Explosive Lost History Of Jesus Christ
The Weeping Jesus Statue
Early Christian Movement
The first several hundred years of the Christian faith, early followers of Christ were very discombobulated but still, they desperately tried to ordain a ministry, under a single seal of representation. From the very beginning of Christianity as it stands today, there has always been blindness, dissension, and conflict within the ranks of the Christian fellowship. Not only was there inner turmoil but, Christians had to contend with an endless barrage of persecution from city and country governments.
The early church leaders and elders of Christianity, consisted mostly of the inner circle of Christ, his disciples, and immediate family members of Christ and those who followed him. The movement spread by word of mouth originally, and did not rely on written manuscripts, since most people of that time period could not read. Because of these historical circumstances, the Christian movement has never been able to agree on what that exact dogma of a "Church of Christ" would be.
Painting of Jesus and Thomas
Dissension In The Ranks of Christianity
Not even the disciples themselves, could agree with one another after Christ's death, and many of them split off separately on their own, to spread their own word and message of the Christ ministry.
- Such as that of Peter, who went North to Armenia, Syria, and eventually Rome itself, after Christ was crucified. In the Acts of Peter codex, which ironically is not even in the bible- Peter is faced with many challenges while in Rome.
— One such challenge pitted Peter against a pagan magician named Simon Magnus, who was in the main political forum performing magic tricks. Peter challenges him, much like Moses challenges the Pharaoh's magicians in Exodus. In front of a large crowd, the magician conjures up spell and levitates himself in a chariot, in front of the crowd. Peter kneels in the forum, and prays to Jesus to smite the magician down. In an instant, lighting strikes the chariot and Simon Magnus goes crashing to the ground, and he breaks his leg in three parts. Problem with this version of the story is;
- Peter was to be the Christian representation to the Jews and converted Jews, and Paul the Apostle was to the Christian representative to the Gentiles and Pagans, as agreed in the Council of Jerusalem in 48 AD.
- There are three different versions of this particular story, which this version is found in the Acts of Peter, and the other two versions are found in two entirely different manuscripts. Three stories, three versions of the same story in three different manuscripts.
- In the Acts of Peter and Paul, it is told that it was both Peter and Paul, who knelt in front of the crowded forum, and prayed for the death of Simon Magnus. It goes on to say that Simon Magnus suffers till the evening, he dies, and that Nero forbids Simon Magnus a burial. It is written that Nero believed that Simon Magnus, would rise up from the dead, as Christ had done, three days after his death. It also states that Peter and Paul were thrown in a Roman prison together there in Rome.
- Unfortunately- Nero was not the Emperor of Rome during that period, Claudius was the Roman emperor. Nero ruled from 54 – 68 AD. Some scholar's date the Simon Magnus story occurring in the year of 84 AD. Again, Nero was not the ruler of Rome in 84 AD. The story has no accurate accountability.
- Moreover, there are no Roman records that Peter and Paul where ever in a Roman prison together. Which causes another road block because, Romans are known for keeping excellent prison records.
Unfortunately, the early written manuscripts of the bible were nothing more than propaganda material.
- If something was titled using a disciples name, it seemed to validate what the real author, wanted the reader to believe. It was also a means to make it worth more money.
Over time and not without surprise, greed overtook the best of the early Christian leaders, and the idea of one church dogma to represent all Christian followers, fell by the wayside. Misguided opinions were made into facts, and those miscues were actually developed into church dogma.
Gentile and Jew Working Together
Christianity's Missing Principles of Faith
Did you know that many of Christ's teachings were not included in the bible at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD? The main points that were not included into the new Christian religion, surrounded the ideas of enlightenment, knowledge, and dualism. The idea that the Christian movement was to be a Jewish conversion movement, is a huge missing link.
- The first gathering of Christian church elders and leaders at the Council of Jerusalem was in fact, about circumcision. (Dualism)
- The Apostle Paul believed that gentiles and pagan convertors did not have to become circumcised.
