Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Nicene Christians

Many early Christians were slow to understand the teachings of Jesus (Love your enemies; see your own faults; be a good Samaritan; you reap what you sow).

Was Jesus the same as God? How could he be the same as his Father? How could God be tempted by the devil? What was the Holy Spirit? Do we have more than one life?

The Emperor Constantine decided to hold a committee meeting, the Council of Nicaea, and get an imposed solution to problems of doctrine which would suit his political purposes.

The result was the Nicene Creed, the latter being a human attempt, by one particular faction, to describe the complexity of God or ultimate Reality.

More conspiracies of a political nature were to follow.

Shortly after the Council of Nicae in 325 A.D. Emperor Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to become a Christian, had over 3000 Christians executed because their interpretation of the Bible did not agree with his.

That is more than the number of Christians who died at the hands of the non-Christian Romans. 3000 Christians executed! Think about that.

In 777 , Charlemagne, a 'devout' Christian, after conquering Saxon rebels, gave them a choice of becoming Christians or being executed. When they refused to convert, he had 4500 of them beheaded in one morning.

So, are Christian leaders always correct?

The Crusades began in 1095 when Pope Urban II called for a holy war to invade Palestine.

Urban was the Bush/Blair/Sharon of his day. The end justified the means.

The Crusaders began by killing Jews in France and Germany. Leon Poliakov writes "Along the road to Palestine, through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary and the Balkans, the crusader mob burned Jews alive in their houses and temples, forced them to baptism at swordpoint, raped and committed other atrocities against young and old. In Prague alone they murdered several thousands Jews"

In 1122 Christian crusaders entered Jerusalem and slaughtered men, women and children,
"until their horses were knee deep in blood. We then went to the church to thank the Lord for his mercy."

According to Draper's History of the Intellectual Development of Europe "when the Khalif Omar took Jerusalem, A.D. 637, he rode into the city by the side of the Patriarch Sophronius, conversing with him on its antiquities. But in the capture [of Jerusalem] by the Crusaders, the brains of young children were dashed out against the walls; infants were pitched over battlements; men were roasted at fires; some were ripped up, to see if they had swallowed gold; the Jews were driven into synagogues and there burnt; a massacre of nearly 70,000 persons took place, and the Pope's legate were seen partaking in the triumph."

The Moslem Koran makes it clear that God is the God of Jesus, Abraham, and Moses. The Koran states that God is pleased with both Christians and Moslems. The Koran, Chapter 2, Verse 62: "Those who believe (in the Koran) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians and who believe in Allah and the last day and work righteousness shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve."

So what about that Nicene Creed? Did Constantine get it right?

There has been this vast conspiracy by churches to cover up the fact that a lot of the time the leaders of Christianity got it wrong.

It wasn't Jesus who got it wrong; it was people like Constantine who got it wrong. Beware of the 'leaders' of Christianity!

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