Old Icon of Saint Athanasius of AlexandriaOn this date in 356, the church that Athanasius was at in Alexandria Egypt was burst into by soldiers. Some accounts indicate that there were as many as 5,000 soldiers after one man, Athanasius. The emperor, Constantius, some of Constantine the Great did not appreciate the doctrine that Athanasius was preaching. Constantius believed in what is called Arianism, the belief that Jesus was not fully God, but was a created being. The Council of Nicea rejected this belief in 325.

Over the course of his life, Athanasius was forced into exile five times under four different emperors. But Athanasius refused to stop preaching that Christ was fully divine.

What about us? In a society that often emphasizes a wrong belief system, may we be bold with love and refuse to compromise the teachings of Jesus.

Forced into exile

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