Was Christianity Roman Government Propaganda?

Emperor Titus

There’s a fascinating angle to consider about the beginnings of Christianity. I think that the Roman government was the driving force behind Paul’s pagan propaganda (which became Christianity’s theology.) The fact that belief in the divinity of Jesus arose in many diverse areas of the empire a number of decades after Jesus’ death suggests to me that it came from a central source, and it wasn’t Jesus’ Jewish friends in Jerusalem. There was good reason to mar the power of messianic Judaism, and particularly militaristic Nazarenism (the Nazarenes were Jesus’ Jewish followers;) the Romans were trying to stop a war. … More…

8 Comments

The Capture, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus

arrest of Jesus 3

Yeshua (Jesus) and his entourage were easily outmaneuvered. The Romans swooped on them in the garden of Gethsemane while Jewish residents slept. John’s gospel claimed a cohort of soldiers was consigned to collar him: “Judas the traitor knew the place well, since Jesus had often met his disciples there, and he brought the cohort to this place together with a detachment of guards sent by the chief priests and Pharisees, all with lanterns and torches and weapons” (John 18:3 JB.) Judas had betrayed him to the Romans. A cohort was six hundred Roman soldiers, one tenth of a legion. Pilate … More…

16 Comments

The Future of Christianity

closing-down-sale

  “From bitter searching of the heart, Quickened with passion and with pain We rise to play a greater part. This is the faith from which we start: Men shall know commonwealth again From bitter searching of the heart. We loved the easy and the smart, But now, with keener hand and brain, We rise to play a greater part. The lesser loyalties depart  And neither race nor creed remain From bitter searching of the heart. Not steering by the venal chart That tricked the mass for private gain, We rise to play a greater part. Reshaping narrow law and … More…

15 Comments

Jesus was a Bigot

Angry Jesus

  “Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so” (Traditional, Words by Anna B. Warner) Most Christians assume Jesus had affection for anyone who accepted him; that he had a personal interest in each and every individual. I think they seriously misunderstand their main man. Jesus, as he’s portrayed in the gospels, quite clearly didn’t love gentiles (who he referred to as pagans.) He told his disciples: “Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 10:6, NJB.) When discussing his … More…

3 Comments

Jesus and Faith

"For we walk by faith, not by sight"

Jesus made plenty of promises. He talked of kingdoms and miracles to come, as well as heaven. He had to insist his flock had faith: “Everything is possible for anyone who has faith” (Mark 9:24, NJB.) Everything is possible if one is injected with heroin too, but that is an illusion. One comes back to a cold, harsh world. Faith, like heroin, will never reverse reality. Jesus stated, “I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3, NJB.) Children have very active imaginations, which is natural, healthy, … More…

2 Comments

God in Context

polyatheist

In my book I’ve systematically debunked the Bible, almost the entire basis of belief. I’ve concluded that Yahweh was only ancient man’s feeble attempt to control others, so he doesn’t exist. There are some other angles that prove he’s a fiction. I’m referring to god’s spatial, numerical, and temporal contexts. Ancient Palestine, the place where belief in Yahweh was born, was only a smallish spot on the earth’s surface, an area roughly the size of Wales. The earth is only a tiny dot in an immense, in fact infinite, universe. When we gaze into the night sky, some of the … More…

4 Comments

Christianity and Dysfunctional Societies

2500567072_a22c567e57-1

“My own view on religion is that…I regard it as…a source of untold misery to the human race.” (Bertrand Russell) Consider history. There have been literally hundreds of wars started or inflamed by Christian intolerance. Millions of people were murdered in the crusades, the Inquisition, witch-hunts, and as a consequence of forced conversions in America and Africa. For centuries women, homosexuals, scientists, Jews, and Muslims have been attacked or suppressed. Churches have opposed secular education, fought against each other and resisted scientific advances. Churches have been the cause, not the cure, of many of the world’s ills. Many people today, … More…

9 Comments

The True Essence of the Bible

Christian fiction

                                                       Backward Thinking and Divisiveness “But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” (Reg, leader of the People’s Front of Judea, from the film “Life of Brian”) Six hundred years before Jesus Jewish priests badgered their fellows into a fanatical reverence for scripture. As a consequence, most Jews looked backward by trying to rigidly conform … More…

