An article briefly reviewing the history of Christianity, its formidable impact on the World, and its future and fate.
By Cristo Rey
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What is Christianity? How has Christianity changed the World? What will be the future of Christianity?
The purpose of this article is to attempt to answer these questions by a consideration of the self-evident facts of the history of Christianity as a Religion, how it has impacted on the life of the World, and the author's projection of its future evolution and fate.
It is the author's assessment that there are currently no adequate historical analyses of the formidable impact of Christianity upon the World, and consequently no credible or accurate projections as to its future evolution and fate. It is the purpose of this article to suggest an alternative view of Christianity's impact on the World, and of its future evolution into truly a single, universal, and viable eternal Religion for all of the peoples of the World.
It is the reasonable expectations of the author that the readers are familiar with the basic facts of the historical roots and beginnings of Christianity, and of Jesus the Christ's life and work as presented to us by the inspired Word of God in the Scriptures (Bible), and for the most part the author will dispense with referencing to them except where emphasis is required.
What is Christianity?
Christianity is currently, above all, a Religion, and although one of the major ones in the World, just one of the many in current existence. It was started, built, and organized as an evangelizing movement by the Apostles of Jesus the Christ, after his Ascent to Heaven, and consequently bears the imprint of their designs, not those of the man who inspired them.
Whether Jesus the Christ intended for His "teachings" and beliefs to be incorporated as a formal Religion is a highly debatable issue, and there is credible evidence that those were not His intentions . . .
As the accounts of Jesus the Christ's actual "teachings" and "preaching" in the New Testament Apostolic Books are very incomplete, with many very vague references to the effect that "He preached to many there," without exactly stating what it was that He preached (Mk 16:20, Lk 3:18, Lk 4:44), it must be assumed that the messages and subject matters covered were handed down by word of mouth (Oral Tradition) from the original Twelve Apostles to present day ministers and preachers, each succeeding generation of preachers acting as audiences to their previous counterparts, and were never set down in writing.
Although this is a critical aspect of the history of Christianity which can never be studied or researched, it leaves us with a blank in the record to better judge the evolution of Christianity throughout History, and to better discover when and where Jesus the Christ's original messages were lost, altered, or underwent revisions, or deteriorations, during the past 2,000 years.
Historically, the original Christian evangelizing movement, started by Jesus the Christ's Apostles, quickly underwent extreme changes at the hands of the Apostle Paul (Gal 1:13-23). The Christian Religion as modified by the Apostle Paul, historically, then underwent further modifications at the hands of the Catholic Church's Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, until its Protestant Reformation by Martin Luther. But it has been in America, during the past two centuries, that the Christian Religion has undergone its greatest alterations, with a proliferation of bizarre Cults, and finally its transformation into a totally unrecognizable entity as originally envisioned by Jesus the Christ's teachings.
At its most extreme manifestations, some American Christian Cults adhere to a belief in a system of magical, surreal, fantastic, mythical beings (angels, ghosts, spirits, and "Nephilim," the product of intercourse between angels and human females), so-called "miracles," and of a "God" that interferes directly in the affairs of the Universe and of Humanity, capriciously or in response to "prayers." As in the Wonderland of Alice, the "God" envisioned by these Cults can create "something out of nothing," and can do just about anything fantastic that any minister or preacher can conjure up. Most of these "Christian Cults" are circuses worthy of a Disneyland, including some whose pastors claim to be Jesus the Christ in His Second Advent.
The author of this article recently tried to join a very prominent Evangelical church which ONLY offered two services: One was a traditional service with a pastor delivering a traditional sermon, preaching the Word of God. A second service had no pastor, and was intended MOSTLY for very young (15-20 year olds) members, and consisted ONLY of young skimpy-dressed women dancing what was explained to me were the kind of dances that supposedly King David performed almost naked in the Old Testament accounts. Needless to say, I did not join the church . . . A few months ago, there was also a report in CNN News about a Christian pastor in California, who deliveres his sermons while showing "XXX" pornographic movies to the audience, behind him on a huge screen. Another in Texas, delivers a sermon while naked and engaging in a wrestling match with another naked pastor . . . There is also the one who delivers his sermons while sitting on a motorcycle . . . These are clearly outside the mainstream of American Christian Cults, but they represent the historical trend that characterizes the future of Christianity in our country, having begun with the Cults professing God and Jesus the Christ as "magical" and "fantastic" during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Jesus the Christ never performed any self-professed "miracles," and most of what He did although scientifically unresolved today, was physically possible and real, and not magical tricks . . .
