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This page provides details of policies, rules, traditions and beliefs of the Arian Catholic Church. This is in respect to Society, Religion, Humanism and Environment.

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The Socio-Political policies of the Church are the hardest to discuss as they are inevitably going to offend one section of the community or another, and it is not our intention to offend people. However the Arian Catholic Church must stand by its Socio-Political beliefs as they form moral and social guidelines for Arian Catholic Christians and it is the policy of the church to seek the truth, especially where it has been suppressed to the detriment of others. 

The Soul

The Arian Catholic Church asserts that all sentient living beings have a Soul. Therefore all humans have a soul and so also do many non-human animals. Religions that deny that infidels and gentiles have a Soul are potentially dangerous as they can beget dangerous people who should be trusted with caution as they are brought up to have no respect or regard for the rights, welfare and lives of those outside their religion, they regard such outsiders as soulless animals and therefore feel no moral obligations towards them.  Top of Page

The Importance of the Family

The Arian Catholic Church advocates the importance of family and that there is a spiritual as well as a genetic link between the generations. Because there is a spiritual link between ourselves, our family and our ancestors, we believe that it is important to know something of them and of their achievements in life and to hold respect and gratitude for their lives as every life is special. 

The scriptures teach us the importance of the family, to begin with there is the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis, from who a family tree can be derived. Then again we are reminded by the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy that we should honour our mother and father, according to the Sixth Commandment (the first Humanist Command)! Then the Gospels of the New Testament teach us of Jesus Christ’s own family starting with his own earthly mother and father, Mary and Joseph, his great uncle Joseph of Arimathea and his cousin John the Baptist. Looking deeper into the scriptures we can build up a picture of Jesus Christ’s own Family tree. 

Jesus Christ's Family Tree

The above diagram of the Messianic Family suggests that Jesus had six cousins, however the Arian Catholic Church recognises that the language used in the scriptures was specific to “brothers” (or half brothers) NOT cousins. Therefore Jesus had four brothers: James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (not to be confused with the Apostles), and at least two sisters. See Matthew 13:55-6 and Mark 6:3-4.

Matthew 13:55: Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother named Mary? And aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?” 13:56 And aren’t all his sisters here with us? Where did he get all this?”

The fact that the Bible teaches us about the relationships and the love between family members and describes lines of descent, teaches the sanctity of marriage and gives us a Commandment to honour our parents, it is testimony to the sanctity of the family and how we should learn about our own family and about the lives of those who went before us.

The Arian Catholic Church actively encourages Genealogical research. Each member of the church can add their family to the church’s family tree and then over the years and generations the church’s family tree will grow and future generations will be able to further the research to add more people to the tree and celebrate their lives.

The Holy FamilyGod created man in his own image, which means that there was a driving force behind man’s evolution, making the miracles of conception, birth and the human body all the more sacred. Other miracles of Biological Science, i.e. genetics are therefore also significant, such as the intactness of the Y chromosome that is only passed from father to son; And the intactness of the Mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) that is only passed from a Mother to her children; with only slight changes over the centuries. For example, generally,  we all possess the same mDNA of our perpetual Maternal Great great great Grandmother, and all men posses the same Y chromosome of their perpetual Paternal Great great great Grandfather, and so on. These lines of people shared with us a Biological trait that was unique to the bloodline irrespective of family name and this of course is combined with a spiritual link between the generations. Theoretically each person whom has had children is potentially the progenitor of thousands or even millions of future people. Looking at this going backwards in time, about 1,000 years ago the population of Britain was just over 1,000,000 people. Yet over a thousand years there are roughly forty generations (i.e. averaging four per century) which also equates to 8 x 1023 theoretical ancestors; which means that there are more theoretical ancestors than there were people in Britain a thousand years ago due to the integration that has occurred in the National gene pool. Obviously over the centuries cousins and distant cousins have married, although by this it can be asserted that most of the people in Britain a thousand years ago are the ancestors of most of the indigenous people in Britain today. This applies also to remote villages with isolated gene pools as it only takes one stranger to join the community to link the national gene pool, and therefore every Briton theoretically has Royal blood and according to the descent from Joseph of Arimathea, every Briton theoretically has a descent from Jesus Christ’s Great Uncle! 

Every life is special and knowledge of one’s family and its descent is sacred, is a privilege and gives us our identity. The Arian Catholic Church therefore believes that every person has the right to be remembered and the right to know their ancestors. As well as extended family trees and total descents the perpetual Maternal and Paternal lines of descent are of particular interest, the former being the most difficult of all to research. For help with family history research try: www.myfamily.com  Top of Page

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Genetic Engineering and Cloning

Genetic Engineering promises to help cure diseases and illnesses, and to improve our food and produce varieties of vegetables less prone to insect attack and disease. Genetic Engineering could ultimately offer us blood, skin and internal organs that are an exact match to our own. But the Arian Catholic Church opposes the use of live human embryos for genetic research. We believe that the human body has a soul that is associated with it from the moment of conception (the initial spark of life), there is a basic nervous system in place by the fourth week of gestation and there is evidence to suggest that there is some degree of sentience in the human embryo as early as the ninth week. Therefore the human body is special, even at the embryonic stage, and the soul is sacred. It is wrong to interfere with the natural evolution of humans and the artificial modification and cloning of human DNA in a living Embryo, Zygote or Gamete is an abomination before God. Interfering with the natural course of life on Earth is going against the will of God and can only result in disaster. 

The Arian Catholic church is not opposed to the type of Genetic Engineering that does not affect the human Embryo, Zygote or Gamete and which will help in curing diseases and illnesses without compromising the integrity and purity of the human genetic code that can be passed on to the next generation and without causing other health or environmental problems. However trials of genetically modified crops have released into the atmosphere huge quantities of pollens carrying artificially modified DNA that can travel for thousands of miles across the world. This has seriously threatened the genetic integrity and purity of these species of plants around the world that until now have grown untainted.

