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. They had to counter Jewish extremists who promoted the subversive idea that a Jewish king should govern the world on behalf of God and in place of Caesar. If the Romans couldn’t pacify these Jews, it would set a dangerous precedent for other races to revolt. They needed to keep control over the trade routes to Asia and Egypt. The government must have been frustrated at having to repeatedly use force to suppress Jewish extremists, as it was disruptive, expensive, and taxing on the army. Roman vitriol bubbled over when soldiers razed the Temple in 70 CE when there was no military need to do so. Judaism’s nerve center had to be destroyed.

I also suspect that Jewish and gentile intellectuals working for the Roman government wrote the Gospels (this is discussed in depth in my book.) They knew ideas could be as effective as force. I think they tried to weaken Judaism by infiltrating and diluting it with gentiles. A tale that the long hoped for Jewish messiah was Jesus, and he’d already been and gone, and he wasn’t a political activist, but rather a spiritual intermediary between God and man, would have suited their agenda perfectly.

It's all bullshit“Blessed are the peacemakers,” “turn the other cheek,” “love your enemies” and “pay your taxes,” as promoted by Jesus in the gospels, meant you obeyed your Roman superiors and didn’t cause trouble. To push these ideas to plebs was a lot easier than using the military. If these ideas caught on, there’d be no more messiahs and no more revolts.

This explains why the true identities of all four gospel authors are unknown.

It’s ironic that the gospels, said to be so truthful, became one of the most successful literary enterprises ever undertaken, yet were so fabricated.

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I think Paul attempted to infiltrate the Nazarenes to undermine them and their messianic message. His “conversion” (to being the founding member of his own Christ fan club) was his cover, and his novel beliefs were his modus operandi. I suspect (but can’t prove) he would have passed information about the Nazarenes on to Roman authorities.

There could’ve been many “Pauls” working throughout the empire as government agents, spreading propaganda. Paul wrote to a community in Rome to introduce himself, and it’s obvious that this community already had some beliefs about a Christ.

This fits with Paul being a Roman citizen (as claimed in Acts) who had dubious Pharisaic credentials. It fits with the fact he preached during the decades when Jewish messianic fervor was building and needed to be quelled, before it exploded in the first Jewish war of 66 -70 CE. It fits with the fact Paul replaced a messianic political Jewish messiah with his Christ, a spiritual messiah for all mankind.

saint paul 7If Paul was a government employee, it would help explain how he managed to support himself financially. It might also be why he hoped a financial gift to the Nazarenes in Jerusalem would be accepted; he was trying to endear himself to the Nazarenes using bribery. It’s why he often preached that the Torah (the Jewish Law) was obsolete. It clarifies the real reason why, in the book of Acts, he was repetitively roughed up by traditional Jews nearly everywhere he went, yet was never attacked by gentiles. It explains why once Roman authorities knew who he was and what he was up to, he was treated so well, despite the fact he so regularly disturbed the peace. Paul’s so called “arrest” by the Romans doesn’t mean he wasn’t in league with them. Things had got a little out of control and he ended up being a source of civil unrest. He’d become a diehard dogmatist causing trouble wherever he went. Instead of undermining Judaism, he incited Jews to the point of violence, something Rome didn’t want. The “arrest” was, in fact, for his own safety. Reading between the lines, he was never treated like a prisoner. Rather, there were remarkable Roman resources, such as a Roman guard of 500 soldiers, used to protect him.

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities."

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.”

It makes clear why he wrote this to a Roman community:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:1-7 KJV.) A government agent wrote this, not a Jesus fan who’d seen the light!

It fits with the fact the book of Acts states:

“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul” (Acts 13:1, KJV.) So the earliest Christian community at Antioch boasted a member of Herod Antipas’ family, the pro-Roman Tetrarch who had murdered John the Baptist, and Paul (Saul) was associated with him.

Paul finished off his letter to the Philippians with a salutation:

“All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household” (Phil. 4:22, KJV.) This confirms that Paul had contact with the Emperor Nero’s family.

Roman governmentI think the government twisted the knife to further wound Judaism by blaming Jesus’ crucifixion on the Jews and making Romans look like the innocent good guys in the gospels.

Throughout history, powerful governments have tried to control popular opinion, and often haven’t hesitated to flagrantly manipulate the truth. I think this was one such example. In those times it was easier to promote propaganda than it is today, because the public was less informed and less able to check out the facts.

Just in case the plan didn’t work, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian (the father and his two sons who ruled Rome as the emperors of the Flavian dynasty from 69-96 CE) sought out members of the “royal house of David” to help make sure there were no more messiahs.

The government hoped the story of the new idol would convince people that true spirituality and the promise of eternal life were synonymous with getting along with them. It was the winners that wrote the history.

warningIn modern times, this is called propaganda, disinformation or psychological warfare. It’s fascinating to realise these subversive tactics were part of the first-century Roman Empire and jaw-dropping to realize the dogma has survived without being widely exposed for what it is, and is still coloring the way people, and in particular trusting Christians, look at the world.

