Constantine’s Influence on Christianity

CONSTANTINE AND ROME CORRUPTED CHRISTIANITY 

Constantine’s Influence
on Christianity

Constantine’s reign as Roman emperor 
(A.D. 306-337) dramatically changed 
the direction of Christianity. This 
grew out of his strategy for unifying 
his empire by creating a “catholic”—
meaning universal —church that would 
blend elements from many religions 
into one.

The “Christianity” Constantine endorsed 
was different from that practiced by Christ 
and the apostles. The emperor accelerated 
the change by his own hatred of Jews.

Constantine himself said, “Let us then have 
nothing in common with the detestable Jewish 
crowd.” 
-(Eusebius, Life of Constantine 3, 18-19, 
Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 1979, 
second series, Vol. 1, pp. 524-525).

For example, at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325), 
church authorities essentially replaced the 
biblical Passover with Easter, a popular holiday 
rooted in ancient springtime fertility celebrations.

British historian Paul Johnson summarizes 
how Constantine’s approach of merging religious 
practices produced a corrupted Christianity 
that meshed paganism with biblical elements.

When we consider the vast differences between 
the mainstream Christianity of today and the 
original Christianity of Jesus Christ and the 
apostles, we can trace much of that change to 
Constantine and the religious system he put 
into power. 

“Constantine corrupted and perverted Christinaity
more than he aided it.  He was an ambitious and
superstitious Emperor who murdered his own 
kindred (his wife and son) while promoting 
Christianity.  He paganized Christianity while 
using it as a political tool to solidify his Empire.”
-Paganism Surviving in Christianity 
  By Abram Herbert Lewis
“The Control of Christianity by the State
Under Constantine and his Successors”
  Chapter X;   pg. 203

“The opening of the Fourth Century marks a 
new era in the process by which paganism
poisoned Christianity. Constantine turned
Christianity into a piece of political
machinery.” 
-Paganism Surviving in Christianity 
  By Abram Herbert Lewis
“The Control of Christianity by the State
Under Constantine and his Successors”
  Chapter X;   pg. 208

“Soon after the so-called conversion of
Constantine…the Church entered on its
Apostasy from the primitive simplicity 
and purity which marked its earlier
history.  Pagans in vast multitudes
pressed into the Christian Fold, 
bringing with them old practices 
and customs, and filling the places 
of Christian worship with the pageantry 
and ornaments which characterized the 
worship of the gods in heathen temples.  
These unconverted millions became only 
nominally Christian, impressing the 
doctrines, rites, and forms of pagan
religion upon the Christian Church.”
-The Old Catholic Church
by W.D. Killen D.D.;  pp.70-72
Edinburgh;  1871

“From the time of Constantine onward,
the worship of the Roman Catholic Church,
in its forms and ceremonies, has been 
more clearly identified with the paganism
of Ancient Rome, than with the religion 
of the New Testament.  The customs of 
pagan religion were only baptized with 
Christian names.”
-Paganism Surviving in Christianity 
  By Abram Herbert Lewis
“The Control of Christianity by the State
Under Constantine and his Successors”
  Chapter X;   pg. 210

“Constantine turned Christianity 
into a piece of political machinery.”

CONSTANTINE TURNED CHRISTIANITY INTO A  PIECE OF POLITICAL MACCHINERY 

 “Constantine turned Christianity into 
a piece of political machinery.” 
-Paganism Surviving in Christianity 
  By Abram Herbert Lewis
“The Control of Christianity by the State
Under Constantine and his Successors”
  Chapter X;   pg. 208

Constantine –
A Blood-thirsty Leader

“Constantine had no respect for human life, 
and as emperor he executed his eldest son, 
his own second wife, his favorite sister’s 
husband and ‘many others’ on doubtful charges.
He was also responsible for wholesale massacres 
in north Africa.”
– History of Christianity
  Johnson; (p.68)

“Constantine had a father-in-law, 
whom he commanded to be hung; 
he had a brother-in-law, 
whom he ordered to be strangled; 
he had a nephew twelve or thirteen 
years old, whose throat he ordered 
to be cut; he had an eldest son, 
whom he beheaded; he had a wife, 
whom he ordered to be suffocated 
in a bath.”
-Voltaire 
Philosophical Dictionary, 
article “Constantine”. 

