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While the article goes too far in its claims, it is still one of the strongest attacks on the foundations of Christianity. Bottom line no matter what; this article does not destroy the authenticity of the Gospel of John nor the gospel of Thomas and the message of Jesus therein.
  The Forged Origins of the New Testament

"Never judge the strength of foundation by size of building." - Thomas Gold

Christendom Analyzed
Updated: 12/19/2019

Framework adopted from Judaism

The framework or paradigm of Christendom is one that has been adopted from Judaism. This is why it is widely known as Judeo-Christianity. It is Judaism that has been remodeled by the attempt to fit Jesus into it. Thus Jesus has been FRAMED BY:

  • The spiritually retarded disciples, who were saturated with their cultural religion,
  • The Old Testament prophets
  • The  culture in which both of these were born and lived.

However, the fact that he came into this culture does NOT permit us to assume to put God's stamp of approval onto this framework. Force-fitting Jesus into the old paradigm doesn't work any better than adding sugar to old wine. It should be abundantly clear that the J-person came to deliver a DIFFERENT paradigm because of his statements about new wine and new cloth, statements that are universally interpreted in this way. Yet this implication goes unheeded, and the sweetened old vinegar is preferred; the underlying old paradigm has been dragged along faithfully into all the worlds major religions, sometimes unwittingly. Has not the widespread idolatry—of thinking that the Bible and other sacred writings are the word of God—reinforced this whole approach?

Built on Disciples misunderstanding

A very good case is made on the site that only two of the twelve disciples ever understood the message of Jesus, and that it took some time for these two to sort out the proper understanding to the degree that they did. Meanwhile—especially when Paul came along—the other confused disciples were laying the groundwork for what would become "Christianity".

If your purpose were to start a lasting spiritual or religious movement
in this world, you would NOT promise literal imminent immortality!

Part of what is most egregiously wrong is that they retained so many aspects of legalism. They made the foundation for theology to be the Old Testament Scriptures, and they ignored Jesus' definition of sin and proclaimed it to be transgression of the law. Once that is done, there is no hope of getting much else right!

Some educated modern theologians give a more than tacit admission to the fact that Christian theology is also built on the Apostle's MISUNDERSTANDING rather than on the words and deeds of Jesus. Even though Christendom pays lip service to Jesus being the revelation of God, it finds it seemingly impossible to recover the historical (real) Jesus and thus it relies on the apostolic record and the "moldy bread" theology of the Apostles. See: The 12 Disciples

The early Christian community was ignorant of the real, material factors of what was needed for the salvation of the human race. So, they lived in the false expectation of Jesus returning to be their leader, and relied upon memory instead of documenting in writing the things that had transpired.

Early Christian Irresponsibility

One significant aspect is that the post-resurrection followers falsely assumed that they understood the message and meaning of Jesus. Thus they expected Jesus to return to them imminently, so why write anything down?. The early Christian community was so ignorant of the real, material factors of what was needed for the salvation of the human race that they long preferred oral tradition to more responsibly documenting in writing the things that had transpired. By the time the Gospels were compiled, this tradition had suffered crucial losses and been significantly corrupted. The door had been flung open for much uncertainty and confusion. Although seldom seen this way, John's Gospel is a gracious attempt to correct the thinking and set the record straight without trashing the other disciples, his friends. Reliable testimony about what Jesus actually said and did now depends almost exclusively upon the Gospels of John and Thomas being eyewitness accounts.

The one aspect of humanity that Jesus railed against is hypocrisy,
which is the opposite of  being reasonable, genuine or authentic.

The traditional Judeo-Christian belief system ought to be challenged, if not condemned based on these simple verses alone:

  • "If you had [real] belief as a grain of mustard seed, you would say to this mountain, 'move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." Matthew 17:20,21; 21:21 & Mark 11:23
  • "If two of you upon earth agree on everything that matters, whatsoever you ask, it shall be done by my father in heaven." Matthew 18:19
  • "When the son of man passes on, will he find [real] belief on the earth? Obviously not!" Luke 18:8

It’s no secret that many young people stop attending church
during their college years. In fact, according to a 2014 Lifeway
 Research study, as many as 70 percent of young adults who
are regular church attenders in high school eventually “drop
out”—and while a small majority end up returning later in
- Daniel Darling, Christianity Today, 2016-10-18

Thus for Christianity it can be truly said: never has so much been promised and so little delivered. Christianity, of course, has a plethora of variations, but the list is long of the negative things that are generally true. Christendom commonly or usually:

  1. Actively teaches things that are untrue and evil in that they are dangerous and superstitious. This is particularly true in terms of the hierarchy paradigm, the foreknowledge of God, the "wrath" of God, as well as practical matters involving money—tithes and offerings.

