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The Romantic Origins of Christianity
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free! (John 8:32)
Written by Abdullah Smith
Few Christians know that Christianity is the result of love affair between Paul and Popea, which had failed. Paul despised both the Jews and Romans because Popea was Jewish and Nero was a Roman. They fell in love, and married each other, rejecting Paul completely.
The brokenhearted Paul (then) traveled to
Saul did everything in his power to win the attention and hopefully the love of beautiful Popea. Sauls exertions against the Nazarenes his bitter and zealous persecution of the early followers often brought mere approval from Popea, condescending affection but his repeated offers of marriage were repeatedly spurned. A case of unrequited love!
Saul was heart broken; Saul was outraged;
Saul was disconsolate, depressed, distraught and disheartened. Saul left
(Farouk Hosein, Fundamentalism Revisted, published by Eniaths Printing Company Ltd. Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I., p. 40-41)
But Saul was a resilient man; he was resourceful. He was a man of action. Remember, he was not satisfied to lay back and watch the Nazarenes overtake the established Jewish church. He acted then. Saul had three years to muse upon his vengeance. (ibid)
traveled to Arabia for three years and to the Southern regions of
Pauls conversion coincided with his being rejected by Popea. He must have been under considerable emotional and mental strain at the time. It is possible that this crisis in his life had some bearing on this sudden change from his being one of the greatest supporters of the Jewish Law to one of its greatest enemies (Muhammad Ataur-Rahim, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1992 edition, p. 57)
The Ebionites, or Nazarenes, who were the first Christians,
rejected all the Epistles of Paul and regarded him as an imposter. They
reported, among other things,
that he was originally a pagan; that he came to
'They declare that
he was a Greek ... He went up to
Paul took solitude in the desert after he was rejected.
Paul then left
(Muhammad Ataur Raheem, Jesus prophet of Islam, 1992 edition)
When Paul had written against circumcision and against the Sabbath and the Law, this was the beginning of Christianity. A religion based on vengeance, emotion, and fraud.
The foundation of Christianity is the total rejection of Circumcision, Sabbath, and the Law (Galatians 3:13, Romans 3:20) which was followed by Jesus (Matthew 5:17-20, 23:23)
With the teaching by some, notably Paul, that the laws of the Jews need not to be followed by a Christian, contradictions began to arise between the body of newly-written Scriptures, which later became known as the New Testament, and the Old Testament. However, the Old Testament was retained by the established Church in spite of these contradictions, since an outright rejection of the Old Testament would have been regarded by many of the people as a rejection of Jesus himself. Confusion was the inevitable result. In the attempt to accept and reject the Old Testament simultaneously, contradictions arose within the New Testament itself, since it had to be new without openly rejecting the old. But, in the early days of the Church, there was no real attempt to formally arrange the books and ensure that all the accounts and doctrines tallied with each other. The leaders of the first Christian communities were free to use their discretion and to refer to those Scriptures which they thought best contained the teachings of Jesus. (Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1992 edition, pp. 46)
The unreliability of the gospels appears to
be admitted by the Church itself: The metaphysics of Christianity today is not even based
on what is in the gospels. The established church is founded on the doctrine of original
sin, of atonement and redemption, of the divinity of Jesus, of the divinity of the Holy
Ghost and of Trinity. None of these doctrines are to be found within the gospels. They
were not taught by Jesus. They were the fruits of
Pauls innovations and the influence of Greek culture and philosophy. Paul never
experienced the company nor the direct transmission of
knowledge from Jesus. Before his conversion, he vigorously persecuted the followers of
Jesus, and after it he was largely responsible for abandoning the code of behaviour of Jesus when he took Christianity to the
was a Gentile born in
Paul borrowed from the Mystery Religions to produce Christianity. The Church Father Iranaeus condemned Paul for his innovations:
Iranaeus believed in One God and supported the doctrine of the manhood of Jesus. He bitterly criticized Paul for being responsible for injecting the doctrines of the pagan religions and Platonic philosophy into Christianity. (Muhammad Ataur-Raheem, Jesus Prophet of Islam, 1992 edition, p. 77)
