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About the time when Christianity was consolidating as a state religion, I think Rome had become rather irrelevant in the discussion of religious questions that were being dealt with by the creation of dogma.
Christianity is nothing but a control cult for Rome's governance and conquering of the planet.
Originally posted by villagesmithie
I don't know where but I remember reading long ago that the word Jesus used could be interputed as the self instead of "me". In other words, the only way to heaven is through yourself, or maybe knowing yourself. It made sense to me at the time. I'll do a little searching and see if I can find anything on this.
Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
reply to post by TangoVooDoo
OK, I stated the assumptions to keep this thread on topic. I should have worded it better. But that said, I wasn't refering to material items such as land and riches, but instead I was refering to POWER to control the masses. A way to keep them under the thumb of the Church. We know for a fact that the Church wielded massive amounts of power through the centuries. They had their hands in every pie.
I am not trying to debate the validity of the religion, but instead the motives of those who shaped it following the death of it's founder. They had total control, absolute power to dictate what was and what was not to become Church Dogma.
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton
Originally posted by Taskism
Forgive me if it's been said, I only read the first post, and I don't mean to derail the post, but what if it was a conspiracy by the pagans in the sense that they created it, to divert Jews away from God and trick them into worshiping Jesus rather than God and to get them to give up the required blood sacrifices, thereby pissing God off and dooming them all to hell?
That would be a tricky thing.