Originally posted by adjensen
that those handful of churches he started for the Gentiles would eventually evolve into the world's largest religion.
You make this sound like the spread of Christianity after the counsel of Nicea was due to the benevolence of the faith established there. This does
not match up with historical record. Constantine implemented this once "Cult of Peace" by brute force. Pagan shrines were dismantled and for a time,
Pagans had to go to Christian churches to practice their rites. This practice did not last long though and the Pagan alters were tossed out from the
church. If you were a craftsman you had to convert to Christianity to work in the rebuilding of Constantinople. Stone Masons in particular had to
convert or leave the empire. Even their mason marks had to change from pagan symbols to symbols reflecting the new "Faith".
This wasn't enough for the Emporer. As his empire spread, neighboring kingdoms were forced to convert or lose precious trade. Many a king during the
dark ages converted for the mere fact of wealth than for any idea of love of Christ. Then we get into the Inquisition. Here the church satiated its
taste for blood even further by sending out inquisitors to ensure the correct doctrine was in force, at least this is the cover, by really it was
about maintaining the churches authority over the kingdoms.
Follow this up with the crusades, the perscution of the Puritans in England, the salem witch trials, numerous offenses in Africa. This Bible you
defend so vehemently is a perversion of Christs teachings thoroughly sanctified by the blood of many. The Church formed at the counsel of Nicea is one
of the darkest most unholy Empires ever to disgrace God's Kingdom.
And, here we are today, still blessing that unholy book with more blood in the middle east and even in our own streets.
The word of God is Holy, the love of Christ is its greatest example, the Bible is still an abomination.
People might be convinced of the truth within, if those who preached from it were able to demonstrate its goodness.
"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven."
"The meek shall inherit the earth"
"Cast not pearls before swine, they will trample them underfoot, then turn and rend you to pieces"
"The Kingdom of God is within you"
"Father forgive them they know not what they do"
"Give unto Caesar, that which belongs to Caesar"
I have always asked this of Christians and none have yet to answer. Name one man that Jesus himself condemned. There is none. He loved the Pharisees,
He loved the Gentiles, He loved Judas, He loved Pontius Pilate, He loved Barnabas. He loved ALL, and condemned none.