Today, Rick lead the service by presenting information about how the historical man Jesus came to be considered to be God.  That is to say how did an itinerant Jewish rabbi in Palestine who taught people to praise God end up being considered to be God himself (equal in every way with the Father and the Holy Spirit) by people who started a new religion which was dedicated to the proposition that the founder of the movement was an equal to God.  Its a lot to take in.  (Spoiler alert! We are a Unitarian Church and the one thing that Unitarians agree on it is that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not co-equal with God.) 

This is a difficult topic to summarize.  In the early church (First Century) the followers of Jesus began to think of him as the son of god after he died.  Some in the early church believed that Jesus became divine at the crucifiction.  Some thought that he became God at is baptism.  Some thought he became divine at birth.  And some thought he was God with God (Yahweh)  from the beginning of time. 

Then the Romans got involved in the person of the Emperor Constantine.  Constantine wanted the Christian Theologians to agree on one answer.  He did not care particularly what the answer was, so long as they agreed on something.  This was the Council of Nicea held in about 325 A.D.  Their answer is found in the Nicene Creed which has been adopted by all the major sects of Christianity.  And that answer is that God and Jesus co-existed from the beginning of time, both are the same "true-god."

If you find the Council of Niceas' answer troubling, you just may be a Unitarian.  Unitarians do not believe in multiple gods.  Come visit and give us a try.  

Peace,

Rick