Historical "Black Hole"...
The word "History", is in
Has "His-Story" ended?
Yes, "His-story" about the growth of His Church
did end after the last verse in the book of Acts was written and
it did not begin again until 1521 when the Protestant
That is what we are told to believe by some non-Catholics, but NOT by
Others try to tell us that His-story ended when the Book of Revelation
was finished. However, there were one or two documents written
over that 1400+ year period until 1521, and they believe, "If I can use
(twist) them to my advantage, I'll do so", say some anti-Catholics. "If
I cannot use them, then they simply do not exist", the same
Did "His-Story" really end with the completion of the last book of the
Bible, or do the events of "His-Story" march on and accumulate unbroken
and unfettered throughout all time?
Well what does Holy Scripture say about the "end of His-Story"?
"But when he, the Spirit of Truth, has
come, he will (future tense) teach you all the truth. For he will not speak on his
own authority, but whatever he will hear he will speak,
AND THE THINGS THAT ARE TO COME HE WILL DECLARE TO YOU."
Holy Scripture clearly says that His-Story will continue into the
How far into the future? Let us examine another verse.
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you; and
I AM WITH YOU ALL DAYS, EVEN UNTIL THE CONSUMMATION OF THE WORLD."
Verse 20 means, "He will be with us every day in every century until
the end of time with no gaps".
Does that sound like a time limit has been imposed by GOD on
No time limit was imposed by GOD, but a time limit was imposed by man,
according to some anti-Catholics, since they have created a veritable
"Black Hole" of "His-Story" from the time the last book of the Bible
was written about 95-100 A.D., until 1521, a period of over 1420 years.
If something is not in the Bible, then I will simply reject it. That is
the false thinking of some non-Catholics.
What does Holy Scripture say regarding "everything
is in it"?
"Many other signs also Jesus worked in the
sight of his disciples,
WHICH ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK."
"There are, however, many other things
that Jesus did; but if everyone of these should be written, not even
the world itself, I think, could hold the books that would have to be
Some questions for those who refuse to believe anything, if they cannot
find it in the Bible. Tell me then, how can you find answers to these
1. Show me in the Bible the list of inspired books in it? If you cannot
find such a list then how do you know the book you call the Bible is
2. Show me in the Bible where the word "Trinity" is defined? If you
cannot find the word in the Bible, then why do you believe in the
doctrine? From where did the word "Trinity" come?
3. Same question for the word "Incarnate"?
4. Show me in the Bible where the Bible tells you that all the books
within it are inspired?
5. Show me in the Bible where Jesus said what Luke said He said in this
"...and REMEMBER the WORD of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It
is more blessed to give than to receive'." Acts 20:35
6. Show me in Scripture the
reference of Matthew 2:23 that "he shall be called a Nazarene"?
7. Show me in Scripture the reference of Matthew 5:43 that "you shall
hate your enemy"?
8. Show me in Scripture the reference of 2Timothy 3:8 that "Jamnes and
Mambres resisted Moses"?
9. Tell me, where did your Bible come from? Documents please?
10. Since you believe all Scripture is inspired, then show me where the
Bible excludes the Gospel of Peter and the Gospel of Thomas? Can't find
it? Then why are these books not in your Bible?
11. Show me the verses which say the Bible claims to be the sole
authority for Christians in matters of faith and morals?
As you can clearly see, the Bible is far from
complete. Some very important questions simply cannot be answered with
Scripture alone. Some of these are examples of Apostolic Tradition, for
which we are commanded to keep by WORD or by letter in 2Thessalonians
2:15. Apostolic tradition is quite removed from man-made tradition.
Now, where would you go to find the answers to the questions I
have just put forth?
Will you just simply ignore the questions and prefer to have no answers?
Or do you honestly want to seek the truth?
What have we learned from Holy
Scripture so far?
1. That Scripture says "His-Story" will continue until the end of time,
and with no gaps whatsoever.
2. That Scripture says that learning will continue until we have been
taught all things.
3. That Scripture says, and shows us that everything is NOT within its
then, is this "Historical Black Hole"?
is the 1420 plus years of "His-Story" from the time of the finishing of
the Book of Revelation, until Martin Luther came along and started the
Protestant Reformation. These 1420 years are filled with genuine
historical documents that are suppressed by the leaders of most of the
non-Catholic ecclesial communities.
Christian Encyclopedia, April 2001, a Protestant publication.
