Sorry to have been away. Passover Season is a busy time.
Consider me a Quartodeciman!
Constantine the “Great” was the first “Christian” emperor of Rome. After 250 years of persecution, that must have been a good thing. Right?
Only Constantine was fiercely anti-Semitic and was the power behind ridding the Church of its Jewish roots. Eusebius paraphrased his comments about the change to Easter over the Passover from the Council of Nicaea:
“… it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of soul. … Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd; for we have received from our Saviour a different way.”
Theodret has another amazingly disgusting quote:
“It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the minds of these wretched men are necessarily blinded. … Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries. … Let us … studiously avoiding all contact with that evil way. … For how can they entertain right views on any point who, after having compassed the death of the Lord, being out of their minds, are guided not by sound reason, but by an unrestrained passion, wherever their innate madness carries them. … lest your pure minds should appear to share in the customs of a people so utterly depraved. … Therefore, this irregularity must be corrected, in order that we may no more have any thing in common with those parricides and the murderers of our Lord. … no single point in common with the perjury of the Jews.”
As if Yeshua wasn’t a Jew Himself!
Let the Church never forget God’s eternal, unmerited promise to Abraham:
Gen 12:3 ESV – I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
click the hyperlink above to see the original text explained via blueletterbible.org.
Can there be any wonder that Jews want NOTHING to do with Christianity? But today is a new day and you and I can work to reverse this curse of anti-Semitism.