Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by Innerlight
Babylon didn't hijack Christianity.
He took stories from other religions, in either an attempt to unify all religions and faiths to prevent holy war, or to imbue the Jesus persona with godly power, thereby instilling power in the Church Constantine founded.
Originally posted by Innerlight
Yes the Babylonian religion existed before Christianity. After true Christianity (followers of Christ) arrived, it was taken over by people like Constantine and others who turned it back into a Babylonian religion based on outward forms, rituals, and observing special days, with priests controlling and taking money in exchange for sacrifices. True Christianity is an inward parth of enlightenment (the light of the world) which results in love, peace, patience, kindness, joy, humility... not what you see with most so-called Christians and other religious people today.
Originally posted by bwj2012
How do you hijack a religion before it even starts? Christianity didnt officially begin for at least 20 years after Jesus death/resurrection/ascension. Its more like christianity hijacked all the earlier religions and molded that into what they wanted.
Originally posted by bwj2012
I still think christianity hijacked babylon and not the other way around. I was just going by the dates of when the gospels were written. Seemed to be written like 20-40 years after pentecost. I guess it could be official without anything published.
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)
"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. Eusebius then arranged for scribes to produce "fifty sumptuous copies ... to be written on parchment in a legible manner, and in a convenient portable form, by professional scribes thoroughly accomplished in their art" (ibid.). "These orders," said Eusebius, "were followed by the immediate execution of the work itself ... we sent him [Constantine] magnificently and elaborately bound volumes of three-fold and four-fold forms" (Life of Constantine, vol. iv, p. 36). They were the "New Testimonies", and this is the first mention (c. 331) of the New Testament in the historical record.