A: Constantine brought an end to polytheism and introduced the empire to the idea of one true God. The fact that it was a pseudo Christianiy did not stop true believers from being able to follow the teachings of Jesus.
2. Constantine did not overthrow paganism. He instituted christianity with pagan ideals. In other words, combined Jesus with paganism. So how was paganism overthrown if it continued on with a twist of christianity?
A:He made it possible for true believers to be able to follow their faith in the true God without fear of persecution or death. This was not possible prior to him defeating pagan Rome
1. Paganism wasnt overthrown. You and I already agreed that Constantine inserted christianity with pagan ideals. So again how was paganism overthrown if the pagan religions was supplanted by pagan christianity?
A: Same as above
2. NOWHERE in the bible is Jesus referred to as Michael
A: I never said he was but Michael was the protector of the people which is what Constantine was.
3. I understand EXACTLY what you're saying. It just makes no sense and involves gymnastics. You have to flip one thing here another thing there to make it make sense.
A: The book of Revelation was written the way it was to protect the true believers. They would have known exactly what was being taught. The beginning of the book of revelation states that it signified..This refers to the conveyance of the truth by signs and symbols
So now the dragon/devil/serpent changes from pagan rome to "sinful thinking" with nothing to support this?
A:Sin is representative of wrong thinking. Eve disobeyed God by her lust for the fruit. It appealed to her own desires. The dragon is a sign of wrong thinking and the Roman army sinned against God by firstly not believing in him and by torturing the true believers. Satan is used in the same way. The words are generally referring to wrong actions and or thinking by individuals, empires
It didnt say the whole KNOWN world. That would be adding on just as Revelation 22 tells you not to do right? It says WHOLE WORLD. It also doesnt say they FORCED people to do anything. That is not deceit. Deceit is TRICKING you or LYING to you or MISLEADING. If I put a gun to your head and tell you to do something I didnt deceive you lol. The word FORCED is used in Revelation 13:16. Why not use the word here if thats what happened? Im just turning your logic around on you =/
A:The whole word is deceived as can be seen today. How many different religions are there all claiming to be the right one?