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How Modern Christianity Began

How Modern Christianity Began: The Cappadocian-Nicene-Pauline Roman Amalgamation

The conclusion reads:

The gnostic Mithraists and Jewish Ebionites formed the very first Christians of the first century, with practices and beliefs based respectively on Gnostic and Judaistic rituals, symbols and practices. Pauline Christians dispensed with the difficult Jewish laws and became popular amongst gentiles, soon out-numbering the Jewish Christians, causing them to be secluded and eventually suppressed. Increasing literalism amongst roman converts then led the Pauline Christians to become obsessed with enforcing their literal interpretation of Christianities original stories, causing another huge rift with older gnostic-style Christians. With Roman power behind their printing press and the favour of Emperors, the Pauline-Nicene Christians wiped out the gnostics, annihilated the Arians after long bloody campaigns, and murdered and burnt the Marcionites and many other small sects, to leave themselves as the sole Christians within the Roman Empire, free to edit their own books to 'prove' how all their predecessors had been wrong. The three Cappadocian scholars promoted the Holy Spirit to the godhead to create a Trinity, which was codified strictly in to the Nicene Creed of 381, which went to careful lengths to disclaim against 'heresy'. Emperor Theodosius published a series of forceful edicts intolerant of all non-Nicene sects. This state of affairs persisted in the West for over a thousand years from the 5th century.

Despite the number of denominations that now exist, Christian diversity has never again regained the richness it had in the first few centuries. Christianity has remained, in the West, the Pauline, Cappadocian, Nicene victor that emerged from the ashes of Christian groups within the Roman Empire and Judea. It is a shame that it appears the most worldly, least spiritual, most power-hungry, least tolerant, most violent and least honest form of Christianity is the one that survived those brutal battles of the first few centuries.

It is a shame that it appears the most [generally unChristian] form of Christianity is the one that survived...

Darwinian politics in a nutshell. :)

Inter alia, while I'm munching my way through the article, I wish to complain about your stylesheet:

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Request for translatioin in urdu and punjabi.

(Anonymous)

2008-08-20 11:02 am (UTC)


Dear Friend in Christ,
Greaetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
I have been going through the studies at your web site, and I am deeply inspired with all of the teachings and studies thereon like Bible studies and other teaching materials on our Web site. This is such a wonderful studies you have arranged for all the nations, in the long run of your service for the nations of the all the world.
I am from Islamic Republic of Pakistan where it is difficult to have Radio and TV channel for preaching purposes. They would not allow us to do that here; the Satan has real strong hold over everything. I often say that we are living in the land of the enemy.
Friend, I humbly request you to expand your outreach your program in Urdu and Punjabi language. Urdu is the language spoken and understood by more than one sixth of the total population of the world. Urdu is spoken in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and others.
I would ask you to pray and share it among the brethren. I would offer my services for being translator, recorder and distribution/sales. I pray that your consideration will have His mark over your decision.

May God bless you abundantly! May His perfect will be done!

Grace and Peace be with you, all brethrens.

Yours brother in Christ,
Asim
Pakistan

Violent Christians???

(Anonymous)

2008-09-01 02:26 am (UTC)

If I'm correct, you say that the only form of Christianity left on earth is violent??? Are you getting Islam and Christianity confused??? Now, if you said that Christians have become "man pleasers" and "lovers of the world," and full of "false teachings and teachers," I would AGREE with you! This is what Jesus predicted in the scriptures of the "Apostate Church Age," which is what I believe we are in ... and, by the way, is a sign of the end of the age. On another note, you seem to down Christianity alot and do your best to denounce it. Why don't you do some research on Islam and it's violent past and present???? Also, you would find their only intent is taking over the world and subjecting it to Islamic Law and making all convert to Islam ... VIOLENTLY, if necessary. You would also find that if they were to take over the world, they would make Jews and Christians "Dimis" ... that's if they let them live! Especially the Jewish people would be killed for sure and the Christians would not be far behind them. Why don't you do a little more research on the "religion" that truly has no "tolerance" and will behead you or blow you up to prove it???

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