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LifeMeansGodIsGood
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1/19/2015 5:39:32 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Early Christians were also described in early, non-Christian history. Pliny the Younger, in a letter to the Roman emperor Trajan, describes the lifestyles of early Christians:

"They (the Christians) were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food"but food of an ordinary and innocent kind."

This early description of the first Christians documents several facts: the first Christians believed Jesus was GOD, the first Christians upheld a high moral code, and these early followers met regularly to worship Jesus.
dee-em
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1/19/2015 5:58:34 PM
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This letter, if authentic, is dated 112AD about 80 years after the alleged death of Jesus. There is no mention of a Jesus of Nazareth, nothing. Only that these Christians worshipped a "Christo". The rest is you filling in the blanks with your presuppositions. There is no hint of a human Jesus here.
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1/19/2015 6:02:39 PM
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At 1/19/2015 5:39:32 PM, LifeMeansGodIsGood wrote:
Early Christians were also described in early, non-Christian history. Pliny the Younger, in a letter to the Roman emperor Trajan, describes the lifestyles of early Christians:

"They (the Christians) were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food"but food of an ordinary and innocent kind."

This early description of the first Christians documents several facts: the first Christians believed Jesus was GOD, the first Christians upheld a high moral code, and these early followers met regularly to worship Jesus.

There were many different versions of Christianity, and many different versions of Jesus.
"If we believe absurdities we shall commit atrocities." -- Voltaire