He never self-professedly "healed" anyone, and was very careful to repeatedly let those healed in His presence know that it was their faith (Mk 5:34) which had healed them, not Him. He allowed such events to happen, so as not to lose His audiences, as He was functioning in an Era when people expected magical displays to accompany the advancement of any new "religious" belief. These "healing" events were His starting point with his audiences, but He warned them repeatedly to consider Reality around them and not to expect "signs" or "magical" and "miraculous" happenings (Mt 12:39, Mk 8:12, Jn 4:48). Indeed, He warned about the appearance of "False Christs" during the End Times, who would use "signs" and "wonders" to attempt to deceive even the very elect (Mt 24:24, Mk 13:22).
Jesus the Christ never said that what He taught (His Way) was supposed to become a magical Religion or Belief, it was not supposed to become a Religion at all, but instead He repeatedly stated that He is "the way, the truth, and the life" (Jn 14:6), and not a Religion.
The Religion is primarily for the worship of God, not for the worship of Jesus the Christ, and consequently should not be called "Christianity." A more correct and descriptive term would be "The Way," and its adherents more correctly referred to as "The People of The Way," but only within a greater Religion for the worship of God, the Religion of "The People of God."
"Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (Jn 14:6)
How has Christianity changed the World?
We revere the Bible so much as the inspired Word of God, that we overlook the fact that the Old Testament is largely a historical document. A document which details the beginnings and history of a primitive tribal society, and of their primitive Religion and religious practices.
Their Religion was full of fantastic happenings, and mythical beings (Angels, Nephilim, the product of sexual intercourse between angels and human beings, and the Devil or Lucifer, a supposed "fallen angel").
Just as with other primitive religions of the time, the primitive Hebrew Religion first started by sacrificing newly born babies and young children to their "god." The man Abraham, 3,896 years ago, then changed the religion by substituting the sacrifice of an animal instead of that of his own son, Isaac. The Hebrew Religion then carried out the sacrificing of animals by killing and bleeding them in a Temple (to feed their "god," who apparently needs solid food, and indeed once did eat solid food with Abraham!!!), while making elaborate incantations to their "god" in the manner or the Aztecs in Mexico.
As with all primitive tribal religious gods, the Hebrew "god" was a tribal Warrior god, who demanded genocide, war, conquest, violence, and killing, and was as capricious, authoritarian, and vengeful as the Greek and Roman gods . . .
Only two failed historical attempts were made by enlightened individuals within the Hebrew population to modernize, reform, and redirect the primitive nature of their Religion and "god." The first attempt, that of Moses, failed and was short-lived because it was ill-conceived, and for the most part historically premature. The second, that of Jesus the Christ's, was also a failure within His own society, and the results of His failure in modernizing His society's Religion has weighed down the most Orthodox among the Jewish people to the present with unnecessary primitive religious beliefs, and tribal rituals, and practices.
Religion, as the entity which directs us to surrender our lives, minds, souls, and spirits to its ruling Deity, impacts formidably in the effective public and personal functioning of its adherents. The primitive, tribal Hebrew Religion of the Old Testament shackled its adherents in awesome ways and resulted in severe limits as to the possible public and personal accomplishments of its adherents.
For example, the First Commandment was interpreted by them to prohibit any and all forms of the plastic arts (painting, sculptures), consequently the Hebrew people and the current Jewish people have contributed very little to this area of human artistic activity. As a result, it stifled them in the development of an effective and creative Civil Engineering or Architecture, which their Religion limited only to the building of the Temple and city walls in Jerusalem.
