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Letter to the editor: Bible's truth based on Constantine, Nicaea

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 12:01 am

Recently one (I shall call D.C.) appeared in print in The Journal Gazette declaring: “The language God uses can be understood by anyone who can read or have it read to him. (This is true of the entire Bible.)”

This claim by D.C. is both true and not true. Words in the Bible can be both understood and misunderstood. Jesus, himself, told his disciples he spoke in parables that some would understand and some would not understand.

In truth, words (spoken or written) can have more than just one meaning. One meaning given for a parable does not mean that it does not have other deeper meanings. One must search words for all truths, not just the more simple and obvious.

The Bible was compiled under the auspices of Emperor Constantine at Nicaea with Constantine as emperor, head priest, and head of the council. While the council discussed what should be included and what should be excluded from the Bible, it was Constantine who had final say on such matters. As emperor, Constantine’s interest was in molding a religion that would subordinate the people to his rule. He would not allow anything in the Bible such as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene or the Gospel of Thomas, which depicted Jesus as more just a wise man and could give the people the idea that they could defy the emperor’s rule. Constantine wanted the deceased Jesus depicted as more of a God, as other pagan gods had been. Thus, Constantine favored elevation of Jesus to the status of the Godhead Trinity. Anyone who preached contrary to what Constantine had ruled would be executed as a heretic.

To understand the Bible, Old or New Testament, you have to know a lot more than just what is recorded there. Without such additional knowledge, the Bible is just the work of man, subject to many interpretations and many misinterpretations. People of praise should praise truth, not misinterpretations or lack of knowledge.

Richard D. Sloan