The reader may be wondering why, if this is true, it’s often claimed the government persecuted Christians. The fact is persecution of Christians did occur in isolated areas, but wasn’t a policy of the state until over a century later, and then only for relatively short periods.

Generally speaking, Rome was tolerant of all religions, including Christianity. ( http://www.salon.com/2013/02/24/the_myth_of_persecution_early_christians_werent_persecuted/). In those days the ideas of one government (as controlled by one emperor) were often completely different to the next emperor. After the Flavian dynasty (the rule of Vespasian, Titus and then Domitian) ended with Domitian’s assassination in 96 CE, there was a brand new emperor. Persecution happened sporadically many years later, but usually only if Christians refused to worship the state’s gods. By this time the militaristic ambitions of peasant Jews had been finally and definitively crushed in the second Jewish war of 132-5 CE, and there were different agendas on the government’s mind. (see http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/history/persecution.htm). What’s more, many stories of supposed persecutions of Christians by the Roman government are, in fact, now recognized as ninth century exaggerations and fabrications.

If this propaganda theory is true, Paul was a spy and a charlatan; a cog in the wheel of a cunning government plan. I’m not suggesting that he didn’t wholeheartedly believe in the value of what he was doing. There’s little doubt that if he’d been successful on a grand scale the first and second Jewish wars may have been averted. I am suggesting he knew he was promoting manufactured dogma as a means to an end. This means Rome, via Paul and others, created the Christ, a benign pacifist messiah.

I’m not the only author to have come to this conclusion. Thijs Voskuilen and Rose Mary Sheldon co-wrote “Operation Messiah” in which they postulate that Paul was

“supporting the imperial structure, benefiting from it, cooperating with it, often saved by it. The end product for Rome was exactly what it wanted – a loyal, other –worldly, spiritual movement that was completely divorced from Palestinian revolutionary movements, from Jewish nationalism and from any challenge to Roman imperial authority. Its followers were supposed to pay taxes and be loyal citizens of the emperor.”

Peter Cresswell, Joseph Atwill (whose theory about the origin of the gospels I discuss in my book,) and no doubt many other authors have reached similar conclusions.

I hope the reader understands the significance of this. If this is true, Christianity has been the most monumental fraud ever inflicted on humankind.

References:

Cresswell, Peter 2010 “Jesus the Terrorist” O books, Winchester, UK.

Eisenman, Robert H. “James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls”

Thijs Voskuilen and Rose Mary Sheldon co-wrote “Operation Messiah”

http://www.angelfire.com/wi/famtree/romned.html

http://www.uhcg.org/HoI/James-Bro-of-Jesus.html

http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/jesus-pacifist-shepherd-or-zealot-warrior/

http://bhairavah.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/political-jesus.html

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/librivox-wars-jews-by-josephus/id345414791

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLypbbijk2I

 

 

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8 Responses to Was Christianity Roman Government Propaganda?

  1. Enkill_Eridos says:

    This is interesting and I do partly agree. For one there was a time when Christianity was a crime in the Roman Empire. It is suspected that Christanity was around for at least 150 to 200 years prior to the formation of the Nicean Council. Which was the start of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Many people consider this when Christianity started, but it was only when Catholicism started. The Council of Nicaea debated on many different theologies that existed long before the council was formed. There is historical records that state the Pagan Roman Empire did persecute Christians. They were put in fights against predators and trained gladiators. Other cases they were crucified in the arena and the masses cheered while those on the crucifix was being eaten alive by what was exotic animals to Rome at that time.

    The Council of Nicaea combined many elements of the Pagan beliefs of Rome in the Christian theology that made the Roman Citizens more comfortable. A lot changed during this time as well, Roman society which infected a lot of the known world moved from the old Lunar based calendar to the solar based calendar we use today.

    Yule which was the celebration around the same day as we celebrate Christmas now. It was originally a celebration of togetherness, especially in the cold countries. This was usually the coldest week or so in the year. Vikings, Celts, the Germaic ancestories, Gauls and other nations and societies that were forever changed by the infestation of Roman Society. But pre-roman rule these people would gather in one central place put a thick log that would smolder hot for a long time. This is what a Yule log is, they kept warm by doing this and huddling together. This celebration is much what Christmas is supposed to be like. A community coming together and being in each others company. Yule celebrations were described as joyous events. The Roman Catholic Church took Yule and remade it Christmas. They took Ostera and the spring time Sabbath of Beltane (This is what the celts called these Sabbaths, the Vikings, Gauls, and everyone else had different names for them, but I am unsure what they are.) Which are springtime sabbaths that originally celebrated the fertility of spring. Ever wonder what hunting Easter eggs has to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus? Nothing at all, the eggs were signs of fertility and the practice of hunting brightly colored eggs is a pagan tradition that symbolized fertility. Added to the Christian holiday to make conversion easier on the newly converted. All of the Christian holidays have more in common with a pagan ritual than one found in Judaism.

