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The Sermon on the Mount, Gospel of Matthew and the First Council of Nicaea Text’s may possibly be the two most influential documents in the Christian religion which will ultimately determine the future of Christianity. The Sermon on the Mount, said to have taken place in eastern galilee and found in the book of Matthew, is believed to be the most read segment in the bible; it introduces Jesus as a Prophet or Rabbi, and is considered to be the direct teachings/words of Jesus, a guideline to how a follower of Jesus might interpret life and its events, and a lesson designed specifically for the followers of Jesus to read interpret and follow. Many centuries after Jesus lived Christianity as a religion consisted of several different sects and practices and were the cause of much division between the religious populations. The First Council of Nicaea, called for 300 religious leaders to attempt to unify the church by analyzing and separating Christian teachings that were considered to be holy or divine from those considered to be pagan or “questionable”. While the Sermon on the Mount sought to unify the followers of Christ through the encouragement of love for one another and proper behavior, the Council of Nicaea sought to unify the followers of Christ by creating one unified and agreed upon way of thought or teachings for all to follow. However it must be considered that the Sermon on the Mount, comprised by Matthew, were said to be the direct words of Jesus who is a divine/supernatural spirit or being while the Council of Nicaea consisted of religious leaders who belonged to the physical world and were not different from any ordinary human beings other than the fact that they held religious/political power. These two documents have... ... middle of paper ... ...ncerning Christianity, which were made official upon the profession of faith stating “We believe in one God the Father all powerful, maker of all things both seen and unseen. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten begotten from the Father, that is from the substance of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not, CONSUBSTANTIAL with the Father, through whom all things came to be, both those in heaven and those in earth; for us humans and for our salvation he came down and became incarnate, became human, suffered and rose up on the third day, went up into the heavens, is coming to judge the living and the dead and in the holy Spirit.” Although today there are still several sects of Christianity, I believe that the above statement emphasizes the most unifying aspect of Christianity amongst its believers.

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