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Foundational texts of Christianity examined

Dogma
    
Endless revision of the divine plan

The Church, in the sense of organisation, authority, assets and membership, preceded rather than followed the justifying doctrines of Christianity. As the organisation and its needs changed so the ‘Testament of God’ adapted accordingly.


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22.10.11

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He who has ears
Let him hear!

Shuffling the deck - the Christian card trick!

5-minute enlightenment
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In the 2nd century Jesus-lore was a popular and variegated literary form, competing with Greek romantic fiction. Political considerations in the late 2nd century led the emerging Catholic church to select just four gospels as 'orthodox' and reject many others. After three centuries of wrangling, twenty-three additional texts were accepted by the Church as divinely inspired. The rest were declared 'pious frauds' but in truth, the whole lot belongs to a genre of literary FICTION.

 

   

 

The Ever-Changing Word of God

Despite many landmark editions the Bible remains a Work in Progress. Shuffling the confused jigsaw of stories back into the chronology of authorship proves very revealing.

   

 

The 'Good Book' – Savage Biblical Injustice

All the inhumane violence you could ever wish for.

   

 

SIN Drowning humanity in Guilt & Fear

Sin is the very foundation of Judeo/Christian religion. With Sin the Church devised the most successful protection racket in history. The whole of humanity was criminalized through the doctrine of Sin.

 

 

   

 

"Mark" Bringing the Celestial Superjew Down to Earth

The gospel yarn began not with the testimony of a disciple but with the musings of someone who switched the anticipated Jewish Messiah from future hope to "historic past". Mark's hero was a righteous man, adopted at his baptism as a son by God.

   

 

"Matthew" – A Gospel for Messianic Jews

The author of Matthew added a "royal genealogy" and a collection of "fulfilled prophecy" to the basic story plagiarized from Mark.

   

 

The Roman Church Asserts Authority – The Mythical "St Peter"

Ambitious bishops in Rome laid claim to the Palestinian fantasy.

   

 

"Luke" – A Gospel for Credulous Pagans

In the hands of the author of Luke Rome was absolved from deicide and the "birth" and "death" scenes for of Jesus were embellished.

   

Caesarea in "Acts of the Apostles"

Miracles of Time and Space. Philip, Peter and King Agrippa in the city of Caesarea.

 

 

   

 

"Brother James" – Radical Jew Sanitized into Pious Christian Martyr

Did Jesus have a brother? Throwing some light on the supposed sibling who "led the Church in Jerusalem".

   

 

"John" – A Gospel to Silence the Gnostics

Mid-2nd century: the Catholic ecclesia write a rebuttal to the rival church of Valentinus.

 

 

 



 

 

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