Christianity is Merely Recycled Religion. Man Created 'God.'
The Truth- The Beginning of Christianity
Having been raised very strict Catholic, it was never prudent to question priests or teachings from the Bible. Many children were simply disciplined by their parents, teachers, and clergy by being threatened to burn in hell if they did something wrong. We now know that this (as well as several rapes and sexual misconduct by the Catholic clergy) was a form of child abuse. We are speaking out. We are pointing out the hypocrisy.
Christians will tell you that 'God' (a man who looks an awful lot like the Greek God Zeus), floats around on a cloud in a long robe and white beard and 'sees all.' They will tell you that they know God is real because they have a personal relationship with Him. They will say that God is real because the Bible was written, and there were miracles performed leading up to the greatest sacrifice ever, which was God's only son dying for our sins.
Translation- Big Brother is watching so you better keep yourself in line or you're suffer for eternity because some stories were written and passed down. Some guy died on a cross (like millions of others) but this dude came back (so he didn't really die, right?)
Well, let's look into why people believe that the 'Bible' was written by 'God himself,' and then explore where the stories most likely truly came from.
Ok- Who Exactly Wrote the Bible?
If we're talking the Old Testament, scholars agree that the Old Testament were stories that were verbally told over centuries. Various authors wrote down these stories to create the Book of Genesis which were the first stories to be recorded. This occurred more than 3400 years ago, around 1400 BC. The Old Testament was continually written until around 150 BC. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and is considered sacred to the Jewish Faith, while the New Testament focuses on the time after Jesus Christ died and Christianity began. The Old Testament was written by scholars in different parts of the world and the writings have direct correlation to the history of where they were written at the time. The New Testament is divided into Jesus' supposed disciples, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and it focuses on the teaches of a man named Jesus Christ.
Almost every biblical scholar agrees that the biblical portions of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not written by these disciples at all. The truth is, the stories were written by a Jewish scribe based off hypothetical stories about Jesus and his followers. In fact, most biblical scholars agree that none of the Bible was written by anyone who was eye witness to Jesus Christ. Some scholars believe there was no one person named Jesus Christ, but it was a movement of people who wanted an end of Roman Persecution.
The Bible therefore, is a collection of stories that were written by scribes and people who heard the stories and likely embellished, and many of the stories have been translated and changed over the years. The real authors of the Bible are unknown, but scholars have the authors narrowed down to certain people who lived over two hundred years after Christ supposedly died.
Constantine, the Creator of Weak Women and Political Religion
What Did Constantine Do?
Constantine was the the Roman Emperor 300 years after Christ died. Like every ancient ruler of great civilizations, Constantine knew that the key to being respected as a leader was to get control of the masses. There were all of these writings and teachings floating around, and in order to get everything under one single religion so everyone would be 'on the same page' (so to speak), good old Constantine paid lots of money to make the Bible exactly what he wanted it to be. He bribed various clergy and religious leaders to agree on one canon (Bible) that would be taught as the Christian Bible- thereby unifying the unrest to gain more power over the Roman people. He had all of the church leaders meet at the Council of Nicaea to vote on what would be put in the Bible, and what would be left out.
It's important to know that Constantine was a pagan. He simply adopted Catholicism as a political move for power. That's all it was. A religion was created by men who were bribed to vote on certain passages, and the Bible was made.
Let's Be Honest- Where Do You Think All of the Major Ideas For Christianity Came From?
This is a subject a lot of Christians don't like to think about, talk about, or simply don't know about. However, before Christianity became a religion (and thousands were murdered, but we'll get into that later), there were Pagan beliefs. Pagans had the practical ideologies when it came to their worship. They worshiped things they could see but couldn't necessarily understand, like the moon, the stars, the air, the wind, fire, rain, etc. They believed in several different immortal gods. They had rich traditions, and some of them might seem a little bit familiar.
Peter Paul and Mary- Look Familiar?
Truer words were never spoken..
Where did the Christian Holidays come from?
Seriously, Just Read Up On It
Where Did The Term 'Pagan' Come From?
People who didn't practice Catholicism were deemed 'Pagans' in the middle centuries, which carried a negative connotation. Pagans were though to have been devil worshipers in need of conversion.
Christians had to find away to convert Pagans to Christianity, for more power and control of the masses. This led to Christianity adopting many Pagan traditions in order to sort of 'meet in the middle' and entice Pagans to convert to Christianity. After Constantine held his council and created the Bible, it took twelve years to outlaw the Pagan religion entirely. Pagans and their temples and property were destroyed, plundered, and all of their literature and books were destroyed. If someone was caught practicing Paganism, they were threatened and often times maimed or worse.
To gain the Pagan population, Christianity developed Pagan traditions. Our current calendar is the same as the old Pagan calendar, but we replaced Ostera with Easter, Winter Solstice with Christmas, Samhain with Halloween, and the list goes on. Christianity is a lot like Paganism. The tradition of taking communion is a tradition from worshiping sun gods. The 'sun' became the 'son of God.' Even chalices were used. Sunday is the day of the Christian Sabbath- the original day to worship the sun. Pagans also believed that getting in water was 'cleansing' and they revered water. This meshed into the idea of Christian baptism, where a person is 'cleansed of their sins.'
Pagans worshiped a Mother Goddess. Constantine made Mary a virgin who gave birth, but barely mentions her in the Bible. Statues of Mary holding a baby was another way to convert Pagans to see familiar sites. It made the transition easier.
Almost every Catholic tradition can somehow trace back to a Pagan tradition, which also came from the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Did you know that current Christian rituals and traditions were derived from Pagan Religions?
Are you a practicing, God fearing Christian?
This article is not meant to offend anyone. I understand that many people believe in a Christian God and it makes them feel like they are safe, and doing the right thing. It's worthwhile though, to go back to the true roots of the New Testament to see what the real history is, and understand that it's not a divine book from God, but a book that's been put together by scholars and scribes, and controlled by the founder of the Catholic Church.