8 Comments

Sexual Child Abuse in the Catholic Church

Benedict-poo-23

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Jesus, Matthew 18;6, KJV.) This is a newsworthy topic, as there have been generations of victims, the Catholic Church has protected the perpetrators, most of them are still free to offend again, and most of the casualties haven’t been compensated. There are offenders in all Christian denominations, yet the Catholic Church has the worst reputation of them all for a number of reasons. When … More…

2 Comments

Confusion in the Bible

reg

  The Bible is very ambiguous. Every verse is a product of people in particular times and places; always to assert authority, maybe to restate tradition, upstage a rival story, assimilate a popular myth, or create a new one. As a consequence, different authors had quite varied ideas about God and his relationship with humankind. In the Old Testament, god was an anti-gentile racist. He was judgmental, sexist, homophobic and punitive. He told the Jews they alone were really special and that he had a never-ending covenant with them. Paul came along and claimed a new covenant overrode the old. … More…

Leave a comment

Peter wasn’t the First Roman Pope

Who pinched my boat?

                                                  The Catholic Church Concocts History “According to the view which prevailed, the Catholic Church of the new orthodoxy was the inheritor of the true tradition of the Apostles, an assertion which illustrates the power of a lie if it is a thumping big one.” (Dr. Hugh Schonfield) In the mid years of the second century the churches of the Mediterranean world were autonomous entities, with little doctrinal agreement. There were churches in Asia Minor, Palestine, … More…

10 Comments

The Psychological Culture in Christianity

scream-PNG

This is an important blog. If some Christians are real enough to realize that many of their beliefs are noxious, they will be happier and safer, and so will their children, and the world will be a better place.                                                      Suppression, Greed and Hypocrisy People in today’s churches not only buy into Biblical belief, but bow down to those pushing it too. I think Christianity is, and always has been, a power game. Priests, pastors, … More…

18 Comments

The Apostle Paul – a nasty, complex character

shut the fuck up

“That Saint Paul…He’s the one who makes all the trouble.” (Ernest Hemingway, http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/hemingwa.htm) Paul was the creator of Christian theology. I feel no warmth for him, nor do I like his messages. He had an incessant self-righteous manner. His ideas were irritatingly convoluted and his ethics depraved. He deliberately distorted the Nazarenes’ (including the family and disciples of Jesus ) beliefs with his own. He was a man intent on manipulating people and shoring up his own status, and all this is very unattractive. It’s easy to be critical of historical characters if we don’t understand their world from their … More…

18 Comments

The Gospels are not History

Jesus in the gospels

To examine the Gospels objectively, we need to dig deeper than just reading well-chosen, neatly packaged snippets as typically presented in Christian books and churches. We should assess them in their entirety, who wrote them, what their connections with Yeshua (the real historical Jesus, who may or may not have existed,) were, when they were written, and why. Massive holes then appear in the traditional tales. We don’t know the original authors’ true identities, yet they had no known close, genuine connection with Yeshua. They wrote many decades after the events they allegedly described. They may have been under the … More…

3 Comments

Jesus was no Philosopher

jesus stupid

There’s no chapter on Jesus in most philosophy textbooks, and the reasons are obvious. A philosopher has credentials, but the character portrayed as Jesus didn’t. He was uneducated and illiterate. Galilean peasant society was insular and primitive, even by the standards of the times. He might’ve been clever and charismatic, yet he knew nothing of the philosophy and science of the Greek and Roman world. Non-Jewish law, ethics, history, art and literature were a mystery to him. So Jesus wasn’t qualified to be a philosophy teacher, and it shows. He was a deluded dreamer who made wild promises that didn’t … More…

7 Comments

Who was Jesus Christ?

shotgun-jesus_bigger

“The importance of apprehending the beginnings of Christianity as wholly Jewish cannot be exaggerated. Only to the extent that we are able to do this by priming ourselves with information about Jewish life, thought and faith at the time do we become capable of understanding Jesus and the original character of Christianity” (Dr Hugh J. Schonfield, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_J._Schonfield). Jesus was someone quite different from the character in the Gospels. Rather than accepting the conventional Christian account, we should pay him the respect of acknowledging his humanity, family, society, and religion. It makes sense to circumvent Christian mythology and place him in … More…