Their conceived "REAL ESTATE AGENT" single-mindedness for their primitive "god" concerning the Promised Land also stifles their development, creating in them an idolatry for the land, and imprisons them currently into a reptilian genocidal, murderous territorial struggle for mere sand and rocks with the Palestinian people. The vengeful nature of their "god" to this day, focuses and rivets their attention on this reptilian territorial struggle, and the more primitive tribal beliefs and practices of the Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox segments of their society always threaten to take them back to the more backwards, barbaric, primitive, animal-sacrificing religious practices of their historically primitive tribal period.
Jesus was a man, a rather ordinary man of humble origins, but an extremely intelligent and gifted individual, who was also the Son of God, the Messiah hoped-for by the more enlightened individuals within the primitive, tribal Hebrew Religion of the Old Testament, who tried to change and modernize their primitive religion. Even though Jesus the Christ failed in his attempts to modernize, change, reform, and replace the more primitive characteristics of His own Religion, He was a pragmatist who at the end decided that the rest of the World would be more receptive to His message (Mt 24:14, Mk 16:15, Lk 24:47).
If one searches the New Testament Scriptures carefully, one can appreciate that, chronologically, Jesus during His ministry displayed a few changes in ideas and tactics away from the more primitive aspects of His own Religion. Whereas He starts out His ministry showing respect for the literal interpretation of the Supreme Laws of the Hebrews, the Commandments (Torah), a specific set of Laws intended for a primitive tribal society in transit in the desert, and announced (Mt 5:17) early on that He did not come to destroy these Laws, He ends up reducing the interpretation of these Laws to two, "Love of God, and Love of others as ourselves" (Mt 22:36-40). He repeatedly, in acts of Civil Disobedience, broke many of the laws shackling the people, including teaching in public and in the Temple grounds (Mt 21:23), helping to heal the infirm by doing the work of His Father on the Sabbath (Mt 12:10), not engaging in the ritual washing of His hands and utensils before eating (Mk 7:5), opposing the primitive judicial minds of his society (Jn 8:3-11), and finally just before His death, opposing the barbaric and primitive sacrificing of innocent animals on the Temple, and the Temple practices themselves (Mt 21:12-13, Mk 12:33, Mk 13:2).
The full extent of His passive-resistance, and civil disobedience rebellious acts are too numerous to review here, and the reader is expected to re-read the New Testament Apostolic Scriptures for a fuller accounting.
He offered Himself as the last Sacrificial Lamb, as a way to end the primitive and barbaric practice of animal sacrifices in the Temple. He offered his enlightened views on many of these subjects, and by implication called for the reformation of the Religion in its totality (Mt 23:1-39), thereby unshackling the individual minds of His fellow countrymen.
Having failed at these attempts, He then directed His Apostles to spread His Word to the Gentiles (Mt 24:14, Mk 16:15, Lk 24:47), who historically then have benefited the most by the liberation of their minds, souls, and spirits from the stifling prisons of their own primitive religions. Jesus the Christ and His "teachings" then liberated the minds of all those who accepted them, and made possible all the Wonders which ONLY Christians nations and peoples are capable of achieving.
The liberation of their minds from their own primitive religious shackles has allowed Christians to invent and develop everything we take for granted in our modern life. By becoming "Christians," discarding all traces of their primitive religions, and ceasing to kill and bleed innocent animals on a temple, people have been liberated in their minds, souls, and spirits, and have even gone on to invent telephones, televisions, cars, computers, and even conquer Space, or to establish the appropriate spiritual environments where even non-Christians within their midst can accomplish these wonders.
Christ liberated their minds and made all of that possible . . .
