Victors and Truth
Throughout history, it has often been the victor’s point of view or story that is told but does this make it true? History is usually written by the victors, but this does not mean that their interpretation or view of what happened is the most accurate. The victors in history are usually those that have the power and education to spread their ideas and back them up to a certain extent. For example, through history the church has been an extremely powerful force and anyone who tried to contradict the church ended up in jail. There are two sided to every story and there is always someone to argue a difference point of view however, whoever has the most power/ influence will have their opinion recorded as fact or truth.
For example, there are many works, including gospels and books that did not make it into the modern bible. It is said that these works did not pass the cannon. This list, or "canon," was affirmed at the Councils of Jamnia. No one church or group decided what books would be included in the bible, but some stronger religious groups were able to overpower the smaller sects which resulted it a Bible that reflect the views of some sects which lead to the demise of smaller sects that supported other gospels and stories that were not included in the Bible. In addition to what gospels and stories made it into the Bible the interpretation of theses texts was also determined by the group that had the most power at the time. For example, the Arians had some very unique beliefs when it comes to interpretations of Jesus Christ. Manny of the Arians’ beliefs were not accepted by the church. Today the Arians are considered to be the losers in the battle for what would constitute orthodoxy in the medieval Christian church. Some of the Arians beliefs are that Jesus was not actually the son of God, rather he was created, Christ is unlike his father because God did not have a common begging in time whereas Christ does. Today the Arians’ beliefs are not commonly accepted, but that does not mean that any of their beliefs are incorrect and ideas like the Arians make us question what is commonly accepted.
As shown by the readings provided in section (Ambrose: Selected Works and Letters and the Arian creed) there are many religions, sects that have slightly different beliefs than those commonly accepted by the church even though their beliefs come from a common root. For instance the protestant and catholic bibles have different books in their bible even though they came from the same origin. Even though the Arians had very different beliefs the Arian creed begins almost exactly the same as the Nicaean Creed.
Arian Creed Nicaean Creed
that there is only one God the Father, alone unbegotten and invisible
and in His only begotten Son, our Lord and God” (Wulfila, The Arian Creed) “We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus...