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What Was the first Christian Country?

Dear Brother Ron

What was the first Christian country? Was it the Roman Empire, Ethiopia or Armenia? Can you give dates to when each became Christian? There was no country called Italy until 1861. Before then, it was not unified and each region was its own country so there is no way it is Italy. The Vatican has only been a country since the early 1900's. Before then, it was apart of different regions or countries sometimes ruled by the pope (Papal States) and sometimes not.

K9
 

Dear K9

 

What we now know as Christianity was developed at the First Council of Nicea in the year 325 under the supervision of the Roman emperor Constantine. Until that time, Christianity was not a unified religion. There were the followers of Peter in the Middle East, the followers of Paul in southern Europe and the Coptics in Egypt. Constantine wanted to unify the Roman empire under the banner of Christianity.

It was at this Council that what we know as the Bible was translated and edited. Several books did not make it. You can find the documents which were left out of the Bible in the Nag Hammadi Library. It is available online and in print.

Google "proceedings of the First Council of Nicea". You will be amazed at how the actions of this council resemble a modern political convention. Obviously, the Council had a political agenda as well as a religious one. As the years went by, the church gained political and military power which were used in the Crusades, the Inquisition and other Christian activities.

Hope this helps.

Best always
Brother Ron