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That Which Was From The Beginning - A Look at the Scriptures and the Early Church
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;"
                                                                             (1Jo 1:1 KJV) 
Welcome! Are you tired of all of the confusion among Christians about what the Scriptures teach? Are you tired of the seemingly contradictory teachings among the different denominations within the Church? Our Goal is to get back to "That which was from the beginning." To do this we will  approach the Scriptures from the perspective of those to whom they were written, the early Christians. To understand what the New Testament writers were saying we need to understand them in the context of a first century middle eastern believer. We need to think like they would and understand like they would. We need to take certain factors into account, factors such as, their culture, language, historical background and events, and the eastern mindset. Too many times as Christians we interpret the Scriptures in a vacuum or worse, with a 21st century American mindset that was completely alien to that of the New Testament writers and those to whom they were writing.
       One of the ways we can approach the Scriptures from this perspective is to look at the writings of the earliest Christians. We can see how they understood what Jesus and the apostles taught and how they applied those teachings. We can also learn how the early church operated and what it believed and taught. This information can go a long way towards helping us to understand the New Testament writers. It can also show us how the early church understood and applied the Old Testament teachings. These early Christian writers are from what is known as the Ante-Nicene period. The Ante-Nicene period encompasses the time from the apostles around 100 A.D. until the Council of Nicea 325 A.D.  Their writings are known as The Ante-Nicene Fathers.
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