No previous Hebrew or current Jewish Religion has been able to do any of that, in spite of the supposed power of their tribal "god." For that matter, not even any other major Religion on earth has ever helped to liberate minds to such an awesome extent, not even Islam or the religions of the East. We Christians will populate the whole Universe while Jews will still be down here on earth killing Palestinians for some sand and rocks, and praying for and plotting the destruction of the Islamic Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, to rebuild their Temple and return their society to the primitive, barbaric, tribal practice of killing and bleeding innocent animals in the Temple while making incantations in the manner of the Aztecs in Mexico.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things?
verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here
one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." (Mt 24: 1-2)
Although I will for sure be accused of it, as a Christian descended from forcibly converted Jews, I am not anti-Semitic. The details just discussed are unavoidable conclusions from the historical facts, which even Reform and Conservative Jews today acknowledge, and are trying to correct within their own society and religion, 2,000 years too late.
Both John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ Himself expressed disdain of such mind-sets which brought about His senseless destruction, evidenced by the following passages:
"The Jews answered him,
We have a law, and by our law he ought to die,
because he made himself the Son of God" (Jn 19:7)
"The Son of man goeth as it is written of him:
but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!
it had been good for that man if he had not been born." (Mt 26:24)
"Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me?
knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee,
and have power to release thee?
Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me,
except it were given thee from above:
therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin" (Jn 19:10-11)
"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:
for ye neither go in yourselves,
neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (Mt 23:13)
"And Jesus said unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
That ye which have followed me,
in the regeneration when the Son of man
shall sit in the throne of his glory,
ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Mt 19:28)
What will be the future of Christianity?
As currently constituted, most Christian Religions have deteriorated and retrogressed to represent bizarre entities, nothing like even Jesus the Christ's Apostles envisioned for His movement. In its present cultist manifestations in America, Christianity has fallen to depths below those of its primitive, tribal antecedents in the primitive, barbaric, and archaic Hebrew Religion of the Old Testament.
ALL present Christian religions are a mixture of magical and bizarre beliefs which SURPASS those of the most primitive religions on Earth ever . . .
The mind-shackling which the present "Christian" Cults are responsible for bringing about threatens to undo all of the progress Christianity has made in the past 2,000 years. The recent attempts by the more extreme and radical elements in these movements to enter politics or to influence the political life of the nation with their bizarre ideas and values, threatens to undo everything that has made America a great and prosperous Christian nation.
Neither street drugs, nor homosexuality, nor abortion, nor the women's liberation movement, threaten to do more harm to the nation than the misguided intentions of the present so-called "Christian Leaders" of the nation . . .
Up until recently most Christian religions could be classified as "Progressive" but their more recent retrogressive manifestations have taken them to accept many more Primitive beliefs in Judaism and the worship of Israel and Jews as the living "God," maintaining that Jews in Israel ARE God on this earth, setting aside any worship of God and of His Son, Jesus the Christ, and to acquire new ones involving a "magical" god who can "create something out of nothing," can directly interfere in the affairs of individuals and collective groups of humans, in answer to prayers, or worse, by his arbitrary wishes. Their most horrific belief is that their Christian "Jesus" will return to Earth in vengeance to massacre two-thirds of Mankind who have not accepted him and become "Christians." Their god performs "miracles," and physical apparitions as a person or as cartoon-like silhouettes on frying pans. They believe that their god uses hurricanes and earthquakes to punish deviations from particular Christian sects and values, although these natural events occur in Mars and other planets which have no human beings to punish.
The "Christian Right" is a politically motivated movement in the United States, which involve mainly right-wing Christians, organized as a political force, advocating conservative social values (anti-feminism, anti-abortion, anti-pornography, anti-gay rights, anti-minorities, anti-immigrants, etc.), and which seeks aggressively to gain political positions of power and influence as to impose their values and ideas on these issues over the whole nation.
In its most extreme expression, this movement openly advocates the use of force to gain those powers . . .
Their more benign manifestations include the many movements and organizations devoted to the furtherance of aggressive influence over these issues . . .
In doing so, they are obviously lacking a true faith in the power of God and of His Son, Jesus the Christ over these issues . . . or at the very least are demonstrating their lack of patience with Their seeming inaction in those cases. Like the mythical "Satan," they wish to overthrow the Reign of God over the affairs of Mankind, and replace Him, or at the very least consider themselves to be MORE MORAL than God and His Son, Jesus the Christ . . . and have decided to take matters in their own hands . . .
