The birth and early life of Christianity: what really happened? 11

For the convenience of readers who would like to read all the iconoclastic articles so far posted in our series on the beginning and early development of Christianity, here are the titles, linked to the articles.

(1) A man named Jesus or something like that 

(2) The invention of Christianity

(3) Tread on me: the making of Christian morality

(4) St.Paul: portrait of a sick genius

(5) Pauline Christianity: a mystical salad

(6) The fictitious life of Jesus Christ

(7) Christian theology: “The word made flesh”

Contrary to the fixed belief of an overwhelming majority, Christianity was not born in “the Holy Land”. It was born in St. Paul’s mind in Syria, and preached in Greek in the eastern lands of the Roman Empire. It’s extremely unlikely that there were any Pauline (Catholic) Christian communities in Judea until well into the second century. The misnamed “Jewish Christians” (Nazarenes or Ebionites) – the followers of the crucified man Paul called “Jesus” – remained in Jerusalem as long as they could, but did not believe in the divine “Son of God”. Almost everything you read in the New Testament about “Jesus”, “James”, “Peter” and “John”  is Paul’s and his converts’ make-believe.

Posted under Articles, Christianity by Jillian Becker on Friday, May 3, 2013

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  • truthisliberty

    JESUS is the light you’re missing. Your attacks against faith in Jesus are nothing new, after all Jesus was crucified by those in his day with your mentality. You’ve sadly insulated yourself to his light and thus stumble in the darkness. Be sure of this you’ll see Jesus the Son of God.

    • Jillian Becker

      Reason is the light you are missing. Try it sometime. You could start by reading all seven of these essays.

      Truth is not liberty. “Truth” applies only to statements. Does the statement match ascertained reality? Then it is true.

      No one in thrall to superstition is free. Religious belief is sheer superstition. Nothing could be further from the truth.

      Trying to find the truth – for instance by scientific experiment or by searching for historical fact – will set you free from superstition.

      • liz

        Exactly!
        As Francois Dupuis said in “The Origin of All Religious Worship”, “Reason, or the mind of society, has seen its light extinguished in the obscurity of the sanctuaries. where everything had been prepared in order to destroy it and to establish on its ruins the reign of illusions and of sacred phantoms. Such was the origin and the object of the religious legends…
        The human mind can be so dominated by its imagination, that an imagined light can seem more real to it than the light of facts established by reason.

      • truthisliberty

        JESUS freed me from the trash to point to. Your reasoning is a carnal mind that is enmity against God. God does promise come let us reason together, tho your sins be as red as scarlet, I’ll make you white as snow. Paul experienced that and counted his vain knowkedge rubbish. In due time you’ll ses you’re wasting yours.

        • Jillian Becker

          I cannot reason you out of your opinions because you did not arrive at them by reason.

          There is no arguing with superstition.

          So I will stop this discussion with you.

          I hope you will stop too.

          We really want to hear no more about “Jesus” or “God” from you. To us, what you say is nonsensical drivel.

        • KBM

          You are correct, Jillian. This type of person would be reluctant to take the outsiders test of faith, wherein, he subjects his on religious beliefs to the same scrutiny he applies to those religions he does not accept. For instance, there is more reliable evidence…11 sworn affidavits…for Mormonism then for his Bible, but I would bet he dismisses these testimonies out of hand. So I would ask him, by what criteria does he dismiss Mormonism that cannot be applied to his Christianity?

          • truthisliberty

            First off Christianity is about Jesus Christ. Moronism is about false prophet Joseph Smith. What do all false religion’s have in common? They all reference the scriptures but then proceed to add to it. God’s word calls such paths “another gospel” I don’t need your validation to believe in Jesus. The fact you spend so much time protesting belief in Jesus is because Jesus revealed evil people would do as you’re doing.

            • KBM

              Jesus is to Christianity as Odysseus is to The Odyssey, as Isis was to Ancient Egypt, as Mithra was to Zoroastrianism, etc. You have used your reason to throw off these other beliefs but still cling to the religion of your youth…I’m guessing. Like you, I was once sure my brand of Christianity was the only correct one, until I decided to research for myself the claims I held dear. Please, take the Outsiders Test for Faith if you are so confident. It can only confirm what you believe if what you belief is truth.

              It can be found here. I would love some feedback when you have completed the test.

              thanks

              http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2009/03/outsider-test-for-faith_20.html

            • liz

              KBM – good article!
              Yes, I always believed that an untested belief is not really worth much. If you don’t allow your faith to be challenged and tested, you might as well say you believe in the tooth fairy.
              Of course, as a Christian, I didn’t actually act on that principle by applying it to my own faith!
              As a result, I stagnated mentally under a self-imposed ban on critical thinking and intellectual curiosity in regard to my beliefs for many years.
              Luckily I took my faith seriously enough to study the Bible in depth, and the challenges presented themselves in spite of my mental blindness.
              As I searched for answers to the many contradictions contained in the Bible, I eventually learned to think for myself and trust in my own ability to reason, rather than what I was spoon-fed to believe.

            • KBM

              Yes…I learned all about Occam’s Razor! It is amazing when you can finally reach the place of total surrender to wherever the evidence points.

            • liz

              Absolutely! That is the experience of true freedom.