Here's an interesting bit from www.exminister.org...
How the Gospels were created
Constantine then instructed Eusebius to organize the compilation of a uniform collection of new writings developed from primary aspects of the
religious texts submitted at the council. His instructions were:
"Search ye these books, and whatever is good in them, that retain; but whatsoever is evil, that cast away. What is good in one book, unite ye with
that which is good in another book. And whatsoever is thus brought together shall be called The Book of Books. And it shall be the doctrine of my
people, which I will recommend unto all nations, that there shall be no more war for religions' sake"
(God's Book of Eskra, op. cit., chapter xlviii, paragraph 31)
See that? It claims that what Constantine, who was a Sol Evictus follower, wanted was NO MORE WAR FOR RELIGIONS' SAKE. Same as what Jesus
wanted....stop fighting. So, good on Constantine. Too bad his "council" weren't up to the task ....although he told them "make them [the united,
selected books in this one volume] to astonish"
Make them to astonish" said Constantine, and "the books were written accordingly" (Life of Constantine, vol. iv, pp. 36-39).
Eusebius amalgamated the "legendary tales of all the religious doctrines of the world together as one", using the standard god-myths
from the presbyters' manuscripts as his exemplars. Merging the supernatural "god" stories of Mithra and Krishna with British Culdean beliefs
effectively joined the orations of Eastern and Western presbyters together "to form a new universal belief" (ibid.). Constantine believed that the
amalgamated collection of myths would unite variant and opposing religious factions under one representative story.
I was never introduced to that factoid before....instead, I had labored under the impression he was trying to rule with an iron fist....apparently he
was trying to establish peace
but, as per usual in our known history, the either ignorant or corrupt "supervisors" - the clergy - in whose hands was given the task on the ground
(the above is also from the other thread....)
Thanks, starchild for starting this thread. Good on ya!
NOTE: If Constantine thought this mighty summary was going to create peace on earth, AND it contains all of the nonsensical misogyny that the Old
Testament promotes....perhaps he was trying to write down how it "used to be" and then "how it is going to be now"....which included the Jesus
messages of kindness, humility, acceptance of women and children, tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness.
Maybe he should've left off the OT, and not provided the "prologue". Seems the patriarchal tendencies of historic culture in our latest "ongoing
civilized humanity era" have overriden the message of peace and socialistic cooperation once again.
I don't know yet for sure what I think...I've only scratched the alternative surfaces here...thanks again to everyone who is providing links and more
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