The compilation of the books is one of the biggest ways they pushed aside competing Gnostic texts and such. In 363, the council of Laodicea listed all of the present books except Revelation, which the Eastern churches did not like. The church of Rome on the other hand, really liked Revelations and also another dozen books that the Eastern churches weren’t too keen on. So you rarely see Revelations cited in any Orthodox service as they STILL don’t consider it “really” part of the Bible, 1600 years later. Long memories. But these semi-official/official lists were to prevent roll-your-own-Jesus accounts floating around that gave Jesus super-powers and stuff. Nicea was convened to combat Arianism which was a specific theological debate thing about the nature of Christ. They were having trouble reconciling with the Hellenistic notion of a “unchanging God” with other fluid aspects of Christian Godhead. It was the Quantum Physics of the day and the eggheads figured out an answer.

The compilation of the books is one of the biggest ways they pushed aside competing Gnostic texts and such. In 363, the council of Laodicea listed all of the present books except Revelation, which the Eastern churches did not like. The church of Rome on the other hand, really liked Revelations and also another dozen books that the Eastern churches weren’t too keen on.
So you rarely see Revelations cited in any Orthodox service as they STILL don’t consider it “really” part of the Bible, 1600 years later. Long memories.
But these semi-official/official lists were to prevent roll-your-own-Jesus accounts floating around that gave Jesus super-powers and stuff.
Nicea was convened to combat Arianism which was a specific theological debate thing about the nature of Christ. They were having trouble reconciling with the Hellenistic notion of a “unchanging God” with other fluid aspects of Christian Godhead. It was the Quantum Physics of the day and the eggheads figured out an answer.

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