137. Let’s take stock of what happened so far. Jesus abrogated the dividing line between the Jews and the Gentile;
138. Jesus converted the soul that was a ‘loan’ from Yahwe to a ‘gift’ from Yahwe! (who can check if he can do?!)
139. And established the ideas of inheritance of ‘original sin'(how come? That is not in the original Bible!), and
140. Christianity can be summed up as follows:
141. (i) You have an everlasting soul and Yahweh is your god;
142. (ii) You have been sinning – caused by the inheritance from Adam’s original sin;
143. (iii) Admit you are a sinner and repent!
144. (iv) Accept Jesus as your saviour for he dies for your sins;
145. (v) Join a Christian church;
146. (vi) Pay your tythe. (and presto you are laughing your way to Heaven!)
147. (vii) If you dont do the above you will rot in everlasting hell!
148. Inheriting someone’s sin is the landmark in Jesus. Surprisingly his followers are dumb enough to accept it!
149. After the crucifiction of Jesus all of his 12 disciples were killed one by one except Judas who killed himself.
150. Important among them was Peter who was crucified in Rome by Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar.
151. Jerusalem itself was attacked and razed down by the Romans as Jewish Zealots rose against them in armed rebellion in 70 AD.
152. The Romans would not let the Jews enter Jerusalem from then on and the Jews became weak and dispersed but not totally vanquished.
153. The followers of Jesus were also spread around preaching underground yet their presence was detectable.
154. Rome that was a power on earth in that area around the Mediterranian reached its greatest geographical extent under Emperor Trajan (98–117).
155. The Empire sustained as a power for another 150 years and by 260 it split into three for a short while. Emperor Aurelian reunited the empire in 274.
156. In 285, the emperor Diocletian partitioned the Roman Empire’s administration into eastern and western halves.
157. Since then the new supreme rulers disposed of the legal fiction of the early Empire and openly styled themselves as dominus et deus, “lord and god”, titles appropriate for a master-slave relationship.
158. Official cruelty, supporting extortion and corruption also have become more commonplace.
159. The scale, complexity, and violence of government were unmatched.
160. The emperors lost control over their whole realm as that control came increasingly to be wielded by anyone who paid for it.
161. The richest senatorial families, immune from most taxation, engrossed more and more of the available wealth and income.
162. There was growing economic inequality between a gold-rich elite and a cash-poor peasantry.
163. The barbarians had invaded the empire sometimes stealthily and sometimes openly that a cultural and religious strife was seen as imminent.
164. The need for one single state religion was being felt to keep the empire together. In 313 Emperor Constantine declared official toleration of Christianity.
165. In 325 in the Council of Nicea convened by Emperor Constantine Jesus Christ was declared as of the same substance as God (Yahwe).
166. Let me give a verbatim quote of the Declaration of Nicea which clearly tell you that Christianity is a religion by agreement.
167. This is the agreement of faith that the great council of Nicea, assented to with a loud acclamation:
“We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of the Father, of the substance of the Father; God of God and Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made, of the same substance as the Father, by whom all things were made, in heaven and on earth: who for the sake of us men and our salvation, descended, became incarnate, and was made man, suffered, arose again on the third day, and ascended into the heavens, from where he will come again to judge the living and the dead;
And in the Holy Spirit.”
168. By 330 the Capital of the empire was also moved from Rome to Byzantium which was to be known as Constantinople.
169. Nicene Christianity became the state church of the Roman Empire with the Edict of Thessalonica in AD 380.
170. In the next 100 years i.e. by 476 AD the Roman empire ceased to exist but Byzantine empire sustained.
171. Byzantine empire lasted till 1453 (with a break of 55 years in between) and was taken over by the Ottoman Empire which renamed it as Istanbul.
172. During this period the most important personality who made an impact on Christianity was Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).
173. St.Augustine contended the predestination of man is hell only unless god chooses otherwise.
174. Christians sell the idea that their omniscient god is equal to all and he loves all.
175. Omniscience means knowledge of the past, present and the future.
176. Omniscient god knows who will be rich and who will be poor. He also knows who will be sick and maim and who will be
177. Omniscient god knows who will go to hell and who will go to heaven.
178. The arguments of Augustine clearly indicate that their omniscient god knows and creates soul that are to go to eternal hell and souls that are to go to heaven.
179. Clearly this is not an act of a god of equality or a god of love.
180. In all of 400 years since Jesus Christ was crucified people for the first time began to perceive the vile nature of their ‘loving’ god!
181. This is one important reason for the rise of Islam.