Christians go to church, read the bible, but mistakenly believe our Roman Christianity was founded by Jesus Christ. This is why anthropologists say modern Christians wouldn’t recognize the original Christianity of Christ. We don’t understand that it was actually an earlier “Jewish” Christianity that he founded and that it was completely unrelated to the “Roman Christianity” of our modern church. Christ had no idea his faith would be anything but a sect of Judaism… no aspiration that it would ever be compromised and merged with Roman pagan religion.
If you’re a Christian, wouldn’t you want to know about the original religion of Jesus Christ?
The Jewish Encyclopedia says original Christianity had 15 bishops, remained a sect of Judaism, abided by Jewish law and that Christ remained loyal to Judaism until he died. Our modern church was the second Christianity created by a different founder. That was the gentile ”Roman Christianity” founded by Paul and later modified to be the Roman state religion by Emperor Constantine and his Nicene Council in 325 AD. There’s a fundamental dichotomy between the two Christianities because “Paul was indifferent to the teaching of Christ and the opponent of the religion of love Christ came to announce to the world.” Catholic Encyclopedia
325 AD was the threshold date separating Jewish and Roman Christianities. Most historians agree that this date signifies the demarcation between the two faiths since before that date, Christianity was a pacifist, oppressed religion, but afterward became the oppressor… oppressive because it condemned all other religions as abominable heresy, forced conversions, inflicted inquisitions of torture, crusader conquest and endless religious wars for Roman church domination. There just couldn’t possibly be a more stark contrast than between the two opposing “Christianities.” As we know, the Romans burned, crucified or threw all Christians to the lions for 300 years. Like Joan of Arc, the Church continued to burn people alive for 1000 years. The greatest hypocrisy is that after Rome destroyed Jewish Christianity, the Church claimed that Christ founded their “Roman Christianity.”
History tells us Emperor Constantine converted himself and his Roman empire to Christianity in 325 AD and had the church leaders “standardize the dogma and theology”. It’s an expeditious account, but a gross misrepresentation of the facts. The truth is that they created a new, different religion from the dogma of Roman pagan tradition that was absolutely contrary to the teaching of Christ. As evidenced by his statues and monuments, Constantine remained as loyal to his beloved paganism, as Christ did to Judaism. Constantine’s pagan Mithraism and empire were dying, so he theatrically converted to end chaotic pagan infighting by developing a new, universal “Christian” state religion. The emperor sought to preserve much of his pagan religion in the emerging “Roman Christianity.”
Thirty years after Christ, Paul, a Roman orthodox Jew who persecuted and executed Jewish Christians was “thunder struck” on the road to Damascus to become a Christian himself, but by changing it in the context of his orthodox “wrathful god” Judaism. Thus, he established the “justification of faith” (judgment/salvation) foundation for the development of Roman Christianity. That was the creation of the brimstone motivational “rock upon which the ‘Roman Church’ was built.” Paul became a “Christian,” but his brimstone theology was in complete opposition to the religion of love Christ came to announce to the world. According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, “Pauline Christianity greatly aided in the Romanizing of the Church. Emperor Constantine completed what Paul had begun—a world hostile to the faith in which Jesus had lived and died.”
The Roman bishops were challenged to create a new religion that included their preferences while respecting the demands of their tyrannical pagan emperor. Touchy, because some voting prelates were assassinated for disagreeing with Constantine. Standardizing the religion was paramount, because there had been no agreement among the churches as to whether or not Christ was just a prophet or the son of god, if he was born of virgin birth, if there was to be a trinity, if they should borrow the Dec. 25 sun god birth date and Easter fertility rites for the resurrection, and if there was to be faith justification with the pagan judgment, Satan/hell scenario.
Clergy preach that Christianity is 2000 years old, but seminary trained clergy know that for the first 300 years, Christ was not regarded as the “Son of God.” Was that really the same religion? The Nicene Creed encapsulated the altered religion according to the Council and Constantine… and then they proceeded to publish the bible according to the newly revised Roman Church theology.
The key to the success of most early empires and religions was by successfully manipulating the masses through an effectively motivating culture of fear…The bible reinforced that Roman religious tactic…
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! Luke 12:49
“All must come before the judgment seat of Christ.” Corinthians 5:10
Thomas Jefferson said Revelations had to have been written by a mad man and that, “The church perverted the purest religion ever preached by terrifing for the purpose of gaining wealth and power.”
How could any of this be “the religion of love Christ came to announce to the world?”
“Seemingly there are two forms of Christianity. One that the historical Christ is said to have taught (love and forgiveness) and one that the Church teaches (guilt, shame and blame)…Traditional Roman Christianity has taught that hope and solace are only possible through the redemption from sin by the vicarious sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, for all those who acknowledge His teaching, but it is precisely this form of the doctrine of salvation that rests almost exclusively on the work of Paul, and was never taught by Jesus. (On Guilt, Shame and Blame in Christianity, by the White Robed Monks of Saint Benedict, Catholic)
Jewish Christianity was simply a religion professing that God was unconditional love and that we should love and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Accordingly, early Christians simply lived lives helping the poor and sick, without fearing death because they utterly believed their “god of love” would be waiting with open arms at the end.
Tertullian, a second century historian, said the first 200 years was the most loving era of Christianity. The Romans marveled that Jewish Christians didn’t fear their executions. “When Constantine became Emperor of Rome, he nominally became a Christian…but being a sagacious politician, he sought to blend pagan practices with ‘Christian’ beliefs, to merge paganism with the Roman Church. Roman Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world.” (www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm)
A vignette illustrating Christ’s religion of love…
“A Love Without Conditions”
“At no other time in the history of Christianity did love so characterize the entire church as it did in the first three centuries… Tertullian wrote that the Romans would exclaim, ‘See how they love one another!’
Clement, describing the Christians said…‘He impoverishes himself out of love, so that he is certain he may never overlook a brother in need, especially if he knows he can bear poverty better than his brother.’
When a devastating plague swept across the ancient world in the third century … pagans were throwing infected family members into the streets… to protect themselves… while the Christians cared for the sick, at the risk of contracting the plague themselves.”(www.earlychurch.com/unconditio…
This was all that Christianity was. It’s all that Christ intended it to be. These Christians didn’t risk their lives for brimstone fear. They were convinced if they gave love, they’d receive love in return. There was no judgment, Satan, hell, “son of god” theology, virgin birth, Easter fertility or Dec. 25 sun god birthday in original Christianity. This was all pagan religion the Romans merged into Christian belief. Truly, the Jewish Christianity of Jesus was only about love, compassion, charity and brotherhood…Simpler than we can understand…nothing more, nothing less.
Very truly, Brad O’Donnell