True History of Early Christian Church Essay

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NOW REVEALED-- THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH A Thesis Presented to the Graduate School Committee Ambassador College In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Theology by Ronald D. Kelly May 1967 TABLE OF CONTENTS CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS IN THE EARLY CHURCH LIST OF ROMAN EMPERORS INTRODUCTION PART ONE: THE WORLD PREPARED Chapter I — THE ROMANS BUILD AN EMPIRE……………………..…………….……1 The Empire Begins Preparation in Advance Prophesied Hundreds of Years Before Even More Fully Prepared The Empire Solidified Roman Law and Government Chapter II — TRADE, TRAVEL, AND COMMUNICATION……………………….…….6 Empire-Wide Travel Safety and Speed of Travel Communications an Added Tool The Preparation Complete A Final Summary of the Positive External Preparations Chapter III — MORAL DEGENERACY IN THE EMPIRE……………………………...11 The Decline of Roman Morality Family Life The End Result The Roman Games Religion in the Empire Chapter IV — JUDEA, THE SPRINGBOARD………………………………….……….…16 Four Hundred Years of Development First the Pharisees Next the Sadducees Finally the Essens The Dispersion The Proselytes Time was Then Complete PART TWO: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST Chapter V — CHRIST, THE PROPHESIED MESSIAH……………………….………..21 Prophesied Five Hundred Years in Advance From Secular Writings First, Herod the Great The Taxation of Cyrenius The Prophecies Fulfilled Chapter VI — CHRIST, THE DESIRE OF NATIONS…………………………………….29 The Temple Glorified The World Sought a Savior But What about Other Nations? Jesus Christ Really Did Exist Chapter VII — THE MESSAGE CHRIST BROUGHT…………………………………..33 Christ Brought the Gospel Few to Understand A Coming Government But What about God’s Laws? Even the Sabbath? The Selecting and Training of a Ministry Christ’s Death and Resurrection PART THREE: THE RISE AND DECLINE OF CHRISTIANITY Chapter VIII — THE BEGINNING OF

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