I thought I’d repost this. It was fun the first time around and we all need to be reminded – or taught.
The Church made Jesus ‘God’? Seriously?
Oh, yes, they did; and it happened like this…
“I don’t care one Iota…”
Want to know where this phrase came from?
In the days of yore…which is before, your day, my day, them were the days, youth day, chrimbo day, Mother’s day, Father’s day; In fact, even before Days of our Lives. (Trust me on this.)
Well, around the 4th Century when the Christian church was hard at work inventing a religion there was a heresy called Arianism. It was started by a church presbyter called Arius who claimed and taught that Jesus was not of the same substance (stuff) as God; that Jesus was not truly divine divine like the god God ( him of Yahweh fame who smitted everyone and because he loved them so much flooded the Earth and annihilated humanity except for one soon to be Incestuous family) but merely divine in a created being sort of way; sent from Heaven by God.
God the Father is a Deity and is divine and the Son of God is not a Deity but divine (I, the LORD, am Deity alone. Isaiah 46:9).
Oh, and in case people of the fundamentalist variety give you stick about this you can merely quote them their stupid little book as Arianism is largely derived from the Gospel of John and what Jesus himself ( he wasn’t a Himself yet) said….
This belief is grounded in the Gospel of John (14:28)” passage: “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
Now many folk believed this and it became quite popular. So popular in fact that the orthodox church wanted it stamped out ASAP as it reduced Jesus to a demigod and thus Christianity was little more than polytheism. Couldn’t have that, no sir! Anyhow, at the Council of Nicea, 325, called by everybody’s favourite genuine Christian, Constantine the Great, Arianism was declared a heresy and the Orthodox Mob issued their own creed which states that the Son (JC) is homoosiun to Partri (“of one substance of the Father”) thus declaring that he is all that the father is: completely Divine. Had to, I guess, otherwise Christianity would have soon gone for a burton. Shame really, but there you go.
So, sorted right? Wrong. Arianism would not lie down and die and its adherents regrouped and lobbied Constantius who once he became sole emperor in 350 pretty much crushed the Nicene party. Good for them right? Too true! But you can’t keep a good myth under a bushel or whatever they say and eventually after much to-ing and fro-ing, the Arian persecution by emperor Valens, the Orthodox Mob consolidated and Emperor Theodosius I (he that made Christianity the one and only religion allowed in the Empire) In 381 at the second ecumenical council of Nicea helped ensure that Arianism was proscribed and a statement of faith, The Nicene Creed , was issued.
In February he ( Theodosius )and Gratian had published an edict that all their subjects should profess the faith of the bishops of Rome and Alexandria (i.e., the Nicene faith), or be handed over for punishment for not doing so.
And they all lived happily ever after…..let the fun
And they did…..
It’s interesting to note that the Vandals were Arian Christians and this became a bit of a problem later on. You can imagine how confused and perplexed they were after turning up on Rome’s doorstep inquiring, ‘Cooee, is the kettle on?’ to find they had been doing it all wrong for several decades. Who knew, right?
Here’s a very interesting read on that very subject
So the iota? Well, there was also another crowd who adhered to Semi –Arianism. Really, I’m not joking. These lot, however, admitted that the Son (JC) was “like”(homoiousios) the Father but not of one substance. (homoousios) with him.
This doctrinal controversy, revolved around two words distinguished by a single iota (ι), gave rise to the popular expression: “It makes not one iota of difference”.
So, Christians, other religious types and normal people, now you know how Jesus became God. Because it was written down, and it is as simple as that.
Don’t say The Ark doesn’t teach you things?
Here endeth the lesson.
originally posted as I don’t care one Iota.