Christian Warfare: Did the First Christians Engage in War?

You may or may not know this, but the Christians of the first few centuries after Christ refused to kill, even in war. Even as late as A.D. 325, the Council of Nicea decided:

If you are a Christian, you should read Decoding Nicea. Read why here.

Those who endured violence and were seen to have resisted, but who afterwards yielded to wickedness, and returned to the army, shall be excommunicated for ten years. (Canon 12 of the Council of Nicea, from The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2nd series, volume 14)

They would not fight with swords, and they did not join the military.

They did, however, fight with spiritual weapons. They believed their prayers were more effective than any sword could ever be.

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