  2. Willfully keeps its people in ignorance concerning the evolution of the Old Testament and New Testament canons, and the translation and reliability of the content..

  3. Willfully keeps its people in ignorance concerning the extent, magnitude and significance of the difference between the theology of Jesus and that of the other authors selected to be in the New Testament.

  4. Willfully keeps its people in ignorance concerning the extent, magnitude and significance of theological differences within the Gospels, and between the conversational and factual differences in various Gospel accounts.

  5. Willfully keeps its people in ignorance concerning the evolution and tenuous basis of its organizational structures.

  6. Violates Jesus' clear instruction against hierarchies and authority figures by its across-the-board authoritarian and hierarchal structures.

  7. Commonly and blatantly violates its own teachings, and furiously covers up its mistakes. There is a long list of fervently held teachings that time has laid to rest.

  8. Produces more martyrs from other belief systems than it suffers.

  9. When faced with unsavory behavior by leaders or members, the sidestep response usually is "don't look at the church", and the offending priests or pastors are discreetly relocated.

  10. Indulges in moral and social tyranny in that it arbitrarily tells people what they can and cannot do on pain of being dis-fellowshipped, excommunicated, or shunned.

  11. Fosters hypocrisy, paranoia, ignorance, defeatism, moral weakness, narrow mindedness, superstition, etc.

  12. Indulges in guilt and fear mongering to keep its “flock” in line.

  13. Indulges in emotional and psychological manipulation to milk its people for money.

  14. Has a set of ridiculous and sometimes horrible doctrines primarily based on ancient catastrophism and the New Testament book of Revelation.

  15. Has a long history of both teaching and fostering legalism.

  16. Conflates ethics and morals, and many times has pedestrian, juvenile and petty concepts of morality, purpose and values.

  17. Commonly frontally attacks our significant human dimensions; those of passion, romance and sensuality, as well as rationality, logic and reason.

  18. Is generally willing to politically and socially sacrifice individuals "for the good of the organization".

  19. Fosters megalomaniacal and arrogant organizations that think they are God's special formal denominations or sects.

  20. Actively teaches a dark and sinister theology concerning the wrath of God that is based in misunderstandings from the Old Testament mythology and planet worship.

  21. If left unchecked by more moderate humanitarian forces, produces social, political and military tyranny backed up by fear, force and violence.

  22. Accepts second, third, and fourth hand accounts of what Jesus said and meant, written by biased professional writers, as being on a footing equal with or greater than eyewitness accounts.

  23. Is significantly based on the foolishness of an ignorant, thick-headed fisherman who never listened closely with understanding nor learned any significant thing from his association with Jesus.

  24. Is based secondarily on a fanatical Pharisee they claim to be a prophet and spokesman for God, whose basis for "conversion" was a private, unverifiable supernatural visit from Jesus, who was not initially nor ever completely accepted even by the Disciples, who allied himself with the existing power structure and put his stamp of approval on their new rules, who for over 22 years roamed the world proselytizing and arguing with the Jews in violation of the specific advice of Jesus, who allowed other people to manipulate him into observing the old sacraments when he "knew" better, who listened to people give one side of a dispute and then pronounced judgments without hearing the other side, who took upon himself the authority to excommunicate a man because of who he was living with, whose theology is still based on wrong concepts from the OT, whose concept of righteousness is based on pretension, who became an apologist for and fostered hierarchal and authoritarian organization, who had the audacity to suggest that other people emulate him, who could not get along even with those close to him, who apparently never came into unity with anyone, and who needlessly died as a self condemned martyr, cold, alone and complaining about it in prison.

  25. Breeds fanatics and cultic leaders with extremely unsavory and unreasonable ideas and interpretations.

  26. Builds some of its doctrines on clearly mistranslated verses in the bible.

  27. Fails to make a clear distinction between revelation and inspiration for its people.

  28. Fosters denominations that indulge in power politics and resort to legal means to enforce their ownership of facilities and control of congregations and members.

  29. Trivializes the spirit of the last supper service by Jesus by making it into a sacrament and holding formal "communion" services periodically to eat a little wafer and drink a little grape juice or wine, and sometimes meet down in a classroom to wash each other's clean feet.

