Trace the exact date changes were made in church worship and organization since the first century. These changes were mostly led by popes who had bought their office, led armies against people rejecting them, and had illegitimate children.
Trace the protesters since the second century and the persecution they endured, often being burned at the stake.
Discover the hymns we sing still today written by the protesters, sometimes just hours before their torturous death.
Then be challenged to go forward! Back to the Bible. Be challenged to get rid of denominationalism and unite only in Christ with our only headquarters being in heaven.
Can it be done? Christian unity? Read this, and make the challenge your own. (See reviews below.)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1. Changes in Worship 1st to 12th Centuries
- 2. Changes in Worship 13th to 16th Centuries
- 3. Changes in Worship 16t to 18th Centuries
- 4. New-Testament-Patterned Church, Europe 2nd to 15th Centuries
- 5. New-Testament-Patterned Church Europe 16th to 18th Centuries
- 6. Forward! Back to the First Century! Divided We Fall
- 7. Forward! Back to the First Century! United We Stand
Read the first chapter
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REVIEWS ON AMAZON:
* * * * * VALERIE CARAOTTA. A comprehensive work depicting changes in congregational protocol and political structure
In Changes in Worship Since the First Century you will find a very comprehensive chronological account beginning with the first-century apostles and leading to our present day worship. It is not the “worship” in terms of singing but in terms of the structure of the early church and its changes. As you discover how Rome dominated the early church with the Catholic church emerging, it will be eye-opening how those that denied this faith’s beliefs were tortured and killed-often burned at the stake. One individual, for example, was sentenced to execution for not going to mass, not making confession, and not believing the bread and wine was Jesus actual body and blood.
Author Kathryn Haddad recalls how God’s laws became lost in church legalism, rituals, and policies and actually resulted in more division among one another. She shares very candidly the following: “This is Satan’s greatest weapon in the church. If he can build a hedge of creeds and regulations around an organization, it can choke out the primary purpose of the church’s existence, and in the process choke out the church.”
She encourages us to break away from traditional denominationalism and instead seek to unite with nondenominational brothers and sisters, adhering to the Bible only as the blueprint.
Church leaders and ministers will find the detail informative as a reference source and teaching aid. Individuals desiring to better understand church history will too find this a welcomed addition. Haddad has spent many years studying Biblical truths and also teaches English over the Internet. She has daily inspirational nuggets you can sign up for on her website along with her Facebook page.
* * * * * LINDA R. ROBERTS. I loved the book. A good read.
* * * * * JEWEL TAYLOR. A very good book.
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Are we slowly changing our perception of christian worship? From my article:” https://wordpress.com/post/mbplee.wordpress.com/3678 ” I quote:
“Only when it is stripped of the mythology of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus will the Bible be firmly established as our inerrant rule of faith. We must die to our modern demand to know “what happened” and recognize that Scripture is infallible only when it is thoroughly de-historicized. Then we will arrive finally at the fullness of Christian faith, the Church of Christ Without Jesus.”
Will people accept Christianity while dispelling historicity?
I understand where you are coming from. However, the history included provides us with the proof the Bible came from God and not man. There are holy books of the Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. ~ all claiming to be from God. People grow up believing whichever book their culture tells them is from God is the one. So, how do we know which one is truly from God? They cannot all be because they contradict each other. True, there are many similarities borne by human decency. But still, there are contradictions between them. Again, how do we tell which one is from God? Through proving the built-in proofs. These built-in proofs come primarily from the histories. For example, prophecies were made of world empires that they would go out of existence. Impossible. They were too big and strong. But it happened. Often the prophecy was fulfilled generations after the prophecy was written. This, my friend, is how we determine if our holy book is truly from God and not man. True, often the histories can be boring. But they are necessary. They are the bones that hold up the flesh of goodness, the definition of which truly comes from the only true God. God bless you, my friend.
Katheryn, Thank you for your reply. I am fascinated with your, ” explain Islam to Christians, and Christianity to Muslims. ” and wonder if you would post the relevant paragraphs on your website so that we can all read it? Or even post it to me direct or through my website.
I absolutely agree with you on, “the histories can be boring. But they are necessary.” That is what I base my researches upon but I do differentiate historic and archaeological facts from prophecies, legends, or myths or hearsay. I take great pains to segregate these from one another. I also seek evidence. With the assistance of logic and common sense, a clear picture of the past unfolds if we study the origins of these religions. But too often piety and bigotry blinds us from the truth. I have often openly had to explain the true interpretation of Islam to Muslims who have too often been disillusioned through indoctrination or instilled taqiyya.
With best wishes. mbplee
Here is the link to my Islam book on my website: http://bit.ly/IslamQuotes
As for figuring out which things are myths, be careful. Remember, the world began with two people and one family. The grandchildren and great grandchildren repeated what Adam and Eve told them about the early years. Then it all started over again with Noah and his wife. Their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren spread out and repeated Noah’s experiences. But, as you know, every retelling changes the facts slightly.
Katheryn, Thank you for reminding me that the world began with two people. Hence:
“How Old is the Earth?
Six Thousand Years:
***The Bible provides a complete genealogy from Adam to Jesus. You can go through the genealogies and add up the years. You’ll get a total that is just over 4,000 years. Add the 2,000 years since the time of Jesus and you get just over 6,000 years since God created everything.
