325 Nicene Council
The basic result of this council was a declaration that 'Christ is Divine'
There were two main points of view expressed by two main speakers at the Council. ARIUS: An old man. He believed in One God! However, his belief was distorted to mean "If there is one God, then Jesus can't be that God." He saw Jesus as less than God, a sort of demigod.
ATHANASIUS: A young man. He considered antitrinitarianism the most dangerous enemy of the church. His statement was "God is very God of Very God." He was banished from the church on four separate occasions!
NOTABLE MEN OF THIS PERIOD
Ambrose (AD 340 - AD 397) He was the governor of Northern Italy. The Bishop of Milan. He was appointed due to the exclamation of a child...
Augustine (AD 354 - AD 430) He wrote a book entitled "City of God." He used Luke 14:23 as a basis for using physical force to compel people to convert to Christianity. As a result, he justified persecution in South Africa. He said, "I should not have believed the gospel except as taught or moved by the Catholic Church." He was responsible for the doctrines of original sin and infant baptism. He founded the first monastery in North Africa. He was very paganistic in his thinking, basically backslidden from the pure Christianity as taught by the Apostles.
Jerome (AD 340 - AD 420) He translated the Old Testament from Hebrew to Latin. This version of the Scriptures came to be known as the Latin Vulgate. It remains the Official Bible for the Roman Catholic Church.
AD 381 Council of Constantinople
The basic result of this council in AD 381 was a declaration that "the Holy Spirit is Divine"
After this council, the doctrine of the Trinity was fully established! Their conclusion was "the Holy Spirit is divine" and with the Father and the Son comprises the Triune God.
In AD 330, the capital of the Roman Empire had been moved to Constantinople, making it the center for the state religion.