While the church supports genetic engineering and research for medical and health purposes it is opposed to the abuse, cruelty, killing and artificial modification and cloning of human DNA in a living Embryo, Zygote or Gamete and the genetic engineering that threatens the genetic integrity and purity of the world’s natural plants and animals.  Top of Page

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Self Defence

    Thou shalt not kill

The Seventh Commandment states: “Thou shalt not kill”. The Arian Catholic church recognises that this Commandment applies to one’s self as well as to others, i.e. you must not kill yourself nor allow yourself to be killed. Furthermore as killing is doing harm then it is also a sin to harm others as well as yourself, and being in a position to prevent someone from being harmed yet doing nothing to try to prevent it is as bad as committing the sin yourself. Not only must we not kill, but we must not harm and we all have a responsibility to protect and care for ourselves (This also applies to taking care of our health and fitness).

If a person decides to commit the sin of killing (murder) the victim has a responsibility to protect him or herself and also to try not to harm their attacker, however it may not be possible to defend one’s self without causing harm to the attacker and this could involve killing the attacker. The victim has to consider that if their attacker is already committing the sin of attempting to kill, he or she is also disregarding their own safety as it is likely to cause the victim to respond defensively. Being in a situation where you must either kill or be killed, the defender must protect him or her self and the attacker is effectively risking suicide  by attacking someone who could be capable of defending him or her self. Clearly in this situation the victim must choose the lesser of two evils, i.e. to kill their attempted killer rather than allow themselves to be killed (if such an action was unavoidable and reasonable force was used!). NB To die trying to defend one’s self is honourable and could leave the killer scarred or incapacitated, which could provide evidence for the authorities to seal a conviction for murder. Also there is always the chance that an attacker may be a coward and may flee if their intended victim unexpectedly retaliates.

Therefore: “You must not, by action or omission of action, kill or harm or allow to be killed or harmed, either yourself or another person unless unavoidable in self defence using reasonable force against a person who was attempting to kill.” 

    Turn the other cheek

In the Book of Matthew 5:38-42 (NKJV) Jesus teaches: 

38 You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Note that at the time of Jesus, striking someone deemed to be of a lower class with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. Thus by turning the other cheek the persecuted is in effect demanding equality. Further, by handing over ones cloak in addition to ones tunic, the debtor has essentially given the shirt off their back, a situation directly forbidden by Jewish Law as stated in Deuteronomy 24: 10-13: When you make your neighbour a loan of any sort, you shall not enter his house to take his pledge. You shall remain outside, and the man to whom you make the loan shall bring the pledge out to you. If he is a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge. When the sun goes down you shall surely return the pledge to him, that he may sleep in his cloak and bless you; and it will be righteousness for you before the LORD your God. This passage is often miss-understood by pacifists.

By giving the lender the cloak as well the debtor was reduced to nakedness. Public nudity was viewed as bringing shame on the viewer, not the naked, as evidenced in Genesis 9: 20-27: Noah was the first tiller of the soil. He planted a vineyard; and he drank of the wine, and became drunk, and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it upon both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

    Jesus attacks men who cheat in the temple of Jerusalem

John 2:13-25: The Bible mentions two times when Jesus went to the Temple of Jerusalem for the Passover.

One area in the Temple was called “The Court of the Gentiles”. (Gentiles are people who are not Jews. The Jews did not allow them to enter the rest of the Temple.) The court of the Gentiles was outside the main part of the Temple. Only Jews could enter the other parts of the Temple. Many people came a long way to worship. The people with authority provided birds and animals for sacrifice. People could not bring their own birds and animals. In the court of the Gentiles there were tables. People could change their own money into the special Temple money there. They needed special Temple money to buy these things, they needed special Temple money to give. But the people who worked at these tables were evil. Jesus was angry, he made a whip and chased out all the people who worked at the tables. He said, “How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market” (John 2:16). He sent away those who cheated people. We call this the Cleansing of the Temple. Jesus did this again in the week before his death. At that time, he said these words, they explain what he did:

Matthew 21:13: Jesus said to them, “God says, ‘My house is to be a house of prayer’. You are making it a ‘place for thieves’.” (See Isaiah 56:7)

Jesus called these men “thieves” because they were not honest. This behaviour was terrible. These men worked in a holy place, but, even there, they were cheating other people. Old records show us how much men cheated at the Temple tables, Isaiah and the prophets spoke about this and Jesus was very angry about it. We believe that Jesus had nothing but love for all people, however here we learn about another part of his character. Jesus did nothing wrong, it was sin that he hated. There could be nothing good for people at the Temple when bad things happened there. Jesus was very angry three times. Twice it was when bad people used the Temple in the wrong way. What the prophet Malachi had said now came true.

Malachi 3:1-3: I will send my servant. He will prepare people for me. You are looking for the Lord. He will come suddenly to his temple. You want him to come and he will come. He will explain God’s covenant, says the Lord. But what an experience this will be! Nobody can stand when he appears. For he will make everything clean. He will be like a man who melts silver, to make it perfect. He will make the Levites perfect like that. [The Levites were the men who looked after the Temple.] Then the Lord will have men who offer perfect sacrifices to him.

    Defiance of Evil

While the Arian Catholic Church does not advocate violence it recognises everyones right to self defence. We can see that both the Old and the New Testaments are teaching us that we should not tolerate humiliation nor evil behaviour. Arian Catholics are akin to Knights because we have the courage to question the practices of the so-called mainstream churches and stand by our beliefs in the face of those who would try to silence us to maintain their comfortable positions of power at the expense of others. Over centuries past, many Arians and similar followers of Arianist ideals have suffered humiliation, persecution and execution at the hands of people who fear them. Arians shall not tolerate evil behaviour especially by those who use Religion to try to cheat people. It is our holy right and obligation to protect ourselves and demand equality by challenging the authority of those who try to assert their authority over us.