Tagged , , 5 Comments

Homosexuality and the Bible

3606534531_52e08613e8

Some Biblical texts reveal a bigoted attitude about homosexuality. Yahweh ordered homosexuals killed; “The man who has intercourse with a man in the same way as with a woman: they have done a hateful thing together; they will be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads” (Leviticus 20:13 NJB.) No other significant cultures at the time anywhere in the world had a problem with gays. Other cultures had an attitude very similar to that of Greece and Rome; they simply accepted it between consenting adults. This is probably the original source of the discrimination against millions … More…

5 Comments

The Bible, Sex and Marriage

sex

Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, loathed his own sexuality. “The fact is, I know of nothing good living in me—living, that is, in my unspiritual self—for though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing good the things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want. When I act against my will, then, it is not my true self doing it, but sin which lives in me…I can see my body follows a different law that battles against the … More…

Leave a comment

How Churches Market Themselves

Go, sell

“Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.” (Salman Rushdie) Throughout history the Vatican has tried many tricks to convince, impress, and make money from people. They’ve employed the world’s best architects, artists and composers to create the impression of their church’s grandeur with overpowering edifices, music that can move one to tears, and stupendous sculptures and beautiful paintings. These things may be magnificent, and the world would be a poorer place without them, yet they add nothing to the veracity of the Bible, or to validate God’s existence. Some of the world’s most fraudulent fiends own palaces and awesome art … More…

10 Comments

Churches and Children

religion..treat it

“We’ve been got at, and our principal spiritual battle is waking up to that fact” (Douglas Lockhart, Dark Side of God, 233.) It’s a free world, so churches have a right to advertise to adults, but when they impose dogma on young children they’re playing dirty. Youngsters are prime targets because  they’re uncritical, trusting, sensitive and pliable, so it’s easy to sell them mythical nonsense. Churches own schools for this very purpose. They’re like a schoolyard bully preying on little kids for their lunch money.     Children’s heads are filled with prayers, hymns, and stories about heaven, hell, Jesus, sins, … More…

2 Comments

Mithraism and Other Cults in the Roman Empire

1759553520_c906aac546_o

In the hundred years before and the few hundred years after Jesus’ death, the most popular religion in the Roman Empire was Mithraism. Many of the main mantras of Mithraism found their way into the Bible and the traditions of Christianity. It was one of the oldest religious systems on earth, dating from the dawn of written history, circa 2000 BCE, long before Judaism, and before the primitive Iranian race divided into the branches that became Persian and Indian. It dominated Persia and the vast regions of the Orient in ancient times. Zoroaster, a Persian philosopher who gave final form … More…

11 Comments

The Compilation of the Bible

5340545975_7771bbe418

The men who compiled the New Testament canon wrote volumes attacking their opposition and arguing with their critics, so would have recorded basic facts to bolster the credibility of their books if they had them. They didn’t. There are no such facts in the New Testament or in their own writings. The criteria used choosing the canon were unscholarly and never strictly applied. There was much argument and confusion about what was and wasn’t the word of God, and it took 350 years after Jesus’ death for a definitive decree to be decided. Nowhere in the New Testament is there … More…

Leave a comment

“Apostolic Succession” is Nonsense

Give me and my mates your money!

  Even if Peter was the first Roman bishop, which he wasn’t, that adds nothing to the authority of today’s pope. The poorly documented and ethically flawed ideas of a person who may or may not have existed, and who died nearly two thousand years ago, can’t be transferred through a chain of hundreds of men, nor can they be used to adjudicate on issues for which there’s no historical precedent. How could “Jesus” have an opinion about Muslims, evolution, vaccinations, anaesthetics, the contraceptive pill, global warming or stem cell research? The Vatican claims today’s pope has a supreme god … More…

1 Comment

Gospel of Thomas

498263848_3c81c68d6a

In 1945 two brothers were looking for fertiliser at the base of cliffs in the Egyptian region of Nag Hammadi. They found a huge earthen jar that contained twelve books bound in gazelle leather. These books are one of the most important archaeological finds of the twentieth century. Now known as the Nag Hammadi Library, they contained a complete manuscript of the Gospel of Thomas. It was one of fifty-two manuscripts in twelve books. The text was written in Coptic, the form of the Egyptian language spoken during later Roman imperial times. Scholars have been able to reconstruct the Gospel … More…

