Alright this may take a while to explain:
I was talking to someone (he is an elder at a non-Denom church) who said that the early Christians were in complete disarray. No one could read and so everyone fell into error (because they couldn’t read the bible). He said he blamed the, “so called church fathers” for this because they were all power hungry and they wanted people to stay illiterate and unknowledgeable about Scripture and Christ.
He specifically called out Ignatius and said that he was power hungry and suppressed the real Christians and their writings. The writings of the real Christians were covered up in favor of the letters written by men like Ignatius (other than the NT letters of course… I guess the Church some how forgot to torch those :rolleyes: ).
I didn’t really want to get into it with him but I did say in Ignatius’ defense that he was a hearer of John and a Martyr and I don’t think he would willing be a martyr for something that he knew was false (I hope I was right in saying he was a martyr to be honest I cant remember?). Also I told him I didn’t recall any letters where Ignatius himself claims to have power (or being power hungry) but rather I had read letters where he diverted “power” to the Bishop of Rome.
As a response I got that he may have been a hearer of John but he must not have heard very well.
My question is just how would we answer this kind of assertion, that the early Church fathers were power hungry and suppressed the real Christians?
I know there is no proof of any underground “real” Christians, but this person would expect that because all their writings were supposedly torched by the Catholic Church.