Article on Self Defence
by Mt Rev Dr B B Michael John Mackenzie-Hanson BA (Hons), DD, acOSB
Archbishop Primus Inter Pares

The verse in Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17Thou shalt not kill” is our prime directive in relation to war, violence and self defence; however it also works both ways, because it is just as wrong to kill yourself as it is to do nothing when attacked by a killer!

  • We believe in self defence and the right to use reasonable force to defend oneself, loved ones and property.

  • If there was a great evil threatening to wipe us out or enslave us then there is justification for joining the armed forces, but if we are being called to fight for a President’s reputation, take control of someone’s oil wells or suppress a minority group from speaking the truth then NO! Sometimes it is necessary to fight to protect that which is Holy, Right and Good!

  • We hate all forms of war, when war breaks out it is usually as the result of either madness, greed or a gross lack of communication. But unfortunately the Devil will bring war to us, and it would be negligent not to be prepared (see Luke 22:36 below)! Therefore we acknowledge the need for a Nation to have Armed Forces. Miss-use of the Armed Forces is a different matter; however under the Geneva Convention every soldier has the right and duty to question an unlawful command! In the British Army all Army Chaplains must first complete their basic soldier training, after which they are required to undergo regular BFTs (Basic Fitness Tests) and, as they are Commissioned Officers, are all issued with a personal fire arm, although most will refuse to carry them in active service!

  • Under the United Nations Charter VII, Article 51 states:

“Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.”

This suggests that one has an inherent right of self defence. It is notable that there is no actual reference in international law specifying self defence as a right! Such a provision would actually have far reaching political implications. However most governments do recognise an individual’s right to use reasonable force to defend themselves against unlawful attack; this includes killing if it is believed that one’s life is in danger. Also to even threaten someone’s life can be regarded as a form of assault! It would of course depend on the circumstances as to whether or not it was acceptable to throw the first punch! Generally it is not necessary to throw the first punch and therefore not acceptable; however can you think of a scenario where throwing the first punch could be justified? If an opponent has a weapon and is about to use it then the life threatening “first strike” by way of assault has already been made, and it is then justified to act pre-emptively in self defence.

Martial Arts and Oaths of Non-Violence

I would recommend anyone to join a bona fide self defence course, in addition to self confidence it also keeps your body in good condition, teaches self discipline and control and teaches techniques to avoid confrontation. When I was a teenager I joined a Zen-Buddhist dojo (Zen Budo Kai Martial Arts Academy – although I never converted to Zen Buddhism) and trained up to the grade of first Dan black belt (sempai) in the Martial Art of Bujinkai, this is a combination of Wado Ryu Karate and Praying Mantis Kung Fu; I continued my training during my years at University and in the Royal Military Police; although it is now several years since I have trained in self defence, it does stay with you!

However during my ordination as a Bishop I vowed not to be given to fighting and not to be a brawler. Furthermore as a Lay Oblate in the Arian Catholic Order of St Benedict I have also taken an Oath that includes non-violence. Yet all these refer to offensive actions not defensive actions. Many Christians have died throughout history because they have literally turned the other cheek when under attack! Let’s look at that passage…

Jesus teaches us to stand our ground

In Matthew 5:38-42 (Luke 6:27-31) (NKJV) Jesus teaches: 

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”

Luke 6:31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”

At first glance this is appears to be teaching passiveness, but look again in the context with which it was written. Jesus addresses four areas, physical attacks (v. 39), legal suits (v. 40), government demands (v. 41), and financial requests (v. 42). 2000 years ago in Hebrew culture to strike someone across their face was a way to assert dominance over someone lower in status than you, however to refuse to back down and offer the other cheek was a way of asserting equality by intimidating the striker and effectively saying “you can strike me all you want but I’m not backing down!” Here we are being told not to strike back but to stand our ground and assert equality with our opponents. The striker is left embarrassed as he has lowered himself and made himself look foolish in public! By giving the lender the cloak as well the debtor was reduced to nakedness; public nudity was viewed as bringing shame on the viewer, not the naked. The Romans had laws of Compulsion and Impressment where they could press anyone into their service to carry a load as far as one mile. Matthew records a Roman officer doing this to Simon of Cyrene in 27:32. Respecting the law with over enthusiasm gives the authorities no cause to arrest you, but may also be intimidating to them! Christ was talking about putting the shame onto the other person who is abusing you, and NOT teaching passivism!

Our Father is NOT a Pacifist God

There are numerous references to self defence in the Old and New Testaments, for example Exodus 22:2-3 (2 If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. 3 If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.) is suggesting that lethal force can be used against an unrecognised attacker in a potentially life-threatening situation but not to kill in non-life-threatening circumstances as in this example during daylight the thief can be recognised and apprehended;

1 Samuel 25:13 (13 Then David said to his men, “Every man gird on his sword.” So every man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies.) gives us an example of David, when he avoided capture in the wilderness, telling his men to arm themselves and arming himself, the Israelite army was a militia army which came to battle with each man bearing his own weapons-from the time of Moses as in Numbers 31:3 (3 So Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm some of yourselves for war, and let them go against the Midianites to take vengeance for the Lord on Midian.);

Judges 5:8 describes what happens when warnings are not heeded and a foolish nation chooses to disarm (8 They chose new gods; Then there was war in the gates; Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.), the people had rebelled against God and put away their weapons of self defence which left them all vulnerable when war came, in Psalms 144:1 (1 Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle) David writes that it is not a pacifist God that we serve, Proverbs 25:26 (26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.) reiterates the need to be confident and assertive in the face of wickedness;

Nehemiah 4:17-18 (17 Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. 18 Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.) tells us that the workers were prepared to defend themselves as they re-built the walls of Jerusalem, and 1 Timothy 5:8 a duty to provide for one’s family and home includes protection (8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.).

