For those who do not know Arius. Arius was a heretic who denied the divinity of Jesus in the third century. He through his influence spread the heresy which was opposed by majority of Bishops. He was later excommunicated. But then emperor tried to reinstate him. Read now onwards. Sakshi Research Team.
There now followed a quick exchange of letters between patriarch and emperor.The patriarch implored the emperor to cancel the injunction to readmit Arius to the sanctuary, for under existing circumstances it would not be carried out. The emperor sent back his refusal, setting the date for the unholy invasion of Constantinople's cathedral.
Having but eight days left, the distraught patriarch from an urge of hope within him knew what to do. He started a campaign of prayer in the cathedral. Day after day he and his parishioners prayed together there, day after day they fasted in their homes, in their appeal to a higher court. On the day before the dreaded date, at three in the afternoon the patriarch threw himself prostate on the sanctuary floor to offer his Eucharistic Lord a final petition.
The attendants around saintly old Alexander heard his words distinctly.This in brief and in essence was the petition: "Jesus my Savior and my God, if Arius communicates here tomorrow, first take your servant out of the world, I implore. But if you care for your Church, as I know you do, take Arius away."
On that same Saturday, in the evening, Arius with a noisy following came marching through the streets of Constantinople, all of them defiantly merry in anticipation of his forced entrance to the cathedral sanctuary tomorrow, the Lord's Day.
They held a rally at Constantine Square, where of a suddenArius felt ill, excused himself and went off alone. The others, suspecting nothing serious, took for granted he would soon return. He did not.They found his body lying dead, its underbelly split open and the entrails scattered about. The body lay unattended on the ground floor of a building.The building became a metropolitan curiosity, Socrates relates.
Passersby would point to it and lower their voices to speak awesomely of the death.Perhaps they were remembering that another, whom no knife touched, "burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out" (Acts 1:18).The next day in the crowded cathedral, instead of an Arian takeover, the patriarch was thanking God for having prevented it. Not a word of contumely against Arius did the congregation hear from their venerable bishop; there was no gloating; there was rather an undertone of awe in this thanksgiving from the second canonized anti-Arian Alexander.
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This story is not an isolated incident.
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Acts 5: 1-10: Death of Ananias and Sapphira
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet. Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold?
And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God." When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, "Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?" "Yes," she said, "that is the price." Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also." At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
Acts 12: 19-24: Herod’s Violent Death
After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.Herod's Death Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there a while. He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for peace, because they depended on the king's country for their food supply.
On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not of a man." Immediately, because Herod did not give pr
aise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. But the word of God continued to increase and spread.
Acts 13: 4-12: False prophet who opposed the Gospel becomes blind
The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper. They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus.
The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, "You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun." Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.