just possessed by the spirit
of Christ. Arius gathered a following but, other bishops had a more orthodox understanding of Jesus' divinity. The Church was breaking into factions
and in 325, Constantine called a council in Nicaea to debate the matter and finally figure out which side was right.
When Arius got up to make his case, Nicholas didn't take it too well.
St Peter's List
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.
The Emperor Constantine and the bishops present at the Council were alarmed by Nicholas’ act of violence against Arius. They immediately stripped
Nicholas of his office as a bishop by confiscating the two items that marked out a man as a Christian bishop: Nicholas’ personal copy of the Gospels
and his pallium (the vestment worn by all bishops in the East).
Things weren't looking good for ole' St Nick right then but, that night in his prison cell he received a couple of very special visitors.
However, after Nicholas was deposed, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary visited Nicholas who was being held in a prison cell for
his fist-fight with the heretic.
Our Lord Jesus Christ asked Saint Nicholas, “Why are you here?” Nicholas responded, “Because I love you, my Lord and my God.”
Christ then presented Nicholas with his copy of the Gospels. Next, the Blessed Virgin vested Nicholas with his episcopal pallium, thus restoring him
to his rank as a bishop.
After receiving such a hearty endorsement from the Big Man Himself, the emperor and the bishops at the council had no choice but to reinstate
Nicholas as a bishop in full good standing at the council. After that, Arius and his new teachings didn't stand a chance; the divinity of Christ won
So remember; St Nick may be keeping that list of who's naughty and who's nice but, he also keeps a list of those who really piss him off.
If you thought getting a lump of coal in your stocking for Christmas was bad, you don't know the half of it. So remember folks, if you want to keep
your teeth for Christmas day, whatever you do, DO NOT deny the divinity of Christ. St Nick is watching after all...
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