The Cleansing of the Temple

Also in Matthew 21:12-13 (Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46 and John 2:13-25), Jesus himself becomes angry, he makes a whip and uses it to chase out the “thieves” who were cheating people at the temple. Jesus uses force to defend his Father’s house!

Jesus commands his disciples to arm themselves

In Luke 22:36 (36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.) Jesus anticipates an attack from the servants of the High Priest and tells his disciples to prepare and arm themselves. Clearly most disciples either owned or had access to a sword and were ready to take up arms when needed.

Matthew 26:52-54 (52 But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”) teaches how Jesus responded when Peter used his sword to cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest. Jesus told Peter he would be committing suicide to choose a fight in this situation – as well as undermining God’s plan to allow Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection.

Jesus told Peter to put his sword in its place – at his side. He didn’t say throw it away. After all, he had just ordered the disciples to arm themselves (Luke 22:36). The reason for the arms was obviously to protect the lives of the disciples, not the life of the Christ. What Jesus was saying was: “Peter, now is not the right time for a fight.” Christ could have saved His life, but his message of salvation to the people would have been lost. These things only became clear to the disciples after Christ had died, his spirit raised from the dead and the Holy Spirit had come into the world at Pentecost (see John 14:26).

Saint Michael the Archangel

Revelation 12:7 (7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,) shows us that sometimes we all have to fight to protect ourselves, our loved ones and for what is sacred and true!

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

WE should be good neighbours!

Luke 10:29-37 29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”

30 Then Jesus answered and said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho , and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. 36 So which of these three do you think was a neighbour to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.”

The central issue concerning this parable is not who the Good Neighbour is but about being a Good Neighbour to everyone. Part of the beauty of the story of the Good Samaritan is the reversal of stereotypes. The priest and Levite traditionally would have been the “good guys.” The Samaritan would have been a “bad guy,” a person who compromised in religious matters. However, the Samaritan knew how to treat his neighbour. The neighbour here was not someone the Samaritan knew or even someone of the same race, just someone in need. Jesus was teaching us to be a good neighbour in all aspects of our lives, not just to lend the lawn mower to the people next door from time to time but to be ready to be there for our fellow man, this should include protecting the vulnerable in our communities and being mindful of the welfare of others.

Conclusion

Having served in the British Army for three years I am at ease with the idea of military service and I feel that it is an invaluable experience for young people, teaching trades, life and social skills and character building. Yes I believe we have a responsibility to defend ourselves and protect our loved ones, homes and all that we hold sacred (Nehemiah 4:17-18, 1 Timothy 5:8). But at the same time we must be merciful, we must not be the aggressor and nor put at risk what is precious and sacred.

In Matthew 7:6 (6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.) we are taught not to put at risk those things that we hold sacred and precious before the enemies of the Church (the pigs and dogs).

Killing cannot be justified (Exodus 20:13), Mosaic Law teaches us this, unless unavoidable by accident or by the unavoidable consequence of self defence against an attacker’s actions (Exodus 22:2); this is comparable with the use of reasonable force in self defence, and joining the armed forces on this basis is therefore justified, although some roles in the army require soldiers to be ruthless and to kill enemy soldiers in cold blood in order to achieve an objective (1 Samuel 25:13); ultimately the objective is to prevent evil from prevailing and protect one’s country and people (Psalms 144:1), such things become a matter of the individual’s own conscience.

Our Father loves everyone in the world, good and evil, he affords them all equal opportunities for redemption; we must respect this and afford love even for our enemies (Matthew 5:45). However not only must we regard all others as equals but also assert our own equality with them (Matthew 5:38-42).

[By Mt Rev Dr B B Michael John Mackenzie-Hanson BA (Hons), DD, acOSB; Archbishop Primus Inter Pares]  Top of Page

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Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust

The term “Holocaust” has been abused and according to the scriptures it has not happened yet; please note this is by no means an anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish statement! The Arian Catholic Church acknowledges that the Jewish people have suffered persecution throughout the world and through history, witnessing attempts at ethnic cleansing by the Romans in 70 AD and 135 AD, and by the Nazi’s during 1933-45. Also being persecuted by the Roman Catholic church, during the crusades of 1095-1291, by the English at York in 1190, by the Spanish Inquisition between 1300-1530 and in Germany, France, Austria and Hungary at the end of the 19th century. The Roman Catholic church has been responsible for a great deal of Anti-Semitism and venerates many anti-Semitic saints such as John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of Constantinople (c.347 to 407 AD), who wrote eight Homilies: “Against the Jews”; he is however credited with a great many theological literary works and is viewed only as a post-Nicene regional saint of Rome. The Arian Catholic Church stands opposed to Anti-Semitism and maintains a close relationship with Judaism, in particular Messianic Judaism and Nasoreanism; most of genuine Christian theology has its basis in the Hebrew scriptures and culture, which Jesus the Messiah clarified its interpretation and implementation. We believe that Messianic Jews and Gentiles who follow the true teachings and doctrines of the Messiah will find salvation.

The Haskalah and the anti-Semitic reaction
Following the political effects of the Haskalah in the 18th and 19th centuries the Jewish enlightenment movement, under the influence of Moses Mendelssohn, which aimed to integrate Jews into Western European society (for example by the use of German language, instead of Yiddish, and by emphasizing secular intellectualism rather than religious learning), there began a political Anti-Semitic backlash particularly in France and Germany during the late 19th century, the followers of Anti-Semitism based their opposition not on the Jewish religion but on what they considered the Jewish race: the Semites. Political parties were formed in such countries as Germany, France, Austria, and Hungary to keep Jews from occupying positions of eminence. An Austrian writer named Theodor Herzl, knew that the only solution to the problem of anti-Semitism was a Jewish national state. In 1896 Herzl became the founder of political Zionism. For the next 52 years the Zionist organization fought and planned to achieve its ambition, finally realized in the state of Israel in 1948.

