What Christians see and believe religiously.
Many ancient and modern authors have written about the Roman Emperor Constantine, most on the myths presented by the early church. Claiming Constantine for being the first Christian Roman Emperor, for doing this and that for Christianity. None of this is correct or historical. The evidence for Constantine, being the supposed saviour of Christianity, has no merit or truth. Christianity did not become the sole religion of the Roman Empire until 380, some five decades after Constantine.
Factual, there are no Christian symbols used by the emperor during his lifetime of his reign. His monuments and coinage have Pagan symbols, no Christian signs whatsoever. The subjects of God, Jesus, and religion as a whole are so important that people are blinded to the reality that anything to do with God and Co. will believe anything. Be it the resurrection, bringing the dead to life such as Lazarus, turning water to wine, or visions of crosses in the sky, are all signs of religious mania. A topic for story telling to the ignorant listeners.
A famous French enlightenment writer, on Constantine, wrote: “He had a father-in-law, whom he impelled to hang himself; he had a brother-in-law, whom he ordered to be strangled; he had a nephew twelve or thirteen years old, whose throat he ordered to be cut; he had his eldest son, whom he beheaded; he had a wife, whom he ordered to be suffocated in a bath.”—François-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire (1694-1778).
Yet, this genocidal familicidal homicidal maniac, whom the famous Arouet wrote of, is worshipped and venerated by many churches, including the Anglican church. The Catholic Church gave him the title, Great. Christianity has made up stories that are seen today as the gospel truth, yet, we only have evidence from an equally famous, albeit a liar, Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 265-339), who, along with another Christian taking hallucinogenic substances, Lactantius (c. 250-c. 325) wrote myths about a Cross in the sky before the battle of Milvian Bridge, in 312.
The Catholic Church goes further on Constantine, by stating: For the next ten years of his reign he devoted himself to promoting the moral, political, and economical welfare of his possessions and made dispositions for the future government of the empire. https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04295c.htm. See last paragraph of Life.
Constantine’s True Vision.
However, evidence has Constantine having a vision in 310 CE, when Apollo* showed himself to the Emperor. [From a doctoral thesis 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 the USA] *Apollo was the Greek avatar of the Roman god Sol Invictus.
The Christian Myths about Emperor Constantine I, and his so-called vision.
“In hoc signo vinces” is a Latin phrase conventionally translated into English as “In this sign thou shalt conquer.” Probably taken from the Greek phrase “ἐν τούτῳ νίκα,” transliterated as “en toútōi níka,” literally meaning “in this, conquer.” As I stated previously, we only have liars (Lactantius and Eusebius) as evidence of this so-called event. Eusebius of Caesarea aka Eusebius Pamphilus aka the Liar in his first account of Constantine’s Battle of Milvian Bridge, the vision of Constantine’s cross/chi-rho in the sky is absent. We only hear the account of Constantine’s vision thirteen (13) years after the fact during a banquet in 325 CE supposedly given by Constantine.
Lactantius Vision story.
Constantine was directed in a dream to cause the heavenly sign to be delineated on the shields of his soldiers, and so to proceed to battle. He did as he had been commanded, and he marked on their shields the letter X, with a perpendicular line drawn through it and turned round thus at the top, being the cipher of CHRIST. Having this sign, his troops stood to arms. —Lactantius.
Eusebius Vision story.
But since the victorious emperor himself long afterwards declared it to the writer of this history. When he was honoured with his acquaintance and society, and confirmed his statement by an oath, who could hesitate to believe it, especially since other testimonies have established its truth? He said that about noon, when the day was already beginning to decline, he saw with his own eyes the sign of a cross of light in the heavens, above the sun, and bearing the inscription, “By this symbol you will conquer.” He was struck with amazement by the sight, and his whole army witnessed the miracle.—Eusebius
Pagan Vision story.
There, according to panegyric, he [Constantine] was to experience revelation near the temple of Apollo and Victoria. According to the praise speech, the future emperor was to receive a laurel with three letters X inside, each of which symbolized 10 years of rule. As the vision took place near the temple of Apollo, where he was also worshipped, the event began to be combined with the popular cult of Sol Invictus, with which Constantine was strongly associated. According to (Yale professor of Classical history) N. Lenski, in 312 CE, the emperor had just painted the sign XXX on the shields of soldiers. It may also be the letter T – the first letter of the Latin word ter (“three times”) inscribed in the number X, which would mean “three times ten.” It is worth mentioning that the reign of Constantine was a period of strong propaganda. It was believed that eventually there would be a golden age, the revelation of which will be the Sun of Justice and happiness in the sky. In particular, one can see a reference to the fourth éclair of Virgil’s. The event described in 310 CE was to be just that moment. https://imperiumromanum.pl/en/article/vision-of-constantine-before-the-battle-of-the-milvian-bridge/ See above, Constantine’s true vision in 310.
If there was an anomaly in the sky, the historian A.H.M. Jones and others contest that the “vision” was a “halo.” The Greek word halos meant a solar disk — which occurs due to the refraction of light in a cloud containing ice crystals. What do you say about any part or all of the post?
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