The best known early church historian was Eusebius. My favorite church father is Gregory of Nyssa, and my least favorite is Augustine.
---ger.toshav on 8/2/10|
Call no man your father upon the earth.
They were called Apostles in The Early Church.
Apostle Peter delivered Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20 to the Jewish people First on the day of Pentecost. The One God Jesus name Church of the Living God. Apostolic Is the teachings of the Apostles. We are still here to day, some passing away, those that are alive, Are awaiting for The Lord in the cloud to come & take His chosen ones home.
---Lawrence on 8/2/10|
** Nope. That text reffered to "Slave Owners"**
**You call Pope (Italian for Papa, Father) in reverence to him as a god.**
Who's "you," Kemo Sabe? I'm not a Roman Catholic. So you have NO IDEA what I do.
---Jack on 3/31/07|
Nope. That text reffered to "Slave Owners"...English translators used the term Master; which later Satanic Agencies turned to mean "young man." You change the meaning to suit purposes not intended by the Lord.
Call no man Father because we have only One in Heaven when we are born again of water and Spirit. You call Pope (Italian for Papa, Father) in reverence to him as a god.
Those doing such do not serve God nor do they honor Him.
---TS on 3/28/07|
**you would have noticed that while Jesus seemed to forbid Father, Master and Teacher, the rest of the NT shows that these words were still used as if nothing had changed. **
PRECISELY! Both St. Paul and St. Stephen addressed the men in the synagogues as "Fathers". Would any here be so brash as to accuse them of sin thereby? (Probably, yes.)
---Jack on 3/28/07|
The Early Church Fathers were those taught by the Apostles and their successors. They provide insight into the lives of the early Christians. They also provided a record of what scriptures were being used before the Christian canon was finally settled.
It is said that if the Bible had been completely removed by persecuters and destroyed, one could rebuild the Bible from the writings of the Early Church Fathers.
It should be noted that they were not infallible nor inspired.
---lorra8574 on 3/28/07|
TS, Mr. is short for Mister or Master, in fact a young unmarried man was often referred to as master, not mister. You must be young to have not known this. And if you were were familiar with the whole of the NT, you would have noticed that while Jesus seemed to forbid Father, Master and Teacher, the rest of the NT shows that these words were still used as if nothing had changed. Jesus was giving us an example by comparing earthly fathers, masters and teachers to the ultimate Father, Master and Teacher.
---lorra8574 on 3/28/07|
Mathew 16:18 Jesus said, upon this rock will i build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail over it. referring to Peter the apostle. I think church in essence began in the new testament although worship existed from time immemorial.
---achie7757 on 3/28/07|
** The next verse refers to not being a "Master" (Slave owner).**
* W * R * O * N * G * !!!
"Slave owner" is not the meaning here, especially when St. Paul writes some words about CHRISTIAN slave owners.
---Jack on 3/27/07|
I feel the diciples were the early church fathers and out of them all Paul wrote many letters to early churches. I am sure for just pure history there may be some writeings somewhere that would give some insite also.
---alan5668 on 3/27/07|
The next verse refers to not being a "Master" (Slave owner).
Last time I checked Mr. means "a Man" and Mrs. means "married woman." None being a Master here by any stretch.
Well except for the man "Who sits in the House of God declaring himself to be God"
So do tell...How would Catholic "dogma" twist this to justify calling a perverted sinful human being Papa (Pope) or Father (Priest) and not violate the true meaning of this Scripture?
---TS on 3/27/07|
**Mathew 23:9 "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven."**
Without looking at your Bible, can you tell us what the NEXT verse says, and how that affects using the titles Mr. and Mrs.?
---Jack on 3/26/07|
Mathew 23:9 "Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven."
Probably best to read the Bible to see how early Christians beleived. Those needing to be called "Father" do not realize that they usurp the Throne. And any other source that is not in harmony with Scripture is not Inspired.
---TS on 3/26/07|