Propaganda and the Casualty of Truth
The fact that atrocities occurred to the Jews in Europe in the build up to and during the 2nd World War, including: inhumane forced encampment in squalid conditions, denial of basic medical needs during the outbreak of typhoid in the concentration camps, forced labour, starving to death and mass genocide, is not disputed and is held as a disgraceful episode in the history of mankind. Yet it was a further disappointing episode after such a monstrous campaign of genocide when untruthful claims were made in an attempt to maximise on propaganda for personal and political gains, which even have resulted in an extreme restriction on freedom of speech in Germany and even an outrageous court case over the numbers killed at Auschwitz, reducing the official figure to 800,000. Yet an estimated 6 million Jews were still murdered throughout Europe during WWII. Truth became another casualty of the war which has tarnished our history books!

We must however not forget that horrendous atrocities also occurred to other peoples of Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa at the same time and also during the 1st World War when millions of people suffered and died in what are widely regarded as needless losses of life on an unprecedented scale.  

“WWI Casualties in the land forces amounted to more than 37 million, in addition, close to 10 million deaths among the civilian populations were caused indirectly by the war. As well as the monstrous programme of extermination, the human cost of World War II was appalling for most of the belligerents. The USSR lost the most—at least 20 million civilian and military personnel killed—including large numbers of Russian prisoners deliberately starved to death in German prisoner-of-war camps. Poland lost around a fifth of its civilian population. Allied civilian losses were 44 million; Axis losses, 11 million. The military deaths on both sides in Europe numbered 19 million, and in the war against Japan, 6 million (which included a sizeable number of Allied prisoners-of-war starved or tortured to death in Japanese forced-labour camps in Burma and elsewhere). Only the United States was spared any significant civilian losses, with 292,131 military deaths in battle and 115,187 military deaths from other causes.

The highest numbers of deaths and missing among the armed forces of the combatant countries were: USSR 11 million; Germany 3.25 million; Japan 1.7 million; China 1.4 million; Poland 480,000; Romania 360,000; Italy 350,000; United States 300,000; Yugoslavia 300,000; UK 260,000; Hungary 200,000; and France 125,000.”

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Discrimination and Reverse-Discrimination
In dealing with ant-Semitism we must be careful not to become anti-German as reverse discrimination is just as wrong! There has been suffering on all sides, substantiated and unsubstantiated claims against each other on both sides, but since the war the Truth has been the greater casualty and in some circles is still being exploited. We believe that all those involved should search their souls and consider the pain and damage that has occurred to so many people and Nations, and contemplate how they are going to justify their actions before God!

[by Rev. Brian P. R. Lane-Fox (Edited by Archbishop Michael-John)] Top of Page

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Homosexuality

The Bible condemns the act of Homosexuality, the terms used being “sodomy” and “fornication,” many times and is regarded as an abomination in the eyes of God (Ref: Genesis 19:5–8; Leviticus 18:22, 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; Judges 19:22; 1 Kings 14:24, 15:12, 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; Romans 1:24, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:9, 10). To condone and participate in a wholly unnatural act that is an abomination to God is sinful. What was a sin 1,950 - 2,700 years ago is still a sin today. However, although homosexuals are regarded in a derisory manner, the bible doesn’t seem to condemn a person for being an inactive (celibate) homosexual, and is therefore not specifically a sin. Modern society now recognises that in some cases there are biological reasons why a person might have homosexual tendencies. There have also been occasions where homosexual Clergymen have abused their position of trust and taken advantage of children.

The Arian Catholic Church’s policy on homosexuality is quite clear: Homosexuality is abnormal and wrong. The act of Sodomy is an abomination before God. People whose homosexuality has a Biological cause should seek help to come to terms with their affliction through counselling, meditation and prayer, if they so wish. Others’ homosexuality may have a more sociopathic cause, where a man may have lacked a father-figure in his childhood and a woman, a mother-figure in her childhood, and in later life they are more vulnerable to the attentions of a person of the same sex because of their deep rooted need for a father or mother figure in their lives. These people should be helped to overcome their condition of mind through counselling, meditation and prayer, if they so wish. Children and teenagers are most vulnerable to older homosexual paedophiles taking advantage of them, and therefore must be protected from such people. The Church condemns practicing homosexuals and is opposed to the ordination of homosexual clergy. 

The Arian Catholic church believes that a person’s true sex is dictated by their genetic makeup; i.e. the possession of a “Y” chromosome denotes a male. However a person’s gender and sexuality are ultimately down to the individuals’ own conscience.

The term “Gay” is an innocent old English word meaning happy, carefree or brightly coloured, its association with homosexuality is an abuse of the English Language and although modern interpretations of the word “Gay” have restricted its use, such definitions are not advocated by the Arian Catholic Church.  Top of Page

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 Multiculturalism & Cultural Identity

The Church is critical when governments allow mass immigration from third world countries while doing nothing to substantially reduce world poverty, famine and civil conflict, especially as European food mountains are going to waste. This encourages the highly skilled to flee their countries leaving behind a critical shortage of skills while at the same time putting immense pressure on the population, economy, culture and society of the receiving nations. The Primate Archbishop has called for fair but strict and intelligent immigration policies and for the world community to jointly take responsibility for dealing with poverty and famine.

