I don’t know if you are something like me… But when I go to church I come away wondering what God genuinely thinks of it. I imply… I thought church was supposed to be a place exactly where the focus was on Christ. Instead I locate that preachers are a lot more interested in trying to make people feel very good, teaching them that God desires them to have an abundance of almost everything that this planet has to offer. They teach us that if we give them lots of income then God will give us lots of income. And as for their preaching… Nicely, it seems that the gospel according to Paul suits their demands a lot more than the Gospel of Christ does.
Have you ever wondered why there are so several pagan traditions celebrated within the church?
Have you ever wondered about Christmas? The supposed Christian celebration of the birth of Christ? Serious scholars of the bible will tell you that Christ wasn’t born any exactly where near December 25th. Roman pagans celebrated December 25th as the birth of their ‘god’ of light, Mithra. Other pagan ‘gods’ born on Dec. 25th are: Hercules the son of Zeus (Greeks) Bacchus, ‘god’ of wine (Romans) Adonis, ‘god’ of Greeks, and ‘god’ Freyr of Greek-Roman pagans.
And what about Easter? Appear up the word “Easter” in Webster’s dictionary. You will find: “AS. (Anglo-Saxon), from name of an old Teuton goddess of spring”. The name “Easter” is merely the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar, pronounced by the Assyrians exactly as we pronounce “Easter.” The Babylonian name of this goddess was Astarte, consort of Baal, the Sun god, whose worship is denounced in the Bible as the most abominable of all pagan idolatry.
There are several other Christian traditions that have deep roots in paganism that I will not go into right here.
I was below the impression that Christ and His disciples taught all males everywhere to repent. Yet when you go to church you would not believe so. “Just say this prayer and you are going to be saved” they inform us. “There is no want to repent, Christ paid the penalty for your sins”.
The truth is… Two seperate and distint churches formed and created following the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
1. The Nazarenes: The origal disciples of Yehoshua the Christ.
We know a small about the Nazarenes from Jewish Rabbinic writings, but the a lot more essential description of them, even though unfavorable, can be identified in the writings of the Early “Church Fathers”. You see, just as now, the Nazarenes have been misunderstood and hated by each the “Church” and Pharisaic Judaism. The fourth century “Church Father” Jerome, described the Nazarenes as “these who accept Messiah in such a way that they do not cease to observe the Old Law” (Jerome On. Is. eight:14).
An additional fourth century Church Father, Epiphanius, gave a far more detailed description of how the Netzarim were viewed:
“We shall now specially consider heretics who… get in touch with themselves Nazarenes they are primarily Jews and practically nothing else. They make use not only of the New Testament, but they also use in a way the Old Testament of the Jews for they do not forbid the books of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings… so that they are approved of by the Jews, from whom the Nazarenes do not differ in anything, and they profess all the dogmas pertaining to the prescriptions of the Law and to the customs of the Jews, except they think in [Messiah]… They preach that there is but one particular [Elohim], and his son [Yahshua the Messiah]. But they are quite learned in the Hebrew language for they, like the Jews, study the entire Law, then the Prophets… They differ from the Jews simply because they think in Messiah, and from the Christians in that they are to this day bound to the Jewish rites, such as circumcision, the Sabbath, and other ceremonies.” (Epiphanius Panarion 29 translated from the Greek).
Despite the fact that it is difficult for some to accept, the reality is that those getting described here had been the direct disciples and followers of Yehoshua (Jesus). So clearly, this is what He taught! These are the direct followers of Yehoshua, and but there are so many who claim to be his followers and who stick to a diverse Gospel, teachings of somebody other than those of Yehoshua from Nazareth. There is proof that the Nazarene Sect continued to exist until at least the 13th century. The writings of the Catholic teacher, Bonacursus, entitled “Against the Heretics,” refer to the Nazarenes, who were also referred to as “Pasagini.” Bonacursus wrote:
“Let these who are not yet acquainted with them, please note how perverse their belief and doctrine are. First, they teach that we ought to obey the Law of Moses according to the letter – the Sabbath, and circumcision, and the legal precepts still becoming in force. Moreover, to increase their error, they condemn and reject all the Church Fathers, and the entire Roman Church.”
two. Pauline (Roman) Christianity: A term utilized to refer a branch of Early Christianity associated with the beliefs and doctrines espoused by Paul the Apostle by means of his writings. Paul’s writings and teachings are radically diverse from the original teachings of Jesus documented in the canonical gospels, early Acts and the rest of the New Testament, such as the Epistle of James.
