Came across something that shed a little light on the dark ages...
313 AD. Constantine becomes the ruler of the Roman Empire and chooses Christianity as the best of religions and began to control the affairs of the Church. God's Word says that Jesus is supposed to be the head and control the Church. (Eph.1:22-23, Col.1:18) The Church was declining fast!
By the beginning of the 3rd.century, Biblical interpretation was greatly influenced by the Catechetical School of Alexandria, which had become the great melting pot of Greek philosophy and Judaism. Origen was the chief representative of this School and DID NOT believe in the Deity of Christ. (i.e. that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh) Alexandria was also a theological ferment where "philosophers
attempted to fuse the doctrine of Christianity with the ideal's of Greek philosophy" Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia, 96 / Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Vol.1. p.372
By 323 AD. A threatened split in the Christian Church ...This quarrel was over Arius (Arian) and the doctrine of the Godhead (i.e. the trinity). Arius was a priest of Alexandria that denied the Deity of Christ. (That Jesus was God manifest in the flesh John.1:1-14; Matt.1:23; John.5:17-18; 17:1-5 / Isa.42:8, John.7:39; 14:15--26, Acts.2:1)
Just like the illustration of Samson, the Church was not to "come at no dead body" (Num.6:6, Judges.13:5, 1Cor.3:17; 6:15-20, James.4:1-4, 2Cor.11:1-3) Dead meaning, "dead works" (Heb.6:1, Eph.2:1) Our self righteousness. He was to remain consecrated to God. Samson did not remain separated, and neither did the Church, and now by the 2nd.Century they are being "entangled" with "affairs in this life." (2Tim.2:3-4)
Not only was the Church forsaking truth, this Arian heresy was corrupting the scribes who were hand copying* the Greek manuscripts. They were changing the Greek manuscripts claiming they were correcting them. (Sounds like today!) They were leaving out words that proclaimed Jesus as Deity, and the creator of the worlds.
The printing press would not be invented until the 14th. century. This left opportunity for a copying scribe to alter God's Word.
Constantine called for the Council of Nicaea. 325 AD.
This was an ecumenical, or worldwide council of Bishops to correct the Arian heresy. (The denial of the Deity of Christ) The Nicaean Council overwhelmingly condemned the Arian heresy, and drew up the "Nicaean Creed." However, like that of Samson's brethren, (Judges.15:9-10) the Church under the hand of Constantine, gave up
truth to the Philistines. (i.e. the vain deceit, philosophy and traditions of men - Col.2:8, Matt.15:6) This would eventually lead the Church to the captivity of the "dark ages" as it did to Samson.
In spite of the (Nicaean) council's decisions' the problem of Arianism was not solved for some decades. The Emperor Constantine II, Constantine's son, supported Arianism, as did Valens, one of his successors. This doctrine persisted until at least the 7th.century. Arianism today, is held by Unitarians, Jehovah Witnesses.23 The next 300 years, all the Bishops in the Roman Catholic Church were Arian in belief.
"...Constantine, the wolf of paganism openly assumed the sheep's clothing
of the Christian religion."
350 AD. Now Christianity is the religion of the state. (Rome)Heathens were forced into the Church without being born again. Many heathen preferred to be called Christians rather than face the sword. Needless to say, the doctrine of Justification by Faith and the new birth were no longer emphasized.
By 392 AD. Theodosius.... He went even further when he outlawed heathen worship. It now came under penalty of death for any one to have any religious connection other than that of the established Roman Church. WHAT A TURN AROUND!
During the Dark Ages very little translation was attempted...the Word of God was locked up in the Latin tongue which was unknown to the common people. Thompson Chain Ref. Bible. Condensed Encyclopedia, p.181