It is an inalienable fact that humans have evolved on the Earth into four principle sub-species and these were distributed primarily on separate continents. Their differences being the result of evolution moulded by climate and environment and therefore are physically and mentally optimised for these environments and climates. As technology advances communications become easier and faster along with travel. Now more people than ever, people around the world can travel and migrate to other parts of the world. However this practice brings danger as diseases, crime and fortune hunters are also benefitting. Many governments have in the recent past opened their borders to allow mass immigration of people into their countries who are looking for a better quality of life, a policy forced upon the people of these countries without their consent. Skilled people from the third world such as Medical Doctors and Engineers are emigrating to Europe, especially Britain, leaving these countries desperately short of essentially skilled people. This has been further proved to be a wrong move as the ethnic communities throughout Europe have not mixed as was hoped and these countries are now faced with housing problems, employment problems, pension and health service problems plus the population living in fear of the mob, drug dealers, robbers, muggers and rapists on a scale never seen before, because the economy is buckling under the strain and there are too many immigrants from alien cultures that do not mix and have vastly different social standards, traditions, religions and customs. Neither side is willing to blend in with the other and conflicts and divides have formed in these societies. The new generations are now struggling for cultural identity as their old cultures seem archaic, oppressive and unfashionable and other cultures seem too alien to them. This new pseudo-cultureless generation is now at a loss. A society needs a cultural identity that is shared by generations of its people; such societies have respect, tradition and order. The Arian Catholic policy is to promote cultural identity rather than multiculturalism.

God put the mechanism in place for the world's continents to form and humanity to evolve the way it has for very good reasons. Every species and sub-species has evolved to suit a particular continent with its own Environment and for humans their different cultural ways of life, the diversity of life and culture on the earth is beautiful and should be celebrated not destroyed.  Top of Page

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Love

Love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, it can prevent, start and end wars. It should never be taken for granted or taken advantage of as love is precious. People whose hearts are filled with love and radiate love and good feelings to God and all around will be blessed with love and good feeling in return. People in loving relationships who are not married should be cautious not to confuse love with lust. Pre-marital sex is a sin and is therefore forbidden by the Arian Catholic Church, lovers who are unmarried are only joined physically. Those who are married before God are united in spirit. There are practical reasons for this as loose morals can be responsible for heart-break,  the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and for causing unwanted pregnancies. A relationship built on love, honesty and understanding is built on strong and stable foundations. A relationship build on sex and deceit has no stable foundations and will probably be dictated by sorrow. 

Jesus Christ taught us to love our neighbour, and to love the person but hate the sin. In this context we mean comradeship and respect for other people, even those who offend us, as they too have a soul and will be judged!  Top of Page

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Contraception

Some forms of contraception are permitted by the Arian Catholic Church, although premarital sex is forbidden, it is logical to allow contraception in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and the use of condoms will provide additional protection against sexually transmitted diseases. Preventing conception is not nearly as bad as killing a living embryo. The Arian Catholic Church forbids the use of Post-Conception drugs and methods of birth control (e.g. the morning after pill). However, pre-conception contraceptives are permitted providing they are safe to use and do not hinder health or cause sterility. This is because the soul is linked to the body from the moment of Conception, therefore post-conception contraception is killing a living human. Thou shalt not kill!

Surgical sterilization for the purpose of contraception (e.g. vasectomy and hysterectomy) is unacceptable to the Arian Catholic Church as it is seldom reversible and is interfering with the natural design of the human body. There are exceptions where it may be necessary for health reasons.  Top of Page

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Abortion

The Arian Catholic Church forbids abortion unless the child was conceived as a result of rape or there are conclusive medical reasons why the abortion should take place, such that would endanger the life of the mother and seriously endanger the quality of life of the family; e.g. downs syndrome, spina bifida, etc or a complication that has a very high risk of killing the mother; However, if the unborn child is healthy, then every effort must be made to ensure it’s successful birth. The Arian Catholic Church believes that the soul is linked to the unborn body (the zygote) from the moment of conception and that there is some degree of sentience by the ninth week of gestation. Abortion is killing and the seventh Commandment states that thou shalt not kill. However it should be noted that this Commandment works both ways as one who allows them self to be killed, or is putting their family’s lives at great risk, is also breaking this Commandment. There is therefore a logical responsibility to make decisions based on the impact of an infant’s death or that of the mother and to decide how detrimental the effect of the birth of a disabled child would have on the family as a whole.  Top of Page

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Celibacy

The Arian Catholic Church asserts that premarital sex is a sin, and if this involves a person who is already married (before God) to somebody else then this is also adultery. This is a logical rule as it controls unwanted pregnancies, controls the spread of diseases and reduces heart-break. Premarital knowledge is purely a physical experience and the couple are not united in spirit.  Top of Page

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Legitimacy, Illegitimacy and Lore of Bastardy

Under Arian Catholic Lore and in accordance with ancient traditions, a Son or Daughter is still a Son or Daughter regardless of whether the father was married to the mother or not. The shame of illegitimacy is on the parents and not the child. An illegitimate child can be legitimised either by marriage or by a charter from a Bishop or a Monarch.  Top of Page

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Health, Diet and Self Improvement

Proportions - Leonardo DavinciEveryone should strive to better themselves at every opportunity! This includes academically as well as physically and spiritually. One should always attempt to further their boundaries of knowledge and exercise their intelligence, for example, to learn a trade or skill, to learn to play a musical instrument and to learn another language. 

The Bible is clear that we are to take good care of our bodies:-

1 Timothy 4:8 tells us...
“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us...
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Ephesians 5:29 tells us...
“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”

It is essential to keep one’s own body in good condition, failure to do so can result in premature illnesses developing with permanent consequences. We are living in an era where we are expected to out-live many of our children because of the poor diets they are consuming and inadequate levels of exercise they are receiving. God has provided us with the ability to obtain an immense variety of healthy fresh fruit, vegetables and meats to choose from, and man has developed efficient ways of preparing and cooking food to maximise the utilisation of vitamins and reduce the amount of salts, sugars and saturated fats; we should all try to become accustomed to healthier eating and encourage our children to do the same from the start. We should cut out unhealthy products such as are high in caffeine, salt, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners (e.g. aspartame, NutraSweet etc), artificial colours and artificial preservatives. Food containing Caffeine and artificial ingredients are to be strongly avoided, as is excessive drinking! Small amounts of alcoholic drinks such as a glass of red wine with an evening meal can be good for us. But only drink in moderation, never to excess as this can cause immense damage to health, premature aging and social problems. NB Those who take a Nazirite vow cannot eat or drink anything containing the flesh or juice of grapes for the period of their vow!

