Chalcedon, Did The Council Do Its Job?

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Chalcedon, did the Council do its job? It could not have been more than a few years ago. I had taken my break a few minutes early, and as I stepped into the break room, to my astonishment there were two ladies engaged in a conversation, which seemed to be about Christian doctrine. I sat down eagerly waiting to hear more of this discussion, but I was too late. All I managed to hear of it was a simple statement that has echoed among the pews of the Christian Church for centuries. "I could care less about creeds and catechisms, I just love Jesus!" At the time I didn't think too much about that statement, just loving Jesus made sense, after all, I mean that is the main point to our relationship with God, right? Yes, myself included, as a young, immature believer I even expressed dissatisfaction with the ideas of creeds and catechisms.

I was ignorant of the reasoning behind them and what had taken place that led to the development of them. I began a mission to find out how relevant these were to our faith. The developments of the creeds were a response to the heretical teachings, which rose up and threatened the very nature of the Christian Church. These creeds are of utmost importance due to the fact that they were ways in which the followers of Christ could express Biblical truths in brief concise statements. The Church, when threatened by a dangerous teaching would call together a Council and would review and analyze the evidence for and against the teaching.

One such Council, the Council of Chalcedon, which met in Bythinia of Asia minor, was the fourth ecumenical council in Church history (the councils were as such, Jerusalem, Nicea, Ephesus). There were 630 Bishops who...