Constantine I, Was Tolerant of Christianity While Totally Reliant on Sol Invictus!
According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified at a spot outside Jerusalem called Golgotha, which in Aramaic means “place of the skull.” The Latin word for skull is calvaria, and in Englisce many Christians refer to the site of the crucifixion as Calvary. The Gospel of John says there was a garden at Golgotha and a tomb which had never been used. Since the tomb was nearby, John says, that’s where Jesus’s body was placed. The Gospel writers say the tomb was owned by a prominent rich man, Joseph of Arimathea. Yet, in Jerusalem there are two sites, both claiming to be Golgotha, one in the old Christian quarter which is in the foundations for the Church for the Holy Sepulchre, the other 0.65km north at Place of the Skull aka Skull Hill which has a garden and tomb.
What is more, we are told that the emperor Constantine (306-337 CE) built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but that cannot be historically correct! The Greek Orthodox church is the oldest Christian presence in the Old City, Jerusalem. What is more, the Greek Orthodox Church built churches in the Holy land well before the Latin Church.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was originally known as the Temple of Anastasis (Resurrection) or in Greek: Ναὸς της Αναστάσεως. Constantine the Great was a Roman emperor and all Government administration was done in Latin. Even when he moved capitals from Rome to Constantinople on November 4th 328 CE language and government were still in Latin. Not forgetting that Constantine was a devout follower of Sol Invictus, he was the Pontifex Maximus, the imperial title for Chief Pagan Priest. (Which by the way is one of the titles of the present Pope.) It was not until 620 CE when the Byzantine empire introduced Greek as the sole language for Government. Three centuries after Constantine’s move to Constantinople!
The Christian myth that Constantine was a Christian comes from the Lair himself, Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339 CE). Who concocted a story about Constantine seeing a vision before the battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 CE. The image in the vision showed itself in the sky and was said to be the shape of a cross, which we are told was the Chi-Rho, a symbol of Christ according to the liar. In reality, it was a logo which was used on the coinage of Ptolemy III Euergetes (246-222 BCE), an Egyptian king 3-centuries before Christianity. All the historical evidence is in favour of Constantine being a lifelong supporter of Sol Invictus. His coinage was inscribed with SOLI INVICTO COMITI, which is rare, meaning—”to the unconquered Sun, minister (of the Emperor).” In other words, Constantine saw Sol Invictus as his companion, the same as a Christians see’s Jesus!
What Constantine did for Christianity was give them Sunday as the day of rest and Christmas day to celebrate the birth of their saviour. But why on the 25th of December? It was the Birthday of Sol Invictus so both Christians and Pagans could worship their deities together on the same day.
However, evidence has Constantine having a vision in 310 CE, when Apollo* showed himself to the Emperor. [From a doctoral theses Durham University dated 1995 http://dro.dur.ac.uk/17/1/ see pages from 70 onward] and [Lawrence Goudge (2012), Cover-Up: How the Church Silenced Jesus’s True Heirs, p.261. iUnivese, Bloomington IN USA] *Apollo was the Greek avatar of the Roman god Sol Invictus.
Eusebius goes on to say that Constantine would convert to Christianity if he won the battle. Well, he won, but there is no Numismatic evidence, no Architecture evidence and no Roman evidence of Constantine I of ever being a Christian. What is more is that Constantine built his Triumphal Arch (315 CE) 3-years after defeating Maxentius (306-312), and there is NOT one Christian symbol only Pagan on the Arch. Evidence from ancient sources states that on top of the Arch was Apollo on a Chariot! Eusebius was trying to counter Constantine’s first vision of Apollo in 310 CE.
All we have are Christian stories told by a noted liar or a biased Christians from the past to say that Constantine was baptised on his deathbed in 337 CE. However, that in itself does not constitute being a Christian in life, if the myth had any credulity!
What is the evidence of Constantine building the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem? Well, believe it or not, that evidence comes from a woman, which Christians state was a Nun, her name was Egeria or Aetheria from Galicia, and she went on a four-year Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands c. 381 CE. However, there is a question mark against Egeria and also whether she came from Galicia. Her impressive journey was very well-known until the 11th-century when her book was compiled in the Codex Aretinus. Only the middle part of her writing survived, but the work of a medieval monk ensured its continued existence. However, it is unknown how many parts of her writings are original, as some of the sections concerning Christianity appear to have been created years after she died.
Does the word of a zealot, albeit a woman pilgrim who was a Nun(?), count as proof that Constantine built the church that is known now as the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem?
Where did Egeria get the evidence of Constantine’s involvement in the build of the said church, some 45 years after his death?
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