It is important to keep fit and to learn self defence, this is a policy promoted by the Arian Catholic Church. For example we should always try to opt for the stairs instead of the lift, try walking to the corner shop instead of taking the car, try cycling (going by bicycle) to and from work or to the railway station if possible. Smoking is forbidden at all Arian Catholic events and locations, the ACC discourages all forms of self abuse including smoking! Don’t entertain so called recreational drugs or any others unless prescribed by a Doctor. Take regular exercise and fresh air! Some examples of what we can do to maintain all-round good health are: to ride a bicycle, engage in a sports activity, join a Gymnasium and follow a fitness program, join a self defence/martial arts class, go swimming regularly, take regular walks, walk the dog often and regularly spend time with your family on outings. As with most things, take care to do these things in moderation. 

Spiritual improvement can be achieved through a combination of hard work, family love, meditation and prayer. Learning a Martial Art also conditions the mind through concentration and meditation, and promotes self control. Meditation can help us to find solutions to many problems, can help to relieve stress and anger, and to concentrate on a particular thought by clearing one’s mind of worry, doubt and other thoughts. Regular meditation combined with prayer can help to condition one’s mind to be relaxed, calm and controlled, while at the same time lowering one’s blood pressure and heart rate, which can improve or maintain good health. Prayer itself can be a form of meditation, airing your problem, query or request with God can help matters to come into perspective, and you will find that God listens and responds.

Finally cleanliness might not be next to Godliness but it comes close! It is important to keep clean for reasons of personal health, confidence and sociability. Top of Page

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The Nazirite Vow
The Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church encourages Christians to take a Nazirite vow at least once in their lives. The Law of the Nazirite can be found in the book of Numbers 6:1-20. This can be a good way of focussing one’s self to keep to a strict diet, to attain a level of fitness or for penance, and enables participants to follow an unusual devotion to God for a fixed period of time, after which they return to a normal way of life. Please see the entry on the Liturgical Lore page.

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Music

The Arianist culture is very musical. Not only are hymns sung and psalms and prayers chanted musically but since our ancient ancestors music has been an integral way of life for us. Today there is a broad selection of music, the Arian Catholic Church supports people taking an interest in music and becoming musical themselves by singing and learning to play musical instruments. This is constructive to our way of life, especially as we promote self improvement by constantly trying to improve our knowledge or to learn new skills. The Arian Catholic Church is not opposed to “Rock and Roll” or “Rap” etc  and some churches have bands in their congregation that have their own form of Christian Rock/Rap music! The Arian Catholic Church does however disapprove of music that promotes violations of the CommandmentsTop of Page

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Superstition, The Occult, Clairvoyance & Premonition

The Church’s policy on Superstition and the Occult is that much of this stems from ancient pagan traditions and their variations. In some cases it can lead to Demonic Worship and therefore the church’s stance must be to oppose Occultism and discourage Superstition. The Book of Enoch teaches us the ancient belief of how evil spirits came to be and how there is an order of angels commissioned to be the Watchers of people. The Church therefore acknowledges that there can be evil Spirits or Omens that feed on the souls of the weak and the sceptical. Only through faith in God can such entities be driven away. In extreme cases an Exorcism may be necessary but this is not a decision made lightly, and requires the consultation of Bishops and clergy trained in Exorcism (NB An article on Exorcism will be available soon).

Premonition is something that must be approached with caution. Evil spirits can elude people with false prophesy and there is therefore a risk of being led down a road to hell that is paved with good intentions. However premonition does feature in the bible and can be a God given gift when associated with faith in God. In the book of Matthew 22:7 and 24:2, Jesus alludes to the impending destruction of the Jerusalem temple. The Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. There have been arguments concerning when the book of Matthew was written because of this premonition by Jesus. 

Some schools of thought claim that the book must have been written after 70 A.D. and that these words were put into Christ’s mouth; this is because they cannot accept that Jesus was clairvoyant. Other schools of thought try to use this as evidence of Christ’s Divinity. In fact, papyri fragments of Matthew 26 known as the Oxford Papyri have been demonstrated by papyrologist Casten Peter Theide to have been written before the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. The Oxford Papyri were found in the same place, Egypt, as other Papyri which are currently stored in Paris, France. These papyri all use the same style of lettering in Greek, which means that they are from the same time period, since Greek writing styles were all specific to certain periods of time. The Paris papyri contains the date the year 12 of Nero the lord, Epeieph 30 which in the Gregorian calendar is July 24, 65/66 A.D. Hence, since the scraps of Matthew are from the same time period as these, likewise they were written in the 60s A.D. Another piece of historical evidence which attests to the early date of composition of Matthew comes from an ironic source: a Jewish parody which treats the Gospel of Matthew with derision. Obviously the original work must be older than the parody, so since this story has been dated at about 70 A.D., the Gospel According to Matthew must of course be even older.

This secures the authenticity of Christ’s premonition. It is therefore not unreasonable to suggest that there was nothing malicious, wicked or evil about this clairvoyance and therefore other people who experience clairvoyance cannot be labelled as pagans or witches. People who experience premonition should worship God, take Holy Communion and engage in prayer on a regular basis and seek spiritual guidance from a Priest.  Top of Page

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The Name (number) of the Beast

The following is an analysis of the passage of Revelation revealing the name of the beast as something quite familiar in the modern world and which could not have been interpreted in earlier times.

