*Hmmm...by what do you come to those conclusions, Peter? *
sigh...*Took mormons to do what exactly?Originally Posted by [b
By that time the Apostles were killed because of their belief and the tradition in the Roman Catholic church is that Peter was hung upside down! *The church you claim as relatively "new" was actually dying and times were hard!
In the time before Paul was killed, he worked hard visiting Corinth, Ephesus, writing letters to Timothy and writing other congregations of the church in many different cities. *He wrote most of the epistles we read in the New Testament. *Those epistles helped teach everyone and keep a general agreement in doctrine between the geographically seperated congregations of Christ's followers. *
They were so spread apart from each other it was difficult! After the Apostles were killed their doctrine began to differ radically from each other. *The stories passed down from generation to generation within families obviously didn't maintain there agreement as well as you thought. *Otherwise, why would they NEED to organize a council to declare a unified belief in God. *
There was a controversy with the perspective on the doctrine from Arius and many who believed in Arius' words. *The Church needed a consensus and were called to Nicaea by the Emperor Constantine. *There they defined what is believed by many to be the final word on who God and Christ are in relation to each other. *
So, Peter. *The people had forgotten enough to have disputations between each other. *Even at the end five Bishops would not sign the declaration of one God, after some convincing everyone but two agreed to sign. *Theonas of Marmarica and Secundus of Ptolemais were exiled because of their disagreement.
In my opinion, the Council of Nicaea argued doctrine and decided on it using the intelligence of man. I feel that God had no part in it, and I find it unfortunate that the ideas of man at the time skewed the perception of who God is. It is sorry to see that they "convinced" those other three to sign the Nicaean Creed even though originally they did want to. The two who disagreed with it and were exiled for their beliefs is one possible proof that God had no hand in calling those men to council at Nicaea. For if it was God, it would have been handled unanimously or not at all.
BTW, The Mormon Church recognizes that God, the Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Ghost are three seperate beings. Not a trinity.