Did Constantine tamper with the contents of the Bible?
“The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor
Constantine,” says Dan Brown’s “expert” (p.231).
He continues: “Because Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status almost four
centuries after Jesus’ death, thousands of documents already existed chronicling
His life as a mortal man. To rewrite the history books, Constantine knew he would need a bold stroke. From
this sprang the most profound moment in
Christian history. . . . Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible,
which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made
Him godlike. The earlier [Gnostic] gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned” (p.234).
Once again, however, the record of history is different. There is no evidence that Constantine ordered
the burning of any Gnostic gospels. What were burned were Arian papers found by the Council of Nicaea
to be heretical.
The informal recognition of New Testament Scriptures was well under way long before Constantine.
The council was convened because an aged presbyter named Arius
denied the full deity of Christ by proclaiming, “There was [a time] when [Jesus] was not.” Arius reasoned
that because Jesus came into this world in physical form, He must be changeable—unlike God, His Father.
The views of Arius stirred great controversy among other church leaders who were convinced that the
writings of both Old and New Testament Scriptures showed that the Messiah who came into the world was
fully divine. The idea that Jesus was a God-man did not begin with Constantine.
The Catholic Church (in its infancy) didn't create the “canon;” it didn't determine which books would be
called Scripture, the Word of God. Instead, they only recognized which books had been inspired from their
inception. That process started centuries before Nicea or even Constantine's legalization of Christianity in