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Jesus didn't even begin his public ministry until the age of about 35 years, when he was spiritually mature. His suffering and death represented not something called for or inevitable, but rather the FAILURE of mankind at the time to open the mind and understand his message and his Gospel. - Michael Armstrong

The Premise Concerning Christianity
06/28/2018

The premise that must be entertained in order to appreciate this site is that all of the world's religious thinking is largely wrong, including that of Christianity. If you cannot entertain this premise then probably much of the material on this site will be objectionable or an affront to your current belief

Given that the site accepts that there is a creator worthy to be called God, and that the person generally referred to as Jesus was the creator, the site is an earnest attempt to explicate the truth that is all important. Even if you can only halfway entertain the premise, and given that you are grounded in intellectual responsibility, the material on the site may lead you to be convinced of its validity. A secondary premise is that Christianity developed by the disciples and Paul NEVER WAS on the right track. See What Went Wrong?

The facts that support the premise are simple and stark. The information that supports the premise is multifarious in the extreme. Certain other aspects are:

paradigms: See Jesus as Paradigm, Sin Paradigm, Gospel Paradigm
false doctrines: Determinism & Foreknowledge, Meaning of Word Sin
false assumptions: See: Personal Relationship with God, Awareness Level of "God"
fragmentation and splits: See Change, Religious diversity and Instability
movements: See Christianity & Hellenism, God is Dead Movement, Greying of the Prophets
trends: See Spirituality in America
results or the lack thereof: See: Nothing Much for 2000 years?

These support the premise and are also telling us to wake up and admit it, .

The Rationale for the Premise

1. Human Misery Continued: Consider 2000[*] years in traditional chronology of unspeakable human misery engendered by the ravages of nature--this period has NOT been free from astral catastrophes, at least comet-induced ones--in terms of famine and pestilence, horrific geophysical events like earthquakes and volcanoes, and damaging effects from storms and floods; AND the savagery of war and conquest; not to mention the more common and mundane struggle for food, clothing and shelter, safety, security and comfort. Mix in the struggle for health amid a plethora of diseases and accidents, all the while seemingly not having a chance against aging and encroaching feebleness of mind and body while the grim reaper approaches at an accelerating rate. Do you actually believe that there is a God worthy of the term that is comfortable with this for his children, or that is too busy attending to something else to pay any effective attention? See: Traditional Advent, Waiting for Godot

2. Jesus not Foundation: Consider that it is well established that Christianity is NOT founded upon Jesus, his message and instructions, and his real-life demonstration, but rather upon the Bible, or the NT, especially the thinking of Peter and Paul. See: Twin Pillars of Christendom, Fundamental Mistakes of Christianity

"That the apostle to the Gentiles was a towering figure in primitive Christianity—indeed the real founder of the Church—is certain. But the view that his letters and the rest of the New Testament scriptures represent God's word is a crime against reason and humanity. Studying them today should make us recognize that such thinking offers no useful key to the future. Their image of God cannot claim the respect of nonbelievers..." Gerd Ludemann, Free Inquiry, April-May, 2007 p. 31

3. Framework of Judaism: The framework or paradigm of Christendom is one that has been adopted from Judaism and that has been remodeled by the attempt to fit Jesus into it. Jesus has been FRAMED BY the Old Testament prophets and the religion of the culture in which he was born and lived. The fact that he came into this culture does NOT put God's stamp of approval onto it. See: Jesus has been misframed, Basic Christendom Mistakes

4. Lack of Unity: Not the least of the reasons for accepting the disturbing premise is the lack of Christian unity. Jesus called for unity among his followers in the most eloquent and profound manner and mode available in the language and communication emphasis tchnique of his time. Of course, such unity MUST include the paradigm, purpose, values and beliefs. With its myriad denominations, "orders", and sects, Christendom not only seriously fails in this regard, but the trend is one of further fragmentation. See: The Case for Unity

5. Christian idolatry: It is amazing and distressing that there seems to be so little understanding of what constitutes idolatry. Idols do not have to be carved out of wood or stone in the likeness of some ancient planet-god. The modern Christian forms of idolatry are legion, while being more subtle but nonetheless still widespread and spiritually paralyzing. Idolatry is commensurate with worshipping anything that cannot deliver the full measure of sustenance and enhancement of life that God has available. Why do we think that Popes, Cardinals, Elders, preachers or evangelists can deliver these basic needs and desires, or that the delivery is channeled through them?
    ALL of the forms and trappings of Christendom--rituals, rites, ceremonies, relics, symbols, sacraments, pageantry, icons, traditions, "sacred structures", statuary, etc., including the mindless prayers and much of the artwork, music, and liturgy distract the people from the real issues. Even the organizations and appointed leadership generally serve as idols. And of course, the great idol for protestants is the Bible considered as the word of God. See: Christian Idolatry

6. Violation of Meaning: Misunderstandings of Jesus' examples, claims, instructions, parables, vision and message are rampant. Really basic ones are:

Hypocrisy  See: Hypocrisy
Sin and forgiveness  See: Sin Paradigm, Meaning of Word SinForgiveness: A new Understanding
The real Gospel  See:  Imminent Immortality
Understanding God  See: Jesus on Understanding God
Devil and Satan  See: The Devil and Satan
Conditional promises
  See: Unlimited Promise in Unity
Authority figures and hierarchies  See: Call no man teacher, Who is the greatest?
Martyrs and martyrdom  See John the Baptist Syndrome
The Lazarus enigma: See  Weeping for Lazarus
Unauthorized Prayer  See: The Lord's Prayer

7. Overlooking Eyewitness Accounts: There are two eyewitness accounts concerning Jesus and his message written by two of the closest disciples, those being John and Thomas. The importance of the two eyewitness accounts and their natural superior authority can hardly be over-emphasized yet it is completely discounted at best, and at worst dismissed. The validity of the Gospel of John was unanimously rejected by the so-called Jesus Seminar Group, and the Gospel of Thomas isn't even included in the New Testament canon. The real "Gospel Truth" is found and emphasized in these compatible accounts, and is hardly referenced at all in the Synoptic Gospels.

8. Inclusion of Hebrew Dogma:

9. Inclusion of Greek Mystery Religion: Inclusion of Greek mystery religious/myth elements, Mariology as version of goddess worship

10. Gospel Translation Failure: Failure to produce a translation of the Gospels and the words of J that is accurate and that ADEQUATELY reflects a sensible consistency in the meaning of the actions and message.

 

[*]  The 2000 years is the approximate value within the existing standard chronology. The value would be 1300 years in the revised chronology favored by this site. Still a time much too long.

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