I have inquired into some of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity; the examination has led me to the conclusion that the dogmas of the Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus, the Divine-Sonship, the Original Sin and Atonement are neither rational nor in conformity with the teachings of Jesus. These dogmas came into being and were due to pagan influences. They show that Christianity has departed considerably from the religion of Jesus. (The Myth of the Cross, Alhaj A.D. Ajijola)
"No sooner had Jesus knocked over the dragon of superstition than Paul boldly set it on its legs again in the name of Jesus." (George Bernard Shaw)
Christianity began as a cult with almost wholly Pagan origins and motivations in the first century, and by the fourth it had utterly turned its back on Paganism and repudiated very hint of. . . connection with it, loading it with contempt from that day to this (The Pagan Christ, Tom Harper, pp. 51)
Pauls determination was to destroy the
Jewish authorities, and to gain acceptance from the Gentiles, he succeeded in overthrowing
the Nazarenes, who were the true followers of Jesus (Matthew 10:5-6, 15:24)
Pauls determination was to destroy the Jewish authorities, and to gain acceptance from the Gentiles, he succeeded in overthrowing the Nazarenes, who were the true followers of Jesus (Matthew 10:5-6, 15:24)
The Ebionites were stigmatized by the Church as heretics who failed to understand that Jesus was a divine person and asserted instead that he was a human being who came to inaugurate a new earthly age, as prophesied by the Jewish prophets of the Bible. Moreover, the Ebionites refused to accept the Church doctrine, derived from Paul, that Jesus abolished or abrogated the Torah, the Jewish law. Instead, the Ebionites observed the Jewish law and regarded themselves as Jews. The Ebionites were not heretics, as the Church asserted, nor 're-Judaizers', as modern scholars call them, but the authentic successors of the immediate disciples and followers of Jesus, whose views and doctrines they faithfully transmitted, believing correctly that they were derived from Jesus himself. They were the same group that had earlier been called the Nazarenes, who were led by James and Peter, who had known Jesus during his lifetime, and were in a far better position to know his aims than Paul, who met Jesus only in dreams and visions. Thus the opinion held by the Ebionites about Paul is of extraordinary interest and deserves respectful consideration, instead of dismissal as 'scurrilous' propaganda -- the reaction of Christian scholars from ancient to modern times. (Hyam Maccoby, The Myth Maker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity)
The Ebionites are thus by no means a negligible or derisory group. Their claim to represent the original teaching of Jesus has to be taken seriously (ibid, Hyam Maccoby)
After the Romans destroyed the
From the time Jesus left earth to the second half of the Second Century, there was a struggle between two factions. One was what one might call Pauline Christianity and the other Judeo-Christianity. It was only very slowly that the first supplanted the second, and Pauline Christianity triumphed over Judeo-Christianity. (Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, The Quran, and Science, p. 70)
The Judeo-Christians have now disappeared as a community with any influence, but one still hears people talking about them under the general term of Judaistic. (ibid, p. 70)
The centre of Christianity today is
It was Paul who founded Christianity which spread to
Europe and beyond, whereas the centre of Jesus was in
Differences between the two were not only
evident in life-style and belief, but were also
clearly delineated geographically. As the Pauline Church grew more established, it
became increasingly hostile to the followers of Jesus. It aligned itself more and more
with the rulers of the
The Encyclopedia Wikipedia Online testifies that Paul is the founder of Christianity:
Paul is venerated as a Saint by all the churches that honor saints, including those of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican traditions, and some Lutheran sects and he is the patron saint of the City of London. He did much to advance Christianity among the Gentiles, and is considered to be one source (if not the primary source) of early Church doctrine, and the founder of Pauline Christianity. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_of_Tarsus)
What is the significance for our faith and for our religious life, the fact that the Gospel of Paul is different from the Gospel of Jesus?
The attitude which Paul himself takes up towards the Gospel of Jesus is that he does not repeat it in the words of Jesus, and does not appeal to its authority.... The fateful thing is that the Greek, the Catholic, and the Protestant theologies all contain the Gospel of Paul in a form which does not continue the Gospel of Jesus, but displaces it.
(Albert Schweitzer, The Quest for the Historical Jesus)
Paul was the very first to envisage Christianity, as a new religion, different from Judaism (Hyam Maccoby, The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity, pp. 104-105)
The Greek philosopher Celsus was a strong opponent of Christianity; his writings are preserved by Origen.
