Summary: ntohing new under the sun

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A wise man once said there really is nothing new under the sun.

Technology may have changed,

the world may have grown taller with sky scrapers,

our horizons may look different as city upon city emerges out of the dust.

But basically at the end of the day nothing has changed.

We have not changed,

the human race is still the same.


Now many would disagree with this,

many people would say that we have evolved,

grown more intelligent,

even grown taller,

but deep down inside us we are exactly the same,

no dramatic changes have ever occured in the hearts and souls of human kind.


All of us have the same basic fears,

the situations we face each day are basically the same Even relationships are the same,

how we relate to others and how we relate with God has not really changed,

Ecclesiastes was right there really is nothing new under the sun.


So what could this possibly mean for us,

for the people who live at the noisy end of the twentieth century.

I know one thing it means for certain is that we can learn from the past,

We can look to the past for answers to the problems of today.

This is often what we do when we open our Bibles and read,

we look at events that happened 2000 plus years ago, in the hope that they will speak to us today.

The customs clothing and culture may be different,

but more often than not the problems faced in the pages of the Bible are the same.

There is wisdom in the pages of this book.


What we are going to do then is take a step back in history,

Not as large a step as we would normally take though, this time we are only stepping back 1600 years

To the end of the fourth century.

My hope is that we can take a look at the life of the Christian Church from that period and learn an important lesson for our lives today.


The period were looking at is a period of stability in the life of the church,

infact it was the first time anything like stability had ever occurred.

Prior to this time the church had always had to face death and persecution,

this could mean anything from burning at the stake to imprisonment, all because Christianity was an illegal religion.

This all changed when an emperor came to power early on in the fourth century.

The emperor was Constantine

who just happened to be a Christian.

All persecution stopped almost overnight,

no one had to fear imprisonment or death anymore for the sake of the faith.

And so it became safe to declare your faith publicly, infact it not only became safe but you might say it became fashionable,

Christians actually became favored by the Roman Empire.

No longer did Christians have to hide in the cupboard, or live under the sole of Roman boots

The Church could now stand proud,

happy days were here again

only better times were ahead as Constantine began to show the Church his favor.


Strangely enough many Christians didn’t like

this many Christians objected strongly to this,

They saw the favor of the Emperor as a curse, because Christian became just like every body else.

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