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"Although Constantine had been exposed to Christianity by his mother Helena, there is no consensus among scholars as to whether he adopted his mother's Christianity in his youth or gradually over the course of his life, and he did not receive baptism until shortly before his death."
Constantine was the catalyst for a unified, consistent Christian theology, which he built in the East.
Modern catholicism is dependent on the canon that Constantine introduced, as well as his influence on the bishop councils.
Nontheless, it is debatable, and sometimes even doubtful that Constantine was a Christian himself, but used the growing church and his ability to buy power over it (new and restored churches and lenient taxes for his bishops who were also Imperial Advisors) as a political device to increase his power..
Regarding Torah scholars, I assume that it was during his commission of 50 bibles to be produced and dissiminated in the early Constantinople churches in which our modern canon exactly matches.
We know that later Constantine with his BIG EGO built large
statues of himself and even worshipped Apollo and made a
statue of himself in a SUN-Worshipping Chariot on top of an
arch infront of a Large Statue of Apollo.
During the course of his life he progressively became more Christian and turned away from any syncretic tendencies he appeared to favor at times and thus demonstrating, according to his biographers, that "The God of the Christians was indeed a jealous God who tolerated no other gods beside him." ...He resorted to derogatory and contemptuous comments relating to the old religion; writing of the "true obstinacy" of the pagans, of their "misguided rites and ceremonial", and of their "temples of lying" contrasted with "the splendours of the home of truth"...The first episodes of persecution of Paganism in the Christan history of the Roman Empire started late on Constantine's reign, with his orders for the pillaging and the tearing down of pagan temples.
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July 24th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Constantine was at best highly reluctantly Catholic. He never could depart fully from pagan ways. He did absolutely nothing to change or further the theology of the Catholic Church. His contribution to the dispute over Arianism was mostly just that he wanted the controversy to be resolved. Constantine even turned against Athanasius at times when the latter seemed too uncompromising, making it seem unlikely that the former actually favored the position of the trinitarians.
"So as not to exchange one evil for another, this poor land must be saved from the scourge of friend and foe alike." - Friedrich Schiller
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So, is Constantine the Conquerer mentioned in Revelations,
the Head of the Catholic Church, the Rider on the white horse of False Religion?
Are you under the delusion that God only executes His will through perfect people?
Do I need even begin to speak about King David or Paul, for example? Even Moses had killed a man, and the papacy is the seat of Moses. Are you really going to equate Constantine to what you just stated?