The Great Commission, The Great Enlightenment, The Creed.
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One of the reasons for presenting this short history is to emphasize the unity and consistency of enlightened men beginning with the source of those characteristics.   But another reason is to show the corollary between the Dark Ages and then the Enlightenment and the reverse trend in America especially over the last 5 decades..

THE GREAT COMMISSION.    (Mt 28:19-20)    50 A.D. +/-
. "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 to observe all that I have commanded you;"    ( RSV)
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: .."   ( KJV)  "observe all things whatsoever:"  literally means "obey everything that"
Jesus instructed the Apostles and the believers and thereby the church.   So men generally start right where they are, discipling and practicing some sort of Bible study for themselves and their family.

THE CREED.   200 - 450 A.D.
There were numerous Creeds written by early church fathers.   This one is called Apostles' Creed pertaining to the beliefs of the eye witnesses of Jesus the Messiah.
I BELIEVE in God the Father, 1 Almighty Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, 1 born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. 1 The third day he arose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 1 From thence he shall come to judge both the quick and the dead. 1 I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic2 church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. 1 Amen.
1 quick - alive, lively.        2catholic - Pertaining to the universal Christian body or church or those that accept the Apostles' Creed, not a specific denomination or sect.

The Apostles' Creed was acceptable and is applicable to Americans because it was found in several home school & colonial school textbooks called,  "The New England Primer".  This children's primer was used extensively throughout America from the 1690's to the 1890's.

The Christian Church became established after the resurrection of our Lord.  The two main denominations were the catholics and those that strictly held to a literal interpretation of the scriptures.  They both went through the Dark Ages until 1472 when the Catholic Church split. ` The eastern church branch became known as Orthodox.   The western church branch became known as Catholic.   Luther with his 95 thesis was the initiating factor of the Protestant enlightenment and reformation circa 1530's.   These quarrels had the effect of causing men to search the scriptures and concentrate on what God says to man in his Word, hence a renewed emphasis on discipleship and education.  The Tyndale Bible translation into the Queen's English and others translations, the King James Version in 1769 and the printing press invention allowed for the common man to own his own Bible and search the scriptures and be self discipled i.e. self enlightened and motivated for more education, ministry and service.
In spite of all of the dissension the true believer has an Awesome Unity. ` As Jesus prayed to the Father (Jn 17:20-23, NIV).
Father ... "My prayer is not for them alone. `I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. ` May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. ` I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: ` I in them and you in me. ` May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

MARTIN LUTHER: b. 1483-1546:
"I am very much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.    I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount.    Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt."
These are strong words from a very respected church leader and reformer.  You might review his words to see whether they apply today or not.   Is the public school corrupt?
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: A Christian discovers America 1492 AD; but on the way he journals: "It was the Lord who put into my mind - I could feel His hand upon me - the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies.  All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me.  There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures."
JAMESTOWN: The first colonial outpost.

THE PILGRIMS; came to America in 1620 AD to escape the oppression of the State Church of England and claim the land for God. See the next article for excerpts of the Mayflower Compact.

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