posted on Mar, 4 2005 @ 12:43 PM
LadyV, here is my take on how the religion came about.
Most people are not aware of the political and social upheaval from 300BCE to 90ACE particularly within Israel and the large Jewish populations spread
out in the Middle Eastern countries of Egypt, Syria, India, iraq and Iran.
The internal religious problems for the Jews had been that they had several sects of Judaism, each advocating some beliefs quite different to the
others. For example, one sect believed in reincarnation the others did not, one believed in the strictest following of the OT, the others did not. One
firmly believed the messiah described in the OT was about to materialize to save them from their conquerors, giving rise to a host of false prophets
claiming to be this person. As well, their internal governance was based on the Sanhedrin council a mixture of elders and high priests from all of
these sects, where the political climate was heightened after Alexander's entrance into the state and later with the installation of the Jewish
Herods reporting to pagan Rome. The rivalry of the sects turned into civil war amongst the people, and against the Herods, each jockeying for control.
The 4 gospels are based on the religious beliefs of one of those sects, the one that decided to spread its word outside of the Jews as aided by the
Romans. It was initially still Judaism except it had the reincarnation sect written all over it, morphing into it the Jesus story as proof of same
while rewriting the messiah prophecy as well, and since the other sects did not share that belief, nor recognize a messiah as having come,
Christianity turned with Paul to non-Jews for a congregation as the Jewish followers were dropping like flies, as evidenced by the epistles.
The one sect got its wish albeit not in a Judaic sense, the others to this day still exist and co-exist.