A most preposterous and heretical situation cannot be envisioned . . .
In these attempts, they have FAILED miserably . . . and have debased, discredited, and soiled the sacred Names of God and of His Son, Jesus the Christ, in the minds of the people of their country and in the eyes of the world at large . . .
The antecedents of these movements carried out the shameful taking of the land by violent means and force from its native American owners, by their massacre and forcible removal, confining them to completely arid "reservations" where they still languish . . . They OPPOSED the granting of Civil and Human Rights in the original Constitution of their nation, causing the Original 13 Colonies to reject the first Constitution offered, necessitating their inclusion as Amendments to the Constitution by more Progressive minds, in order for it to be approved by the people of the original 13 colonies!!! . . . They OPPOSED the end of slavery, including the use of force and a Civil War, using the Bible and Jesus the Christ's own words as their justification . . . They INSTITUTED the repression of the freed slaves, by the use of terror (KKK) hatched in their own churches, and by the legal institution of inhumane "Jim Crow" segregationist laws, again using the Bible as their justification . . . They OPPOSED the granting of voting rights, and of basic human and civil rights to women, which their Constitution considered half-human, and today deny them Equal Rights and control over their bodies (abortion), and women are still considered ONLY 3/4 of a human being, still using the Bible as their justification . . . They violently OPPOSED granting the voting and civil rights to African-Americans and other minorities . . . More recently, they OPPOSE the granting the right of Civil Matrimony (not Religious) to Gay and Lesbian couples who have been cohabiting for decades, accepting and tolerating their sexual practices in such cohabitations, just wanting, in a mean-spirited way, to deny them the legalization of their long-term unions . . . They also OPPOSE the granting such Gay and Lesbian couples their legal right to adopt children, while allowing their serving as Foster Parents . . . They OPPOSE the establishment of the widespread provision of condoms to sexually active under-age children, condemning such sexually active children to parenthood before they are ready . . . They OPPOSE the provision of clean needles to Heroin addicts as a means to stem the AIDS epidemic in their ranks . . . They SUPPORT the brutal, tyrannical, and satanic treatment of Palestinians by Israel, under their misguided interpretation of Bible prophecy that Jesus the Christ will ONLY return to a reconstituted nation of Israel, or otherwise He won't come back!!! . . . They SUPPORT and ABET the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the so-called War on Terror, with its consequent massacre of hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims in their own land . . . and by all these means debase their religion in this country and in the world at large . . .
Although this is not by any means an all-inclusive list, ALL of these things have been done, and are currently being pursued, by the Christian Right and by their antecedents, in the name of God and of His Son, Jesus the Christ . . .
God does not judge anyone . . .
Clearly, "all judgment" is not given to the Divine side of Jesus (God in Him), but to the Human part in Him, otherwise, this message would be a contradiction.
To believe or state otherwise is equivalent to saying that Jesus the Christ was a LIAR . . .
Clearly, then, ALL of God's supposed "Judgments" in the Old Testament (be the Judgments of Adam and Eve, Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.) did not in fact occurred . . .
By the statement quoted above, to believe or state otherwise is equivalent to saying that Jesus the Christ was a LIAR . . .
According to their own professed faith and beliefs, the "Christian Right Wing" WILL HAVE TO face Jesus the Christ in Judgment, and convincingly justify their advocacy and actions in these matters . . . And if there is really a HEAVEN and HELL as Jesus the Christ assured us there are . . . then we know where they are going . . . It doesn't take a rocket scientist to reach that conclusion.
Clearly, Christians should have stayed out of the political arena, and out of the public advocacy of their misguided values, according to their misinterpretation of the Word of God in the Scriptures . . . They should have been busy instead individually quietly sanctifying their souls and spirits, and ONLY "watching" as the Lord commanded them to do . . . It is now too late . . . It is done!!!
Current participants in this orgy of "holier than thou" and "we must save you from your sins" attitude and political activities, gravely expose not only their own sins in these regards, BUT also the sins of their antecedents . . . they will have much to account for in their hour of Judgment . . .
