“There were numerous varieties of ‘Christianity’ within the early Church. A Roman emperor (Constantine) selected one of the varieties and, to put it crudely, bought it out and backed it with the might of the Empire. The other varieties were denigrated as ‘heretics’ and suppressed. A number of those varieties had been labelled by the Church Fathers as ‘Gnostic Christians’.” ~ David Miller
The original ‘orthodox’ Christian Church bowed to pressures from Emperor Constantine, rejecting doctrine and gospels not supportive of the ‘orthodox’ worldview of Jesus.
During the first three centuries, debates raged over the divine nature or the divinity of Jesus. Yes, imagine that, for three hundred years, the Christian sects were not convinced that Jesus was the only Son of God.
The debate raged between Jesus being a man verses Jesus the only Son of God because the decision affect the outcome of the orthodox Church; if Jesus was just a man then the teaching of the Resurrection from the tomb did not happen and the orthodox Church had no power to save or damn one’s soul.
Some orthodox Christian bishops taught that Jesus was not a god, but a prophet. It was not until the Council of Nicene in CE 325 that the Church voted Jesus to be divine, the only Son of God, at the request of Roman Emperor Constantine who converted in CE 323.
Emperor Constantine required that Jesus be equal to his own god, Sol. Even after the Council voted to make Jesus divine, some bishops refused to accept the decision and continued to teach that Jesus was not a god, but a man who was enlightened.
Jesus taught that you find God within yourself, not through an external source, such as a church. The sapiental (wisdom) Christian view is that God is within everyone and everything, that nature and the universe is the very embodiment of God and contrary to the orthodox Christian teaching that the natural man is an enemy to God.
When you accept his teachings and the awareness that God is within each person then this is the second coming. The second coming is not a physical event, but a spiritual enlightenment. Looking within oneself is the path of directly experiencing the Divine and the path to salvation.
This teaching was in direct conflict with the Council of Nicene because there would be no need of bishops or the Church to find salvation and therefore, the Church did not control who was saved and who was damned and thus its power and financial empire would vanish.