Proponents of the perceived Pauline distinctive include Marcion of Sinope, the 2nd century theologian who asserted that Paul was the only apostle who had rightly understood the new message of salvation as delivered by Christ. Opponents of the identical era incorporate the Ebionites and Nazarenes, who rejected Paul for teaching against the Law.
The doctrine of ‘saved by faith’ identified in the writings of Paul is radically various from that discovered elsewhere in the New Testament, nonetheless his influence came to predominate.
Paul’s supporters, as a distinct group, had an undue influence on the formation of the canon of scripture, and specific bishops, specifically the Bishop of Rome, influenced the debates by which the dogmatic formulations recognized as the Creeds came to be produced, therefore making sure a Pauline interpretation of the gospel. The thesis is founded on the variations amongst the views of Paul and the church in Jerusalem revealed in his letters, and also in between the image of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles and his own writings, such that the essential Jewish or Old Testament character of the faith is stated to have been lost. It has arguably been provided impetus by the development in value of Evangelical Christianity, most specifically in the United States, which rely quite considerably on particular of Paul’s writings, in certain the Epistle to the Romans.
The theological aspect is the claim that Paul transmuted Jesus the Jewish Messiah into the universal (in a wider meaning “catholic”) Saviour.
Christianity these days is primarily based much more on the doctrine of Paul than it is on the doctrine of Christ.
My origianal query was… Do I Need To Go To Church To Be A Christian…?
Well… Considering the history of the Pauline Roman Church…
– The Dark Ages
The period from 426 A.D. to 1628 A.D. is known as the “Dark Ages.”
With the establishment of the new Catholic temporal energy a bloody persecution started. Loyal, New Testament churches, by what ever name they have been referred to as, were hunted and hounded to the utmost limit by this new Catholic energy.
The now established Catholic Church started a war of extermination upon all who opposed her.
It is reliably reported that 50,000,000 died of persecution in the course of the Dark Ages.
Throughout the bloody instances of persecution, as Catholicism attempted to exterminate the correct churches, a lot of of the false doctrines of the Catholic church of these days started to take spot.
– The Inquisition 1198-1700
The Inquisition was instituted by Pope Innocent lII and perfected below Pope Gregory IX. It was a “Church Court” established by the popes for the attempting and punishing of “heretics” … a heretic becoming anyone who did not agree with Roman Catholicism. The lnquisition lasted for 500 years and was a time of indescribable horror.
– Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was a Pauline Christian. You will find it in Mein Kampf.- “Consequently, I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews, I am performing the Lord’s work.”
Hitler said it once more at a Nazi Christmas celebration in 1926: “Christ was the greatest early fighter in the battle against the globe enemy, the Jews . . . The function that Christ started but could not finish, I–Adolf Hitler–will conclude.”
In a Reichstag speech in 1938, Hitler again echoed the religious origins of his crusade. “I think right now that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews, I am fighting for the Lord’s perform. “
Hitler regarded himself as a Catholic till he died. “I am now as before a Catholic and will always stay so,” he told Gerhard Engel, one of his generals, in 1941.
There was actually no reason for Hitler to doubt his great standing as a Catholic. The Catholic press In Germany was eager to curry his favor, and the princes of the Catholic Church never asked for his excommunication. Religions encourage their followers to hold authority in unquestioning respect this is what makes devout religionists such superb dupes for dictators.
Historically, all modern forms of Christianity stem from the Pauline Roman Catholicism.
Given the church track record I would have to say that we would do effectively to heed the voice from heaven that John heard in revelation 18:
4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my folks, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
My suggestions…? Just stick to the teachings of Christ… And you can’t go incorrect.