Constantine the Great
Constantine the Great, Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus, born 27 February 272, died 22 May 337, also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine, was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337. Well known for being the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious tolerance of all religions throughout the empire. In 325 he summoned the Council of Nicaea, effectively the first Ecumenical Council (unless the Council of Jerusalem is so classified). Nicaea dealt mostly with Arianism.
Arianism is the theological teaching attributed to Arius (ca. AD 250–336), a Christian presbyter from Alexandria, Egypt, concerning the relationship of the entities of the Trinity (‘God the Father’, ‘God the Son’ and ‘God the Holy Spirit’) and the precise nature of the Son of God as being a subordinate entity to God the Father. Deemed a heretic by the First Council of Nicaea of 325, Arius was later exonerated in 335 at the First Synod of Tyre, and then, after his death, pronounced a heretic again at the First Council of Constantinople of 381.(Fronm: Wikipedia)
Although history reports that Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, in his Spirit Communication below, Constantine says he never when on earth accepted Christianity. He is, however, now a Celestial Spirit.
Spirit Communication received: 5th September 1916
Received: by James E. Padgett
I am here, Constantine.
I was the Roman Emperor and died as the head of the Christian Church.
I wasn’t really a Christian and did not understand the true principles
of the Christian teachings, but I adopted Christianity as a State
religion because of political purposes added to my desire to destroy
the powers of my antagonists who were believers in and worshipers
of the gods of paganism. I was a man who cared not in the slightest
whether the cross or the symbol of the oracles was the true sign
of religion, or whether the followers of religious beliefs belonged
to the Christian church or the worship of the gods which our country
had for so many years adopted and followed.
My great desire when I made Christianity the State religion was
to obtain power and the allegiance of the majority of the people
of the empire. The Christians were very numerous and were persons
of such intense convictions – so intense, that not even death could
remove or change these convictions – I knew that when they once
gave me their allegiance, I should have a following that could not
be overthrown by those who were worshipers of the old gods. The
latter people were not so interested in their religious beliefs,
individually, as to cause them to have such convictions as would
interfere with any religion that I might establish, when they realized
that their material interests would be advanced by at least, formally
recognizing that religion as a state establishment. Their beliefs
were not the results of conviction but merely those of what had
been accepted by their ancestors and transmitted to them as a kind
of inheritance. They believed in the gods and the oracles as a matter
of course, without ever having made the objects of their beliefs
matters of investigation in order to learn if those beliefs were
true or not. Truth was not sought for, and hence conviction was
a mere shallow acquiescence.
During all the time of my office as Emperor, I never changed my
beliefs and never accepted the teachings of the Christians as the
revelation of truth, and in fact, I never considered such a matter
as religion, worthy of my serious consideration. Many doctrines
were proposed and discussed by the ecclesiastical teachers and leaders
of this religion, and those doctrines were approved by me which
were adopted by a majority of these leaders as true and the correct
declarations of what the Scriptures of the Christians contained.
I let these leaders fight their own battles as to doctrines and
truths, and when they decided what should be accepted and declared
by the church to be true doctrines, I appoved the same and promulgated
them as binding upon all the followers of the Christian faith.
So I, though it has been frequently said, did not establish the
canonicity of the Bible, or determine and legalize the doctrines
which were declared and made binding by the conventions of the leaders
of the church. Of course, I gave them my sanction and official approval,
but they were not mine and should not be said to have been established
by me, for if the doctrines of the Arians had been accepted and
declared by a majority of these ecclesiasts as the true teachings
of the Christian scriptures, I should have sanctioned and given
them the State’s authority. As I said, I was not a Christian when
I lived and I did not die a Christian, notwithstanding all the fantastical
and miraculous things which have been written about me and my conversion
When I came into the spirit world, I found myself in great darkness
and suffering, realizing that I had to pay the penalties for the
sins thought and committed by me on earth; and all the masses which
were said for the benefit of my soul never helped me one particle
to get out of my unhappy condition.
I knew nothing about the Divine Love or the mission of Jesus in
coming to earth, and I found that my sins had not been washed away
as the teachers had often told me on earth would be done for me.
Many long years I remained in this condition of darkness and unhappiness,
without finding any relief by reason of the mystical workings of
Jesus’ atonement of which the priests had told me, and which I did
not believe, nor the help of the gods in whom I had been taught
to believe by our philosophers and religious teachers. No, I found
no relief and my condition seemed to be fixed, and hope of the Christian
heaven that was never mine, and of the fields Elysian that would
be mine in a hazy way, did not cause me to feel that my sufferings
would at sometime come to an end and the glad face of happiness
But after a time the light of the truth in which Jesus came to
teach, broke in on my understanding and soul, and the Divine Love
of the Father commenced to flow into my soul and continued until
I became a possessor of it to that degree that I was carried to
the Celestial Spheres, where I now am, a redeemed pure and immortal
soul, having undoubting knowledge and conviction that I possess
in my soul the Divine Essence of the Father, and the certainty of
eternal life in the Celestial Kingdom.
I cannot tonight write you of my experience in either the dark
planes or in the successive progressive spheres, but sometime I
will come and detail that experience. But before ceasing my writing,
I wish to say with all the force that I have, that only the Divine
Love of the Father can save a soul from its sins and make it at
one with the Father in His Divine Nature.
Let creeds and dogmas and man made doctrines take care of themselves,
and learn the Truth, and in that Truth abide, for Truth is eternal
and never changes, and no decrees of man or dogmas of church tradition
of the early fathers or writers, or creeds of ecclesiastical conventions,
so solemnly adopted, and declared, can make that a truth which is
not a truth. Truth existed before all these things and is not subject
to them, nor by them can it be added to or taken from.
I must not write more now, and thank you for having
permitted me to write.
So with my love, I will say good night.
Your brother in Christ, Constantine