But it is the contradictions in their justifications which betray their misguidedness:
While condemning the Catholic Church as the "Great Whore" of the Book of Revelation, they accept and defend that church's work in choosing and putting together their Bible books!!! While condemning the supposed "sins" they see in others in their society (feminism, abortion, homosexuality, etc.), and wanting the power to punish them for it, and to rule over them because of their sins, they READILY and VERY FAST forgive those same sins committed by their leaders within their own ranks!!! While condemning those same sins in others, and wanting the political power to rule over them, they are constantly shown by Social Scientists to be committing the very same sins themselves!!! While maintaining a "zero tolerance," they readily reach political compromises with the very organized groups of sinners they oppose as they see themselves close to achieving their political aims!!! While maintaining to be the "Body of Christ," and the very symbol of the Love which God was declared to be by Jesus the Christ, they will readily resort to violence and murder in attempting to reach their aims!!! While professing to be "loving" and "compassionate," as commanded by Jesus the Christ, they spout venom, hatred, racism, and violence (as exemplified by Sarah Palin) out of their mouths ("for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" Mat 12:34)!!! While professing to be for "law and order" they repeatedly engage in intimidation, threats, violence, murder, mayhem, anarchy, and lately the very same tactics (suicide bombings) they condemn in Muslim terrorists!!! While wanting TO BE THE GOVERNMENT OF THEIR COUNTRY, they now openly advocate the violent overthrow of that government (forgetting that if THAT becomes the rule, any other group would later depose them using the same tactics!!!) . . . They have clearly been preaching in their scant underwear, while wearing their collective brains in their anuses . . .
By their very public and obvious debasing of Jesus the Christ's values and teachings, they will single-handedly be responsible for having caused the coming Apostasy to accompany the fate of the Christian Church in the End of Days . . .
They have put Jesus the Christ to shame, and have caused Him to become the pathetic ridiculed figure He has become in the eyes of non-believers in this country and all over the world . . .
The Apostate "Leaders" of the Christian Churches in America even direct their adherents to worship Jews as a people, declaring them the "People of God," and to be altogether as God on Earth, maintaining that the Jewish people all together are "God." They are themselves gleefully in expectation of the rebuilding of the Temple by Israel, for their return to the primitive and barbaric animal sacrifice archaic practices of the tribal Hebrew Religion, something that Jesus the Christ opposed even in His lifetime 2,000 years ago.
However, History offers us a clear lesson, and that is, that by contemplating it and reaching the unavoidable conclusions which it offers, advanced knowledge will win the day . . .
As the new Millennium (21st Century) starts, Christianity will begin to undergo radical changes as a reaction to its present deteriorated state. More sober, modern, intelligent, and younger enlightened minds, inspired by the Spirit of God and by His Son, Jesus the Christ, will offer adherents to Christianity a new and more liberating form of Christianity, one which will be universally irresistible in its approach and stand in stark contrast to the primitive, tribal, and bizarre aspects of the primitive Hebrew Religion of the Old Testament, and of the current deteriorated "Christianity" in America.
The "Leaders" of the present Apostate Christian Churches will not receive these developments peaceably, neither will the present Jewish people, and both will become victims of the backwardness of their mind-sets, just as it has happened before. History does repeat itself, mainly because such backwards mind-sets repeat their mistakes. Just as it happened with Jesus the Christ and the Jewish nation then, with Gandhi and the British Empire, with Martin Luther and the Catholic Church, with Martin Luther King Jr. and the Racist South, and with Nelson Mandela and the racist South Africa, such backwards and reactionary primitive mind-sets will not really comprehend or understand what will be going on, and will be swept away in the Flood to come . . .
The future developments in Christianity will usher in a new liberation of the Human Spirit, and the Future of Mankind and of "Christianity" will be more glorious than any of its past, even from the Foundation of the World.
Food for thought
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,
and glorify thy name?
for thou only art holy:
for all nations shall come and worship before thee;
for thy judgments are made manifest." (Rv 15:3-4)
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