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The Council of Nicea Constantine was the emperor in Rome at the time when he called the Council of Nicea in 325 CE Constantine was originally a worshipper of the sun god Later in his life he converted to Christianity His reign marked the beginning of the joining of church and state The pagans no longer persecuted Christians Instead Christians persecuted others including other Christians Christians killed more Christians in the first century after the Council of Nicea than pagans had killed in the century before Nicea One year after calling the Council of Nicea Constantine had his own son Crispus put to death Later he suffocated his wife Fausta in an overheated bath Then he had his sisters son killed and his sisters husband strangled It was also during the reign of Constantine that the cross became a sacred symbol in Christianity just as it had been in pagan religions Throughout his reign Constantine treated the bishops poorly but he did agree to enforce whatever opinion the majority of the bishops came up with The decisions of the 318 church bishops were endorsed by civil law and backed by military power The churches that had lots of money were the primary churches represented in this Council The poor and humble churches could not afford to send representatives over a thousand miles away The Council of Nicea was the first genuine Roman Catholic council The Council of Nicea is similar to the biblical account of a church council found in Acts 154-22 The Creed was a very large part of the Council of Nicea Creeds are far more important than simply stating what you believe The reason behind creeds in the Christian church has resulted in the deaths of millions of martyrs One of the last martyrs to die for the Faith before the end of the official persecutions was Saint Lucy On the night of her death in 304 she prophesied that
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