Is there anything wrong with figuring out the age of the earth this way? No. There is nothing to indicate the genealogies are incomplete. There is nothing to indicate God left anything out. There is nothing in the Bible that indicates in any way that the world is much older than 6,000 years old.”
This must be correct since it is Biblical. But Science tells a different story:
“Age of the earth according to science
The age of the earth can be measured by numerous different techniques, most of which provide just a minimum age. The absolute age of the earth has been most accurately measured through radioactive decay of its rocks. Because of plate tectonics (which recycles the earth’s crust) and the late heavy bombardment, none of the original rock formations appear on the surface of the earth at this time. So, ***the oldest known rock formations have been dated to 4.0-4.2 billion years old.
17 However, tiny zircons, some of the hardest minerals on earth, have survived these catastrophic events and have been reliably dated to 4.4 billion years old.
18 Rocks returned from the Apollo moon missions,
19 along with meteorites derived from Mars
20 have been dated at 4.5 billion years old. *****Meteorites from the solar system that have landed on the earth have been dated to 4.56 billion years old, which establishes the date at which the solar system and all its worlds were created.”
And the earliest Homo sapiens found:
“Oldest Homo sapiens bones ever found shake foundations of the human story
Idea that modern humans evolved in East Africa 200,000 years ago challenged by extraordinary discovery of 300,000-year-old remains in Moroccan mine.”
Sorry but I give more credence to scientific discoveries than to Biblical legends.
I would like to recommend a website to you, run by a former atheist and also a scientist: http://www.doesgodexist.org/
Also, I would like to recommend a book to you: “The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch” by Donald W Patten (Author) with degrees in both astronomy and geology. He shows evidence that, at one time the earth had a constant cloud covering, no rain, and the earth was watered by the dew. He goes into evidence of what caused the cataclysm of the flood that opened up the skies, which he concluded was an icy moon. He challenges carbon dating because, things aged much slower before the flood with its constant cloud covering. Anyway, it is a fascinating book. I heard him interviewed on the radio. Fascinating. Look for a used copy of his book because the price keeps going up. I think a curious guy like you would enjoy this. If you prefer, he has made the entire book available free online here: http://www.creationism.org/patten/PattenBiblFlood/
Thank you Katheryn for your comments, just because Donald W Patten has a degree in astronomy and geology does not necessarily mean that he understand planetary science. He could be writing fiction on the topic. His description of the Great Flood was caused by an icy Moon suggests that he is a man with great imagination. Just because there are authors, it does not mean that their contents are Gospel. Many authors write rubbish. Man is largely a gullible creature and do not use their common sense and logic often enough. Probably due to insecurities and lack of knowledge.
The Great Flood is a mythical legend that predates Christianity. I quote:
“The story of Noah may be part of the Abrahamic canon, but the legend of the Great Flood almost certainly has prebiblical origins, rooted in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia. The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh dates back nearly 5,000 years and is thought to be perhaps the oldest written tale on the planet. In it, there is an account of the great sage Utnapishtim, who is warned of an imminent flood to be unleashed by wrathful gods. He builds a vast circular-shaped boat, reinforced with tar and pitch, that carries his relatives, grains and animals. After enduring days of storms, Utnapishtim, like Noah in Genesis, releases a bird in search of dry land.
Various archaeologists suggest there was a historical deluge between 5,000 and 7,000 years ago that hit lands ranging from the Black Sea to what many call the cradle of civilization, the flood plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The translation of ancient cuneiform tablets in the 19th century confirmed the Mesopotamian flood myth as an antecedent of the Noah story in the Bible. In an interview with the London Telegraph, Irving Finkel, a curator at the British Museum and author of the recent book The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood, described one way the tradition may have emerged:
There must have been a heritage memory of the destructive power of flood water, based on various terrible floods. And the people who survived would have been people in boats. You can imagine someone sunbathing in a canoe, half asleep, and waking up however long later and they’re in the middle of the Persian Gulf, and that’s the beginning of the flood story.
Yet tales of the Flood spring from many sources. Myriad ancient cultures have their own legends of watery cataclysm and salvation. According to Vedic lore, a fish tells the mythic Indian king Manu of a flood that will wipe out humanity; Manu then builds a ship to withstand the epic rains and is later led to a mountaintop by the same fish. An Aztec story sees a devout couple hide in the hollow of a vast tree with two ears of corn as divine storms drown the wicked of the land. Creation myths from Egypt to Scandinavia involve tidal floods of all sorts of substances — including the blood of deities — purging and remaking the earth.Flood myths are so universal that the Hungarian psychoanalyst Geza Roheim thought their origins were physiological, not historical — hypothesizing that dreams of the Flood came when humans were asleep with full bladders. The religious purists now upset with Hollywood probably don’t want to hear that it’s really just all about drinking too much water before bedtime.”
All the Holy books of the Abrahamic faiths are filled with myths and scientific and biological inaccuracies. Such inaccuracies would shame any omniscient God instrumental in its compilation. You should know that people are largely gullible and accept stories that sound plausible. Yes, millions of people are gullible. If people are willing to accept myths as historic events as they do with religious faiths, I sometimes wonder why God ever bothered to give them a brain. But it is probable that God was never responsible to creating man, but man evolved from apes as scientists tell us.
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You have it backward. The Bible account came first. Then people, as they passed the story down to descendants from their ancestors, changed it little by little and today are called myths. But the Bible account came first.
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