Love your enemies.
Paul preached the gospel and established churches throughout the Roman EmpireEurope and Africa. However, the need for some form of organised spiritual guidance lead Pachomius in to organise his many followers in what was to become the first monastery. The movement never had more than minority status in Western Christianity, though it would come to exert a disproportionate impact on the Protestant Reformation, and, eventually, on the shape religious freedom took as a result.
Christianity is thus both a living tradition of faith and the culture that the faith leaves behind. When this happens, the nous quite naturally grows in its spiritual understanding and in direct apprehension of God.
That is to say, the believers in the church picture themselves as in a plight from which they need rescue. As in the Medieval West, Eastern Christian thought has often been centered in the work of such scholar-monks. This article first considers the nature and development of the Christian religion, its ideas, and its institutions.
They were mostly concerned with Christological disputes. When he was around 30 years old, Jesus started his public ministry after being baptized in the Jordan River by the prophet known as John the Baptist.