These atrocious crimes were perpetrated 
after Constantine declared himself to be
a Christian.   This is the man who became
leader of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
This is the man who “legalized” Christianity
in the Roman Empire.  This is the leader
who voted for and established many of the
doctrines taught in the churches today.

Constantine presided at Church councils 
and worshipped the divinity of Christ,
as a doctrine that was decided upon by
the councils of Nicea that were political 
efforts to cement the pagans with the 
last vestiges of believing Christians.

It cannot be doubted that the character 
of Constantine deteriorated rather than 
improved under the influence of his form
of Christianity.

“Constantine pursued the great object 
of his ambition through the dark and bloody 
paths of war and policy; and, after the victory, 
he abandoned himself, without moderation, 
to the abuse of his fortune. He declined in 
the practice of virtue; and the same year 
of his reign in which he convened the Council 
of Nice was polluted by the execution, 
or rather murder, of his eldest son.”  
-The History of the Decline and Fall 
      of the Roman Empire
By Edward Gibbon, 1887, Chap. xx.

“Constantine never actually accepted 
Christianity…Constantine never totally 
abandoned Paganism…and was known to 
continue to worship pagan gods.
Even after his conversion, Constantine 
was well known for his brutality.”
-Constantine – The Making of a Saint
    by Andras Nagy

Constantine 
and The “Trinity”

“Christians claim to follow the teachings 
of the one they call Jesus Christ, but their 
traditions today are radically different 
than the original teachings of that man. 
The process of the development of Christianity 
is a long and complicated one, but there are 
a number of key influential figures who 
played a crucial role in it. While most 
are familiar with the names of the 12 apostles, 
they are usually unfamiliar with the one 
who claimed to be the 13th, Constantine 
the Great, the first Holy Roman Emperor.”
-The Thirteenth Disciple
Constantine and The Trinity
by Nozrem ha Brit

“It was Constantine who changed the day 
of worship from Saturday to Sunday, 
despite the fact that Jesus, and all of 
the apostles strictly observed the Sabbath 
on Saturday. His decision was influenced 
by the fact that Sun-Day was the Roman day
of worship of the Sun-God, Apollo.”
-The Thirteenth Disciple
Constantine and The Trinity
by Nozrem ha Brit

“Constantine decided that God was 
three-in-one based on the theologians 
Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine. 
Constantine convened the council of 
Nicaea in 325, in which the Creed 
outlined his version of the relationship 
between Jesus and the Father. It is 
unfortunate that the relationship of 
Constantine and his own son could not 
be so close, as while he was in the West 
he had his eldest son and friend, Crispus, 
and his wife, Fausta, executed for reasons 
that remained a mystery. All other forms of 
Christianity that did not comply to 
this Creed, were labeled as heretics 
and were to be eliminated. To this day, 
Constantine’s Nicean Creed is used as 
the basis for determining who is a 
Christian, which is why Jehovah’s Witnesses, 
are still labelled as heretics today.”
-The Thirteenth Disciple
Constantine and The Trinity
by Nozrem ha Brit

“The effects of pagan influences 
on Christian traditions can most clearly 
be seen in its’ celebrations, for every 
single one has a pagan celebration 
as its origin. One festivity that was 
personally initiated by Constantine 
was All Saint’s Day, quite appropriate 
as the mythology of pagan traditions 
were transferred to the stories of the Saints.”
-The Thirteenth Disciple
Constantine and The Trinity
by Nozrem ha Brit

“Between Constantine and cohorts, 
the entire foundation of modern 
Christianity was developed. 
Yet perhaps we should ponder 
if it would have been better for 
Yeshua’s (Jesus’)teachings to have 
disappeared than to have them so 
utterly corrupted and perpetuated 
as his own.”
-The Thirteenth Disciple
Constantine and The Trinity
by Nozrem ha Brit 

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