Jesus Was God Long Before Nicaea!: Another Cool Point from Archaeology
Did you know that the earliest Christians worshipped Jesus as God? Did you know that they did so long before the “church,” at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325, first formally articulated its view as to Jesus’ divinity? I realize my opening sentence here might sound like an elementary statement to many (particularly since we see such worship clearly demonstrated in the New Testament), but one skeptical charge against Christianity suggests that the church didn’t view Jesus as God until nearly 300 years after its founding. Recently I watched episode #3 of “Digging for Truth,” a half-hour program created by the Associates for Biblical Research. The first segment of this episode discusses a mosaic uncovered in Israel that clearly demonstrates Christians’ pre-Nicaea understanding of Jesus as God. Take nine minutes and watch this (see link above). I think you’ll be edified by the experience.