How We Got Here: A History of the Church
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Throughout the Middle Ages, the Holy Catholic Church found herself victim of a series of scandals and abuses. But something was stirring in a small German town in the Fall of 1517. A young radical monk was about to launch one of the greatest and most influential movements the world had ever seen. Light was about to shine in the darkness.
According to legend, during the Council of Nicaea St. Nicholas became so enraged with the priest Arius that he decked him in the face. That’s right; Santa Claus was so passionate about understanding our God and Savior rightly that he punched Arius right in the nose. Now, this is merely a legend, but I think that it by far tops chimney sliding and sleigh riding. What it does show, though we cannot substantiate the story, is that St. Nicholas was an ardent defender of the Christian faith.
The Bible is one of the best selling and most influential books of all time. It has inspired movies, television shows, literature, art, education, healthcare, politics… the list could go on and on. The Bible has such an impact on our daily lives and culture that it is hard for us to imagine a world in which it did not exist. Yet even with its great influence and inspiration, the Bible has been, and continues to be, highly controversial.
Why then do we continue to make resolutions year after year? We start with great hope, and by the end of January we are depressed that things didn’t go “according to plan.” After a while, we expect this sort of thing to happen, and some of us simply resolve to stop resolving. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? I believe that the answer is that each one of us is wired to long for a new reality.
Christians have commemorated Christ’s resurrection since this historical and miraculous event occurred. However, the celebration of Easter began in the 2nd century, roughly 1,800 years ago. By reading through the New Testament, we can see how crucial the resurrection is to our Christian faith.