1 Comment

Jesus the Jew

jesus-bird-e1266498517886

I don’t think the real Jesus, if he ever existed, was the preacher of ethics he’s portrayed as in the Bible. He was a man whose primary agenda was the establishment of a Jewish Kingdom of God in Palestine. It’s obvious from the detalls of his death, and some of the things he allegedly said in the gospels, that he tried to give the finger to the Romans. Jesus lost the biggest game of his life when he took on the gentile world. He tried to start an insurrection in Jerusalem, but they got to him first, strung him up … More…

2 Comments

Jesus Enters Jerusalem and starts a Racket

5135874786_a1ed0556d3

Toward what was to be the end of his campaign, Jesus focused on Jerusalem. It was the political, economic and spiritual center of the Jewish nation, and boasted a large Jewish population that swelled exponentially around Passover. If he was going to begin an insurrection against Rome, it had to start there. According to the Gospel of John, he preached by day at the temple and retreated to a safe house at nearby Bethany before nightfall. He was anointed with oil. The word “messiah” means an anointed one, as does the name “Christ.” So the name Jesus Christ is referring … More…

2 Comments

The Last Supper never happened

Cannibalism

Saint Paul, the most prolific author in the New Testament, had almost nothing to say about Jesus the person. He hadn’t read any of the gospels, as they hadn’t been written yet. There is, however, one notable exception, (although it may be an interpolation,) when in the first letter to the Corinthians, the author claimed he knew what Jesus said on the night he was betrayed. The writer had just finished lecturing women on what they should wear and what to do with their hair, when he turned to instructing the community on when to eat and drink. He used a … More…

6 Comments

The Resurrection is a Myth!

he is risen

“If Christ has not been raised, you are still in your sins. And what is more serious, all who have died in Christ have perished. If our hope for Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of all people.” (1 Cor. 15:17–19, NJB.) “If the resurrection of Jesus cannot be believed except by assenting to the fantastic descriptions included in the Gospels, then Christianity is doomed. For that view of the resurrection is not believable, and if that is all there is, then Christianity, which depends upon the truth and authenticity of Jesus’ resurrection, also … More…

7 Comments

Jesus and Hell

5355075708_14b2cd3538

  Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, said, “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!…woe to you, blind guides…You blind fools!…You blind men!…You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” (Matt. 23:13–34, NJB.) “Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that provoke offences and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be … More…

2 Comments

Jesus didn’t do Miracles

5136037690_97d228fa58

“Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie?  We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course; but we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time; it is, therefore, at least millions to one, that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.” (Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794) Cults that had existed for hundreds or thousands of years before Jesus had miracle performing prodigies. Isis, an Egyptian goddess, healed the sick. Poseidon, the Greek … More…

2 Comments

The Perpetual Virginity of Mary

abstinence

Stories of gods born to virgins could be found in many countries thousands of years before Jesus. In Greek mythology, Danae was the virgin mother of the demigod Perseus. The Egyptians had Isis as the virgin mother of Horus, and she was worshipped throughout the Roman Empire in Jesus’ time. Mithras, whose cult outshone Christianity for popularity in the first three centuries, was conceived when God entered a virgin. Attis, Adonis, Buddha, Krishna, Osiris and Tammuz were all born to virgins. To be a god your mother almost needed to be a virgin! An adolescent female virgin is an attractive … More…

2 Comments

Yahweh was a right old Bastard

angry-god-1

If Christians are going to pray to, and even love, Yahweh, they should picture him in their mind’s eye. I’ve read the Old Testament a few times and have drawn my own conclusions about him. He had nearly all the most unattractive features of a primitive tyrant. He was violent, sexist, racist, egotistical, power-hungry, capricious, jealous, homophobic, and not particularly intelligent. He allowed and encouraged rape, even of children. He sanctioned slavery, war, murder and the unnecessary killing of animals. He took sides and interfered in proceedings like a meddlesome, mischievous bully. He passed judgment on the most trivial of … More…

11 Comments