- James (the brother of Christ), and the disciple John being Jewish like Christ, believed that they did have to be circumcised.
- James, John, and several other Jewish disciples, believed that the holy communion could not be shared, between those who were circumcised, with those who were uncircumcised; due to the fact that Jewish males in Christ's missionary, believed that they could not sit, next to an uncircumcised man during a meal. Much less to partake in the communion ritual next to someone, who they vehemently believed impure, according to Jewish law.
- It is a well documented fact that Christ's brother James was an Ebionite, and wanted to only convert Jews into the Christian-Judaism movement. James was willing to allow only a few chosen gentiles such as Silas, Barnabas, and Paul into the faith but, they were the rare exceptions. Converting pagans or gentiles to Christianity, was not part of James' belief system. He was not alone in this thinking. Many other Christ disciples felt the ministry was to strictly be a dual ministry in conjunction with Judaism.
- Several disciples of Christ firmly believed that to not follow the laws of the Torah, was to go against God and live an impure life.
The Codex Sinaiticus
Did You Know?
That the Communion Ritual is of Jewish origin, and not original to the Christian movement? The same can be said, in reference to the ritual bathing of Baptism. There is a strong Jewish influence to these Christian practices.
Ash Wednesday and Lent are also based off the Jewish Passover traditions such as fasting, abstaining, and breaking bread and feasting together in worship. Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection, which ironically was arranged to be of the same time period as the Passover.
The significance of ashes has all but been lost, to the followers of Christianity. Many Christians do not know how the tradition was founded, nor any of the historical references, pertaining to the Lenten tradition.
Where Did The Christian Antisemitic Ideology Come From?
The idea that Christians disliked and even hated Jewish people, is an antisemitic ideology that simply is not true.
- Which also should be pointed out, has never been part of the Roman Catholic Church's philosophy. Antisemitic ideology has been well documented by the Roman Catholic church actually, and antisemitism was once believed to have been started by the Roman emperor Constantine in 325 CE. But all historical documents, relating to this time period dispute this thought as a fact. It simply was not true.
Today many historical scholars now believe that antisemitism began in Antioch in 48 AD, right there at the Council of Jerusalem between Paul, Peter, and James. However, even though Peter agreed with James in the beginning about circumcision, he later came to believed much like that of Paul. Paul vehemently believed that Christ wanted all people to be baptized in the faith of Christianity, and it did not matter if a man was circumcised or not. Peter eventually became an early church Bishop of Antioch (where the subject of circumcision was first broached), because of his positioning. He would also be challenged on the issue circumcision fifteen years later. Peter the Bishop of Antioch ruled that gentiles and pagans, did not have to be circumcised, in order to convert to Christianity, and partake in communion.
- The Gospel of John that is used in the modern version of today's bible is dated from the ninth century ce.
- Virtually all scholars agree that the Gospel of John was not written by the disciple John, or even recited by him.
- The Gospel of John is believed to be the oldest known biblical codex, and some archeologist have dated a fragment that was found of the codex, approximately to 72 AD. But still, the oldest complete manuscript of the Gospel of John is written in Greek, and is dated back to the fourth century AD.
The Real Truth Poll
Is the Gospel of John the word of God, since it is in the bible regardless of history?
Putting The Gospel of John To The Test
- Is It Really the Word of God?
Christians are taught that the Bible is the word of God. The bible consists of an Old Testament and a New Testament. The Old Testament consists of the five books of Moses, Proverbs and Psalms. Books found in the Jewish Torah. Most Christian followers do not realize that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were not even written by the apostles but by, Greek scribes two to three centuries after their deaths. Another contradiction that many people forget to take into accountant is that, there are many different versions of the Bible. For instance there is the Ethiopian Bible which is the second oldest bible to date, and the largest completed works of Christianity. There is the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church Bible which is the oldest bible, and the bible that all other bibles came from. There is the Canonical bible, which has changed very little since the time of its inception in the third century, and there is the Luther Bible, dated from the fifteenth century AD and commissioned by the excommunicated cleric Martin Luther. There is also the King James Bible, which is the bible used by most Protestant faiths. What is amazing is that there are several more bibles that have not been listed here. There is also the Book of Mormon, the Jehovah Witness Bible, the Armenian Bible, and then there is the oldest known New Testament biblical codex found to date- the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus. Therefore I ask, which bible is the word of God? They are all uniquely different.