    Back to the Council of Nicaea, they made Jesus more of a divine character. From what I can tell from my years of research on this subject the original gospels, which I 7suspect the number of apostles is actually 13 instead of 12. Why 13? Because of the importance of that number in Hebrew Kaballah practices is the number of “The Word of God” which is described in Judaism as an angel known as Metatron. 13 is the number of unity, 13 symbolizes the vibrations of forgiveness, peace, love, tolerance, and unity. All major themes, even in the changed version of The New Testament, of the teachings taught by Jesus. Jesus being the thirteenth apostle. As I said 13 is unity, 13 symbolizes the coming together of a group. So Jesus being the the 13th person in which the apostles were unified with and their lives revolving around the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    We know the Council of Nicaea took existing writings and decided what was true to their version of Christianity and what was false. If there were 13 writers only a small fraction of the writers actually made it into christian theology. Which I infer that there were probably one or more women that were apostles. One of which may have been the wife of Jesus, because in Judaism at this time it was a sin against God to reach a certain age and not be married. However Jesus the family man would have brought into question his divinity by many of the Roman citizen converts. Because the sickness that was Roman Society by the time of the Council of Nicaea was patriarchal (male based). This sickness, this wrong view of gender roles in society still infects our society to this day. A lot of christian theology pre-catholism existed prior to the foundation of Catholicism and modern Christianity, was destroyed if it contradicted the Catholic church. A practice that continued for thousands of years after the Council of Nicaea. The last vestige of the Roman Empire still exists to this day, once Rome fell Catholicism did rule over Europe.

    I am not saying you are completely wrong, I am telling you that for the entirety of Christianity to be created solely by the Roman Empire is not really plausible. Unless you have proof of a plot that stretched on for hundreds of years prior to the creation of the Catholic Church. Which means the conspiracy would have lasted several generations before Christianity was organised and turned into The Holy Roman Catholic Church. However, the possibility that what is viewed as modern Christianity as we know it starting with The Holy Roman Catholic Church and all denominations that Church spawned. I agree that was created as Roman Government propaganda. Because I see that as the truth. Modern Christianity has the tendency to ignore the teachings of Jesus and focus on teaching of Paul and Peter chiefly.

    The Christianity I practice is very different than the Christianity many so called Christians actually practice. I love everyone as they are family. Not because I think I can get into heaven if I do, but because I believe it is something that God actually wants.

    I believe in God, but I don’t believe in God like Father, Son, Holy Spirit kind of way. That is another vestige of pre-christian belief, that may have been added to appeal to those raised Jewish. Because Adonai (Translated into English as Lord.), Elohim (Translated into English as Holy Spirit), and YWEH (translated into English as Jehova.) are the three aspects of God in Judaism. Which is where I think the Holy Trinity Comes from, yet nothing in The New Testament meaning wise supports the trinity as taught by Modern Christianity as something that is truly apart of the theology. It also may have been to lure the tribal belief converts before forced conversion happened in the dark ages/middle ages. As many pre-roman religions had three aspects for mother earth ( Maiden, Mother, Crone). Which symbolised the three major seasons (Spring, Fall, Winter) This may also be the reason the trinity theology exists.

    I believe in God, as a being that the whole of creation. Not just the universe in the physical sense that we can see feel and touch, but also parts that have scientific theories such as multiple dimensions. These theories existed first in religion. The best example is in the Talmud when Moses describes travelling the 7 Earths and 7 Heavens. So the theory of multiple dimensions existed before the math that proved it was possible these dimensions could exist was even thought of. I believe God is the driving force behind creation, the universe, and life. I believe in intelligent design. I do not believe that God is some dude in robes on a cloud looking down. I believe God is with us, not on a level we can see. Before you say well I don’t believe in anything I cannot see. Do you believe molecules exist? Because they do, and stuff happens on the molecular level. More than likely God exists on a molecular level. In a way we cannot understand. We believe we have found the “God Particle.” But what if that God Particle was actually a piece of God? Then again I also believe science proves both God exists and reveals the tools God uses to create. Even if scientists and religion do not agree with this. Then again my belief in the kind of being we call God is very different from any definition found in any religion.

  2. GirlyMan says:

    Well that certainly was provocative, Mark. Off to read more. :D

  3. Janina Tedford says:

    The foundation of Christian theology is expressed in the early ecumenical creeds which contain claims predominantly accepted by followers of the Christian faith. These professions state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was subsequently resurrected from the dead in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust him for the remission of their sins.:

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    • Mark Fulton says:

      Hi Janina, I’m not sure if you read this blog. If you did I hope you might realise that historians have long ago moved on from simply accepting fourth century concoctions about Jesus as being truthful.

      Regards, Mark

  4. Andrew Noble says:

    Those ‘united by the handshake’, seven grades of initiation, 318 bishops Nicene Creed…318 being value of Theta, Theta being power and value of Helios, the sun. Helios the sun also being the Burning Bush. Look for the ‘burning bush’ symbol and see the legacy of this Roman Cult survives to this day, constantly morphing and adapting but ever. Powerful.

  5. Emanuele Tresca says:

    More than likely!

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  7. Mark Fulton says:

    Hi Mike, thanks for informing me about the spam. I’ve had a look at your website..I really like it, would love to contribute, will contact you from there. Regards, Mark

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