What do these leaders of the 33,800 ecclesial communities tell, or
refrain from telling their flocks?
1. They do not teach their subjects that genuine historical documents
for this time period even exist.
2. There are literally thousands of historical documents written by
hundreds down through the ages.
3. The documents are available for all to see, "But there is nothing concealed that will not be
disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known." Luke 12:2
4. If any of their subjects find that these documents do exist, they
are told not to read them.
5. They are told that they will become corrupted if they do read them.
Their subjects are purposely kept in "Spiritual Darkness".
6. The truth is, however, that whoever reads these documents will find
the real truth for themselves and not what someone else just
tells them is the truth.
7. We are all obligated to search for the truth (1Timothy 2:4). Since
truth is a person (John 14:6), if you have not searched for the truth,
then you have not found the truth, and thus you have not found the
person who is GOD.
You cannot find the fullness of truth by ignoring 1420 years of
"For they have not received the love of
truth that they might be saved. Therefore GOD sends them a misleading
influence that they may believe falsehood, that all may be judged who
have not believed the truth, but have preferred wickedness."
Who, or what, is this misleading influence? Holy Scripture gives us the
answer to this question...
"For the WRATH of GOD is revealed from
heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness
OF THOSE MEN WHO IN WICKEDNESS HOLD BACK THE TRUTH OF GOD."
Some of the various authors of genuine historical
Josephus (Flavius Josephus 37-101 A.D.) was a Jew and a Jewish
historian. He wrote many books about Jewish history from their very
beginnings until the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.. His writings
are valued by scholars, as some of what he wrote is the only source for
several of the historical events. He also dated the events which very
few writers in the early times did. In his book XVIII, chapter 3, he
wrote of Jesus Christ:
"About this time lived Jesus, a man full of wisdom, if indeed one may
call Him a man. For He was the doer of incredible things, and the
teacher of such as gladly received the truth. He thus attracted to
Himself many Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ. On the
accusation of the leading men of our people, Pilate condemned Him to
death upon the cross; nevertheless those who had previously loved Him
still remained faithful to Him. For on the third day He again appeared
to them living, just as, in addition to a thousand other marvelous
things, prophets sent by God had foretold. And to the present day the
race of those who call themselves Christians after Him has not ceased."
Evodius was the first Bishop of Antioch, and he is credited with being
the first person to call the followers of Christ, "Christians", as
shown in Acts 11:26. See Eusebius, book 3, chapter 22.
Saint Ignatius (35-107), the second Bishop of Antioch wrote a letter to
the Smyrneans in
In this letter is recorded the first known use of the words "Catholic Church"...
"You must all follow the lead of the bishop, as Jesus Christ followed
that of the Father; follow the presbytery as you would the Apostles;
reverence the deacons as you would God's commandment. Let no one do
anything touching the Church, apart from the bishop. Let that
celebration of the Eucharist be considered valid which is held under
the bishop or anyone to whom he has committed it. Where the bishop appears, there let the people be,
just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not permitted without authorization from the
bishop either to baptize or to hold an agape; but whatever he approves
is also pleasing to God. Thus everything you do will be proof against
danger and valid."
Some non-Catholics teach that the Catholic Church did not even come
into existence until the Emperor of Rome,
Constantine, issued the "Edict of Milan"* in 313 A.D..
How then, can they explain this letter of Saint Ignatius written over
200 years earlier?
Here is an additional sampling of titles of writings** where the Catholic
Church is mentioned by name, and with all of them penned before 313 A.D.:
Martyrdom of St. Polycarp 16:2. J77,79,80a,81a, 155 A.D.
Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis 7:17:107:3. J435, 202 A.D.
Cyprian, Letter to Florentius 66:69:8. J587, 254 A.D.
Lactantius, Divine Institutions 4:30:1. J637, 304
*The "Edict of Milan",
available on the Internet for all to see, did not "start" the Catholic
Church, but merely allowed the open existence of Christianity. It
allowed Christianity to continue without fear of Roman persecution.
Prior to this event, Christians were persecuted mercilessly by both the
Romans and the Jews, and they had to practice the faith underground,
and in secret.
Read the "Edict of Milan" for yourself and you
will see the truth of what I said.
**The "J" numbers
refer to Jurgens book set, "The Faith of the Early Fathers".