Sadly, these discrepancies found in the Gospels, can be found throughout the entire span of the Christian movement. Nobody can say for sure whether what is taught today is the real truth of Christianity, or some stated truth. With so many discrepancies in the bible alone, why is it that Christians still teach it to be the word of God? For instance, in the Gospel of John, the author writes the names of the women, who were seen standing under Christ's cross, at the moment Christ dies but;
- The Gospels of Matthew and Luke only make reference to the women. Without having read the bible thoroughly, and in conjunction with other manuscripts that are not found in the bible- a lay person, scholar, theologian, etc., can only speculate as to who the women really are. As a matter of fact- no one truly knows who these women were. However, scholars know the exact name of the Roman soldier whose spear cut through Christ's flesh but, we do not know who the women were with Christ the day he died. I find that fact to be suspicious.
- The writer of the Gospel of John, makes the verse read as if it was actually John's mother who was there. The author of the gospel, even calls one of the women by name, while the Gospel of Matthew refers to her only as Mary's sister. But this reference is very misleading.
- Many believers are lead to believe that the other woman, known in the Gospel of John as his mother, is really the sister of the Virgin Mary. However, she was not the biological sister of Mary but rather, her sister in faith and belief. Her spiritual sister.
- But that only takes care of two of the four women, believed to be standing at the foot of the cross.
So, who were the other two women there?
- Confusing at best yes; but this has been the plague of the Christian religion since its inception. History is important. It is essential to core belief of Christianity, and yet, it has never been collected and gathered together, in a scientific way that would serve no other purpose but to document specifics.
- All other councils and meetings surrounding church dogma, are well documented and searchable. However, what has happened to the real documents during the period that Christ was alive? It is fishy that we have none yet, we have manuscripts professing to be written by the disciple John, dating back to periods long after his death. Early Christian manuscripts served a very personal agenda, and their real purpose was the imposition of certain ideas and policies.
It is really no wonder why, Christians seem to have the hardest time "rationally and logically" defending their religious dogma. The Christian faith has no viable history to reference too. It has nothing but a hodgepodge of meanderings, which exists because someone in the past wanted them to exist. This is the real reason why we have so many different Christian sects and churches. Do you honestly think it is really necessary to have so many Christian sects? There are hundreds of different Christian denominations.
Two Towns of Bethlehem
At the time of Christ's birth there were two villages of Bethlehem.
My Christian Agenda
— Churches Are Made To Fit the Needs of Men, and Not the Needs of Christ.
It is the hope of this article to shed light on the fact that the bible is a book for men, and not the written word of God. Which is a Christian perspective that has bonded over 2.1 billion followers together that is without a doubt, dead wrong in its implication. There is an overreaching agenda here to convince, fellow Christians to become more educated in their beliefs, and grow their historical knowledge of their Christian faith. If Christians could some how learn to embrace scientific testing and logical approaches to many of the ancient Christian relics, the faith could weed out the bad elements and concentrate on the good things that make the religion right in itself.
Christians can never expect to convert certain types of educated, logical, non-believers without the help of science to prove the faith valid. Science needs religion, as much as religion needs science to push the faith forward to the twenty second century and beyond. There ultimately needs to be a balance between new findings at archaeological digs in the Middle East, to that of what is being preached in Christian churches across America.
