In the year 313 A.D. Licinius and Constantine, co-rulers of the Roman Empire met near Milan. There they issued an edict known as the “Edict of Milan” or the “Edict of Toleration” making it legal to openly practice the Christian religion without molestation.
That edict gave not only Christians the right to practice their faith; but, for the sake of peace, it gave full authority for pagans to observe any religion which they might prefer. It speaks of worshipping the Supreme Deity, in order that …any Divinity whatsoever in the seat of the heavens may be kindly disposed to those living in the Roman Empire.
During that time period, the king of the Roman gods Jupiter appeared on the coins of Licinius. And while professing Christ the sun god Sol Invictus – the Invincible Sun appeared on the coins of Constantine.
In a polytheistic empire of religious tolerance Jesus was just one more god – and by way of syncretism, a merging of different beliefs, elements of pagan sun worship were combined with the Biblically prescribed worship of the Creator, as defined by the first four commandments – resulting in a new definition of Christianity that has survived to present day.
Because of toleration, past and present, religious precepts that have nothing to do with Christ and everything to do with other gods can be found within traditional Christianity.
Today, because of toleration, the intolerant commandments of our Creator are considered by many to be archaic, obsolete, nailed to the cross. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It is by those commandments that the God of the Bible is identified. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” – 1 John 2:3-5
Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.