Revelation 13:11-18, The Beast from the Earth

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth - by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Verse 11 speaks of the close relationship between the beast of the earth and the previous beast that emerged from the sea, even though their outward appearances are markedly different. The “two horns like a lamb” in verse 11 is an emblem of Jewish worship and religious authority and is the only place in the Book of Revelation where “Lamb” does not refer to Christ. “Spoke like a dragon” probably indicates that the second beast’s message comes from the dragon (Satan), just as the first beast took his power and authority from the dragon (see Revelation 13:2). The second beast’s actions described in verse 12 make it virtually certain that he is the false prophet spoken of in Revelation 16:13; 19:20; 20:10. The “great signs” described in verse 12, such as calling fire from heaven and giving breath and speech to the image of the first beast, are persuasive; these signs are very similar to those performed by the two witnesses (see Revelation 11:5, 6). The performance of great signs by the power of Satan is part of the mass deception prophesied by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:8, 9. After the preceding description of the tyranny of the beast, an explanatory comment designed to impart wisdom and understanding to the reader is given. The number (the “name” in verse 17) of the beast is 666; it is also described as the number of a man. The beast is merely a man, not a god, as the signs might suggest. The number 6, just short of 7 (the number of completeness), is intensified as 666 - the number of the most powerful man who is not God. This man’s identity will someday be understood in relation to the number 666. It is a key for identifying the Antichrist.

The number of his name is the name of the beast. In the Hebrew each number is represented by a letter, and the number 6 is represented by the equivalent to “w”, therefore the name of the beast, 666 = www; could this also pertain to the World Wide Web?

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Anathema of St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (Santa - Satan or Saint?)

Santa - Satan or Saint?Christmas is a time for setting aside our differences, it is a time for caring, kindness, compassion and love; and a time for giving. But we should not lose sight of the real reason for Christmas, that is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the beginning of a series of events that would profoundly affect the whole world for thousands of years, the birth of Christianity. So who is that rather large man in a red suit that legend has it visits every child on Christmas night around the world delivering presents and travels through the air on a sleigh with nine reindeer (Cupid, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Dancer, Comet, Dasher and Rudolph)? Where does he come into the Christmas story? He goes by numerous aliases: St Nicholas, St Nic, Father Christmas (although the term “Christmas” first occurred in 1038 A.D.), Santa Claus, Santa, Chris Crindle etc. 

Traditionally Santa Claus (His real name: St Nicholas of Myra) was a third and fourth century Bishop of Myra whom was a very strict man where children were concerned, but is noted for his generosity. St Nicholas was born around 270-280 A.D. in Myra, in the Roman Province of Lycia in Asia Minor, he was ordained as a Bishop while still a very young man, he was imprisoned by Emperor Diocletian along with many other Christian Clergy and was released by Emperor Constantine after which he was an avid supporter of Constantine and the Trinitarian heresy. He is said to have struck Arius across the face in anger and frustration during the council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.  

Nicholas striking Arius

Nicholas striking Arius
Fresco: Soumela Monastery, Turkey
Photo: Jan Lendering, Livius.

An act of violence not uncommon among the pro-Roman members of the Church at the time and a clear display of frustration when unable to win an argument against Arius (Of course Arius’s philosophy dominated the Church for fifteen years and continued to be followed by a large section of Christians for 250 years after Arius’s death and was only driven underground by the brutal might of the Roman Empire (See the article: Romanisation of Catholicism)). According to this legend, not everyone appreciated this violent outburst against Arius, and the presidency of the Council decided that Nicholas was no longer allowed to wear the ornaments of a bishop. Therefore, Nicholas is shown without mitre on Greek icons. In fact, this anecdote is embarrassing to the trinitarians, and this is a reason why it is unlikely to have been invented.

St Nicholas’s legend was elaborated and, particularly since the 1860s, became the mythical Santa and patron saint of children that we know today. St Nicholas died on 6th December 343 A.D. which is now observed as the optional Feast day of St Nicholas. In 540 A.D. there was an elaborate Basilica built over his tomb which was dedicated to the saint. In 987 A.D. he became the Patron Saint of Russia. See the St Nicholas Centre and Chronology of Santa Claus, these give a comprehensive history of St Nicholas and his legends.

St Nicholas of MyraThere are however some disturbing aspects of St Nicholas, as his introduction into the theme of Christmas is quite recent, i.e. since Victorian times (1860s), and does actually divert attention from the true meaning of Christmas towards covetousness, greed and gluttony; with people tending to treat Christmas as only a time for presents and food. His legend has been hijacked by many quarters for commercial gain, because of this people are losing sight of the true message of Christmas. In fact the myth of Santa Claus is completely alien and unnecessary to the story of Christmas! The story of the giving of gifts is already told through the three wise men who brought Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to the crib although the season of Yule-Tide has been a celebrated pagan time for giving for many thousands of years. Then there are certain diabolical parallels to consider: e.g. a) early Bishops did wear red, however that St Nic is traditionally dressed in red from head to toe is also consistent with the devil, b) the story of St Nic is predominantly aimed at children and encourages them to think more about presents than any other aspect of Christmas, c) the story of St Nic as told to children, though this is an innocent and a supposedly harmless fantasy, is an untruth and teaches children wrongly that it is: i) acceptable to lie and ii) acceptable to put covetous, greedy and gluttonous behaviour before Christ at Christmas. It is also interesting to note that “Santa” (a name commonly used in the English language for St Nic) is an acronym of Satan (a name for the devil), also “Saint Nic” bears similarity to “Old Nic” (another name for the devil).

The Arian Catholic Church therefore concludes that the story of Santa Claus is neither necessary nor appropriate for the celebration of Christmas and there is a danger that people could be inadvertently teaching children immoral values at Christmas time instead of truly Christian values. References and imagery pertaining to Santa Claus must therefore not feature in any part of the Christmas festival. The 6th December is recognised as an optional feast day of Saint Nicholas so that the true story of his life shall be made available and to acknowledge Arius’s forgiveness, however the Arian Catholic Church anathematizes Bishop Nicholas (Saint) for his heresy and the corrupt legend that has become his legacy.  Top of Page

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