Being scared that science has the potential to debunk Christianity, should not be a viable consideration as to why, scientific data is kept out of rational Christian dogma. The idea of brotherly love and Jesus Christ's overall ministry of peace and love- would never be lost to scientific data but only reinforced. The Christian faith could be so much better than it is today, if they had at their disposal- all the early Christian teachings under the same cover, and in the same book. Over a billion Christians call themselves Christian, without any basic knowledge of how certain facts that make something a "Christian thing" came to be. Like the birth date chosen for Christ. It was a major pagan holiday. Many pagan holidays and traditions were merged together with Christianity; Christmas Day and Halloween- just so happened to be a couple of those holidays.
- The new speculative date of Christs' birth, is believed to have been April 17th, 6 BC.
Map of Bethlehem of Galilee
Bethlehem of the Galilee, also known as Bethlehem North is only 10km from Nazareth. Many scholars believe that this was the real town in the bible.
Map Bethlehem of Jerusalem
Teaching Factual Sunday School Lessons
It is amazing how Christians teach Christianity, without teaching the history behind the early Christian movement. I would liken that to public school teachers, teaching American history without first mentioning George Washington! The two are too closely intertwined, one cannot be taught in absence of the other one.
Providing historical information only helps to aid the historical merit of Jesus' parables and teachings. Adding a few basic historical referencing into a Sunday school lesson, would only take an additional ten minutes or less during class, each Sunday. Those few extra moments used to teach the history surrounding the early Christian faith, could potentially have a profound and lasting impact, on the movement as a whole collective. Without the historical facts- somethings cannot be necessarily consecrated as factual truth. This is exactly what has happened to Christianity. It has lost its "George Washington" historical factor!
Have you ever asked yourself, "Why am I a Baptist?", "Why am I a Methodist?", "Why am I a Mormon?"
By the way, why are you?
College Age Adults and Single Young Adults Want Facts
College age adults are profoundly interested in how events happened. They have a drive to them to obtain knowledge, which should be encouraged by Christian teachers. Since this age group spends an enormous amount of time surfing the Internet and studying in libraries, they have at their disposable a vast array of resources, they can use for research.
Young adults have a need to be apart of something. They desire change, and embrace changes far easier than older adults do; especially those adults, who have been hardened by time and now are cynical towards, any idea not conservative to their own. They are a perfect age group for embracing old yet new, schools of thought. Young adults also crave for rationale interpretations, and usually see through the holes of Christianity. A great Sunday School lesson plan for this age of adult, needs to have direct correlations to historical references. This way when they Google what they have been thought, they can find out for themselves that a Sunday School teacher is sincerely dedicated to the real truth of Christ's mission, and not influenced by some fifteenth century fairy tale.
If young adults are attending Sunday School, there is a big possibility that they are there of their accord. It can also be determined with great certainty that these young people, have learned all the stories of the bible at an early age. If is safe to note that embracing a historical lesson plan, could be a nice transiting phrase before they move on to the adult Sunday School classroom. Yes- most Sunday School classes for young adults try to show these people how their problems today, can be directly correlated with Christ's teachings. However, that is the responsibility of Wednesday evening's bible study class, and the minister's task for Sunday morning worship services. In the Sunday school classroom, just as elementary age students are learning the bible stories of the Old Testament, young adults need to taught the early Christian church history and stories.
- These studies must include but are not limited to archaeology, Egyptology, textual criticism, linguistics, history, sociology and theology.
Did You Know?
The Julian calendar virtually remained in use throughout Europe until 1582.
Free (Full Year) Sunday School Lesson Plan
- Judeo-Christianity Correlation- Following the college level school calendar, a teacher could build lessons around an entire month. For the remaining month of August and all of September; build lesson plans around the missing principles of the Jewish-Christian relationship. Create week one's first session around who some of the people were in Christ's life. Use the Council of Jerusalem in 48 AD, as a reference point. People want to know why Christian males are or not circumcised- so, make it a lesson. You have all the material needed right here in this article. Use it, its yours to use for free.
