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How do today's Christians' values compare with the values of the earliest Christians?


Values & practices of Jesus & earliest Christians - quotes from writings before 313 A.D.

Click on the underlined links below to read representative quotes from early Christians on each topic.

Explore also the significance of 313 A.D.
What earliest Christians did & encouraged
What earliest Christians did not do & discouraged
Active non-violence* Adultery*
Almsgiving* Anger*
Benevolence to strangers & enemies* Astrology
Christian healing* Bearing/using weapons against others*
Christian perfection* Capital punishment
Compassion* Charging interest on loans*
Correction of others, supportively* Divorce* (with a few exceptions)
Financial and/or other support of church - but not tithing Greed*
Forgiveness to all, including enemies* Hatred*
Generosity to all, including enemies* Hypocrisy*
Honesty* Idolatry*
Humaneness* Immorality*
Humililty* Intoxication
Inclusiveness & equality* Judging others*
Justice* Lustful looking*
Marriage sanctity* Materialism*
Mercy* Nationalism
Modesty* Pederasty (sexual relations between a man and a boy)
Morality and ethics* Polygamy*
Overcoming evil with good* Pornography
Peace-making* Possessiveness*
Prayer for all, including enemies* Prejudice*
Purity* Promiscuity*
Repentance* Religious talk without compassionate life*
Unconditional love for all, including enemies* Revenge*
Wisdom* Self-righteousness*
Women & men: both in leadership roles* Spiritualism
Suits against others*
What earliest Christians did & encouraged
What earliest Christians did not do & discouraged
DIVIDED OR UNCERTAIN VIEWS: Abortion ? | Same-sex orientation ?

It is important to note that beginning in 313 A.D., Christian teachings and practices began to dramatically change. Prior to 313 A.D. the Christian attitudes and practices listed above were standards advocated by most Christians within their own Christian communities. Christians did not attempt to force those attitudes or practices on non-Christians. Christians did feel free to include them as part of the gospel, the Good News, they preached to non-Christians -- not as a judgmental rebuke but as joyful witness to the freedom of their own life in Christ.