Again, while many Christians today would hold firm to the Bible as the ONLY TRUTH of Christian Church, many are unaware of what the Church has suffered almost being SILENCED for the sake of the Word of Christ Himself which states, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20).
Emperor Hadrian (76-138), around AD 135 leveled the City of Jerusalem and rebuilt it as Aelia Capitolina in honor of the god Jupiter. And Jerusalem became practically a pagan city for two centuries that every memory of Jesus was eradicated from the city. At this time, the early Christians would have thought that it was the end time.
For about 200 years, the City that was sanctified by the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ was filled with pagan temples and Christians could by no means openly talk about Christ. A lot of Christian practices and devotions were lost until Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337) restored Jerusalem as a sacred city. The sacred sites began to be restored and the loving memories of the Lord became openly celebrated especially after the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in AD 336.
In the same vein, the celebration of Mary was lost with the dark ages and the persecution of Christians only to be brought back into memory with the “Tomb of Mary” tagged “Place of Dormition” (i.e the spot of Mary’s “falling asleep”) which was rediscovered close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived.
If they found the “Tomb of Mary” or “Place of Dormition” how did they come about the Assumption of Mary, mother of Jesus?