The, The Roman Empire, And Councils Of The Early Church

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Arius, the Roman Empire, and Councils of the Early Church Christianity came to a crossroads during the fourth century. Previously, there had been gaps in Church teaching, and so some people began to fill those gaps. One of those people was Arius. Arius was born in 256 A.D. in Libya, but moved to Alexandria, Egypt and became a presbyter there. He began to teach about Jesus as a creature created by God the Father, and so therefore not God. This was seen by many early Christians as a possibility, as there had not previously been any official teaching set, and many of them started to follow Arius. Though the Church experienced some struggle with this heresy, in the end it was made stronger because it was forced to set theological beliefs. The Christian Church was advanced in the fourth century through struggles with the Arian heresy, a drastic change in the Roman Empire, and the combination of the Empire and Church to combat heresy. Arius’ teaching called to question multiple beliefs of Christians that had not yet been established. First, Arius taught that God the Father is one, singular God.1 He derived this principle from the beliefs of Judaism, from which Christianity was born. According to Arius, God has some qualities that only he can possess2, making him uniquely alone and unequal to any other thing. One of those qualities possessed by God is that he is “ingenerate.” This means that he had no beginning in time: he always was. He is also perfect, which brings
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