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As you may know from previous posts of mine, I am confused about the early Churches relationship with Judaism.
I have been reading online from Catholic sources and I stumbled on anti Catholic ones as well. I am very worried and confused so to make things quick, I will list questions I have below.
...I understand your concerns... however, note that it is not about getting a well-rounded amount of information from all the available sources; rather, it is about getting the "correct" information and working with that:
[FONT="Garamond"][size=]14 And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good towards each other, and towards all men. 16 Always rejoice. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all. 19 Extinguish not the spirit. 20 Despise not prophecies. 21 But prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves. 23 And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things; that your whole spirit, and soul, and body, may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He is faithful who hath called you, who also will do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-24)
...as for your query, I can only offer you what Christ gives... it is up to you to determine if you will take Him on His Word or follow man's counsel:
1.Did early Christians worship in houses rather than churches?
5.Did Jesus intend to start Christianity?
They followed the standard for Judaism (as did Jesus); they went to the Temple and the synagogues... several things happened upon the emergence of the Church: a) persecution of Christ and His Followers, b) change in God's Economy, c) persecution of the Church:
20 Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
(St. John 15:20)
21 Jesus saith to her: Woman, believe me, that the hour cometh, when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, adore the Father. 22 You adore that which you know not: we adore that which we know; for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. 24 God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. (St. John 4:21-24)
1 And Jesus being come out of the temple, went away. And his disciples came to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And he answering, said to them: Do you see all these things? Amen I say to you there shall not be left here a stone upon a stone that shall not be destroyed. (St. Matthew 24:1-2)
6 These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. 3 And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor me. (St. John 16:1-3)
...so while the Church emerged (had it commencement within the walls of the Temple and the synagogues, due to her roots in Judaism, Jesus' Followers, which were referenced as "the Way" were chased and persecuted out of the Temple and it's economy (system); eventually, they gathered in their personal homes, wilderness, desert, and even the catacombs built by Rome.
If so, how many Catholic things, like icons and statues were apart of the services in these house churches?
How did the Church go from being Jewish believers, to believing that Jews had to become Christian to be saved? (Ignatius of Antioch)
The New Covenant Unfolded and Doctrine and Practices were set in motion--the old economy (Temple) passed and the new economy (Church) was introduced.
The early Church was not the only party holding this Belief; St. Paul expounds on this in Romans 9 through 11:32. Jews must accept Jesus since, as St. Peter was Inspired:
12 Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.
- How can we explain antisemitism in some of the Church fathers?
There are errors of pride (ego) and there are errors of zealousness... even well-meaning people fail to exercise God's Love and Mercy.
Any feedback is appreciated, I need desperate help discerning the matter.
Also, I apologize for any spelling or grammar errors, its late and dark and i'm bit stressed right now.
Seeking the Truth (Jesus) is never a matter of desperation nor stress; we must Know Him in our heart and mind!
...typos and vocabulary are of no serious consequence--the only time these gain importance is when they are intended as an assault or defamation... seek the Truth and He Will Lead you to Freedom!