  30. Produces somewhat learned theologians who teach side by side with other theologians in the seminaries, but who are afraid to say and share what they really think and believe.

  31. Over the centuries vacillates between Adventism and some other eschatological system.

  32. Imposes "Old Testament-based" doctrines on its people that even the writer Paul clearly denied.

  33. Indulges in intellectual tyranny by "protecting" its students and members from hearing both sides of important issues and disputes.

  34. Claims to have superior wisdom for living but does not have a member life-span or divorce rate significantly different from a comparable socio-economic control group.

  35. Seldom if ever follows the instructions given by Jesus in Matthew 18 regarding the settlement of disputes between members.

  36. Was actively and viciously in competition with Gnosticism, the other religion spawned by the Jesus incident, and slaughtered most of them with the sword between 1350 AD and 1400 AD.

  37. Claims that the Bible is the word of God in spite of the fact that the most authentic book in the Bible (Gospel of John) denies it.

  38. Fosters sexism, and marriage relationships based on ownership and sexist, authoritarian control.

  39. Fosters living and personal interaction based on obligation rather than inspiration.

  40. Adopts the mundane, trivial, and materialistic Judeo concept of the Kingdom of the heavens refuted by Jesus, and only moves it in space and postpones it in time.

  41. Teaches that God has a chronological agenda that is more important than His people, and that He is willing to sacrifice them for that agenda.

  42. Has adopted the concept of the ultimate Lord of Light (Jesus) and Lord of darkness (Devil) dualism from Persian Mazdaism and Zoroastrianism.

  43. Actively teaches concepts about God/reality which are mutually exclusive and create unbearable psychological tension, such as, infinite grace vs. immutable spiritual law and infinite mercy versus literal eternal punishment by burning.

  44. Generally indulges in obfuscation and obscurantism in its doctrines and explanations by making things mystical and impossible to understand.

  45. Pressures people including children to make a "decision" or take a “stand” for "Christ", which is always really a decision for, and a commitment to, that particular church or brand of Christianity.

  46. Is guilty of trying to solve universal problems by mundane methods, problems insoluble by this approach.

  47. Is guilty of producing superficial or misguided definitions for life, spirit, soul, good and evil, love, freedom, etc.

  48. Is guilty of fostering worship of the "apostles" and their personal ideas.

  49. Is guilty of denying the two clearest and most meaningful aspects of the message of Jesus.

  50. Promulgates the idea that the Bible is inerrant, when even the most important books for the Bible (Gospels) have significant irreconcilable differences. See: Gospel Compare

  51. Is theologically stagnant and is wandering around in a spiritual wilderness.

  52. Despite the meaning of the Greek word "amartia", that Jesus used for sin, being missing the mark in concept or understanding, Christianity instead resolutely teaches that sin is breaking the law or is a broken relationship.

  53. Despite the parables that teach the Kingship of the heavens growing exponentially—working like leaven to leaven the whole loaf and the smallest of all seeds growing into the largest of all plants sheltering all the creatures—,this has never happened.

  54. Despite the verses in John which says the role of the Holy Spirit is to teach us all things, and to lead us into all the truth, Christianity resolutely teaches that we can never realize these ends and can never understand God.

  55. Many times teaches that we are owned by God and are his property to do with as he likes, including being burned at the stake for his glory!

  56. Fails to make the important distinction between the meaning of the words "god" and "creator".

  57. Teaches that we are transcendentally different from God, and focuses on these differences instead of inspiring us by the sameness and intended equality.

  58. Defines God as the center of power and control, instead of being the ideal loving human person, with the ideal character, purpose, values and plan.

  59. Fosters the Old Testament "romantic" paradigm—a touching one but an inadequate one—of God as the male lover and his "bride" of his special people versus the humanist paradigm presented by Jesus.

  60. Blithely assumes that when Jesus says, "It is written" that he is always endorsing the concept or doctrine rather than just making a point or portraying how the religious leaders were violating their own standard.

"The most obvious effect of the Reformation —which celebrates its 500th anniversary this year —is division. It is estimated that more than 33,000 different Christian denominations now exist throughout the world, and much of this is blamed on the Reformation. While some are making the case that difference does not necessarily constitute division in Protestantism and the global church, the plethora of denominations is a source of concern for Protestants, who are the heirs of Martin Luther's movement that has tended to create new churches rather than reform existing ones." - Caleb Lindgren, "Protestants: The Most 'Catholic' of Christians", Christianity Today, 2017-09-15

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