They all agreed that Jesus was a good man, and a good teacher. Very few believed that Jesus was God.
Christians were evenly divided. Some believed that Jesus was God, while others considered Him merely a good moral teacher. At the Council of Nicea in the year 325, the view that "Jesus is God" just barely won.
From the beginning, Christians clearly understood that Jesus is God. Centuries later, some members of the Church began to question the divinity of Jesus, but their view was overwhelmingly rejected at the Council of Nicea in the year 325.
During the first three centuries of the Church, it was very rare for Christians to discuss either the humanity or the deity of Christ.
In the Old Testament, in one of the first five books of the Bible, during the time of Moses and Israel
In the Old Testament, in one of the prophetic books, after Moses had already died
In the first four books of the New Testament, in one of the Gospels
In the New Testament, in one of Peter's epistles
God prohibited the making of any graven images. It was forbidden to create statues of God, angels, men, or animals, for any reason whatsoever.
God prohibited graven images in the temple, but He permitted statues to be made for secular, non-religious use.
God freely permitted golden statues to be made of angels and animals, but it was forbidden to make images of God, because God did not yet exist in any physical form.
God freely permitted golden statues to be made of everything, including animals, men, angels, and God himself.
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Over 100 years later
This practice was started by the Roman Catholic Church during the 4th century, after the Roman Emperor Constantine came to power.
Some sections of the Church had bishops, priests, and deacons during the 3rd century, nearly 100 years before the birth of Constantine.
The Church had bishops, priests, and deacons from the 1st century onward. This practice began while the apostles were still alive.
In the early Church, the words "bishop" and "priest" originally meant the same thing. They did not become separate offices until many centuries later.
Most early Christians believed that these books were good and holy, but that they should not be included in the Bible.
Most early Christians believed these books to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, and they accepted these books as part of Holy Scripture.
Most early Christians rejected these books outright. They considered them to be false writings, corrupted by the Devil.
Most early Christians had very little interest in Scripture.
From the very beginning, Christians have always agreed that Jesus came to save us from the wrath of God. God the Father is angry at us because we have sinned, and we deserve to be punished forever in Hell. But instead of punishing us, God punished His Son on the cross, so that we could go to Heaven.
The Early Church believed that mankind was in bondage to the Devil, and that Jesus came in order to destroy the works of the Devil. When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He conquered Death, Hell, and the Devil, and Christ's victory has made it possible for us to enter Heaven.
In the early centuries, Christians believed that Christ's main purpose was to live a life of love, and to set a good example for us to follow.
Early Christians were divided over salvation theories, just as they are today. Some of them believed Jesus came to save us from God's wrath, some of them believed Jesus came to free us from the Devil, and others believed that Jesus came to set a good moral example for everyone to follow.
The apostle Paul started the Church in Antioch. Initially, it was just a collection of non-denominational house churches without any clergy at all. Eventually, a small number of local pastors were recognized. The Catholic hierarchy of bishops, priests, and deacons did not develop until hundreds of years later, during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Constantine.
The apostles Paul and Peter both helped start the Church in Antioch. During the time of the apostles, the Church of Antioch was governed by bishops, priests, and deacons, and it has continued to be run in the same way for the past 2000 years. History has recorded the name of every man who has been the bishop of Antioch, from the days of the apostles until the present.
The Church in Antioch was not started by any apostle. It was started by regular Christians who had left Jerusalem to avoid being persecuted by the Jews. It was always a Spirit-led congregation without any distinction between clergy and laity. The hierarchy of "bishops, priests, and deacons" never became very popular in Antioch.
Jesus started the Church in Antioch himself, during the 40-day period He was on earth after His resurrection. In Antioch, Jesus appeared to over 500 people, and He told them to start a Church. Jesus implemented a congregational form of democratic Church government, and He never permitted any sort of hierarchy to control the Church.
Yes, in the earliest days of the Church, Christians made statues and paintings of Jesus, the apostles, and other notable Christians.
Paintings were made of the apostles, but none were made of Jesus.
Early Christians made no paintings of people, but they did use some religious symbolism. The fish symbol and simple drawings of the cross were common.
No, early Christians absolutely prohibited religious art.