Paul was responsible for a great persecution against the Church (Acts 8:1)
After his so-called conversion, Paul decided
to hibernate in the
Paul deceptively started working from within the Nazarene movement to eventually destroy them:
But Saul was a resilient man; he was resourceful. He was a man of action. Remember, he was not satisfied to lay back and watch the Nazarenes overtake the established Jewish church. He acted then. Saul had three years to muse upon his vengeance. Popeas rejection represented rejection by the High Priest and all that he stood for the Old Jewish Law. The Roman Emperor, that pagan son of a Saul would deal with him. He would undermine them both. Undermine the Orthodox Jewish tradition and law destroying the power of the established Jewish Church and the power of the High Priest, Popeas father.
Secondly, Saul would lure away the pagan from their traditional worship of their Emperors (one who had dared to possess the body of his believed Popea) and leave the Emperor without an empire. Luring away the pagan worshippers from their defied Emperors to a God-like Christ would torpedo the Emperors love for glorification. That hero worship would be transferred from Emperor to Christ. That would leave the Emperorship as a mere shell a semblance of its former self. Saul decided he would kill two birds with one stone. He worked out his strategy during his three years self imposed exile in the dessert.
To work his plan, Saul knew that he could not allow himself to be sidetracked or diverted by the philosophy, theory or doctrine of others. He therefore invented a story about a direct revelation received from Christ which nobody could dispute, and by virtue of which he enjoyed the latitude to preach his own doctrine. Saul recognized NOT the teachings of Jesus handed down by his Apostles and disciples, but claimed that he was divinely inspired to teach the new doctrine of Christ, rather than of Jesus, which he utterly discarded. For Paul, Jesus and Christ were two distinct and separate personalities. Such was Pauls motivation and determination. His inclinations were always destructive. Destroy the Nazarenes. Then later, destroy the old the Jewish orthodox power, destroy the Roman Emperor. (ibid, Fundamentalism REVISITED)
In the solitude of the
(A.D. Ajijola, The Myth of the Cross)
Paul quickly saw the need to stay in a
quiet and peaceful area where he could reflect over his new position. Hence he went to the
Southern regions of
(Encyclopedia Britannica, Follow Jesus or Follow Paul by Roshan Enam, p. 68-69)
Jesus (pbuh) never intended to establish a new religion on earth. He was sent to revive the Mosaic Law.
The corrupted Pauline Gospel that exists today has nothing to do with Jesus:
The Tabligh Jamaat can perform a yeoman service by propagating Islam among the masses and establishing Madrasahs to educate the ignorant children along the religious lines and also repeatedly warning them about the perils of this black serpent of kufr which has surrounded them which is seeking for opportunities to send them to perdition by misleading and misguiding them to worship stones and images and uphold myths and fallacies of Roman pagans and Greek philosophers; to believe in a tampered and interpolated version of the divinely rejected Gospel which is bristling with errors, additions and forgeries concocted by copyists and priests and mutilated by Pauline creed of Trinity, Atonement and Crucifixion which were canonized as the true word of God in the Council of Nicea in 325 CE consigning to the flames the numerous genuine Gospels to the Litter dismay of the world, opening the way to infernal and eternal doom!
(The Christian Missionary Menace at http://www.angelfire.com/ny/dawahpage/tm.html)
We have explicitly demonstrated that Paul
invented Christianity as revenge against the Jews, and the Roman Emperors. His
goal was to overtake the
The Pauline Church later became known as the
Roman Catholic Church, it was wholly controlled by politics and not a
religious foundation. Christianity was made the official religion of the Roman Empire by
When the Council of Nicea took place, the Emperor Constantine
- Declared the Roman Sun-day to be the Christian Sabbath
- Adopted the traditional birthday of the Sun-god, and the twenty-fifth of December, as the birthday of Jesus;
- Borrowed the emblem of the Sun-god, the cross of light, to be the emblem of Christianity;
- And, although the statue of Jesus replaced the idol of the Sun-god, decided to incorporate all the ceremonies which were performed at the Sub-gods birthday celebrations into their own ceremonies.
(Jesus, The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad Rahim, pp.101)
The scholar Maurice Bucaille states a very good question:
It is quite reasonable to ask what Christianity might have been without Paul and one could no doubt construct all sorts of hypotheses on this subject. (The Bible, The Quran, and Science, p. 70)
The answer is quite obvious:
If Popea had only accepted Pauls offer of marriage, Christianity would probably not exist today.
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