All of the writings listed above are available on the Internet for
Saint Justin the martyr (105-165), is recognized as
the "First Christian Apologist".
He wrote extensively in the defense of the early Church.
Saint Irenaeus (140-202), wrote a monumental volume entitled
"Against Heresies" which scholars use to this day. Yes, there were
heretics then also, and right from the very beginning of Christianity.
Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339), is called, "The
Father of Church History", and wrote 10 volumes of the history of the
Catholic Church. His His-Storical writings span the time period from
before the birth of Jesus Christ until about 330 A.D.. He quoted some
of the writings of Josephus.
Saint Athanasius (295-373), Bishop of Alexandria. Read about how he championed the Church
against the heresy of Arianism. In his Festal Letter #39, which he
wrote in 367, is a list of the New Testament Canon, which just a few years later was accepted by the
Saint Jerome (341-420), was the person who gave the world the
first Bible with both Old and New Testaments, the "Latin Vulgate" in
404. The Vulgate is the official Bible of the Catholic Church to this
day. Saint Jerome, as a great defender of
the Catholic Church has many other outstanding writings to his credit.
Saint Augustine (354-430), one of the greatest writers in defense of the Catholic Church of all time. He wrote hundreds of documents and
mentioned the Catholic Church by name over 300 times.
His "Confessions" is considered to be one of the most outstanding works
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), was one of the
greatest Christian thinkers of all time. His monumental "Summa
Theologica" embraces practically every facet of Christianity. In it he
presents the objections to Christian doctrine and then gives the
supporting arguments. His "Summa" is widely used by serious scholars
and is considered to be one of the greatest writings of all time.
This is only a small sampling of the plethora of
genuine historical documents written by early Christians, and these
writings are available for everyone to study.
A comprehensive list of genuine historical documents with many
different writers and covering many subjects, can be seen here. There are URL's posted
in that file, that will allow you to find these writings and see for
yourself the wealth of genuine historical documents that are just a
There are also voluminous writings of Christianity by
Roman, Greek, Jewish and other authors of the time, such as Pliny,
Tacitus, and the Jewish Talmud.
How can anyone who is serious about their salvation
afford to ignore these treasures from the past?
"And you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Half of the Truth
is no truth at all.
How then, can you get the full truth if you ignore 1420 plus years of
genuine historical documents?
Cardinal John Newman, a convert from Anglicanism said it best in
regards to historical documents:
"To be deep in history is to cease to be
That is the real reason why non-Catholic ministers and elders tell
their flocks to ignore the "Black Hole" of "His-Story". You see, there
is absolutely nothing written about the 33,800 ecclesial communities
during this 1420 year period, as none of them existed then, but there
are plentiful writings of Christianity and of the Church which Jesus
Christ founded. "His-Story" flowed from century to century with no
"gaps" whatsoever. The only "Historical Black Holes" which exist, are
those in the minds of some who choose to ignore 1420 plus years of
historical writings, and, as mentioned earlier from Romans 1:18, "...who in wickedness hold back the truth of GOD."
Do you ignore the history of your country? No? Then why do you ignore
the history of Christianity? Christian history is of much greater value
for you, as it will gratuitously profit you in your quest for eternal
"What is it that has
been? The same thing that shall be. What is it that has been done? The
same thing that shall be done. Nothing under the sun is new, neither is
any man able to say: Behold this is new; for it has already gone before
in the ages that were before us. There is no remembrance of former
things; nor indeed of those things which hereafter are to come, shall
there be any remembrance with them that shall be in the latter end."
So why would anyone want to ignore the former things? We can profit
enormously from what has been accomplished by millenniums of ancestral
writings by thousands of others who went before us. One of the worlds
great scientists was asked how he was able to accomplish so much in his
He replied, "It was because I stood upon
the shoulders of giants".
Could he still have soared as he had done, by ignoring the scientific
giants that lived before him?
Wouldn't the same logic also apply to us regarding the theological
giants who lived before our time?
ignore history fail to profit from its good deeds, and are doomed to
repeat its mistakes.
No one should allow
themselves to be dragged into the "Black
Hole" of spiritual darkness.
"If we say that we have fellowship with
Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and are not practicing the truth. But if we
walk in the light as He also is the light, we have fellowship with one
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all
"Because you have rejected knowledge, I
will reject you,
that you shall not do the office of priesthood to me."
Written by Bob Stanley, May 7, 2001
Updated March 14, 2003
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