- The True Origin of Christian Holidays- Since the month of October kicks off the Holiday Season, base lesson plans around the origins of religious holidays such as; All Saint's Day and Halloween. The Christian Pilgrims and Thanksgiving. The Roman and Celtic Festivals, and how early Christians used these celebrations to spread the word of Jesus Christ. There are many Christian practices greatly influenced by the winter and summer solstice. Teach about how ancient pagan beliefs influenced religious leaders.
- King Herod and the Two Different Bethlehem Villages of the Bible- There were two different Bethlehems in Judaea at the time of Christ's birth, and they still exist. That could be a lesson plan for the first week of December. The second week could be about the Old Testament prophecies that spoke of the coming of Christ found in the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Isaiah. Do not be afraid to teach of how early Christian clerics, translated these books to fit the Christian folklore of Christ's birth. The third week could be about the newly discovered Archeoastronomy, which supports a completely different time and date for Christ's birth. A date that actually correlates with the historical date that is associated with the story of King Herod's mass killing of all Jewish males ages 2 and younger. These young adults are going to be surprised and angry when they learn in their World Histories College Class that Christ had siblings. Teach them this information before someone else does.
- Political Intrigue- Since January is the month of new beginnings, and the start of a new calendar year; make a lesson plan explaining the calendar used in Christ's time period, and how those months and dates are completely different than the months and dates of the modern era calendar, which is used today. It is also a great month to study the disciples of Christ. When teaching about Peter, present the class with a Xerox copy of the Gospel of Peter, and the stories surrounding his ministry and martyrdom. The disciples need to not be such a mystery. There are several texts that are said to be the works of a early Christian disciples. There are the Gospel of Phillip, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, etc. Although some of these are call Gnostic texts, in actuality they were early Christian documents that Christian's knew during the first four hundred years of Christianity. Lesson plans based around the twelve disciples of Christ, can literally cover one week per month.
- Ancient Bible Stories recently discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls- When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, they produced copies of texts that were only rumored to have existed. This also brought about a new interest in the Biblical apocrypha of ancient Hebrew origins and Christianity. Teach about the three different Adam and Eve creation stories. Discuss why they might think early Church elders would want these stories kept out of the Canonical bible.
- The Bibles of Christianity- I think I was 37 when I first learned that there was an Ethiopian Bible. Make the months of February and March, a celebration of Christianity Around the World. Teach the students about the differences between the Christian Orthodox Church, lead by James and how their ideology and bible is entirely different than the King James' Bible. Have guest speakers from different Christian orders come in and discuss the subtle differences of their church doctrine from the one they belong to. Ask these people to bring in their bible, and compare the differences. A teacher could even base a Sunday School lesson around the a bible story that maybe in the Ethiopian bible but not included in the Lutheran Bible, or Canon. I had no idea that there was two popes in Christianity until after I went to college. I sat there in class feeling stupid for not knowing more about my faith. Teach these young adults about these things.
- Religious Groups of Judea At The Time of Christ's Death- Focus three weeks worth of lesson plans on the communities of antiquity, apostolicity, and orthodoxy that fiercely divided early Christian leaders and worshipers after Christ's crucifixion. There is great speculation that Christ was Gnostic. There are some who believed that he was an Essenian. Teach about the early Christian order of the Ebionites, and how these people lived a very strict and pious lifestyle in communes, outside Jerusalem.
- May-August are great months for teaching about the origin and traditions of Pentecost. I would also like to suggest that this time be used to focus discussion on early Jewish stories such as; Enoch and the Book of Enoch. Tell the story of Lilith. Focus a week on Judas Iscariot and discuss his gospel. Have a lesson based off some of the old parables of ancient Judaism such as The Wisdom of Solomon text and the history of how it was once believed that he controlled demons with a magical ring, much like that of the "ring to rule all" aka Precious, in the Hobbit by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. It would be fun to compare fiction and non fictional comparisons. Teach about the book of Jubilee's or the Christian text, The Sophia of Jesus Christ. Young adults should know this information about their Christian faith. It is how they become better Christian orators.
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© 2011 Julie Grimes