Why is there Fear?

Why is there Pain?

Why is there Starvation?

Why is there Hate?

Why do people kill over money and religion?

Why do good people die for no reason?

Why is there War?

Why is there Disease?

Why is there Oppression?

Why is Morality in decay?

And why does Jesus look away?

Why?

Religion is expressly a vehicle of faith; faith is the backbone of religion. Without faith in a religious order, organized doctrines such as Christianity and Islam would simply be legend and lore – stories and parables. It seems much of what we know of God has been rewritten and re-packaged by a powerful select few to manipulate and control the many: Sad to say, but the populace has been lead by the nose of ignorance for thousands of years.

Time to dig my own grave…..

After the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., Roman Emperor Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status over three centuries after Christ’s death.  Thousands of documents already existed chronicling his life as a mortal man. Many consider these the beginnings of the gospels. History shows there was a clear drive to unite the various Christian sects to help stabilize the Roman Empire primarily because Constantine feared that disputes within the church would cause disorder within the empire. Constantine commissioned and financed a new Church and Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made him godlike. There is documentation that earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned. Other changes included formulation for wording concerning the Trinity based on Anthanias, changing the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and changing the date of Jesus’ birthday to December 25th.

What is important to note is that the Holy Roman Catholic Church was in business several hundred years before Jesus was even born. It was a church established by the Roman government, pagan in nature, in order to promote common worship beliefs and rituals amongst the Roman citizens in an effort to better control subjects of Rome. The disputes Constantine aimed to resolve with the First Council of Nicaea were largely over the relationship between Jesus and God, mainly whether Jesus was the literal son of God or a figurative son like the other “Sons of God” in the Bible. The Nicene Creed adopted after this council stated clearly that Jesus was the begotten son of God. It declares Jesus’s divinity by stating that Jesus and God are of one substance and for our salvation Jesus was made man.

Lets roll back 300 years… After the death of Jesus Christ, many Christian sects formed and they were practically impossible to differentiate from Judaism in those days. Early Christians considered themselves to be Jews. They observed the Jewish law and attended synagogue. However, after Paul’s conversion and rejection of the law and his Judaism faith, he began a mission to take his vision of Christ to the Gentiles. This new brand of Christianity was documented as “Pauline Christianity”. This action created a divide within this early body of Christian believers that recalled the pure teachings of Jesus. This segregation centered on the Jewish law and it is written independently that Paul publicly rejected it. The Jerusalem apostles of course did not and early on continued to stick to Judaism and the early teachings of Jesus. It is also noted that there was controversy over Jesus’ resurrection. Was it a spiritual resurrection or a physical one? As time went on, the doctrinal differences between the various Christian sects grew. Then eventually, the organized Church in Rome under the direction of Constantine gained enormous political power and began to kill heretics and burn their writings to establish one Orthodox Church based on Pauline Christianity. The original teachings of Jesus became lost in the capsule of time and history. They were never seen again until 1945 when pre Roman texts were discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Two years later, the Dead Sea Scrolls were also discovered. A much greater understanding of early Christianity and Judaism is now known. The Dead Sea scrolls have given modern scholars an unadulterated look into what really early Christianity may have looked like. Many of these newly discovered texts were written at the time of Jesus unlike the Bible that was written several hundred years after the death of Jesus. There are even texts that hint to a completely different thread of thought in regard to the true teachings and the religious transformations of that era. There may have been more similarities with Buddhism with a focus on less suffering and a “spiritual awakening” and rebirth which is at odds with current Church doctrine.  Rome conquered Jerusalem in 70 AD and any previous teachings that were considered the words and edicts of Jesus were mostly lost or destroyed forever.

Do I believe in God? The answer is yes, I do believe in God.  Still, I am spiritual and there is a big difference between spiritual and religious. As stated religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the Universe. Religion cannot be proven right or wrong; it simply stands by itself, feeding on the faith of its parishioners; eventually destined to die off much like ancient languages and cultures. Faith is confidence and trust in a set of ideologies. True, faith can be learned. That is the focus of organized religion: To teach Faith.  Yet personal faith based on ones’ own deepest desires and love for life and energy is what really defines true conviction. I feel like we are a part of something grand – something so vast words can’t describe the immensity of it all. Within our being is this indestructible essence that is connected to the harmony and intricacies of the Cosmos; our True Nature. Man-made, organized religion has boundaries and edicts that close off our world; god as it relates to the Universe and our True Nature is boundless.

I am rolling on the wave of this Jesus kick – up next, I want to tackle Hell and Satan. Why stop now?

 

John C. Bader

 

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